Japanese breakthrough as country becomes first to extract fuel from ‘fire ice’ reserves locked up beneath the coast

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Japan has become the first country in the world to succeed in extracting methane gas from a previously untapped off-shore fossil fuel resource that has been dubbed ‘fire ice’.

Methane hydrate, a sherbet-like substance buried beneath continental shelves around the world, has been tipped by energy experts to be the next major energy resource.

Consisting of methane trapped in ice, it was previously believed to only exist in the outer reaches of the solar system – but now scientists are saying it could be ‘the new shale gas’.

via Japanese breakthrough as country becomes first to extract fuel from ‘fire ice’ reserves locked up beneath the coast | Mail Online.

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