Company: Studio Roosegaarde
Founder: Daan Roosegaarde
About Studio Roosegaarde
Are your moves on the dance floor truly electrifying? Ever dreamed of a disco dancing session that could power your nightclub? Look no further, for Kinetic floor tiles that capture the energy generated from footfall have now hit the market.
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and his company Studio Roosegaarde, which develops projects that merge technology and art in urban environments, has developed a sustainable dancefloor for the Rotterdam club WATT that used the kinetic energy generated from dancing to provide energy for the club. The sustainable dance floor produced up to 25 watts per module, meaning that the generated energy can be used to power the lighting and DJ booth. Who knew going green could be groovy?
They are the latest technology when it comes to energy harvesting from innovative sources: the tiles transform the kinetic energy from your footsteps into electricity, which can power everything from street lighting to interactive adverts. And any excess energy can be stored or fed back into the power grid.
This transformative technology is already being used in nightclubs in Japan and there are attempts to distribute this new energy source out on a wider scale (think pavements and offices). The London Underground already features these clever tiles to generate energy, so it won’t be long before we see (and step on) more of these in everyday life.
Ben Gallizzi, energy expert at money.co.uk, comments: “We were fascinated to find out that in the not-so-distant future dancing in your kitchen could power your kettle. One of the main advantages of green energy sources is that they don’t require transportation or associated fuel costs. This is often taken into account by electricity suppliers, meaning better electricity prices for the end consumer.”
Ben added: “With the UK government’s ambitious climate change target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035, the UK could be three-quarters of the way to achieving net-zero by 2050. This could mean big changes to what consumers look for when searching for the best green energy deals in the future and imagine what our energy comparison sites might look like by 2035.”