Sunday, April 24, 2005

More On Methane Hydrates

According to The Engineer, the U.S. isn't the only country pursuing methane hydrates (earlier covered in this story). Aside from Japan, Ireland is also looking at developing their methane hydrate resources. Dr Padraic Mac Aodha of the National University of Ireland, Galway hopes to leapfrog the U.S. in methane hydrate production. They are investigating several different methods of harvesting hydrates.

As I mentioned in the earlier article, the Uncle John is on an exploratory mission looking for methane hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico. The project has a home page at the DOE, with a great deal of useful information.