Austeng is one of the successful recipients of a grant pursuant to the State Government’s Hydrogen Business Ready Fund, setting us up to play a lead role in showing how renewable hydrogen can reduce the environmental impact of the cremation process, via a feasibility study and a prototype demonstration model. It is hoped that ultimately the technology can then be rolled out to other types of fuel furnaces to enable uses to transition to renewable energy.
Watch this space !

Thanks also to the Geelong Cemeteries Trust for their support with this application and project.

For more details, please read this Geelong Advertiser article or this article featured in Stockhead

Hydrogen Burner

Ross George, Lyn George and Frank de Groot with a burner that will be powered by hydrogen


Hydrogen Burner

Ross George and Frank de Groot with burner



The latest “Joule” is made in Australia and is packed with unique and innovative features that will ensure it continues to set the standards against which all other designs are measured.

The “Joule” Cremator has undergone several changes since its introduction, but a common thread links every stage of its development – INNOVATION.



The “Joule” is cost effective. It’s high throughput, low fuel usage and low labour input means the “Joule” Cremators have the lowest unit cost of any furnace in the industry while simultaneously meeting the most stringent emission guidelines. Its comprehensive control system ensures optimum performance without the need of manual intervention at any stage.

Fuel Efficiency

The secondary combustion zone optimises thermal efficiency thus reducing fuel consumption and heat up time. The “Joule” Cremator is unique in incorporating a secondary combustion zone “wrapped around” the primary chamber therefore minimal fuels required while maintaining the secondary zone at the 850°C if required.

The “Joule” Cremator provides compact design whilst maintaining full 2 seconds retention time.


An atomised water mist injector system protects the operator during charging.

The “Joule” cremator improves process control and provides improved safety during emergency shut down.

The computerized control system also incorporates numerous self-checking and
safety features to protect both the operator and the plant.

Time Taken

Cremation time averages 70 minutes

Pollution Control

The “Joule” cremators comply with the stringent anti-pollution requirements present in Europe. Multi element waste gas sampling also improves reliability and accuracy of waste gas emission monitoring equipment.

Ease of Control

The computerized control system is easy to operate. There is no need for the operator to be an “expert’ in the area of computers.

Training – Case study

Recent staff training undertaken by Austeng at Thorak Regional Cemetery, Darwin NT.

General Comments:

Awesome training”

“Makes cremator operations a breeze”

“We like the way Tim simplified the whole cremation operation, it left us feeling secure that Austeng is there to assist at any time”

Comments regarding the best learning outcomes:

“It became clear the cremator unit itself is robust, safe and built for most situations we could throw at it”

“Knowing the outside generator can take over the cremation operation in we lose power in the middle of the process; conversely; knowing its ok if we lose power during a cremation and we turn everything off, that’s ok too, the cremator will take care of things.”

“Raking time is variable, depending of the different circumstances”

“New short cuts”

Comments from participants when asked for other general comments to the training experience:

“The laminated A3 process chart is a great operator reminder sheet to attach to the crematory wall”

Oversized joule Cremator with rotating top Auto Charge Bier and Cool Room, Gungahlin Crematorium Canberra


Oversize Joule Cremators at Rookwood General Crematorium (which is owned and operated by Invocare Australia Pty. Ltd.)

Front View of Joule Cremator at Catholic Cemetery Trust, Necropolis in Sydney Australia

Side View of Joule Cremator at Catholic Cemetery Trust, Necropolis in Sydney Australia

View of Joule Cremator at Waikumete Crematorium, Auckland New Zealand

View of Creotal Cremator installed at Manchester Crematorium, United Kingdom

Front view of Newton Mk V cremator at City of Brisbane Australia

Two Newton Cremator units at Macquarie Park, Sydney Australia

Front view of Mk V units at Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, Perth Australia

New Plymouth, New Zealand – front load / front rake unit.

The Austeng Automatic Charge Bier is designed to take all the heavy manual handling of coffins away from the Cremator operator. It is also specifically set-up to ensure your staff are more than 2 metres away from the Cremator especially when the Charge Door is open.

Our Automatic Charge Bier therefore represents the latest in compliance with all Occupational Health and Safety legislation and improved productivity and risk reduction. It will handle the largest coffins with ease. Austeng guarantees our automated charge bier is a one person operation even when handling very heavy coffins.

The Austeng Automated Charge Bier has powered travel on a fixed rail along the front of the Cremator. Our unit automatically stops in front of the cremator. The PLC Controller in the Charge Bier provides repeat and accurate positioning so misalignments of coffins with the charge door a “thing-of-the-past”.

