University of Basel researchers see lake-bound methane as potential energy source

April 1, 2021 |

In Switzerland, lakes store huge amounts of methane. In their most recent publication, researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland outline the potential and theoretical possibilities for using methane from lakes and other freshwater bodies for sustainable energy production. Methane from lakes and water reservoirs makes up about 20% of global natural methane missions.

Lakes continuously absorb CO2from the atmosphere through the growth of phytoplankton. Microbes convert the carbon, fixed by photosynthesis, into methane when they process biomass. That way, carbon bound in the methane remains within the natural cycle during combustion. Fossil fuels could be partially replaced by “natural” renewable methane. Methane gas is already burned in gas-fired power plants for electricity production and used as a fuel in the form of liquid methanol.

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