Shale fracking today, frozen methane hydrates tomorrow -- and perhaps sooner rather than later?
Pacific Standard reports that frozen natural gas, called methane hydrates, is getting a real serious look as an untapped clean energy source that could provide as much as 100 years worth of fuel for the world. The Japanese are leaders in the field right now.
Pacific Standard writes: "Since it started seriously studying how to harvest methane hydrates almost two decades ago, Japan has been a leader in the field, as Bruce Dorminey, who wrote about hydrates for us a year ago exactly, explained.
"While the Japanese have looking at hydrates in the permafrost of Canada, shale fracking has meant the economics of either land- or sea-based extraction haven’t made sense domestically in North America – so far. That was once true for Japan, too. As that country’s Ryo Minam of the Agency for Natural Resources told the Financial Times: 'Ten years ago, everybody knew there was shale gas in the ground, but to extract it was too costly. Yet now it’s commercialized.'"
Read the whole thing here.
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