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methane clathrate

A potential source of clean fuel formed when methane produced by bacteria on the ocean floor dissolve and crystallise. While methane clathrate deposits are thought to represent 2–10 times the volume of natural gas, extraction with current technologies is not seen as commercially viable.
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Should methane hydrate development follow a growth curve similar to that for shale and tight gas reserves in North America, infrastructure deployment in the next decade would be followed by hydrate production that could result in a significant portion of energy demand, particularly in the power sector, being met by hydrate resources by 2040.
The global Methane Hydrate industry is segmented on the basis of technology, products, services, and applications.
Methane hydrate is formed from a mixture of methane and water under certain pressure and conditions.
Behl, Methane Hydrates in Quaternary Climate Change: The Clathrate Gun Hypothesis, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., USA, 2003.
To sum up, propane, NaCl, and SDS can improve the methane hydrate nucleation kinetics in certain conditions.
However, as global temperatures rise, more and more extensive areas of permafrost and methane hydrates will begin thawing, as average increases in global temperature are magnified in the Arctic.
Density of methane hydrate is about 0.910 gram/cm3 which is less than water density that is why hydrates floats on water.
Methane hydrate pockets form under highly specific conditions of high water pressure and low temperature, where they generally remain stable.
Another potential energy source, methane hydrate, is also found on the North Slope in abundance, and it holds great promise for future development, Sheets says.
But poor weather, the great distance from shore and technical challenges could make it hard to mine methane hydrate profitably.
Possible magnitude of gas hydrate and associated methane resource coupled with an ever increasing demand for energy has driven R and D in United States, Canada, Japan, Korea and India to assess the potential resource value of methane hydrate and develop recovery techniques.
Seong, "Experimental study on the dissociation characteristics of methane hydrate pellet by hot water injection," Transactions of the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers, B, vol.