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Main Title Realizing the energy potential of methane hydrate for the United States /
CORP Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Assessment of the Department of Energy's Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program: Evaluating Methane Hydrate as a Future Energy Resource.
Publisher National Academies Press,
Year Published 2010
OCLC Number 520515412
ISBN 0309148898; 9780309148894
Subjects Methane industry--United States. ; Natural gas--United States. ; Energy development--United States. ; Renewable energy sources--United States.
Internet Access
Description Access URL
National Academies Press
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  TN884.A1 2010 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 07/26/2010
Collation xix, 184 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes
Methane hydrate research in the United States -- State of the science: recent advances and current challenges in methane hydrate research -- Review of central research efforts within the methane hydrate research and development program -- Coordinating process for the methane hydrate research and development program -- Conclusions and recommendations. "Natural gas, composed mostly of methane, is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels, emitting 25-50% less carbon dioxide than either oil or coal for each unit of energy produced. In recent years, natural gas supplied approximately 20-25% of all energy consumed in the United States. Methane hydrate is a potentially enormous and as yet untapped source of methane. The Department of Energy's Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program has been tasked since 2000 to implement and coordinate a national methane hydrate research effort to stimulate the development of knowledge and technology necessary for commercial production of methane from methane hydrate in a safe and environmentally responsible way. Realizing the Energy Potential of Methane Hydrate for the United States evaluates the program's research projects and management processes since its congressional re-authorization in 2005, and presents recommendations for its future research and development initiatives."--Publisher's description.