Butler Gas Products asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a neutral gas that is also graded as a sublimate (able to go from a solid to a gas skipping the liquid phase) here in Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh are unable to earn a good profit from making CO2 alone, so normally they make this gas as a byproduct of other chemicals, usually ammonia fertilizer. One of the first steps in manufacturing ammonia is taking the hydrocarbon molecule like natural gas and dividing the “hydro” from the “carbon.” The hydrogen is then converted into ammonia (NH3) and the carbon into carbon dioxide (CO2).

This deficiency is due to the ammonia factories 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 factories come back to working their regular schedules, it will take some time before CO2 levels are restored to where they were before the crisis.

To learn more on how you can get CO2 contact Butler Gas Products in Pittsburgh.