The bigger component of natural gas is methane.
Methane is colorless, odorless, tasteless, flammable gas. Natural gas, which is mostly methane, functions as fuel. It is used to produce carbon black for use in the manufacture of rubber products and printing inks. The burning of high-purity methane is used to make carbon black of special quality for electronic devices. Natural gas has seen limited use as a motor fuel handled as a compressed gas in high-pressure cylinders or liquid dewars.