Human Heat Produces Renewable Energy
The discotheque is recognized as an establishment for leisure and musical events since music is the most essential means of expression on which men rely to release their emotions or break their taboos. A factor of socialization, economy, and happiness, the party has become an essential element of our daily life. Little by little, nightclubs have multiplied all over the world.
Far from the known sources used for the production of renewable energy, like the wind, the water, and the sun, a new source was discovered following the ambition and the unceasing consistency of man to find ways to the production of the energy he needs, because it has been confronted since the dawn of time with an unavoidable future: The extinction of primary sources of energy production such as fossil fuels.
The body heat party
One method of energy recycling that has never been seen is the slightly crazy but well-worth undertaking project, executed by SWG3, a nightclub located in Glasgow, Scotland, which came up with the idea of the new generation to experience a small energy revolution. The international electro scene, producer, and DJ Honey Dijon were invited to perform for the inauguration of this new system on November 7, 2021.
BODY HEAT is launched by TownRock Energy, a heat pump technology company that contacted SWG3 when its founder David Townsend learned that Scotland’s leading arts venue was considering a green energy retrofit, Fast Company reported.
A heating and cooling system at the same time
The Scottish complex warehouse is testing a system: a “renewable heating and cooling system” which will use body heat to power the venue’s electricity, including full production of lights and music, cooling the public by pumping fresh air. This heat can also be stored underground until needed to heat the building.
And the result is a considerable reduction in the consumption of energy from electricity and gas.
Body heat radiates about 100 watts of energy per human according to studies, even before dancing: the equivalent of the average consumption of a computer running for an hour. While dancing the amount is much higher, dancers and workers radiate body heat throughout the night, “channeling their combined energy through 17 boreholes 150-200m deep drilled beneath the hall” The energy generated can also be stored for months until needed, long after the party is over, the club explains on its website.
An innovative contribution to a global problem
The SWG3 team says that this method should be enough to generate power for the location. They also estimate saving 70 tonnes of CO2 per year if the trial is successful. SWG3 Managing Director Andrew Fleming Brown shares, “BODYHEAT is our innovative contribution to a global problem and will help us significantly reduce our energy consumption – bringing us closer to our goal of becoming a carbon neutral place»
The effort is part of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which was held in Glasgow this fall.
The tested evening took place on Sunday, November 7, in parallel with COP26, which took place from November 1 to 12, in Glasgow.
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