A Scottish Nightclub Aims To Capture Energy From People Dancing And Turn It Into Power


A nightclub in Glasgow, Scotland is working to become more sustainable, in the best way possible. They want to harness all the energy that comes from all the people on the dance floor as they party the night away. By using the groundbreaking system at SWG3, the club could actually save at least 70 tons of C02 annually.

With the UN COP26 climate conference coming up in November 2021 in Glasgow, BODYHEAT is hoping to utilize the energy that comes from all the dancing bodies and turn it into a source for both heating and cooling outlets.

According to a statement from the club, “We’re hugely excited to reveal our plans to introduce a state-of-the-art renewable heating and cooling system to the SWG3 complex, transforming body heat from clubbers and gig-goers into a source of energy to be used again.”

This ground-breaking innovation, BODYHEAT, is set to be installed in Scotland using heat pumps and fluids meant to capture the body heat that’s generated from the throngs of people gathered at SWG3, by ‘channeling their combined energy into twelve 150m-deep bore holes drilled beneath the venue.’ The heat that is gathered can be used to either cool the audience immediately, or it can be stored under the ground until they need it to heat the building up once again.

When a person is passively standing around, their body has the ability to radiate around 100 watts of excessive heat, and when in confined spaces, it can truly add up quickly. The massive amount of heat that is generated from people dancing at gigs or in clubs is normally just expelled as waste into the atmosphere.

The club explains, “With this new system in place, we’ll be able to utilize that warmth, consuming minimal electricity and gas on site, and in turn minimizing our carbon emissions.”

They also share, “There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge challenges to the events sector around the world,” said Andrew Fleming Brown, Managing Director, “but it has also created a seismic jolt across businesses, underlining the need for a stable and sustainable future.”

“BODYHEAT is our innovative contribution to a global issue, and will help us to dramatically decrease our energy consumption, bringing us one step closer to becoming a carbon neutral venue in the not so distant future,” they added.


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