Arc3 Gases asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas that is also graded as a sublimate (can from a solid to a gas skipping the liquid phase) here in Richmond, Virginia 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.

Factories in Europe, across the world and here in Richmond, Virginia cannot earn a good profit from making CO2 alone, so normally they make this gas as a byproduct of other chemicals, typically ammonia fertilizer. One of the first steps in making ammonia is taking the hydrocarbon molecule like natural gas and splitting the “hydro” from the “carbon.” The hydrogen transforms into ammonia (NH3) and the carbon into carbon dioxide (CO2).

This shortage is due to the ammonia factories that close across Europe throughout the summer season for maintenance. 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.

Even though the situation with CO2 is starting to ease as plants 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 Arc3 Gases in Richmond, Virginia.