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Energy from Burning Fuels

Energy from Burning Fuels

When fuels burn they release heat energy and light energy to the surroundings in exothermic reactions known as combustion reactions.

Many different compounds can be used as fuels, most commonly alkanes and alcohols. When these fuels burn, they release heat energy and light energy to the surroundings in exothermic reactions. Endothermic reactions take in heat energy. These reactions are known as combustion reactions and can be represented by different equations.

For example, propane gas tanks are commonly sold on petrol station forecourts. These gas bottles have a wide variety of uses including portable heating and cooking for caravans and barbecues.

When propane burns in a plentiful supply of oxygen, it produces both carbon dioxide and water. This change can be represented by a word equation or a formula equation.

Video and Links

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zx73tv4/revision/1 – GCSE Resources

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/energy/reference/fossil-fuels/ – Fossil Fuels

 

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