China aggressively pursues the promising energy source located at the bottom of the oceans and in polar regions for two decades now. Jiang Daming, China’s minister of land and resources said that the successful collection of the flammable ice that can be frozen fuel was “an important achievement that may lead to a global energy revolution” to be at par with the US.
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[VIDEO]: State media reported that China has successfully mined the fuel source in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported Japan also drilled for combustible ice earlier this month off the Shima Peninsula
Substitute for China War Worries
Experts agree that flammable ice could be a game-changer for the energy industry. But there are important technological and environmental considerations that need to be cleared. The fact that to build an industry around the frozen fuel also known as gas hydrate can be hazardous to the environment is already a crucial consideration. Nevertheless, its exploration halts China war triggers.
The world’s resources of flammable ice in which gas is stored in cages of water molecules are vast. Gas hydrates are estimated to hold more carbon than all the world’s other fossil fuels combined. It’s densely packed. One cubic foot of flammable ice holds 164 cubic feet of regular natural gas.
The frozen fuel is a strong contender to replace regular oil and natural gas. However, flammable ice raises significant environmental concerns. Experts worry about the release of methane. It is a super potent greenhouse gas with 25 times as much global warming effect as carbon dioxide. Although burning natural gas is cleaner than coal, it still creates carbon emissions.
The fuel source certainly has a lot of potentials. The country’s successful trial and government support to develop the industry are very crucial to its success. Nevertheless, commercial production is not going to happen in the next three years due to high costs, potential environmental concerns, and technological barriers.