AOC Mexico S.A. de C.V. asks, "Where has all of the CO2 gone?"10/26/2018Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas that is also categorized as a sublimate (able to go from a solid to a gas skipping the liquid phase) here in Mexico and around the world. Currently there is 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 Mexico are unable to earn a good profit from manufacturing CO2 alone, so normally they create 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 transforms into ammonia (NH3) and the carbon into carbon dioxide (CO2). This deficiency is due to the ammonia factories 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. Even though the situation with CO2 is starting to ease as plants 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 AOC Mexico S.A. de C.V. in Mexico.