Unconventional energy resources: 2007-2008 review

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This paper summarizes five 2007–2008 resource commodity committee reports prepared by the Energy Minerals Division (EMD) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Current United States and global research and development activities related to gas hydrates, gas shales, geothermal resources, oil sands, and uranium resources are included in this review. These commodity reports were written to advise EMD leadership and membership of the current status of research and development of unconventional energy resources. Unconventional energy resources are defined as those resources other than conventional oil and natural gas that typically occur in sandstone and carbonate rocks. Gas hydrate resources are potentially enormous; however, production technologies are still under development. Gas shale, geothermal, oil sand, and uranium resources are now increasing targets of exploration and development, and are rapidly becoming important energy resources that will continue to be developed in the future.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Unconventional energy resources: 2007-2008 review
Series title Natural Resources Research
DOI 10.1007/s11053-009-9094-0
Volume 18
Issue 2
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description 19 p.
First page 65
Last page 83
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