Methane Hydrates


Methane Hydrates is frozen natural gas located in deposits found in the bottom of the sea floor. The energy locked up in these methane hydrate reserves can be more than oil, coal and gas combined and they may be very important for a new energy source in the future. In the video I watched on youtube titled “Methane Hydrate: the undersea fuel of the future” it discussed how scientists dig up the deposits for this and will be able to put the energy to use in the future. Drilling is put out into the deposits and a pipeline filled with co2 is connected from the city to the deposit rich methane hydrate. By doing this it creates a exchange of gases and energy pushing the methane to the city giving a new source of energy. It also limits damaging CO2 from releasing into the atmosphere by putting it into the deposits. The advantage of using methane hydrates is that it is a renewable source of energy and it is a easy energy source to be transferred into our homes and workplaces. However, with great advantages comes great disadvantages. Methane hydrates are very toxic and dangerous to the human body when inhaled if too much is released into the atmosphere. Also, it is very explosive and is a main contributor to global warming because it is a greenhouse gas that causes entrapment in the atmosphere. Scientists are unclear as to when methane hydrates will be implemented to use but they are on the verge of finding new ways to make it a safe energy source. If methane hydrates are successfully used in the future as a energy source it will greatly impact how energy is used and renewed.