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Power-generating dance floor hits UK club
by Donald Melanson, posted Jul 17th 2008 at 3:56PM

1. Night club is fitted with a "bouncing" floor made with springs, and a series of power generating blocks.
2. The blocks made from crystals that produce a small electric current when squashed, a process known as piezoelectricity.
3. As dancers move up and down, crystals are squashed; sending current which is fed to nearby batteries.
4. The batteries are constantly recharged by the movement of the floor, and used to power parts of the night club.

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Believe it or not, this actually isn't the first power-generating dance floor to harness some of the pent up energy of club-goers, but it is apparently the first one to hit the UK, and hopefully a sign of more to come. As you can see above, the dance floor makes use of a piezoelectric system that produces electricity as the dancers jump up and down, which charges some batteries that are used to power parts of the club. While that's certainly a practical application for the technology, we're guessing it's only a matter of time before some enterprising club owner combines one of these with an LED dance floor to create a dance floor that powers itself, and thumbs its nose at other do-gooder clubs.

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