All school playgrounds will be equipped with an energy generating playfloor!
Ten years ago, we introduced the Sustainable Dance Floor in Club Watt in Rotterdam. Yesterday, supported by a crowdfunding campaign, we introduced our newest floor: the Smart Energy Floor. This is an outdoor energy generating floor for permanent installation in, for example, school playgrounds and airports. We were given one month to collect our target amount of €100,000 through the crowdfunding platform OnePlanetCrowd, but were able to collect the maximum amount of EUR 200.000 within 12 hours! “Of course, we have full confidence in our product, but having so many people invest in it in such a short period exceeded all our expectations!” according to Michel Smit, CEO of Energy Floors.
‘The Story’ by Michel Smit
‘An innovation that is able to involve so many people in the generation of sustainable energy, immediately circulates positive energy as well. This is what we see with our investors,’ says Annemieke Hoogenboom, Investment specialist at OnePlanetCrowd.
Active play and learn
The Gamer is one of our new floors: an energy generating floor for playgrounds that is focussed at children in primary schools. The kids can take part in the games actively: calculation, reaction and memory trainers. This enables the floor to contribute to achieving three objectives in the primary school phase, starting with addressing children’s lack of physical exercise, which results in obesity. We aim to promote a healthier lifestyle by stimulating children to exercise more. Secondly the children are given the opportunity to learn through action, which results to better outcomes than passive learning does. Last but not least, the Gamer generates energy through solar-panels integrated into the tiles, which provides the school with sustainable energy.
‘It was really exciting, partially because we have never done anything like this before, and when we reached the maximum amount of €200,000 last night at 22:58 the group chat of Energy Floors went out of control!’
This is how the money will be invested
Airports, stadiums and train stations
The amount that has been collected will not only give the Gamer a boost, it will also be invested to make a success of the Walker. The Walker is capable of turning every pavement and bicycle lane into a smart and interactive energy generator. It is suitable as a source of energy for LED lighting and smart signage, as well as for the collection of data in crowded areas like airports, stations and train stations.
‘Right now we are celebrating, but soon we will get back to work in order to provide as many schools and other crowded areas as possible with our newest Smart Energy Floor,’ according to Michel Smit.