Scottish nightclub to generate power from dancers' body heat

Scottish nightclub to generate power from dancers' body heat

By Lucy Jones  September 3rd, 2021

The venue will save an estimated 70 tonnes of carbon per year by harnessing the power of dance.


A club in Glasgow, Scotland is tapping into one of the most powerful energy sources there is: ravers cutting shapes on the d-floor. The venue is using a new method of thermal control to generate power from dancers' body heat.

Anyone who has spent time on a sweaty dance floor will be familiar with the heat that can be generated by smooth dance moves. A resting human male gives off around 100-120 Watts of energy, so one can only imagine the heat generated by a room full of gyrating people.

Glasgow venue SWG3 is capturing this energy using a system they are calling BODYHEAT. The energy captured from patrons can be used to power the venue in real-time and also stored for several months.

"BODYHEAT uses heat pumps and fluids to capture the incredible amounts of body heat generated by SWG3's crowds, channelling their combined energy into twelve 150m-deep bore holes drilled beneath the venue," a statement on the club's website reads.

"This heat can then either be used immediately to cool the audience, or stored under the ground until it's needed to heat the building."

The technology will reduce the club's energy usage and save an estimated 70 tonnes of carbon per year. It is part of the club's larger plan to become a carbon neutral venue and will be showcased during this year's COP26 which takes place in Glasgow in November.

Positive Environment News has been compiled using publicly available information. Planet Ark does not take responsibility for the accuracy of the original information and encourages readers to check the references before using this information for their own purposes.


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Lucy Jones

Lucy started her career working as a writer and editor in print and digital publishing. She went on to create content for Australia's leading sustainable fashion platform while completing her Master of Cultural Studies. Lucy spends her downtime at the beach, crocheting and hanging out with her cat Larry. She believes words can change the world and is stoked to help Planet Ark spread the message of positive environmental change.

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