The well-documented challenges around producing sufficient high quality CO2 to satisfy US market needs are set to remain live issues in the years ahead, Air Products has warned.
Business Director Jeff Bombich told delegates at the PurityPlus Annual Meeting in San Antonio, focused on specialty gases practices, that the challenge was systemic because the molecular compound was unlike other areas of the industrial gas business in its reliance on sometimes inconsistently available feedgas sources for its production.
“In that respect it is just not the same,” said Bombich. “Plus the systems in place today are not really right-sized for existing demands let alone the extra demand that is coming down the line.”
Bombich emphasised how the liquid CO2 supply chain was leaning on a host of raw-gas sources ranging from ethanol and ammonia production facilities to natural wells, as well as on hydrogen refining and natural gas processing and waste gas and anerobic digestion.
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