Welcome to Pyrolysium

Pyrolysium.org is a web platform for the promotion and development of pyrolysis as an efficient way to dispose of human remains using the least amount of energy possible. Pyrolysis is the decomposition of organic material through heat in the absence of oxygen. The word pyrolysis is coined from the Greek-derived elements Pyr “fire” and Lysis “separating”.

Humanity has long travelled along an unsustainable path and is now confronted with a scarcity of fossil fuels, rising global temperatures due to a higher CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, an economic model in tatters and an exponentially rising population.

Pyrolysium helps to solve problems in all these areas. It does not claim land that we need to grow food. It limits the use of scarce fossil fuels, reducing the formation of CO2. It turns human remains into biochar, a process which further reduces the amount of CO2 produced. The biochar can be used for the planting of a commemorative tree or buried as a long term carbon sink.

Pyrolysium is a low-tech, viable alternative to current standard burial and cremation practices and expensive modern high-tech alternatives such as cryomation and resomation. Pyrolysium makes the whole process so simple that it can be put to use in the mega-cities in the developing parts of the world.

Pyrolysium.org is a forum for collaboration in an “open source” environment to develop, improve, and divulge this idea, ensuring it is not patented. Pyrolysium makes this idea available as a tool to be used on the down-slope towards a sustainable future.

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6 Responses to Welcome to Pyrolysium

  1. Tom says:

    I will most likely choose this method of after life on earth treatment of my body. But, I think I would feel better if the syngas produced during the pyrolysis process were reformed into methanol or higher mixed alcohols. This is not difficult to do. I think there should be enough syngas to power the process of pyrolysis and to produce some amount of methanol fuel. I also hope that the entire process is powered by the syngas produced and/or some form of renewable energy technology such as solar concentration or electricity produced by wind, tides, or solar, or by some form of geothermal energy. Recent studies demonstrate that biochar is the principle constituent of terra preta, a thick layer of rich soil in Amazonia that pre-Columbian indigenous peoples created. Biochar will remain stable in soils for perhaps thousands of years and thus lock up carbon for that long and for unknown reasons plants perform much better in soils with biochar amendments than in soils without. BTW, many sites today make it possible for people to like the site on Facebook and I hope you can do that because I’d like to “like” your site and post it on that social medium and perhaps others.

  2. Egidius Kuhlmann says:

    The initially tests we did with a gas-bottle in a wood burning fire.
    Rest assured that when our new stainless steel infrared furnace is operational we will use pictures of that instead of fire.
    While it reduces the amount of carbon-dioxide that is produced it’s only a side effect our main objective is a sustainable way of dealing with the growing amount of human remains in an age where fossil fuels are getting scarce and more expensive. See http://pyrolysium.org/body-composition/ for a detailed explanation of the carbon content of a human body.

  3. fokbros says:

    Very interesting idea!

    It still needs a name:
    “this person has been buried..cremated..pyrolysed…?”

    Why do you show picture’s of fire on your website?
    This technique seems to be a proces without the use of fire..?

    Maybe a difficult question:
    what’s the value of this technique if used by let’s say 50 % of the world population in tons of C02
    in comparence to the the emission of cars worldwide or an volcanic explosion of Pinatubo?

    thanks!

  4. Egidius Kuhlmann says:

    Composting takes place in the living layer above or just below the ground. The undesirable side effects of that process has given rise in the past to burial and cremation practises. Pyrolysium strives to be a carbon negative technological solution for the masses dwelling in the urban areas with no access to traditional burial grounds and burning material for cremation.

  5. vera says:

    Ha. That is a really neat idea. Still though… why not just compost them?

  6. Jeff Holiman says:

    Hello Egidius,
    I sincerely appreciate your vision and think that this process offers much more in regard to honoring the life of a loved one that has passed than embalming or standard cremation. Think of the value of fruit or nut tree planted in biochar mix, providing food for decades. How about if corpse first allowed to be exposed to black soldier fly larvae that are feed to chickens or fish then feed to family , cycling the matter of the loved one back through the rest of family. I am now using an 85 gallon TLUD to make char here in Portland Oregon. Best regards and I would enjoy collaborating on a project such as bone char filter for air and water to give back to family.
    Sincerely,
    Jeff Holiman
    Portland, OR

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