Cycle For Your Supper In Denmark

Postby sifter on Thu 15/Apr/10 12:31pm

Sorry if this has already been posted. Nice idea! From http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/358 ... upper-deal

A Danish hotel is pioneering a pedal-power electricity generation scheme it hopes will catch on in other countries.

The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, 15 minutes from the centre of the Danish capital and five minutes from Scandinavia's main airport, is installing two exercise bicycles hooked up to generators.

Guests will be invited to jump on and start pedalling - and if they produce enough electricity they will be given a free meal.

From June, they will be able to race against the 366-room hotel's solar panel system in a bid to produce the most electricity.

"Anyone producing 10 watt hours of electricity or more for the hotel will be given a locally produced complimentary meal encouraging guests to not only get fit but also reduce their carbon footprint and save electricity and money," the hotel said in a statement.

Hotel spokeswoman Frederikke Tommergaard said the free meal offer applied only to paying guests, not passers-by.

The value of the meal - any one of the main courses on the hotel restaurant or lobby bar's menu - is about 240 Danish crowns (NZ$61), she said.

The electric bikes will be up and running from April 19 and the plan is to test the idea for a year with a view to expanding it to more Crowne Plaza hotels, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group.
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Re: Cycle For Your Supper In Denmark

Postby iodi on Thu 15/Apr/10 12:36pm

10 Watt-hours of electricity amounts to only a few minutes on the bike. Sounds like a great deal in exchange for supper worth $61.

Edit: apparently confirmed by the hotel:
random website wrote:The bikes will be installed on April 19, and will have iPhones mounted on the handle bars showing how much electricity has been produced. The hotel says that a guest cycling at 30 kilometres per hour (average speed) for 60 minutes will produce approximately 100 watt hours of electricity, so theoretically they will be able to earn a free meal for just six minutes of cycling.
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