UK eco-club to be powered by dancing

Britain's first 'eco-nightclub' is set to open next month in London, complete with an energy-generating dance floor.

By , Blogger for The Christian Science Monitor

Britain's first "eco-nightclub" is set to open next month in London, complete with an energy-generating dance floor.

The club4climate project's Sustainable Dance Club is due to open on July 10 Bar Surya, a King's Cross club owned by Greek-Cypriot real estate magnate and Tory activist Andrew Charalambous, who on the club4climate website bills himself as "Dr. Earth" (and looks a bit like Dr. Evil).

Beneath the dance floor are piezoelectric disks, which generate electric potential in response to the dancers' footfalls. Mr. Charalambous predicts that the dance floor mechanism could supply up to 60 percent of the building's power.

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The idea for the dance floor was developed by the environmental nonprofit Enviu and architectural firm Döll, both Dutch firms. Here's a video, courtesy of Enviu's Oriol Pascual, explaining how it works (sorry about the car- company ad):

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