Coastal Welding Supply asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"10/26/2018Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas that is also categorized as a sublimate (can transition from a solid to a gas skipping the liquid phase) here in Beaumont and around the world. Recently there was one of largest shortages of carbon dioxide throughout Europe. This is the 4th gas shortage in 10 years in Europe. Factories in Europe, across the world and here in Beaumont cannot earn a good profit from manufacturing CO2 alone, so ordinarily they produce 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 splitting the “hydro” from the “carbon.” The hydrogen is then converted 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 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 Coastal Welding Supply in Beaumont.