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Nov 18, 2021 04:28 PM
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

Analysis: Methane Hydrate Innovation May Alter Power Geopolitics

Methane hydrate that was extracted from the South China Sea in 2017. Photo: VCG
Methane hydrate that was extracted from the South China Sea in 2017. Photo: VCG

(Oxford Analytica) — Japan’s Mitsui Holdings is making progress in its efforts to commercialize extraction of methane hydrates from below the seabed, which could unlock a vast source of potential hydrogen production. If successful, it could provide a fillip for Japan’s drive to decarbonize its economy and for Japanese auto manufacturers’ efforts to develop an alternative to battery-powered electric vehicles. Given the extent of methane hydrate deposits globally, success in Japan could have implications far and wide.

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