Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"

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

Factories in Europe, across the world and here in Winona cannot earn a good profit from making CO2 alone, so ordinarily they produce this gas as a byproduct of other chemicals, usually ammonia fertilizer. One of the first steps in producing ammonia is taking the hydrocarbon molecule like natural gas and dividing the “hydro” from the “carbon.” The hydrogen changes 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. Combine that with 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 beginning 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 Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. in Winona.