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|
|DVD player||25 watts|
|fluorescent lamp||20 watts|
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