Where has all of the CO2 Gone?

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas that is also classified as a sublimate (able to go from a solid to a gas skipping the liquid phase). Recently there was one of largest shortages of carbon dioxide throughout Europe. This is the 4th gas shortage in 10 years in Europe.

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

This shortage is due to the ammonia plants that close across Europe during the summer season for maintenance. Combine that with increased temperatures raising the demand for beverages that require CO2, like soft drinks and beer, and 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 return to where they were before the crisis.

To learn more on how you can get CO2 contact one of our local PurityPlus partners today.