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Sweat becomes energy in the Netherlands

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The Club Watt in Rotterdam gives new meaning to an electric atmosphere. They convert the dance movements to electricity, which is used to light up the dancefloor. Special circuits capture the vibrations and transform them into electricity to power the bulbs.

“Music gives me a lot of energy and in this way I can give something back,” said one club-goer. Rotterdam in the Netherlands has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by fifty percent before 2025. The environment is therfore an important issue for the city. The man responsible for the whole thing is Michel Smit. He says that only a hundred dancers would be needed to power the DJ’s sound equipment alone. But at a cost of 200,000 Euros, there are those who question if the dancefloor is worth it. For Michel, though, it’s not just about the money. “The inspiration behind the development of this floor was to show people what energy is,” he says, “And to make them realise how much energy is needed to power something.” Using human energy to produce electricity is not that new and it’s something scientitsts in Switzerland are trying to develop. Professor Gerhard Troster has invented a small dynamo that is powered by a simple movement of the knee. “It would be enough to power an Ipod, for example,” he explains, “But not for long periods of time.” The human body is therefore not about to replace the power station, but that doesn’t deter Michel Smit in the Netherlands. He is about to export his dancefloor to a club in Shanghai.