Natural Gas -- Future Use

By Ella
Since natural gas is nonrenewable, scientists predict that it will only last about 110 years. The conservation of this energy is important. Methane hydrates, which are solid icelike formations found under the Arctic tundra may help conserve the gas supply and make it more plentiful, though no one has found a way to safely convert it to natural gas yet.There is more methane in methane hydrates than in any other source of natural gas. However, the future of natural gas depends on developing new technologies that will help reduce pollution and extend the supply.

Ways To Recover Natural Gas In The Future:

  • Recovering methane from coal deposits and using “man-made” natural gas.
  • Deeper drilling or drilling deep under the ocean floor.
  • Using multibeam sonar to map the floor of the deep ocean and detect gas seeps in deep water.
  • 3D and 4D seismic imaging, which makes a model of the subsurface layers in 3D.
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  • CO2 sand fracturing that use sand propant and liquid CO2,
  • Coiled tubing that are long flexible pipelines which create a smaller drilling footprint,
  • Fuel cells that create clean electricity from electro chemical reactions.

Hopefully, natural gas will be used efficiently in the future.

By 2030, sources of natural gas, such as landfill and organic wastes could be exploited, or used. Even though natural gas is predicted to run out in the next 60-120 years, it may last longer if it is used carefully. However, the future of natural gas depends on developing new technologies. The residential energy increase (REI) could increase 6% between 2009 and 2035. By the industrial energy demand (IED) and the electricity energy demand (EED), demand annually increases from 0.9% to 1%. People could reduce electricity consumption by using low-energy appliances. A new 2,000 mile long natural gas pipeline is planned. If built, it will run from Austria all the way to Turkey.

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