Saturday, May 30, 2009
Disco feet light up the place
Time was a disco was a darkly lit dance club filled with smoke and the smell of booze. Nothing particularly eco-friendly about that but now new age dance clubs are green and proud of it. The more planet friendly power the establishment though the punters feet dancing on special floors. Springs and power generating blocks are embedded in the dance floor and these create electricity when stepped on. The power is then saved into nearby batteries and the power is sent through-out the club. The concept works on the principle of piezoelectricity, where crystals and ceramics create a charge to generate electricity. The vibration of clubbers dancing provides approx. 60 percent of the club's energy needs according to the inventor Andrew Charalambous, aka Dr Earth. The 'world's first ecological nightclub' is Sustainable Dance Club (SDC) in Holland and the first eco-friendly night club in London is at Bar Surya in Pentonville Road.