Large areas of Europe are experiencing an extreme shortage of CO2. This is due to the clashing of maintenance and the breakdown of some of the largest CO2 production plants and as a result, customers are being warned of significantly reduced or no supply of CO2 for the immediate future.
The good news is that for some industries such as the carbonated drinks manufacturers there is an alternative.
Although the nitrogen system cannot replace the CO2 used for the actual carbonation process to give the drink its 'fizz' it can alleviate some of the CO2 used elsewhere, such as in counter pressure filling of the carbonated beverages and soft drinks. Traditionally CO2 has been used to pressurise bottles before they are filled with the 'fizzy' drink as without this pressure the drink would foam as it is injected into the bottle and cause overflowing, wasted product and part filled bottles. this alternative solution could help keep your bottling plants operating at full capacity even with reduced CO2 availability.
Additionally, and as a long-term strategy, the lower cost of generated nitrogen compared to CO2 cylinders and bulk liquid will help reduce your bottling company's expenditure and offer significant savings. Less CO2 used in the process also means less CO2 released into the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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