methane hydrate News

  • Energy Department Seeks Methane Hydrate Proposals

    The U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting for another round of research into methane hydrates, the potentially huge energy source of "frozen gas" that could step in for shortages of other fossil fuels. The department is looking for research projects on the North Slope of Alaska that could explore how to economically extract the gas locked in ice far below the Earth's surface. DOE is also ...


    By Associated Press

  • Gas production from methane hydrate layers confirmed

    A Japanese state-owned enterprise has confirmed the production of methane gas from offshore methane hydrate deposits. The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), an enterprise created in 2004 to fund exploration activities for petroleum and natural gas, confirmed last week that methane gas was produced from a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Frozen heat: methane gas hydrates , society and the environment

    As global demand for energy grows and continues to outpace supply for the foreseeable future, so does pressure to explore the use of methane hydrates as an economically-viable energy source. Global reservoirs of methane gas have long been the topic of scientific discussion both in the realm of environmental issues such as natural forces of climate change and as a potential energy resource for ...

  • U.S. and Japan complete successful field trial of methane hydrate production technologies

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the completion of a successful, unprecedented test of technology in the North Slope of Alaska that was able to safely extract a steady flow of natural gas from methane hydrates – a vast, entirely untapped resource that holds enormous potential for U.S. economic and energy security.  Building upon this initial, small-scale test, the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Energy Department advances research on methane hydrates – the world’s largest untapped fossil energy resource

    The Energy Department today announced the selection of 14 new research projects across 11 states that will be a part of an expanding portfolio of projects designed to increase our understanding of methane hydrates’ potential as a future energy supply. Methane hydrates are 3D ice-lattice structures with natural gas locked inside, and are found both onshore and offshore – including ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Energy Department Expands Research into Methane Hydrates, a Vast, Untapped Potential Energy Resource of the U.S.

    Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $5 million in funding across seven research projects nationwide designed to increase our understanding of methane hydrates — a large, completely untapped natural gas resource—and what it could mean for the environment, as well as American economic competiveness and energy security. “The recent boom in natural gas ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Gas hydrate: A realistic future source of gas supply?

    A Department of Energy scientist writes in this week's Science magazine that a search is underway for a potentially immense untapped energy resource that, given its global distribution, has the potential to alter existing energy production and supply paradigms. In the article, Is Gas Hydrate Energy Within Reach?, Dr. Ray Boswell, technology manager for the Office of Fossil Energy’s National ...

  • DOE leads national research program in gas hydrates

    The U.S. Department of Energy today told Congress the agency is leading a nationwide program in search of naturally occurring natural gas hydrates – a potentially significant storehouse of methane—with far reaching implications for the environment and the nation’s future energy supplies. Dr. Ray Boswell, Senior Management and Technology Advisor at the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • New Project To Improve Characterization of U.S. Gas Hydrate Resources

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of a multi-year, field-based research project designed to gain further insight into the nature, formation, occurrence and physical properties of methane hydrate‐bearing sediments for the purpose of methane hydrate resource appraisal. Since the passage of the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Act of 2000, the DOE has ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Expedition provides new insight on gas hydrates in Gulf of Mexico

    A joint-federal-agency 15-day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico yielded innovative high-resolution seismic data and imagery that will help refine characterizations of large methane hydrate resources in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the information will be used to refine estimates of the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • DOE Gas Hydrate R&D: Shale Gas Déjà Vu?

    More than 30 years ago, DOE looked into the future and saw the potentially large benefit of developing promising but difficult-to-extract unconventional natural gas resources, particularly those from shale formations. As a result, it began sponsoring research and development (R&D), partnering with industry and academia, and, among other things, invested about $137 million in the Eastern Gas ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Developing nations join R&D race for gas hydrates

    It looks like chunks of ice — but put a flame to it and it goes ablaze. Touch it, and you’ll feel an odd sizzling sensation. This peculiar compound is methane hydrate. Not only might it become the source of the world’s next energy bonanza, but it could also let some coastal developing nations leapfrog coal and other ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • National research council lauds U.S. national gas hydrate R&D effort

    In a Congressionally mandated report released January 29, 2010, the National Research Council (NRC) concluded that the U.S. Department of Energy’s methane hydrate program had been “consistent and effective” in leading a broad-based science and technology development program to investigate naturally occurring gas hydrates. NRC’s review of the program, which is administered by the National Energy ...

  • Methane Levels in Air Lower Due to Leakage Control

    Despite an increase in methane-generating activities, such as drilling for fossil fuels, researchers have found that the amount of methane concentrations in the atmosphere have dropped over the past few decades, according to Climate Central. A team of atmospheric chemists have investigated and attribute this phenomenon to significantly diminished methane leakage from oil and gas wells. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Discovery of an active methane gas system beneath Arctic seabed

    Researchers have discovered a methane gas system beneath the seabed off the west coast of Svalbard in the Arctic that has probably been active since the end of the last ice age, about 15,000 years ago. The methane, much of which is stored in the sediment beneath the seabed as methane hydrate, flows upwards to the seabed surface where it enters the water as plumes of bubbles. Led by Professor ...

  • Methane gas likely spewing into the oceans through vents in sea floor

    Scientists worry that rising global temperatures accompanied by melting permafrost in arctic regions will initiate the release of underground methane into the atmosphere. Once released, that methane gas would speed up global warming by trapping the Earth's heat radiation about 20 times more efficiently than does the better-known greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. An MIT paper that appeared online ...

  • Scientists fear methane emissions from oceans and tundra due to warming

    Warming of the ocean in the Arctic over the last 30 years has triggered the release of methane from seabed sediments, according to U.K. researchers. During a recent Arctic survey, scientists from the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) found more than 250 plumes of methane gas bubbles rising from the seabed in one area, at depths of about 500 to 1600 feet. The scientists believe the ...

  • Microbe community deep beneath Arctic permafrost needs study, scientist tells AGU

    A community of microbes, living in a frigid layer of gas hydrates deep beneath the Arctic permafrost, has piqued the interest of scientists who say a better understanding of that environment is important because it is both a potential fuel source and record of climate change. Frederick “Rick” Colwell, a microbiologist from Oregon State University, shared the results of his research at the annual ...


    By Oregon State University

  • DNV Software honored at the Offshore Technology Focus Award: Ones to Watch 2013

    Like explorers of old, the offshore industry today is striving to find out what's behind the next corner. The push into deeper and more remote waters is driving a surge in new technologies and environmental research, while companies are on the lookout for the necessary skills to pull off such ambitious projects. From rethinking risk analysis to unlocking methane hydrates and from subsea ...


    By DNV GL - Software

  • Strategic Carbon Founder Leads New Zealand Climate Change Expedition

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Strategic Carbon LLC (www.strategic-carbon.com), a global science-based energy and environmental consulting and development enterprise partially owned by Calypso Communications, ...


    By Calypso Communications

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