Carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) are obtained after the combustion of methane
Combustion of Methane
The process of burning a carbon compound in the air to give carbon dioxide, water, heat and light are known as combustion. Methane on combustion gives Carbon dioxide, water, heat and light. The oxygen will combine with the carbon and the hydrogen in the methane molecule to produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).
CH4(g) + 2O2(g) → CO2(g) + 2H2O(g) + Heat and Light
One molecule of methane combined with two oxygen molecules, react to form a carbon dioxide molecule, and two water molecules are usually given off as steam or water vapour during the reaction and energy.
- Since natural gas is mostly methane, the combustion of natural gas releases fewer by products than other fossil fuels.