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First Resomator installed in US

First Resomator installed in US

Resomation Ltd, the company behind the alkaline hydrolysis process Resomation, has installed its first commercial unit. It was unveiled at the Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St Petersburg, Florida, one of seven US states where Resomation has been legalised.

The process, which works by dissolving the body in water and potassium hydroxide heated to a high temperature at a high pressure, is billed as a greener alternative to cremation.

Company founder Sandy Sullivan says it produces a third less greenhouse gas than cremation, uses a seventh of the energy, and allows for the complete separation of dental amalgam – and therefore mercury – so that this can be disposed of safely.

As reported in FSJ (May 2011), Resomation Ltd, which is majority owned by The Co-operative Funeralcare, is now pressing for legislative changes in the UK to make alkaline hydrolysis a reality in Britain.

Sandy told the BBC that the US installation would enable leaders in the funeral industry to see “how dignified, respectful, quiet and quick [the process] is”.


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