Sulfur Dioxide Supplier to Richmond, Virginia Arc3 Gases is a much relied-upon distributor of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) to a number of enterprises in the Richmond, Virginia market. Sulphur Dioxide is a colorless, irritating, nonflammable, lethal, liquefied gas delivered under its own vapor pressure in cylinders, ton containers, or small (1,000–5,000 gallon) tanks. It’s when sulfur-containing hydrocarbons [[combust|catch fire|ignite]19} in the atmosphere – a common event during volcanic activity – that sulfur dioxide manifests itself naturally. Commercial production is almost unfailingly as a byproduct of other manufacturing, the technique for producing it being a matter of the demand for other products. A source most often relied upon for sulfur dioxide has been the manufacture of calcium silicate cement from calcium sulfate and coke. It’s generally conceded that the largest use of sulfur dioxide is in petroleum refining. Through the Claus Process, petroleum refiners produce elemental sulfur and water by adding sulfur dioxide to hydrogen-sulfide-containing hydrocarbons. From the dawn of ancient Roman wine production, sulfur dioxide has been applied widely to control the oxidation of fermenting spirits. The largest use of packaged sulfur dioxide remains as a preservative applied in the process of making wine. SO2 is equally sought as preservative for dried fruits; it enables fruits to retain their color and thwarts the excessive growth of microorganisms. Back in time, prior to the synthesis and commercialization of chlorofluorocarbons in the 1930’s, sulfur dioxide, along with ammonia and methyl chloride, found widespread use in mechanical refrigeration. As it is now, SO2 is further used produce part-per-million-level calibration gas mixtures for the petrochemical industry and environmental emission monitoring. Any commercial enterprise in Richmond, Virginia wanting a source of sulfur dioxide they can rely on would do well to call us, Arc3 Gases, at (804) 644-4521. You can contact us online, too. We distribute PurityPlus® sulfur dioxide pretty much everywhere in this market. You can be sure we also offer other products from PurityPlus®, the most respected name in specialty gases.