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According to The Daily Telegram, a new plant built by Pain Enterprises is using carbon dioxide produced by a Global Ethanol plant to produce soft drink fizz and to freeze and preserve meats and medical products. It is Pain Enterprises’ fifth and largest production facility for CO2 gas and dry ice. According to company president Jack Pain, the plant is capable of producing 300 tons of liquid CO2 or 200 tons of dry ice every day.
Plant Reuses Excess CO2- 4/13/2009
Pain says he was planning to build a new CO2 plant in Indiana at the time Global Ethanol was constructing a facility in Riga, MI. Rising electricity costs in Indiana and other factors caused his company’s shift into Michigan, he says.
“Global is a great outfit. It’s been a very good marriage up there,” he says. Being able to capture and use carbon dioxide created in the production of a renewable fuel is making it a “completely green” operation, he says.
Dry ice production began in Riga approximately a week ago. A machine purifies and compresses gas into a liquid, then again into a solid, producing 240-pound blocks of dry ice at temperatures of -109° F. The blocks are then sliced into chunks to meet the demand of customers, says plant manager Jim Fletcher. Other machines turn out pelletized dry ice for retail sales and even industrial cleaning.
“We haven’t ramped up to full-out production. I’m still working out little bugs,” says Fletcher. “But it’s been very successful for us.”
Pain says he expects 75% of the production from the Riga facility to be absorbed by customers in Michigan and Ohio. The rest will be shipped to the East Coast, where there is currently a limited supply of CO2 gas and dry ice, he says.
The Riga plant is close enough to freeway connections to get dry ice quickly delivered in insulated containers to East Coast states, Pain says.
Read the full article in The Daily Telegram.
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