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Article excerpt (from MSNBC):

“A crematorium is installing turbines in its burners that will convert waste heat from the combustion of each corpse into as much as 150 kilowatt-hours of juice — enough to power 1,500 televisions for an hour. The facility plans to sell the electricity to local power companies.

“Some might find this concept creepy. Others might be pleased to learn that the process ‘makes cremation much greener by utilizing its by-products,’ in the words of cremation engineer Steve Looker, owner and chief executive officer of the Florida-based company B&L Cremation Systems, which is unaffiliated with the Durham enterprise.”

Full article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45526347/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.T01vRHlENBl

[I find it very interesting that they quantify the heat produced by a burning body according to how many hours of television it generates, instead of something a bit more noble-sounding, such as how many trees it saves.]

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