Copenhagen Hotel pays Guests to Generate Power on Bikes
Copenhagen's Crowne Plaza Hotel has developed a program where guests can receive free meal vouchers for every 10 watts of electricity they generate by peddling stationary bicycles hooked up to a generator. The plan being launched today will run for one year, and if it is successful it will be extended to Crowne Plaza Hotels in the UK. The program was launched in Copenhagen because the city ranks high in commuter cycling, with 36% of the population using bicycles for everyday transportation.
Each stationary bicycle generator will have an iPhone to measure the energy produced by peddling. Once the guest has reached the required wattage, they will receive a voucher for $36 (26 euros; £23) that can be redeemed at the hotel's restaurant. Crowne Plaza Hotel spokeswoman Frederikke Toemmergaard explained that "many of our visitors are business people who enjoy going to the gym. There might be the odd person who will cycle just to get a free meal, but I don't think people will exploit the initiative overall."
The Copenhagen Crowne Plaza uses solar panels and the stationary bike generators will further reduce their dependence on the municipal grid.
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