WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a neutral gas that is also categorized as a sublimate (can from a solid to a gas skipping the liquid phase) here in Southern California and around the world. Currently there is one of largest shortages of carbon dioxide all over Europe. This is the 4th scarcity of CO2 in 10 years in Europe.

Plants in Europe, across the world and here in Southern California are unable to earn a good profit from producing CO2 alone, so ordinarily they create this gas as a byproduct of other chemicals, typically ammonia fertilizer. One of the first steps in producing ammonia is taking the hydrocarbon molecule like natural gas and dividing the “hydro” from the “carbon.” The hydrogen is then converted into ammonia (NH3) and the carbon into carbon dioxide (CO2).

This dearth can be attributed to the ammonia plants that close across Europe during the summer season for repairs. Combine that with increased temperatures raising the demand for beverages that require CO2, like soft drinks and beer, a shortage is created.

Although the situation with CO2 is beginning to ease as plants come back to working their regular schedules, it will take some time before CO2 levels are restored to where they were before the crisis.

To learn more on how you can get CO2 contact WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment in Southern California.