Noble Gas Solutions 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 Albany and around the world. Recently there was one of largest shortages of carbon dioxide throughout Europe. This is the 4th scarcity of CO2 in 10 years in Europe.

Plants in Europe, across the world and here in Albany cannot earn a good profit from manufacturing CO2 alone, so normally they produce this gas as a byproduct of other chemicals, usually 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 changes 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. 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 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 Noble Gas Solutions in Albany.