Guests power hotel through exercise bikes

A hotel is turning guests peddle power into electricity by wiring its exercise bikes to the grid.

The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is claiming a 'world first' through the guest-powered electricity initiative.

Guests at the 366-room hotel will also be able to get free meals by producing 10 watt hours of electricity or more.

Electric bikes will be installed at the hotel next week (19 April) and will run for a year initially and be rolled out across the UK if successful.

This means for cycling at 30MPH for ten minutes will not just produce 100% renewable energy, but also cuts the hotels carbon emissions.

People using the new electric bicycles will be able to monitor how much electricity they're producing via iPhones mounted on the handle bars.

Avid fitness fans can also, from June, race against the hotel's solar panel system in a bid to produce the most electricity.

Danish deputy prime minister Lene Espersen, said: "I believe green thinking is not just good for the environment but is also good for the bottom line.

"I have no doubt that businesses that take an environmentally responsible approach have the edge over their competitors as leisure and business guests alike are increasingly choosing hotels based on their environmental credentials.

"This makes the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers a welcome addition to our city."

The hotel's general manager, Allan Agerholm, said "The electric bikes offer our guests the chance to get fit and help power the hotel at the same time using environmentally responsible technology.

"It will be interesting to see how many guests take part and how much electricity we generate."

The hotel is already a model of sustainability boasting the first groundwater-based cooling and heating system in Denmark, low energy lighting and hand dryers and the largest solar panel park in Northern Europe.

Luke Walsh


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