Introducing Hydragas: How we will develop Lake Kivu

Hydragas develops Lake Kivu: Delivering safety & clean energy to people

A fiery caldera, a lake that can erupt, a troubled region, but a spectacular energy opportunity

Hydragas develops Lake Kivu’s resource with smart technology. With this it harvests its resource to its maximum potential. Our goal is to deliver the best results technically possible, soon, and to provide lasting value. Thus our IP will allow Lake Kivu to achieve its huge potential for clean energy. It will have an impact on climate change and people’s safety. How we do it is by applying our vision, passion and reality to the purpose.

Have a look at recent posts that update what this development can do.

Hydragas Energy is registered in Vancouver, B.C., a Canadian company.  It is an innovation-led cleantech developer. It’s founded on breakthrough discovery that empowers gas production technology. So this means we can extract methane gas from gas-rich water bodies.  Hydragas is a power-packed story of impact investment. Think of the lake as a kind of giant battery that can power up two countries for centuries. The company applies this potential into global, innovation-led, cleantech development. Indeed, it already is the technical leader in the field.

Technology leads the way Hydragas develops Lake Kivu

For instance, its initial methane source is the world’s largest bio-digester, a freak of nature, a rift-valley lake in Africa as big as Lake Ontario. Hydragas will develop Lake Kivu methane into a major regional energy play.

Lake Kivu’s renewable gas inventory is over 12 tcf. The methane in it is enough to power the region with renewable natural gas for 50 years. But recovering it takes breakthrough extraction technology.  However, by not producing its inventory responsibly, we can lead it into a catastrophe.  We now know that by doing nothing within 70 years, the lake’s contents will one day erupt.  In fact, it would eject 2-6 gigatons of carbon equivalent in a day. That’s more carbon than the USA emits in 4-12 months. (The difference is in choosing the range of multiplier used, i.e. 25-103 tons CO2 per ton CH4).

To prevent a catastrophe, we require large-scale gas production to reduce the risk. A first series of low-carbon, renewable natural gas projects is ready-to-build. This 12-project series reduces carbon releases to atmosphere by >2 gigatons. But it can also do it with high investor returns.  Further, projects by Hydragas Energy can develop the largest untapped hydrocarbon resource on earth. This is oceanic methane hydrates.  Most technologies and extraction plant designs theorised or tested to date are ineffective or unsafe. But Hydragas develops Lake Kivu most effectively and safely of all the competitors.

Site Content on how Hydragas develops Lake Kivu

Pilot project testing in 2004 on Lake Kivu
Pilot project testing in 2004 on Lake Kivu

This site publishes regular articles and blogs on the methane resource in Lake Kivu. They outline the story behind the technology breakthroughs, optimising of gas extraction and lessons-learned. The stories posted are more to be informative than to sell.  

This is a field of knowledge that is little-known and seldom published. We outline and link to expert articles on the dangers of Lake Kivu.  Dr Finn Hirslund and Philip Morkel co-wrote a detailed technical outline of the state of Lake Kivu and its extraction technology, now published in Elsevier’s Journal of African Science. While Lake Kivu is a huge potential threat, it can be tamed. Cooperation of the development groups with experts and with governments can ensure safety for all affected parties.  

Knowing how to do it: for safety’s sake

Hydragas develops Lake Kivu in a way that places it at the forefront of global renewable natural gas (RNG) opportunities. By itself, the planned series of projects will account for 2-6 gigatons of emission reductions, depending on the factors used to calculate emissions. The global target for RNG is to be producing 28 gigatons by 2060, mostly from cattle and pig farming waste. But most of these other RNG projects will be far smaller and will not have a claim to be be saving millions of lives too. By so many measures, Lake Kivu is a stand-out opportunity.

The ideas for developing Lake Kivu were simpler at first. It was to make more gas than an experimental plant built in 1965 on the lake’s shore to supply a brewery. But the rationale for its development has grown. As the global climate crisis grows, so do the stories behind the many positive reasons to develop Lake Kivu. Here are some quick links to pages and posts on this site:

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