Gas Hydrate Research Laboratory

Gas Hydrate Research Laboratory

Project Summary

Gas hydrate is substance composed of either methane or other hydrocarbons, and water. It has been shown that gas hydrate is widely distributed below the sea floor in the Japan Sea. Such “Shallow Gas Hydrate” is expected to be a future energy resource for Japan. The Gas Hydrate Research Laboratory (GHRL) of the Meiji University was established as a Research Unit in 2012. In 2015 it was incorporated as a Research Cluster within the Organization for the Strategic Coordination of Research and Intellectual Properties.

From 2013 to 2015, GHRL conducted, under contract with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), a number of sea-going expeditions to explore Shallow Gas Hydrate and laboratory experiments and analyses to reveal the origin and distribution of gas hydrates in the Japan Sea. Our current study aims to achieve a more complete understanding about the characteristics of shallow gas hydrate along with the assessment of the potential of shallow gas hydrates as an energy resource.

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