Swedish Town uses Cremations to produce heat
Amy Judd | January 1, 2009 at 04:49 pmby
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In the Swedish town of Halmstad, they are using energy that is used in cremations in the local crematorium and powering their homes with it.
It was when we were discussing all these environmental issues that we started thinking about the energy that is used in the cremations and realised that instead of all that heat just going up into the air, we could make use of it somehow. It was just rising into the skies for nothing," said Lennart Andersson, the director of the cemetery in the town of Halmstad.
However, cremation can release toxins in to the air, such as mercury from someone's dental fillings, so the control of the released gas is important. The gas must be cooled from about 1000 degrees Celcius, to under 150 degrees Celcius but residents are hoping this method will save on costs and use less water.