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.
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