Our units are mains powered connected by ceiling mounted catenaries. The 415 Volt power ensures sufficient motive force is always available even for the largest coffin. A floor mounted rail running parallel to the cremator unit guarantees alignment during the charging process.

The nature of our Auto Charge Bier is its flexibility, they can be loaded from the front or rear.  Austeng’s Charge Bier has a significant advantage over its competitors, being a fully automatic machine.

Austeng Automated Charge Bier is designed to load or unload from your cool rooms or your coffin trolleys.

Austeng have also manufactured alternative designs including variable height 90 degree loading and battery operated.  The selection will finally depend on layout of the Furnace room.

See an  Austeng Auto Charge Bier in operation

The major advantage of our Ash Processor is that the ash container is inserted under the machine so that the ashes discharge directly into the standard ash container via a special built-in vacuum device. Accordingly, there is no requirement to transfer the ashes and no escape of dust into the surrounding area.

Features of the Austeng Ash Processor

  • No double handling
  • Dust free operation
  • Health and safety advantages especially regarding the handling of radioactive remains
  • Light but strong construction
  • Portable
  • Not essential to pre-separate nails and other metal objects


The Ash Processor is purpose-built to suit the client’s choice of ash container

Width:     700mm
Depth:     950mm
Height:     1250mm
Finish:     Colour coated mild steel panels

The finished unit need only be plugged into a standard single phase 10 amp socket.

Fully inclusive of collection tin if required and magnetic wand.


The “Creotal Cremator” is a small efficient and economic furnace especially designed and dedicated to the cremation for feotal and still-born baby remains.

It is consistent with the emerging trend of cemeteries and crematoria organisations offering separate areas for the memorialisation of babies and young children. Losing a baby as a result of stillbirth, prematurely or miscarriage can be a profoundly devastating and emotional time for a family.  Parents need to make many choices at this vulnerable time and we believe the ability to offer a customised baby cremation service can somewhat ease this burden.

Also cremation of such small bodies provides their own challenges and these units:

  • maximise the remains that are available for collection and guarantee integrity of those remains
  • provide a more sensitive and aesthetic cremation process especially where there is a “viewing” involved.

See attached article in ACCA News headed “King Edward Memorial Hospital – Pioneers in Perinatal Cremation & Memorialisation”.

Creotal Cremator

If you are likely to be handling ashes outside the machine, i.e. transferring ashes into scattering urns, causuary urns or other non-standard containers, repacking for other locations etc. we recommend our proven Ash Handling system which consists of Cremovac, specially designed stainless steel bench, air extraction system complete with canopy, cooling racks and ash cooling trays.

The Stainless Steel Bench top is fitted with a recess which is used to hold the urn or ash box when transferring ashes.  The recess is open at the bottom and a waste bin is located under to collect any spilled ashes.  Behind the bench is a canopy connected to an exhaust fan.  This is designed to capture fugitive dust which is generated while handling ashes.  The whole set-up is easy to clean and maintain and is designed to keep dust away from the operator even during transfer of ashes.

In summary, our Ash Handling Area provides a safe, clean and healthier work environment for your staff.  We have many of these set-ups installed in Australia.

Ash Processor, Ash bench with Ash Capture and Ash pan Cooling Trolley – Canberra Memorial Parks

Ash Pan Trolley

This trolley is manufactured from stainless steel and is designed to allow operators to safely transfer hot ash pans from cremators to the ash processing area, and also acts as a portable cooling rack.

This transfer trolley is simple but efficient. It is on heavy duty castors, has a scissor lift configuration and the top deck is fitted with rollers. The lifting action is powered up and down by battery so that the casket can be lowered or elevated as desired without operator effort. This means a casket or body can be transferred from a vehicle or around a funeral chapel quickly and easily by one person. The unit is self-contained and comes with separate locking devices to prevent movement of both casket and trolley.

Features of the Transfer Trolley

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Makes casket handling a “one-man” job
  • No lifting required
  • Prevents manual handling injuries and therefore complies with health and safety regulations
  • Makes your organisation more efficient
  • Comes complete with operating manual and instructions
  • Can ‘double’ as catafalque with only minor modifications
  • Optional four or six wheel configuration


Plan area:     2515 x 600mm

Height:      Max 1720mm    Min 430mm

Lifting capacity:     180kg – 350kg

Finish:     Powder Coated

Please note: These specifications can be modified and other colours and stainless steel construction are available on request. We also manufacture an electrically propelled hydraulic trolley with capacity up to 350kg, designed for moving coffins over longer distances.


Trolley at Rookwood General Crematorium