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Sir George Monoux College today opened an outdoor gym which doubles as a phone charger
Monoux student Ruth Eghagha being interviwed by MTV, with Stella Creasy and college Principal Paolo Ramella.
A gym which harnesses human energy to charge mobile phones has been officially opened.
Stella Creasy praised George Monoux College for the outdoor facility at a launch event today and joked a similar gym in the Houses of Parliament might be justified “as so much hot air is produced”.
Addressing students and staff, Miss Creasy said: “It’s when I come to see projects like this and people like you that I know we are going to be OK.
“I think it’s fantastic. It’s this sort of thing that makes me think if set our minds to it we can do anything.”
The gym features two cross trainers and two exercise bikes, which can be used to charge devices such as mobile phones and ipods.
About one per cent of battery life is regained for every two minutes of exercise.
Any excess energy generated can be added to reserves created by a large bank of solar panels on the roof of the college in Chingford Road, which sells off £14,000 worth of surplus energy each year.
Principal Paolo Ramella said the green schemes are part of a bid to become the first carbon-neutral college in Britain.
“Through the installation of this gym, students of Sir George Monoux College have been empowered to do something positive towards their health and the well-being of the planet,” he said.
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