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Glasgow's SWG3 will now be powered by dancer's body heat

The BODYHEAT system cost £600,000 to install

  • Words: Becky Buckle | Images: Michael Hunter
  • 7 October 2022
Glasgow's SWG3 will now be powered by dancer's body heat

Glasgow’s SWG3 will now be permanently powering itself using its punter's body heat.

This renewable energy system runs via heat flowing through pipes that are charged as a thermal battery before being emitted back into the venue.

The system is active across three separate spaces of the venue including a 1250-person capacity event space, a 1000-person event space and the main foyer entrance.

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It’s claimed by SWG3 owners that the venue can completely disconnect from gas boilers, reducing its carbon emissions by about 70 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The BODYHEAT system, produced by renewable energy company TownRock Energy, was first introduced to the venue as a trial during the COP26 summit in Glasgow last year at an estimated cost of £600,000.

"To put in perspective, if we were to go down a more conventional route with typical air conditioning, then your costs would probably be about 10% of that - so £60,000," Managing Director Andrew Fleming-Brown told the BBC.

Fleming-Brown also has said: “As well as being a huge step towards our goal of becoming net zero and will hopefully influence others from our industry and beyond to follow suit, working together to tackle climate change.”

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David Townsend, founder of TownRock Energy also told the BBC that Berlin nightclub SchwuZ “has shown a lot of interest”.

"You know they don't want to be kind of beaten at cool clubbing technology.” He adds: "They've seen what we've done in Glasgow and really want it in Berlin."

Check out events at SWG3 here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Video and Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

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