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Energy Generating Dance Floor

  • On June 19, 2008

Britain’s first eco-nightclub is to open this summer qith plans to install an energy-generating dancefloor, which would harness power from the pounding of clubbers’ feet and convert it into electricity.

Although entry to the club costs £10, those customers who can prove they travelled there by foot, bicycle or public transport will be allowed in free. Mr Charalambous, the head of a new climate change organisation called Club4Climate, said he hoped to use clubbing to inspire young people to tackle global warming. “This is a new way to draw in the young generation,” he said… It’s a sexy and fresh approach as opposed to the way young people feel they are preached to by other more ‘grown-up’ charities…Our aim in opening the country’s first ecological club is to get as many people as possible involved in saving their world…There is no greater platform than clubbing to reach out to young people. Having an energy-generating dancefloor is a very exciting and interesting-idea that we have been talking to people in Rotterdam about. Such a dancefloor could generate about 60 per cent of the building’s energy.” via Evening Standard & Daily Mail


  1. Sasutan
  2. having researched this area previously (ceramics and piezoelectrics) the obvious application was indeed dancfloors. it does however beg the question of how safe a ‘bouncing’ dancefloor will be!?


    I am interested in knowing more about the DANCING FLOOR generate the Energy , kindly some let me know the the name of the contractor you manufacture dancing floor with Engergy generation technology.

  4. Could you make this portable? and is there anyone in the states that is currently using it?

  5. Arturo Gonzalez

    I wanna Know more of this ecological clubs and the DANCING FLOOR GENERATE
    what kind of transformator do the disco used

  6. @ #2 adam scott
    Suspended dancefloors are actually coveted in the dance community (at least here in the NW US) as they bounce with the crowd and absorb alot of the shock that can travel and wreak havoc with needles on a record.

    thanks for the great post

  7. Felix

    How do I prove I walked to the club?

    I’m waiting to see how this actually feels to dance on. I’m guessing it is only ‘bouncing’ by 1mm or so, not enough to upset your balance. But still, it might be noticeable.

    Surely the floor will hardly move unless everyone is jumping in unison? Unless it is made up of small panels about the size of one person’s dance space.

  8. Boris Anthony

    These should be put anywhere there is regular, sustained, and high frequency foot travel. Check out aisles in stores, airport terminal walkways. Reduce the “bounce” to almost imperceptible and it’s totally safe. Sure you get less power but the movement is constant so you’re always getting something, no?

  9. Simon

    In regards to people mentioning the movement of the floor, being a clubber myself most clubbers desire dance floors with a bit of give as it is easier on the legs over a night of dancing. Go and dance on concrete and then carpet to see what i mean. The best clubs in the world normally have ‘springy’ dancefloors.

  10. JJ

    The claim that a flloor like this could generate “60% of the building’s energy” seems wildly exaggerated to me. They don’t give any numbers, which always makes one suspicious. Rough calculations give numbers more like 1% of a club’s electricity.

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