January 19, 2012

Gas Hydrates: Extract Methane, Deposit CO2?

Pac. Northwest Nat'l Lab, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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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.

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TAGGED: Crystal Lattice, Carbon Dioxide, Natural Gas, Methane

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