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  • POLL: Crematorium Heating For Swimmers?

    Discussion in 'The Leisure Lounge' started by GarethW, Jan 25, 2011.

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    Is it a good idea?

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    1. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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    3. Pete

      Pete Well-Known Member

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      Speaking as a profesional eco bod - it makes a lot of sense. It's only heat. What would you do with it otherwise? At least their loved ones are being usfull..... :?

      I wonder though - what if no one dies? Do the swimmers go cold? :)
       
    4. AndrewNew

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      I'd go along with that, seems like a sensible use of "waste" heat to me. I imagine that most of the heat input in a cremation goes into evaporating the water from the body and that the combustion of the combustible bits returns only a fraction of that energy. My back of the envelope calculation suggests that evaporating 56 kg (70% of 80 kg) of water from 20°C uses about 145 MJ. An "average home" apparently uses about 9 kWh of energy a day, which is 32.4 MJ, so we are talking fairly substantial lumps of energy here. One cremation = 4.5 days of home energy. Can anyone elaborate/correct/dispute my numbers?

      On the other hand, it could be only one more step to Soylent Green.
       
    5. GarethW

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      cant see any reason why the heat shouldnt be used rather than just let out into the air.
      BTW this is my home town :)
       

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