07322409 is referenced by 23 patents and cites 20 patents.

A system for producing gas from a gas hydrate formation includes a first electrode and a second electrode. The first electrode is disposed in proximity of a first region of the formation, and the second electrode is disposed within a second region of the formation. The second electrode is separated from the first electrode by an electro-conductive path through the formation. An extraction well extends within the formation and intersects the electro-conductive path. The well comprises one or more perforations in fluid communication with the formation. A voltage source is connected to the electrodes and operates to produce a voltage difference across the electrodes. A method for extracting gases from a gas hydrate formation includes the step of establishing a voltage difference across two or more electrodes in a hydrate formation to thermally react with the hydrate formation and release gas from the formation.

Title
Method and system for producing methane gas from methane hydrate formations
Application Number
11/47515
Publication Number
7322409 (B2)
Application Date
January 31, 2005
Publication Date
January 29, 2008
Inventor
Christy W Bell
Berwyn
PA, US
J Kenneth Wittle
Chester Springs
PA, US
Agent
Dann Dorfman Herrell and Skillman
Patrick J Hagan Esq
Assignee
Electro Petroleum
PA, US
IPC
E21B 43/24
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