Hotel guests offered bicycle to pedal for their supper

Energetic guests at a hotel in Copenhagen who generate electricity using an adapted exercise bike are to be rewarded with a free meal.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, which already sports solar panels on its façade, aims to reduce its carbon footprint and help its guests to keep fit.

Guests wanting the £23 meal voucher will have to produce at least 10 watt-hours of electricity – an amount of energy that would power a light bulb for roughly 15 minutes.

It is expected that it would take a person of average fitness about 15 minutes to produce this amount of energy.

Cyclists usually power no more than a set of lights using pedal power, but a new type of dynamo can run any device that is designed to be plugged into a car’s cigarette lighter. It produces 100 watt-hours of energy, which is enough to power many appliances.

Which electrical appliances can be powered by a bicycle?

Power consumption of household electrical appliances Average values
small television 75 watts
PC 95 watts
DVD player 25 watts
fax 100 watts
fluorescent lamp 20 watts

Bicycle insurance

Cycle insurance from the ETA covers against theft, accidental damage and vandalism (including at race events) includes third insurance, a breakdown recovery service for cyclists and worldwide cover.

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