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Published on January 5th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Dead People Will Provide Heat to Crematorium Facilities

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January 5th, 2009 by  

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If you’re dead and worried about the carbon emissions created from your cremation, relax. The Swedish town of Halmstad has a solution. After an environmental review showed that Halmstad’s crematorium was pumping too much smoke into the air, the facility’s director decided to re-use heat from the cremations to warm up the crematorium’s buildings.

The plan will both eliminate the crematorium’s heating bill and allow it to save money on cooling smoke before it is released into the air.

Locals in the town of 55,000 approve of the crematorium’s system, so it should be up and running soon. If the plan is successful, the crematorium eventually wants to pipe heat from its facilities to area homes. And while some may protest Halmstad’s plan on moral grounds, I’m sure that the potential monetary savings for the town will ultimately keep them quiet.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • davew

    it’s perfect fodder for some creepy movies,”the chimney had been kept warm for 89 years by the warmth of the flames from 100 voluntary,yet inexplicably vengeful corpses a DAY!!!…” no..
    but importantly, a very practical and beneficial way to utilize a LOT of otherwise wasted energy, and every little bit helps..it all adds up…etc etc..with one condition: NOT IN GERMANY. that’s all. (no joke)

  • katie

    do dead people live on flesh?????????????? i want to know welll email me at 3:55.

  • j clarkson

    Interested to know how much energy each human body could produce if burnt in a crematorium? Also, clearly thin people – say starved people – would produce a lot less – due to no fat. Wonder how much they would produce by comparison? If anyone has the answer please email me jm.clarkson007@btinternet.com

  • j clarkson

    Interested to know how much energy each human body could produce if burnt in a crematorium? Also, clearly thin people – say starved people – would produce a lot less – due to no fat. Wonder how much they would produce by comparison? If anyone has the answer please email me jm.clarkson007@btinternet.com

  • j clarkson

    Interested to know how much energy each human body could produce if burnt in a crematorium? Also, clearly thin people – say starved people – would produce a lot less – due to no fat. Wonder how much they would produce by comparison? If anyone has the answer please email me jm.clarkson007@btinternet.com

  • kim

    i think this is a great idea. america should do this. every country should.

  • http://ihateyourassface.com Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Hitler wasn’t murdering millions of Jews, he was heating millions of homes!

    This may even make sense, but it looks SO BAD.. And if the State owns the power company?

  • http://ihateyourassface.com Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Hitler wasn’t murdering millions of Jews, he was heating millions of homes!

    This may even make sense, but it looks SO BAD.. And if the State owns the power company?

  • http://ihateyourassface.com Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Hitler wasn’t murdering millions of Jews, he was heating millions of homes!

    This may even make sense, but it looks SO BAD.. And if the State owns the power company?

  • Naruto

    this is just plain creepy

  • Naruto

    this is just plain creepy

  • Naruto

    this is just plain creepy

  • constant contributer

    …and this has exactly *what* to do with fascism?

  • constant contributer

    …and this has exactly *what* to do with fascism?

  • constant contributer

    …and this has exactly *what* to do with fascism?

  • DN

    And when Nazis came up with this idead back in the 30’s they were called “monsters”, when they were simply ahead of the curve.

  • DN

    And when Nazis came up with this idead back in the 30’s they were called “monsters”, when they were simply ahead of the curve.

  • DN

    And when Nazis came up with this idead back in the 30’s they were called “monsters”, when they were simply ahead of the curve.

  • Julie

    talk about spiritual energy ;)

  • Julie

    talk about spiritual energy ;)

  • Julie

    talk about spiritual energy ;)

  • Distant Eye

    Are they going to remove the gold from my teeth as well? I have glasses too.

    I suppose if locals in a town of 55,000 Swedes approve of it, it must be PRACTICAL AND EFFICIENT.

    My God, I bet they’ve got a conveyor belt feed on the drawing board.

  • Distant Eye

    Are they going to remove the gold from my teeth as well? I have glasses too.

    I suppose if locals in a town of 55,000 Swedes approve of it, it must be PRACTICAL AND EFFICIENT.

    My God, I bet they’ve got a conveyor belt feed on the drawing board.

  • Kenneth Hill

    If they are going to use my body heat, I’d like to have a discount on my cremation costs please.

  • Kenneth Hill

    If they are going to use my body heat, I’d like to have a discount on my cremation costs please.

  • Kenneth Hill

    If they are going to use my body heat, I’d like to have a discount on my cremation costs please.

  • Karen Awong

    I had to look at this in terms of how I would feel if after I died would I object to my body being turned into fuel.

    I would have to say, No! I strive to be of use in my lifetime and why would I object after death?

  • Karen Awong

    I had to look at this in terms of how I would feel if after I died would I object to my body being turned into fuel.

    I would have to say, No! I strive to be of use in my lifetime and why would I object after death?

  • Karen Awong

    I had to look at this in terms of how I would feel if after I died would I object to my body being turned into fuel.

    I would have to say, No! I strive to be of use in my lifetime and why would I object after death?

  • David

    Makes sense to me. I won’t be using my body once I’m dead and letting the heat go to waste is just, well, wasteful.

  • David

    Makes sense to me. I won’t be using my body once I’m dead and letting the heat go to waste is just, well, wasteful.

  • David

    Makes sense to me. I won’t be using my body once I’m dead and letting the heat go to waste is just, well, wasteful.

  • David Waller

    I wonder if there is some way to use the fires of hell in a geothermal district heating scheme?

    Proud to be a Turnip.

  • David Waller

    I wonder if there is some way to use the fires of hell in a geothermal district heating scheme?

    Proud to be a Turnip.

  • Kelly

    Beautiful example of a closed-loop system. I’d be so glad to know that my cremation was helping to heat the homes of the living!

  • Kelly

    Beautiful example of a closed-loop system. I’d be so glad to know that my cremation was helping to heat the homes of the living!

  • Kelly

    Beautiful example of a closed-loop system. I’d be so glad to know that my cremation was helping to heat the homes of the living!

  • andrew

    Soylent Green is people!!!

  • andrew

    Soylent Green is people!!!

  • http://ravinglunacy.org alan herrell

    Proud to be a Swede

  • http://ravinglunacy.org alan herrell

    Proud to be a Swede

  • http://ravinglunacy.org alan herrell

    Proud to be a Swede

  • Mike

    scary!!!

  • Mike

    scary!!!

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