Afterlife Afterburners: Crematorium to Sell Energy From Dead People

Is the plan ecologically pragmatic, Soylent Green macabre, or simply a dead heat?
Spend eternity on a shelf or power an electric scooter? It's your body, you make the call. (Photo: Victor Fraile/Reuters)
Dec 2, 2011· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

British environmentalists who worry their contribution to a greener planet will end when they expire can finally rest in peace.

A crematorium in Durham, England, has announced plans to capture heat given off from its furnaces and then turn it into usable energy that can be sold back to the country’s energy grid, reports The Telegraph.

That’s right, Brits. Charred corpses could soon be energizing your streets lights, your toaster ovens, and maybe even Queen Elizabeth’s curling iron.

Officials say that the plan—the first of its kind in the U.K.—could generate enough energy to power 1,500 televisions.

The grim scheme makes a lot of financial sense, especially given the fact that the old-school furnaces in many British crematoria will be dead in the water by next year, reports The Daily Mail.

It could be adopted by other crematoria across the country forced to revamp their systems in order to meet Government targets on harmful mercury emissions. Almost one fifth of mercury pollution in the UK comes from crematoria emissions through dental fillings. Crematoria have been ordered to eliminate such emissions by 2020.

In related news, the clock is now ticking on exactly how long it takes a British DJ with a ghastly sense of humor to remake a 1971 hit song from John Lennon.

Move over “Power to the People,” hello “Power from the People.”