Elite Air asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a neutral gas that is also categorized as a sublimate (can transition from a solid to a gas skipping the liquid phase) here in Riverside and around the world. Recently there was one of largest shortages of carbon dioxide all over Europe. This is the 4th scarcity of CO2 in 10 years in Europe.

Plants in Europe, across the world and here in Riverside are unable to earn a good profit from making CO2 alone, so usually they create 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 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 during the summer season for maintenance. 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 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 Elite Air in Riverside.