January 19, 2012
Gas Hydrates: Extract Methane, Deposit CO2?
Pac. Northwest Nat'l Lab, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
For some time, researchers have explored flammable ice for low-carbon or alternative fuel or as a place to store carbon dioxide. Now, a computer analysis of the ice and gas compound, known as a gas hydrate, reveals key details of its structure. The results show that hydrates can hold hydrogen at an optimal capacity of 5 weight-percent, a value that meets the goal of a Department of Energy standard and makes gas hydrates practical and affordable.
TAGGED: crystal lattice, carbon dioxide, natural gas, methane