Wright Brothers asks, "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) here in Cincinnati and around the world. Recently there was one of largest shortages of carbon dioxide in Europe. This is the 4th gas shortage in 10 years in Europe.

Plants in Europe, across the world and here in Cincinnati cannot earn a good profit from manufacturing CO2 alone, so normally 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 into carbon dioxide (CO2).

This scarcity can be attributed to the ammonia factories 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, a shortage is created.

Although the situation with CO2 is beginning to ease as factories return to 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 Wright Brothers in Cincinnati.