Methane

Cal on May 21st, 2017

China and Japan have started harvesting methane ice from the seafloor.  Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of methane hydrates or “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after these Asian companies have successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. Methane hydrate is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas that can be […]

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Cal on May 1st, 2017

The Canadian city of Vancouver appears to beginning a process of phasing out the use of natural gas. While the city insists new energy efficiency rules designed to reduce emissions don’t outright ban natural gas, developers say the standards are so restrictive that it will be impossible to include it in any form. This applies to furnaces, […]

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Cal on February 13th, 2017

Direct Current (DC) Supergrids are appearing in China, India. Europe and Brazil. Long-distance ultra-high-voltage direct-current (UHVDC) connectors are now transmitting electricity over thousands of kilometres more efficiently than AC or alternating current. China began building these transmission facilities in 2010 and is currently has one under construction that will carry 12 gigawatts (half the average power use of Spain) over 3,400 […]

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Cal on May 12th, 2015

In recent years, China has embraced coal gasification, which involves treating coal with heat, steam and oxygen to turn it into methane gas that can be sent by pipeline to cities to supply relatively clean heat and power in place of coal. Some 50 of these massive coal-to-methane plants are planned. Global investment in upstream […]

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