Discussion in 'The Leisure Lounge' started by GarethW, Jan 25, 2011.
Row Over Crematorium Heating For Swimmers
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?
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 20Â°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.
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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