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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • UNEP discusses breaking down barriers to a green economy in new year book

    An emerging Green Economy is glimpsed in the latest United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Year Book as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions of dollars into cleaner and renewable energies.  Climate change, as documented in the Year Book, is increasingly changing the global environment from the melting of permafrost and ...


    By Oy Ekotuotanto AB

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