A new generation of models, laboratory, and field studies is helping scientists answer important questions about the role of methane hydrates in the carbon cycle and as a possible energy source. Writing in Eos Editor’s Vox, Kehua You and Peter Flemings answer questions about why studying this mysterious substance is more important than ever.
News from the GOM² project and related methane hydrates research at UT.
High Flying UT Energy Scientist Wins Coveted Rocha Award
Yi Fang, a postdoctoral fellow at UTIG, will receive a Rocha Medal Runner Up Certificate from the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) during their annual symposium in June, 2020. The Rocha Medal and Runner Up Certificate are considered to be among the highest honors for young scientists in the field of… Continue Reading High Flying UT Energy Scientist Wins Coveted Rocha Award
A day in the lab: Microbial life and the origin of methane hydrates
Massive natural gas reserves, trapped within methane hydrate deposits in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, have the potential to power the US with natural gas for hundreds of years. The GOM² project is a multi-disciplinary, long-term, commitment by the University of Texas at Austin in partnership with academic and governmental colleagues to drill, sample and… Continue Reading A day in the lab: Microbial life and the origin of methane hydrates
UT Study Shows How To Produce Natural Gas While Storing Carbon Dioxide
New research at The University of Texas at Austin shows that injecting air and carbon dioxide into methane ice deposits buried beneath the Gulf of Mexico could unlock vast natural gas energy resources while helping fight climate change by trapping the carbon dioxide underground. The study, published May 26 in the journal Water Resources Research,… Continue Reading UT Study Shows How To Produce Natural Gas While Storing Carbon Dioxide
Land Test: Pressure Core Tool with Ball, Salt Lake City, Utah
In May 2019, UT partnered with Geotek Coring to conduct land tests of the Pressure Core Tool with Ball (PCTB), the device used to recover pressurized methane hydrate cores from the Gulf of Mexico. Testing took place at a special facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. See a photo album of the testing…