Get Energy From Exercising at This Hotel — Literally
With one exception, FlyerTalk members have posted favorable comments about the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol South — Cadbury House hotel property since 2009.
One of the aspects of the hotel property which have been praised is the extensive health and spa facilities — but the equipment used for exercising in that facility can now generate electricity, according to an article posted by Kathy, who is the author of the Will Run For Miles weblog at First2Board.
In fact, Kathy posted, “Intuitively, this makes so much sense to me. Actually, I’m surprised this wasn’t created and developed earlier. Or maybe it was?”
It makes sense to me as well, Kathy. My thoughts — without any hard data to support them or illuminate them — suggest to me that the technology might not have been advanced enough until within recent years.
For example, light-emitting diode bulbs use a fraction of the energy consumed by traditional incandescent light bulbs; and they use substantially less energy than compact fluorescent bulbs. However, the amount of light produced has not significantly changed. Less energy usage means that the generation of electricity — such as powered by solar panels or using exercise equipment — can be used for more devices.
It also does not hurt that prices for light-emitting diode — or LED — bulbs have markedly decreased in price, according to an article written by David Pogue in The New York Times.
Another possible factor as to why this technology had not been implemented sooner is similar to other sources of alternative energy: the cost might have been too prohibitive. The article — originally published in the Daily Mail — states that “The 42 pieces of equipment, called ARTIS and supplied by Technogym, cost £600,000 and are considered the most energy efficient in the world.”
That is an average of approximately £14,285.71 or $23,000.00 per piece of exercise equipment — hardly inexpensive by any means. However, the machines will purportedly contribute 100 watts per hour back into the power supply of the hotel property; and they will also consume approximately 30 percent less electricity than contemporary exercise machines.
As the costs ease over time in the future, more fitness facilities will most likely be equipped with exercise machines which produce energy.
I personally would like to see more alternative energy sources used in more places. This technology is one of them — and if not for the currently and seemingly prohibitive cost, it would probably be more pervasive by now. I personally believe that this will happen in due time — slowly but surely.
This technology is literally more than just — ahem — light exercise. It is literally electrifying…