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I was recently listening to NPR and they
had a piece about "green funerals" where
the graveyard is not covered with giant
headstones and all that. This got me
started thinking about how I'd like to go,
so here it is.
I'd like to be cremated on a funeral pyre,
placed under a boiler/steam
engine, and have the engine hooked up
a dynamo (possibly peltiers if they're
more efficient). Loved ones and family
members would be reruited to start up
the fly wheel on the engine so they
contribute to the energy, then they could
know that some of their energy is stored
with mine forever. The electricity
the pyre and my burning remains would
then be stored in a super capacitor or
life battery to be stored with my ashes. If
a suitable use for the electricity could be
conceived, it could be specified in my
Something like "Shock [X] once a year on
the anniversary of my death, he knows
why", or "trickle my final energy into a
defibrillator so that my last energy may
save a life" if you want something a little
more profound. Suggestions are
Would probably have to run through this first.
To get rid of all the water. [bleh, Dec 18 2007]
Soylent Green ....
... is people ..... [8th of 7, Dec 18 2007]
Ahuman body contains....
47500 Kcal [bleh, Dec 18 2007]
||how much energy do you have to put into a body before it begins to release energy by itself?
||You risk blending your added energy to your own energy and diluting the emotional value of product.
||Instead of burning anything, what about just dumping a bucket of bacteria and some oxygen into the grave? While the body decomposes, the heat can be collected and turned into electricity by a stirling engine, and the gas generated from the expanding body can power a small pump. Although, like with electricty, the addition of a bottle of oxygen would cause energy blending again.
||But I'm not actually sure the heat of decomposition comes from the body so this may be a bad idea.. it might just be all the bacterias and bugs working up a sweat.
||Just a moment, what about all that protein and fat ? Carnivores survive by metabolising meat, therefore there's got to be quite a bit of energy tied up in a body that can be recovered, maybe by fermentation (a la Soylent Green) or some other mechanism. After all, bacteria live by decomposing dead tissue, using it as their energy source. So the breakdown process has to be exothermic.
||The problem is converting the energy locked up in the chemicals into electricity; some sort of fuel cell ?
||Ome could chop up the body and feed it to electric eels.
||<linky> A human body contains about
188 369 BTU. And I discovered that google
does know the capitalization rule for