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A Review of the Methane Hydrate Program in Japan

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1447;
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)
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
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Oyama, A.; Masutani, S.M. A Review of the Methane Hydrate Program in Japan. Energies 2017, 10, 1447.

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