Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Ocean Studies Board, Committee to Review the Activities Authorized under the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Act of 2000

Methane hydrate is a average type of clathrate - a chemical substance during which one molecule varieties a lattice round a 'guest' molecule with chemical bonding. during this clathrate, the visitor molecule is methane and the lattice is shaped by way of water to shape an ice-like reliable. Methane hydrate has turn into the focal point of overseas recognition a result of big strength for human use around the world. If methane may be made from hydrate, an inexpensive assumption on condition that there are not any seen technical or engineering roadblocks to advertisement construction, the nation's traditional fuel strength provide might be prolonged for a few years to come.This document experiences the dep. of Energy's (DOE) Methane Hydrate learn and improvement software, the venture choice method, and initiatives funded so far. It makes tips about how the DOE application should be better. Key strategies comprise focusing DOE software emphasis and learn in 7 precedence components; incorporating higher medical oversight within the choice, initiation, tracking, and evaluate of significant initiatives funded by means of the DOE; strengthening DOE's contribution to schooling and coaching via investment of fellowships, and supplying venture candidates with a collection of directions and guidance outlining requisites for well timed and whole disclosure of venture effects and outcomes of noncompliance.

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S. 6 Tcf (BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2003) doubles and 1 to 10 percent of inplace hydrate is recoverable, gas hydrate has the potential to provide the United States with natural gas for 40 to 400 years. In evaluating this estimate, it is important to note that some researchers suggest that the inplace hydrate resource may be smaller than assumed here (Milkov, 2004). S. government in activities with regard to energy. 1. In the United States, the responsibility for funding gas hydrate research has traditionally been split among several different government agencies.

Interagency projects are used to address gaps in research using an interagency agreement (DOE, 2004a). The study tasks are agreed upon at interagency Technical Coordinating Team (TCT) meetings and during subsequent collaboration between DOE and the agency doing the work. S. S. 3 million from 2000 through 2005 (7 percent of total planned program expenditure). NETL in-house projects are granted through a process of proposal submission and external and internal review. The NETL Office of Science and Technology (OST) submits proposals to the gas supply technology manager.

Hesse and Harrison, 1981; Ussler and Paull, 2001). For logistical reasons, these techniques sample only a small percent of the total core and provide measurements that are spaced meters to tens of meters apart. Recently, these robust but spatially incomplete measurements have been supplemented by infrared core scans, which can image all cores. , 2003, 2004). Because core recovery is often incomplete, geophysical logging methods are needed to sample the entire borehole. , 1999), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging of the borehole.

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