The Crowne Plaza in Copenhagen – a hotel that bills itself as one of the world’s greenest hotels – has installed electricity-generating exercise bikes and is offering a free dinner to guests who generate enough electricity.
Frederikke Tommergaard, director of communications at the hotel, said: “We came up with the idea to use the bicycles because the bicycles are a great symbol of Copenhagen. When you mount the bicycle and you pedal, then a small generator creates electricity that’s led into a battery. And this battery can then be used to charge a fan or a TV or, as we are going to do here at the hotel, to actually lead the power directly into the hotel’s grid of electricity.”
Guests have to produce 10 watt hours or more in order to eat for free – and since one person cycling at 30kmph for an hour produces around 100 watt hours of electricity, that means you only have to pedal for abut 6 minutes to get your free dinner. 100 watt hours of energy is only enough to power a single 100 watt bulb for an hour, but it’s the thought that counts.
For the monent, this is only a pilot project but if it is successful, it could be rolled out across all 21 Crown Plaza hotels in the UK.
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