The use of spectators to produce eco-friendly electricity is growing in popularity. Coldplay introduced kinetic dance floors for their fans and stationary bikes to them earlier this year. Now, a Scottish nightclub is using the unique form of natural energy to generate electricity by harnessing the body heat of the dancers.
“What’s great about body heart is our audience participates in the system,” CBS News interview with Andrew Fleming Brown
Heating is powered by body heat produced from the dancing floor.
Also, dancers are more likely to emit more heat and have more fun, which in turn means that the club has more power.
“Where does that heat go? Thankfully, we’re able to capture it through this system,” Fleming-Brown said.
The body heat system stores the warmth of dancers’ bodies and pipe it underground, where it is stored as energy in rocks.
“Then when we need the heating for something else, a different time of day or a different part of the venue, we can transfer the heat from the rocks back into the venue,” David Walls of Town Rock Energy told CBS News.
This eco-friendly method worked so well, that club owners decided to get rid of their gas boilers. They hope to eventually lower carbon emissions by up to 70%.