Next Article in Journal
Airflow Sensitivity Assessment Based on Underground Mine Ventilation Systems Modeling
Next Article in Special Issue
Gas-In-Place Estimate for Potential Gas Hydrate Concentrated Zone in the Kumano Basin, Nankai Trough Forearc, Japan
Previous Article in Journal
Analysis of Voltage Variation in Silicon Carbide MOSFETs during Turn-On and Turn-Off
Previous Article in Special Issue
Hydrogen Storage Capacity of Tetrahydrofuran and Tetra-N-Butylammonium Bromide Hydrates Under Favorable Thermodynamic Conditions
Article Menu
Issue 10 (October) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Energies 2017, 10(10), 1447;

A Review of the Methane Hydrate Program in Japan

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 2 August 2017 / Revised: 12 September 2017 / Accepted: 16 September 2017 / Published: 21 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Methane Hydrate Research and Development)
Full-Text   |   PDF [218 KB, uploaded 21 September 2017]


In this paper, methane hydrate R&D in Japan was examined in the context of Japan’s evolving energy policies. Methane hydrates have been studied extensively in Japanese national R&D programs since 1993, with the goal of utilizing them as an energy resource. Currently, the Research Consortium for Methane Hydrate Resources in Japan (MH 21) is in the third phase of a project that began in early 2002. Based on publicly available reports and other publications, and presentations made at the ten International Workshops for Methane Hydrate Research and Development, we have attempted to provide a timeline and a succinct summary of the major technical accomplishments of MH 21 during project Phases 1, 2, and 3. View Full-Text
Keywords: methane hydrate; MH 21 Research Consortium; Japan; energy policy methane hydrate; MH 21 Research Consortium; Japan; energy policy
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Oyama, A.; Masutani, S.M. A Review of the Methane Hydrate Program in Japan. Energies 2017, 10, 1447.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Energies EISSN 1996-1073 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top