This technology is around for a longer time and was invented in the Netherlands. In 2007 the company was founded after making research on the sustainable dancefloor. Since then the idea has spread around the globe and 2012 the company got the projects of install the system at the Olympics and Paralympics in London. In addition the the company installed 30 devices in 30 cities in Spain.
Nowadays there are 17 permanent installations done (2012) and 68 events took place in 18 countries in 5 continents.
How it works:
The movements of the people will be transformed into electricity by a small platform which will move down about 10mm due to the movement. With this smaill movement electricity will be produced with a generator under the floor.
In a club in Rotterdam the people can see how much electricity they have already produced as there is a battery symbol (similar to the ones at mobile phones) shown, which illustrates the status of the electricity within the battery.
The produced electricity will be used to power the LEDs within the platforms and the battery screen, which illustrates the status of the electricity already produced.
One platform has the size of 75x75x20cm or 50x50x8 cm and can produce up to 40 kW, depending on the step of the user. To cover a large dancefloor several platforms have to be connected. Up to 20 can be controlled by one controller, then additional controllers will take over additional platforms.
An advantage of this system is that it is watertight, so that the system can be installed inside as well as outside.
As mentioned above there are several clubs in place which use these platforms. For example the club WATT in Rotterdam, Netherlands uses this system. This club has already other green technology in place to reduce its impact on the environment. For example it only uses rainwater to flush the toilets, it has only LEDs in place to light the venue as well as using recycled plastic cups.
The company sustainable dance floor will cover now new markets including transport, architecture and exhibitions amongst others.
This technology has the opportunity to increase the awareness of consumption and production of electricity which is necessary to build up a sustainable environment.