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Desalination through gas hydrate

In one embodiment, this invention pertains to desalination of seawater by feeding methane into seawater at a depth generally exceeding 100 meters to form methane hydrate which rises to where it is decomposed into methane and water, and recoverig water. Methane is recycled to depth to form more buoyant hydrate.
Inventors: 

Robert E. Pellenbarg

Michael Max

Patent Number: 
US6158239
Patent Issue Date: 
January 12, 2001
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