Working out the bugs

That old mother of invention-necessity-has reared its troublesome head again. A US natural gas shortfall projected for 2025 is prodding industry researchers to concoct viable technical solutions to offset it. Projects were set in motion 3 years ago when the National Petroleum Council-the US secretary of energy’s advisory committee-issued a report on its analysis of the natural gas market and identified several disturbing findings:Traditional North American producing areas in 2025 will meet only 75% of long-term US gas demand. Residential demand will increase by 26% over its 2003 level, commercial use by 38%, industrial use by 32%, and electric power generation by 102%. At the same t...

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