Japan successfully gets fuel from undersea ‘flammable ice’ deposits

Japan successfully gets fuel from undersea ‘flammable ice’ deposits

Japan’s decade-long quest to produce gas from undersea methane hydrate, or “flammable ice,” paid off this week with the announcement of a successful extraction from nearly 900 feet below the seabed, the world’s first. The achievement has the potential to unlock a vast new fuel source, as the total amount of carbon in methane hydrate deposits worldwide is conservatively estimated at twice that of all other fossil fuels. The majority of those deposits are located beneath the seabed, and Japan’s Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) says that it hopes to commercialize the extraction technology within five years. Researchers pumped water out from under the seabed, lowering the pressure Methane hydrate is formed when…

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Japan successfully gets fuel from undersea ‘flammable ice’ deposits

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