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Carbon neutral clubbing

The Ecologist

18th March, 2011

Dutch company, Sustainable Dance Club, have come up with a novel way to party and save the planet at the same time

Many of us like to go clubbing every now and again, but our fun comes at a steep cost to the environment. With their huge lights and speakers, large air conditioning systems and multiple fridges, it’s not surprising that the average club emits around 100 tonnes of CO2 every year. That’s roughly 20 times what the average UK home produces in the same amount of time. But Sustainable Dance Club is hoping to change all that, thanks to a product known as the Sustainable Dance Floor.

The venture, begun by Rotterdam based companies ENVIU and Doll, wants to turn clubs into a source of clean, sustainable energy. Each dance floor is designed to respond to dancers’ steps, which cause a 10mm depression and activate a small internal generator. Each generator is capable of generating up to 35 watts of electricity, which is then fed into a controller and stored. It’s got a nicely interactive display system too, which lets the dancers know how much energy they are producing and how charged up the dance floor is. The more people and the faster the dancing, the more electricity is generated and the more the floor lights up.

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