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Now, body liquefaction tech offers ‘environmental friendly’ cremation

Published On: Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011 | Biotechnology | By BioNews

A Florida-based company has invented a body liquefaction technology, which they claim is a green alternative to burial or cremation.

Called “Resomation”, after the Greek word “resoma” meaning “rebirth”, the technology is exactly as creepy as it sounds.

The process works by placing the corpse into a pressure chamber filled with water and potassium hydroxide that is then pressurised and heated to 180C.

In just under three hours, the stainless steel machine can dissolve an entire corpse, turning everything that isn’t bone into a brown, syrupy liquid, which is pumped into the municipal water system.

The remaining bones are then removed and ground into dust using a “cremulator,” the same machine that is used to crush bony remnants after cremation and returned to the family.

The makers of the chamber claim the process produces a third less greenhouse gas than cremation and requires one-seventh the energy.

Resomation founder Sandy Sullivan claimed the technology was developed in response to the public’s increasing environmental concerns.

“It gives them that working third choice, which allows them to express those concerns in a very positive and I think personal way,” News.com.au quoted Sullivan as telling the BBC.

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