Fire Ice – End of World Energy Dependence?
Researchers in Japan are hoping that they have unlocked the key to harnessing a new source of carbon energy – nicknamed ‘Fire Ice’.
Speaking just 24 hours after the two year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that crippled the Japanese energy economy, the Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp Jogmec announced they have successfully extracted methane hydrate – sometimes called ‘fire ice’ – from under the sea bed for the first time.
Japan Hopes ‘Fire Ice’ Will End Energy Dependance
A zone has been found around Japan that contains an amount of this resource equivalent to a large oilfield,” Yoshihiro Masuda, the University of Tokyo professor who leads the Jogmec project, which has been running for over a decade.