Robotica & Mechatronica

Generate power by dancing

Light up the Eiffel Tower by dancing and jumping. Generate power for the electric BMW i3 broom wagon while running a marathon, and charge your own phone with a friendly game of football. Around the world, these and other zero-emission events are possible thanks to the innovative floors produced by Energy Floors. Only recently, Hyundai used the Sustainable Dance Floor during the Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.

 

The Rotterdam-based Energy Floors (formerly the Sustainable Dance Club) is responsible for the introduction of the world’s very first power-generating dance floor: the Sustainable Dance Floor. By combining creativity and technology, the team is able to create a host of new lighting, sound and data applications that are powered by dancing and moving people. The resultant interactive installations form a sustainable environment that offers visitors a unique experience of themes like energy and climate.

 

After the launch of the Sustainable Energy Floor in 2012, Sustainable Dance Club changed its name to Energy Floors. In contrast with the firm’s dance floor, this product can actually be installed in heavily-used areas in the public space. Energy Floors’ order book includes everything from permanent installations in museums and science centres to temporary installations at festivals, corporate events and other public get-togethers and trade fairs. The company serves a growing list of clients, including multinationals like Google, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Philips, Disney and Dutch Railways, municipalities and charities like WWF.

 

Energy Floors has been located at RDM Rotterdam since February 2015. “For years, we had our office in the city centre, and only leased a lot at the Innovation Dock to store our floor. We wanted to bring everything together at one location, and also have room for a showroom, and we found the right spot at RDM,” explains Energy Floors CEO Michel Smit. From its office at Directiekade 12, the company’s seven employees work full-time on the renting out and sale of the power-generating tiles. By later 2015, the total energy counter stood at 5.1 billion joules, generated in 35 countries across 5 continents.

For further information about Energy Floors, visit www.energy-floors.com