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By Andy Malt | Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2021
As the COP26 conference continues in Glasgow, a nightclub in the city has announced that it will be testing new technology that converts heat generated by dancers into renewable energy.
SWG3 has confirmed that it has started installing the Bodyheat system, developed by Townrock Energy, and expects it to be ready for use in 2022.
The system works by collecting hot air from people on the dance floor, cooling the room and using it to recharge a thermal battery. It is estimated that it will save around 70 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
Edinburgh-based Townrock’s David Townsend told BBC News: “All this energy is currently being left in the club and it’s getting too hot, or it’s being released into the atmosphere by a more conventional air conditioning system.”
Explaining his company’s ultimate ambitions – and presumably aware that he currently has a global audience of climate-relevant decision-makers in his country right now – Townsend continues, “We’re really excited to actually take this to scale. world ”.
“We would like different clubs in different cities to start competing to be the greenest,” he adds, “and then see how they can get more customers, because the clubbing generation right now is very enlightened in regarding climate change and it will make a big difference for the clubs to say that they are net zero ”.
The news follows Coldplay’s announcement of plans to make its 2022 world tour more environmentally friendly, including laying a kinetic floor that will capture the energy of people dancing to help fuel the show.