Dead People Power: UK Crematorium to Sell Power for National Grid

CrematoriumJasper Copping reports in the Telegraph:

Durham Crematorium wants to install turbines in two of its burners, which would use the heat generated during the cremation process to provide the same amount of electricity as would power 1,500 televisions.

A third burner is to be used to provide heating for the site’s chapel and its offices. The scheme would be the first of its kind in the UK but industry experts say that it could be followed by other similar projects.

Many crematoria are currently replacing their furnaces, to meet government targets on preventing mercury emissions from escaping into the atmosphere. Up to 16 per cent of all mercury emitted in the UK comes from crematoria because of fillings in teeth. Left unchecked, that figure is predicted to rise to 25 per cent by 2020.

Read More: Telegraph

32 Comments on "Dead People Power: UK Crematorium to Sell Power for National Grid"

  1. Humans should be compensated from birth when anyone or any company uses them or their information for profit.

    All information ever sold about the individual should be owned by the individual and should therefore be subject to recompense to the individual.

    If you extract thermal information from humans – then pay family for it. As an example free cremation or a one time fee paid to the family per thermal unit or by weight.

    If you extract data/information from individuals for resale – pay the individual for it. Every time a company sells your information – they owe you money.

    At birth and throughout their lives human should have complete ownership of themselves and their information and therefore be compensated for any use thereof in perpetuity.

  2. Humans should be compensated from birth when anyone or any company uses them or their information for profit.

    All information ever sold about the individual should be owned by the individual and should therefore be subject to recompense to the individual.

    If you extract thermal information from humans – then pay family for it. As an example free cremation or a one time fee paid to the family per thermal unit or by weight.

    If you extract data/information from individuals for resale – pay the individual for it. Every time a company sells your information – they owe you money.

    At birth and throughout their lives human should have complete ownership of themselves and their information and therefore be compensated for any use thereof in perpetuity.

  3. Anonymous | Dec 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm |

    I SING the Body electric; The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them; They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the Soul. … Walt Whitman – Leaves of Grass

  4. I SING the Body electric; The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them; They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the Soul. … Walt Whitman – Leaves of Grass

  5. Just think, the next time you download porn, it might just be powered by grandma

  6. Just think, the next time you download porn, it might just be powered by grandma

  7. Mr Willow | Dec 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm |

    Aaaannd I think my brain just melted. Thanks for that.

  8. Suddenly Spam! | Dec 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm |

    It is every citizen’s final duty to go into the tanks and become one with all the people.

    -Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, Alpha Centauri

  9. Redacted | Dec 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm |

    It is every citizen’s final duty to go into the tanks and become one with all the people.

    -Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, Alpha Centauri

      • Redacted | Dec 5, 2011 at 5:18 am |

        Technological advance is an inherently iterative process. One does not simply take sand from the beach and produce a Dataprobe. We use crude tools to fashion better tools, and then our better tools to fashion more precise tools, and so on. Each minor refinement is a step in the process, and all of the steps must be taken.

        -Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, “Looking God in the Eye”

  10. DeepCough | Dec 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm |

    Isn’t it about time we started recycling our corpses?

  11. DeepCough | Dec 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    Isn’t it about time we started recycling our corpses?

  12. Anarchy Pony | Dec 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm |

    Aw, you still think there should be money. That is so cute.

  13. Anarchy Pony | Dec 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm |

    That was incredible. I bow to your incredibly macabre brilliance. 

  14. Anonymous | Dec 5, 2011 at 3:39 am |

    Soylent Heat

  15. GoodDoktorBad | Dec 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm |

    Soylent Heat

  16. Anonymous | Dec 5, 2011 at 4:29 am |

    ….soon to be available as an exportable powerplant technology for underdeveloped countries.

  17. Calypso_1 | Dec 5, 2011 at 12:29 am |

    ….soon to be available as an exportable powerplant technology for underdeveloped countries.

  18. Suddenly Spam! | Dec 5, 2011 at 9:18 am |

    Technological advance is an inherently iterative process. One does not simply take sand from the beach and produce a Dataprobe. We use crude tools to fashion better tools, and then our better tools to fashion more precise tools, and so on. Each minor refinement is a step in the process, and all of the steps must be taken.

    -Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, “Looking God in the Eye”

  19. umm I dont know about this. If doctors find some way to profit from this there are going to to be a lot more terminal patients around.

  20. umm I dont know about this. If doctors find some way to profit from this there are going to to be a lot more terminal patients around.

  21. Electric Wizard | Dec 6, 2011 at 7:03 am |

    What the hell did we ever do without electrcity?

  22. Electric Wizard | Dec 6, 2011 at 3:03 am |

    What the hell did we ever do without electrcity?

  23. That’s a terrific idea, I also think we should use aborted fetuses as food to feed the poor! Yeah, and we could start making abortion mandatory for the poor! Wow, this is all coming together!

  24. That’s a terrific idea, I also think we should use aborted fetuses as food to feed the poor! Yeah, and we could start making abortion mandatory for the poor! Wow, this is all coming together!

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