There is so much fossil fuel in the ground we can make the world uninhabitable for ourselves if we burn it all.
We have to stop using fossil fuels for non-essential practices like cremation’s, we can do it with solar power!
Half the world, including almost all the developed world, now is reproducing at below replacement level. A generation from now, according to United Nations Population Division projections, less than a quarter of the world’s women – most of them in Africa and south Asia – will be reproducing at above replacement rate. And those UN forecasts are probably on the high side, for reasons we’ll come to later.
And as the birth rate has plunged in developed nations, and the native-born population has begun to shrink and rapidly age, governments and business have sought to make up the numbers by importing people to prop up their economies. It’s all they know how to do, for our economic system is, at its base, a giant Ponzi scheme, dependent on ever more people producing and consuming ever more stuff.
But what happens if that all stops? What happens when you get an ageing, shrinking population that consumes less?
“The answer to that question is that we don’t know because it’s never happened before,” says Peter McDonald, professor of demography and director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University. The Global Mail
The Dutch Tax Administration can declare an institution to be an “institution for general benefit” (algemeen nut beogende instelling, ANBI). Often this is a foundation, though not every foundation qualifies. It can also be a voluntary association (vereniging), but not e.g. a sport club, or association of personnel. Also it cannot be a commercial institution.
This morning after a conversation with the Dutch tax authorities Stichting Pyrolysium was granted the ANBI status.
If in a calendar year the sum of someone’s gifts to ANBIs exceeds 1% of the threshold income, the excess, with a maximum of 10% of that income, is deductible income. Also an ANBI is exempted from inheritance tax and gift tax on inheritances and gifts it receives, except on those made under a condition such that it is not for general benefit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algemeen_nut_beogende_instelling
A dead rat in the garden, 184 gram, big enough to fill the little pyrolysiscell.
A bit pushing was nessesary to get the rat in the cell.
Brute force approach today heating up vaporazing the water content and pyrolysis phase direct afterwards.
Shortly flammable gasses start to come out of the exhaust, mostly hydrogen gas and acrolein from decomposing fat.
It is clear that animals remains don’t give nice pieces of biochar. The flesh melts when the cell membranes losing their integrity. On the left side is the skull of the rat with the front teeth is visible, the bones are very brittle. Only 24 gram remains 13% from the original 184 gram.
I bought a space heater in the after winter sale and took it apart, now comes the difficult part of fitting it in an airtight tube. Have to be careful not to exceed the melting point +/- 350C of the connectors on the halogen-tubes.
Pyrolysium introduces pyrolysis as an energy-efficient way to deal with human remains. Pyrolysis is the decomposition of organic matter using heat in the absence of oxygen. The oxygen-deprived environment is created by sealing the corpse in a steel pyrolysis-cell. 99% of the human body is made from six basic elements: oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus. By locking much of the 18% carbon into biochar we prevent the formation of CO2. The addition of a dehydration stage and running multiple processes simultaneously achieve further energy efficiency. Pyrolysis can utilize any heat source, from solar radiation to industrial waste heat.
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