The Sabatier reaction or Sabatier process was discovered by the French chemist Paul Sabatier in the 1910s. It involves the reaction of hydrogen with carbon dioxide at elevated temperatures (optimally 300–400 °C) and pressures in the presence of a nickel catalyst to produce methane and water. Optionally, ruthenium on alumina (aluminium oxide) makes a more efficient catalyst. It is described by the following exothermic reaction:
- 2 CO2 + 4H2 → CH4 + 2H2O + energy
- ∆H = −165.0 kJ/mol we burn some of the plant methane, to produce heat. Or use a steam plasma tube – than does Molecular Nuclear Fusion. And a 50x1cm steam plaasma tube will liberate a constant 1.2 MW of heat – from 10-17cc of regular water a year.
- This is a game changer. We suck CO2 from the air – only returning it as we burn the gas. For the price of running a Carnot system, and a nickel catalyst.
- It all looks very simple – the sort of science that will change the world.