Carbon Dioxide Supplier to Beaumont

Many know carbon dioxide (CO2) as a result of combustion, as an essential component of photosynthesis, a plant’s ability to convert carbon dioxide and water to glucose and oxygen in the presence of light, and the gas that provides “carbonation” to soft drinks, beer and sparkling wines.

But where does purified carbon dioxide originate? With all the stories around climate change and the role that carbon dioxide in that process, you might think that atmospheric extraction would be the easiest way to do it. Would you believe it? Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide average less than 450 parts per million, making that process not very cost-effective and highly inefficient Likewise, natural fermentation works fine in a wine bottle and brewing tank, but that process doesn’t have much upscale potential. No, almost all the purified carbon dioxide that enters the market today is a byproduct of chemical manufacturing, oil refining and natural gas purification.

Carbon dioxide is an odorless, colorless, nonflammable slightly acidic gas and, because it is so widely available, has many uses in a number of different industries. The food industry uses CO2 in food freezing, carbonated beverage manufacturing and modified atmosphere packaging. Carbon dioxide is considered an “active gas” in shielding the arc in gas metal arc welding (GMAW / MIG welding) either used in isolation or in mixtures of argon and helium. Its acidic properties mixed with water make it a good water treatment additive for pH control. Liquid Carbon Dioxide is also expanded in specialized equipment to produce “dry ice” blocks and nuggets used for temporary refrigeration.

Higher purities of carbon dioxide, from Dry to Ultra High Purity and Research Grades are used in laser cutting and marking operations, spanning everything from medical devices to steel fabrication. Growers apply specific amounts of CO2 to bring out the best in fertilizers in greenhouse operations. High purity CO2 is commonly used as an oxygen-free atmosphere for anaerobic incubation, and in the preparation of special application mixtures for blood gas monitoring.

With all these applications, having local Beaumont experts on hand to answer questions about carbon dioxide can be really helpful. Give them a call today at Coastal Welding Supply at 800-852-4177 or contact us online.