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Taiwan, Germany seek potentially vast new energy source

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A research vessel carrying German and Taiwanese scientists set sail for waters off the island's southwestern coast on Sunday in search of methane hydrate, a potentially vast new energy source. 

This file picture, taken on March 19, 2005 shows the "burning ice," methane hydrate, a potential future source of energy during a press preview for the 2005 World Exposition in Nagakute, Aichi prefecture, central Japan. A research vessel carrying German and Taiwanese scientists set sail for waters off the island's southwestern coast on Sunday in search of methane hydrate.

The substance, a fossil fuel that consists of very densely-packed methane trapped in ice, is found beneath the seafloor on continental shelves and in the Arctic's permafrost.

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