Britain’s first eco-friendly nightclub opened in July of 2008 and featured a hugely innovative power-producing dance floor. The technology uses springs below the floor to compress crystal blocks which, when squeezed, produce small electric charges. The charges are then drained into batteries and stored to help meet the power needs of the club. While patrons dance, the floor moves and creates more electricity.
The club is called Surya and is found on Pentonville Road in London. It was the idea of property developer Andrew Charalambous, also known as Dr. Earth. Power from the dance floor is also supplemented by wind turbines and solar panels with any extra electricity being donated to local residents. All aspects of the club are designed to be as green as possible including air flush urinals and environmentally friendly drink containers.
Patrons who can prove that they have walked, cycled or taken public transport to the club and who sign a declaration to be more environmentally conscious receive free entry. All other club goers pay a fee at the door. The concept of Surya is to pass on the message of protecting the environment in a fun manner that will help them take it on board. Charalambous feels this method of delivering the message will be more captivating and less preachy.More info here: Glasswerk Launch The Surya Venue In London’s Kings Cross