Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a neutral gas that is also classified as a sublimate (can from a solid to a gas skipping the liquid phase) here in Atlanta, GA and around the world. Currently there is one of largest shortages of carbon dioxide all over Europe. This is the 4th gas shortage in 10 years in Europe.

Factories in Europe, across the world and here in Atlanta, GA are unable to earn a good profit from producing CO2 alone, so usually they produce this gas as a byproduct of other chemicals, usually 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 scarcity 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 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 Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases in Atlanta, GA.