Liekkipäivä 2016 Author: Tiina Keipi, Doctoral student, Tampere University of Technology Title: Thermal decomposition of methane applied to reduce CO 2 emissions in natural gas combustion Abstract: Thermal decomposition of methane (TDM) is an endothermic reaction that can be applied to convert methane in natural gas to solid carbon and gaseous hydrogen. When a part of the carbon in natural gas is taken out, the CO2 emissions in the natural gas combustion are reduced. The product carbon may have commercial value that compensates for the lost heating value. The TDM process was techno-economically analyzed when four different technologies were applied to conduct the TDM reaction. The price of the product carbon was found as the most crucial factor affecting the economic feasibility of the process.