An Asian Energy Boom?
The Song of Fire Ice Goes On
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  • ShadrachSmith

    Just as the greens are gearing up to oppose methane emissions.

    • Jacksonian_Libertarian

      I hear they’re going to force everyone to wear methane (Fart) scavenging butt plugs!

      • Andrew Allison

        ROTFLMAO! I just wouldn’t want to be the collector.

        • richard40

          I can just picture Al Gore personally collecting cow/human farts.

  • Andrew Allison

    Hyperbole alert: The last time I tried to light ice, all I got was a puddle of water.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    It seems harvesting the Methane would be relatively easy, tent a large section of the ocean floor where Methane Hydrates are present, and pump warm surface water under the tent. The Methane Hydrate will melt, releasing the Methane to bubble up into the tent, and be piped to the surface. Using solar powered pumps to pump the solar heated surface water down to the bottom would make sense, and a collection tank that would float higher has the Methane displaced the water, would allow for regular visits by a tanker ship for collection.

    • Tom Billings

      Your technical scheme has several operational drawbacks, compared to using an undersea version of hydraulic fracturing. Underwater currents will play hob with a sizable collection tent. On the surface, gathering solar power for powering pumps, exposes large expanses of equipment to all the weather, including typhoons, of the Western Pacific.

      The thinly layered nature of most Clathrate deposits makes the standard fracking technology of drilling down, and angling the drill bore out to the horizontal a necessity for both heating and collecting the methane. The collection by drill bores above the drill bore carrying hot water will allow the methane to be pumped straight into a seabed pipeline headed to shore. This is a natural transport method for deposits that are always below about 100 meters depth, but still on relatively shallow continental shelves of continents.

      Finally, pumping air back down an annular pipe inside the methane delivery pipeline to the boreholes, combusting part of the methane itself to heat water inside the piping before it is sent into the heating bores, will be far more robust, operationally, than anything spread out on the surface to collect solar heat.

  • richard40

    I would never underestimate the ability of the Japanese to develop new technology, they are a very resourceful and forward looking people. I suspect the global warming fanatics will hate this though, since they will be creating yet another fossil fuel.

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