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Minister praises plan to heat swimming pool from fires of crematorium
The Telegraph ^

Posted on 02/24/2012 7:00:13 AM PST by MNDude

Sir George Young, leader of the House of Commons, said the proposal to warm a Worcestershire leisure centre with heat from a nearby crematorium was a “groundbreaking scheme”.

He said the Government is considering whether the plan could be duplicated elsewhere in Britain.

“The Government is aware of this particular scheme,” he said. “The Department for Energy and Climate Change will shortly be publishing its heat strategy and this will explore the potential for better recovery and reuse of wasted heat in schemes such as this one.”

He added that he would “die a happier man” if he knew heat from his cremation was warming the waters of a local pool.

Redditch Borough Council will be the first authority in the country to use a crematorium to heat a swimming pool. Work has already begun on the project, which is expected to be completed this spring. Since the plans were approved in February last year, they have won an award from the Green Organisation.

Currently, heat from the incinerators at crematoria - which reach 800 degrees C (1,472F) - is lost into the atmosphere.

Karen Lumley, the Conservative MP for Redditch, had raised the plan as an example of an “innovative scheme which could save £14,500 a year to the taxpayer by heat not being put out into the atmosphere”.

Unison, the trade union, has previously described the cost-saving proposals as "sick and an insult to local residents".

However, the scheme is pushing ahead to will link the crematorium with the Abbey Stadium Leisure Centre.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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seems like all the Brits commenting on this are just fine with it. Seems a bit morbid to me though.
1 posted on 02/24/2012 7:00:18 AM PST by MNDude
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To: MNDude

Are the crackers ready yet?


2 posted on 02/24/2012 7:02:25 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

exactly what I was thinking...Soylent Green.


3 posted on 02/24/2012 7:03:36 AM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: MNDude

2,000 years ago Europe was mostly a howling wilderness, I’m convinced that it would be better if that were so today.


4 posted on 02/24/2012 7:08:19 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: MNDude

Well let’s fire up the grill.

‘op in Minister, we’re ready for you!


5 posted on 02/24/2012 7:09:01 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: MNDude

Well let’s fire up the grill.

‘op in Minister, we’re ready for you!


6 posted on 02/24/2012 7:09:06 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: MNDude

Gee, what an excellent idea. Because everyone knows that there’s no better way to entice a crowd of swimmers to the pool than the knowledge that the water they’re going to be swimming in has been heated by the ashes of dead people.


7 posted on 02/24/2012 7:12:12 AM PST by Texan Tory
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To: MNDude

As someone who swims everyday this just sounds creepy to me. If they were doing it at my pool I would prefer not to know.


8 posted on 02/24/2012 7:12:46 AM PST by circlecity
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To: MNDude
It may be entirely practical, but it's more than a bit creepy. Especially when imagined in a Yorkshire accent:

"Oy, Dwight: deep end's gettin' a bit chilly. Be a good chap an' throw another 'un on!"

9 posted on 02/24/2012 7:14:24 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: MNDude

I can see it now, a direct correlation between the number of deaths and the cost of oil. Vagrants and street people need to be aware.


10 posted on 02/24/2012 7:15:53 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: MNDude

Recuperator!


11 posted on 02/24/2012 7:22:34 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: sasquatch

Wasn’t there a pool in Poltergeist?


12 posted on 02/24/2012 7:36:15 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Yeah, but - ted kennedy could have turned it into a hot tub...


13 posted on 02/24/2012 7:38:34 AM PST by patton (bad math joke omitted - this space for rent)
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To: MNDude

Cremation is a huge waste of fuel, taking a huge amount to incinerate a human body. Burial is wasteful of land and can pollute groundwater. The use of chemicals to dissolve bodies just creates a toxic mess.

However, there is a far cleaner alternative. It is used by natural history museums to strip animal cadavers to leave just clean bones, that can then be bleach sanitized and put on display.

It uses two kinds of insects, fly larvae, when the remains are moist, and cadaver beetles, when they are somewhat dried. The process takes a couple of weeks, and the insects used can then be disposed of as ordinary waste, or compressed into nutritional pellets for zoo animals.

If this technique was used on human cadavers, it would allow for the recovery of artificial replacement parts like pacemakers and titanium joints. The bones could then be incinerated with a fraction of the fuel, or just ground into powder after being sanitized.

Or they could even be used to make an ossuary chapel for religious observance. While initially thought of as morbid, ossuary chapels are later seen as deeply sacred places of high reverence by the faithful. No Christian ossuaries are believed to exist in the United States.

http://weburbanist.com/2009/10/30/7-wonders-of-the-undead-world-global-ossuaries/


14 posted on 02/24/2012 7:49:06 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: MNDude

The heat will still be lost to the atmosphere as the pool loses heat. But it is a creatively efficient use the excess heat. Creepy, but efficient.


15 posted on 02/24/2012 8:27:10 AM PST by JTHomes (Free markets now!)
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To: MNDude

Talk about respect for the dead. Hey buddy, you done with
your life yet? Hop on the barB, we need some heat here.
I’ll remember you on the 3rd lap. Very utilitarian.
Oh, by the way, bad lawmakers hop on first. That wouldn’t
get to committee, no way.

If the English were more serious about energy they could
use electrical cogenerators with all “oxidative reactive”
heat generators, and get electricity from their stoves,
cars, etc, and plug that into the grid.


16 posted on 02/24/2012 8:51:45 AM PST by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: MNDude

Sounds like a plan Caligula would have thought of.


17 posted on 02/24/2012 9:00:01 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: MNDude

Sounds like a plan Caligula would have thought of.


18 posted on 02/24/2012 9:00:13 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: MNDude
I think they did something like this in Huxley's Brave New World.
19 posted on 02/24/2012 1:36:39 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (Newt's not a perfect candidate but Jesus isn't running this year. - shoff)
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To: MNDude

¡great balls of fire!


20 posted on 02/24/2012 1:39:58 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: MNDude
In the spirit of the topic, I'll recycle a quote I posted on some other thread today:

Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone. - Ayn Rand

21 posted on 02/24/2012 2:25:14 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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