Rocky Mountain Air Solutions asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"10/26/2018Carbon 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 Denver 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 Denver are unable to earn a good profit from producing CO2 alone, so ordinarily they produce this gas as a byproduct of other chemicals, typically ammonia fertilizer. One of the first steps in manufacturing 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 maintenance. Combine that with increased temperatures raising the demand for beverages that require CO2, like soft drinks and beer, a shortage is created. Even though the situation with CO2 is beginning to ease as factories 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 Rocky Mountain Air Solutions in Denver.