metha·​na·​tion ˌme-thə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce methanation (audio)
: the production of methane especially from carbon monoxide and hydrogen

Examples of methanation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then hydrogen is combined with CO2 in a methanation reactor to produce pure methane gas. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2020 In Germany, a similar project aims to burn methane derived from hydrogen gas, although that project requires the extra step of methanation. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 31 May 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of methanation was in 1926

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“Methanation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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