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Now, a portable smokeless electric crematorium ready

Friday, 14 May 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

There is finally some relief for people running around for place to perform the last rites of their loved ones and finding majority of the crematoriums overbooked. The Indian Institute of Technology has developed a portable prototype electric cremation system which claims to be using first of its kind technology that involves smokeless cremation despite using wood.

It uses half of the wood otherwise required for the cremation and still is eco-friendly because of the technology that uses a combustion air system and can be relocated.

It is based on wick-stove technology in which the wick when lighted glows yellow. This is converted into a smokeless blue flame with the help of a combustion air system installed over the wicks.

The cremation cart has wheels and can be transported anywhere without much efforts. The stainless steel trays on both sides are easy ash removable. The cart is equipped with combustion air for primary and secondary hot air system.

IIT Professor Dr Harpreet Singh, Dean, Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research and Industry Interaction (ICSR&II) who has developed the system said the cremation system or incinerator heats up at 1044 degree Celsius which ensures complete sterilisation.

“The disposal of the body is completed within 12 hrs including cooling time as against 48 hours required in the normal wood-based cremation,” Professor Harpreet added.  

The use of less wood can also reduce the carbon footprint by half. He said it requires less cooling time in the absence of refractory heat storage. It has stainless steel insulation on both sides of the cart for no heat loss and less wood consumption. It also has a tray beneath for easy removal of ashes.

 He said he has adopted a tech-traditional model for cremation as it also uses wood. That has been done keeping in view our beliefs and traditions of cremating on the wood pyre.

 Keeping in view the present pandemic situation “if this system can be adopted, may provide respectable cremation to the near and dear ones of those who cannot afford the financial burden of arranging wood”, said Harjinder Singh Cheema, MD, Cheema Boilers Ltd. who has made the prototype.

 He said since this is portable, it can be taken to any place with the permission of the concerned authorities. This will also help people to avoid space crunch in crematoriums as is the case in the present context.

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