StoptheFlares Blog


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April 29, 2008, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Energy, Environment

Together we will Stop Methane Flaring
The first and only organization working solely on the elimination of natural gas flares and venting! Stop the flares is organized to stop flaring by elevating awareness, increasing research and implementing proven solutions to get results. Stop the Flares will eliminate all flares worldwide by the 2020.

Stop the Flares is a movement of ordinary citizens bonded together with common goals and values: help the environment, provide alternative energy solutions and not just talk — our purpose in forming this organization is to get results.

We are also welcoming all who wish to participate to include, time, donations, research papers and general support. We plan to eliminate the economic decision to flare natural gas by providing alternative economically completive solutions. Our goal is to seek solutions that change the value of methane so it would not be economically viable to flare. The benefits to changing the flare mindset would be:

  • Reduced Carbon Dioxide emissions and pollution released to the atmosphere
  • Less wasteful practices in the energy sector
  • Opportunities to provide low cost energy to people that live near flares and potentially need it the most
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    How does Flaring Methane affect the price of energy?

    It is estimated that flares waste the energy equivalent of 60 billion gallons of gasoline each year. Energy systems are inherently linked. As one source of energy rises in price it slowly affects other sources of energy. This occurs because industries that can switch to a different energy source, will switch. Furthermore, sources of energy may be converted into different types of end user fuels or products. For example crude oil may be converted into plastic, gasoline, motor oil, and/or diesel. Natural gas can be converted into methanol, DME, electricity and/or etc. Methanol may be used as a fuel source that may be converted into gasoline and/or diesel. Coal may be converted into oil, methane, electricity and/or etc. As you may see energy is linked from one end user product to the next!

    So when 150 billion metric cubic meters or the equivalent energy of 60 billion gallons of gasoline are vented or flares each year this clearly affects supply. When supplies are lowered or wasted the price of energy increases

    Comment by Fred Maiden

    What could be done with the Flared Gas in Nigeria?

    With some investment, the flared natural gas could be used as a source of low cost electricity. Electricity could be leveraged for additional well water, sewage processing, and refrigeration for food. Flaring Methane gas waste energy! When is the last time you didn’t have refrigeration in your home? We can do better than flaring natural gas in the back yards of folks that could really use a low cost source of reliable energy!

    Comment by Fred Maiden

    Has anyone looked into modifying cargo shipping containers into self-sufficient LNG storage tanks ? I mean outfitting them with a compressor/refrigerator (running on gas of course) so that the output of a vent stack could be pumped directly into a container and be liquefied. When full, put it on a truck. This should be a lot cheaper than building pipelines or huge LNG storage facilities. Or the containers could just provide the storage, with a small on-site compressor refrigerator producing the LNG that gets pumped into the containers.

    Comment by Georges Kaufman

    Georges,

    It is my understanding that LNG ships leverage the natural gas cargo to move and run the compression and cooling.

    It would be more efficient if the natural gas was converted into methanol or DME. These energy sources would require less energy to transport.

    Fred

    Comment by Fred Maiden




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