by Søren Christensen in Cool Travel on Thursday 14 March 2013

Exactly how much energy do you get from a sunny holiday? SPIES Travels built two solar charging dummies and sent them on two very different holidays to find out. The results were surprising. One in four Danes experience winter depression and a study shows that 58% would like travel to warmer destinations to recharge. But are the Danes really solar powered?

To find out they constructed two dummies at the Technical University of Denmark with 6.260 advanced flexible solar cells. They placed one in freezing Denmark and one in sunny Gran Canaria for seven days. Finally, two robots were used to test endurance and bed-stamina to demonstrate the effect of a good long holiday. Watch the experiment below.