Powering Up the Electric Slide

A new dance floor in London is designed to harness the energy of pounding feet

Bruno Ehrs / Corbis

Yes, it's a cheesy slogan: "all you have to do is dance to save the world." But Club4Climate's silly-sounding premise--that partygoers can groove their way to a greener planet--is based on real science. The environmental group, founded by British real estate mogul Andrew Charalambous, is set to open what is being touted as the world's first eco-club on July 10 in London. And as the dancers get pumped up, Club Surya will get powered up. Literally. The dance floor is designed to harness the energy of the people stomping on it based on a principle called piezoelectricity. Piezo, Greek for pressure,...

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