The fully recyclable, modular floor system from the Netherlands-based company, Energy Floors, can be integrated into a wide variety of public spaces where the energy generated can be used to power the floor’s LED lights or other applications, or it can even be fed into the electricity grid.

Energy Floors started out as the Sustainable Dance Club back in 2006 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Its mission was to create awareness about energy production and energy consumption by making it interactive and fun. Following the launch of its energy-generating dance floor, the company has since enhanced its products and supplied them to a range of clients for both small and large applications.

At the end of 2012, Energy Floors counted 17 permanent sustainable dance floor installations, events in 69 different cities in 18 countries on five continents. This resulted in approximately 950,000 visitors who generated 2 billion Joules of energy within 2012. One of these projects included an installation for EDF, a UK energy company, during the Olympics and Paralympics.

Recently, Energy Floors teamed up with Zumba Fitness in the ‘Great Calorie Drive’. At a specially hosted event in New York, a Zumba class was conducted on an installation of 64 tiles. As the attendees worked out, their amount of burnt calories were displayed on a screen. These burnt calories were then transformed into a donation to Feeding America and the United Nations World Food Programme.

Although dance floors is where the company originated, 2013 will see Energy Floors enter new markets, including public transport, architecture, exhibitions and education, with its new product: the Sustainable Energy Floor.

Each module, which is 50 x 50 x 8 centimetres, flexes slightly when stepped on, which creates a movement that can be transformed into electric power by a small internal generator. One step on the modules can generate between 2 and 20 Joules, depending on the weight of the users, type of movement and maximum deflection of the module.

Although the housing is stainless steel, the centre of the module can be made from different materials such as recycled ceramics, plastic lumber, recycled asphalt, glass or even bamboo. The design of the centre of the module can also be customised with different lighting set ups and designs.

These innovative tiles can be implemented, on a permanent basis or temporary, in a variety of applications for people to interact and engage with. As Energy Floors says, “We believe that consciousness about energy and the impact humans have on it, are the main conditions for the creation of a sustainable world.”

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