University of British Columbia and National Research Council of Canada researchers are studying the role that methane nanobubbles might play in the formation and dissociation of natural gas hydrates. Natural gas hydrates also known as methane hydrates are an untapped source of natural gas that could be a chief energy source across much of the […]

Researchers at the Laboratory of Advanced Materials, University of Alicante’s department of Inorganic Chemistry, have developed a technology that produces artificial methane hydrates. The researchers are showing its possible to prepare methane hydrates in a laboratory by imitating, and even enhancing, natural processes through the use of activated carbon materials as nano-reactors. The may be […]

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu contributed a statement to an announced breakthrough in research into tapping the vast fuel resource of methane hydrates that could eventually bolster already massive U.S. natural gas reserves. As Al Fin pointed out yesterday natural gas is priced to a barrel of oil equivalent at about $10-$11 […]

Methane Is the Future

February 8, 2010 | 6 Comments

Its as safe a declaration as can be made, methane, the main part of natural gas is a major future fuel. Case Item No. 1: In the U.S. alone, the combination of horizontal drilling and reservoir fracturing services becoming more affordable has moved up the U.S. reserve by 35% in existing fields of 2007 to […]

A lot of natural gas is lost, burned off or simply too remote to get to market.  Several efforts have made press releases, but most are non-scalable or not cost effective.  Yet, the lure of so much fuel and energy in remote natural gas is a strong enticement. A catalyst manufactured by the American chemist […]

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