Heat from dead people? Why not?
Here is a topic that is getting me fired up. Redditch Council will decide tonight whether to approve a scheme to capture waste heat from its crematorium to heat its swimming pool. The Unison union is dead against the scheme, saying it is “insulting and insensitive”.
What’s their problem?
People die, get cremated, heat is generated, why not use it?
We lose loads of heat to the atmosphere that could be put to good use else – in fact the amount of waste heat from our power stations is roughly enough to heat every home in the country. Every refrigeration unit, chiller and air compressor pumps hot air out into the atmosphere – this can easily be captured and turned into hot water, saving loads of energy. So why not a crematorium? And, the swimming pool is a great use for the heat, too, with a big, year round heat requirement.
I heard the Unison guy on the radio a couple of weeks ago, unable to convince anyone that there was a problem. What a bunch of deadbeats – the scheme has cross party support in the council and approval of 85% of the locals. So why try to kill it off?
I hope Redditch Council will put this squeamish nonsense to rest and vote for this superb idea.