Scottish nightclub SWG3 is trialling a new system that will use the body heat from ravers to power the venue’s lights, music, and electricity.
The human body supposedly emits 100 watts of excess heat - even before dancing or doing exercise. So, when ravers come together in the venue, the average heat excess should be raised enough to generate enough energy to power the entire venue.
The trial is part of November’s COP26 climate summit - an annual international event held this year in Glasgow. The United Nations conference will hold discussions around climate change and the prevention of further climate damage.
As of November, the trial will first launch in the Glaswegian venue of SWG3. The “renewable heating and cooling system” will work by transforming the heat emitted from dancers and staff into energy.
‘BODYHEAT’, the technology used for the trial, uses pumps and fluids to capture the heat before “channelling their combined energy into twelve 150m-deep boreholes drilled beneath the venue, this heat can then either be used immediately to cool the audience, or stored under the ground until it's needed to heat the building,” it reads.
This energy will then be put into powering electricity, gas, lighting, and of course - the soundsystem. The venue estimated that it will save 70 tonnes of CO2 annually with this new system in place.