A-OX Welding Supply asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"

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

Plants in Europe, across the world and here in Sioux Falls are unable to earn a good profit from manufacturing CO2 alone, so ordinarily they create this gas as a byproduct of other chemicals, usually 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 transforms into ammonia (NH3) and the carbon into carbon dioxide (CO2).

This dearth can be attributed to the ammonia plants that close across Europe throughout the summer season for repairs. Along with the summer maintenance repairs 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 starting to ease as factories 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 A-OX Welding Supply in Sioux Falls.