Bath Science Café: Methane hydrate – a new energy resource?

The Bath Science Café restarts after the summer break on Monday 12 September 2011 and will look at the properties of methane hydrate and its suitability as an energy source.

The café will be delivered by Dr Gabrielle Wojtowitz, from the Ground Engineering Group at Bath-based international engineering consultancy Buro Happold.

Large deposits of methane hydrate are trapped as an ice-like substance in deep-ocean sediments and in permafrost in Arctic regions.

Methane hydrate is an unstable substance, making it difficult to sample.

Methane hydrate is an unstable substance, making it difficult to sample.

Methane hydrates have recently been identified as a new energy resource, with various countries investing research money into how to extract it from below the seafloor.

Methane hydrate is quite an unstable substance making it difficult to directly sample. Researchers have therefore been using seismic surveys to identify deposits below the seafloor.

Hydrates have also been identified as a geohazard for offshore operations related to hydrocarbon recovery.

This talk will look at the properties of the substance as well as its intended application for the future in terms of tapping into this energy resource and quantifying the geohazard risk.

The event will take place at The Raven in the centre of Bath, and will begin at 7:30pm. For more information about the Bath Science Café please visit

The official Twitter hash tag is #BathSciCafe.


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