Schoolchildren in Scotland Using Bikes to Power Printers

Dumfries and Galloway schoolchildren use bikes to run printers

BBC News South Scotland, February 7, 2015

The paper-free office remains, for many of us, a bit of an improbable dream. But it might come a little bit closer if you had to jump on a bicycle and get pedalling every time you wanted to use the printer.

At the very least, it would make you think before you clicked “print” on that 112-page document.

It is a lesson being given to school children right across Dumfries and Galloway, who are using pedal power to produce their paperwork.

As part of a scheme to educate children about energy efficiency, six printers have been hooked up to draw their power from push-bikes equipped with dynamos.

Organisers claim it takes about five seconds of hard pedalling to print one sheet of paper.

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