Natural resources

Exploratory frontiers seek alternative energy resources for the future. One of the energy resources is gas hydrate, which are abundant on the continental margins of the world and form a gigantic reservoir. A recent estimate of the total carbon mass in marine gas hydrates is 1.5 × 1016 kg (Buffett, 2000). Converted into energy, this amount of methane is equivalent to twice the total fossil resources already discovered, thus, it is a possibility for exploration in the future. In Brazil, oceanographic missions were carried out in order to characterize the areas geophysically, geochemically and biologically. Core samples for further analysis of marine sediments, gases, interstitial water and gas hydrates were carried out in the Rio Grande Cone (southern Brazil) in collaboration with research projects with Petrobras (links). In addition to the south of Brazil, gas hydrates were sampled in Foz do Amazonas in partnership with the company SeaSeep. It should be noted that this research was a pioneer in the sampling of gas hydrates in Brazil.  Interested in projects that relate chemistry to the energy resource industry? Contact Now