Thursday, April 22, 2010

It Ain't Easy Being Green II

It looks like UT Arlington is getting a bargain. The BBC reports that a Danish eco-hotel is paying guests to produce electricity with an exercise bicycle.
Guests will have to produce at least 10 watt hours of electricity - roughly 15 minutes of cycling for someone of average fitness.

For this effort, they will be given meal vouchers worth $36 making this energy cost $3600 per kwh ($36 / 0.01 kwh) or 20,000 times more expensive than our solar panels. I suspect the real value of the plan is in the marketing value and it worked as the BBC picked up the story. However, I predict the scheme may not survive much longer than the marketing value.

Hat tip MarginalRevolution

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