UPDATE: Extracting and Using Methane Hydrate in Japan

Written by on May 16, 2013 in Technology

Back in March, we shared an article about Japan successfully extracting methane hydrate from the ocean floor after ten years of research.

Methane hydrate, sometimes called ‘frozen gas’ or ‘flammable ice’, is a form of methane gas that can be found frozen below the seafloor. Extracting methane hydrate is difficult and expensive but Japan continues to pursue this path as they look for energy sources to replace nuclear reactors — most of which have remained closed since the Fukushima disaster.

France 24 recently aired a segment about methane hydrate and its potential to solve the energy crisis in Tokyo. Check out the following video to learn more about extracting and using methane hydrate and its potential uses in the near future.

Methane gas hydrate forming below a rock.

Methane gas hydrate forming below a rock. Photo credit: NOAA.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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