Air Liquide to capture carbon dioxide from Calif. ethanol plant

By Air Liquide | March 15, 2013

Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP has announced a new carbon dioxide liquefaction plant in the California central valley. The plant joins Air Liquide's five other industrial gas liquefaction plants in California.

The new 450-ton facility, located in Tulare County, will capture carbon dioxide gases from an ethanol plant owned by Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC. The carbon dioxide recovered will then be purified and liquefied by Air Liquide to meet beverage grade specifications for the diverse food, beverage and manufacturing industries in the region. The facility will serve Air Liquide customers in the central valley and the Los Angeles basin, and is slated to be operational by the end of this year.

Air Liquide also announces the expansion of its Wilmington, Calif., carbon dioxide plant. The expansion will increase plant capacity and storage and improve service to the southern California market, whose demand is largely driven by growth in the food and beverage industry. The Wilmington plant is one of seven U.S. Air Liquide carbon dioxide liquefaction facilities that have received the Food Safety System Certification 22000 ("FSSC 22000"), an internationally-recognized standard for food safety systems.

"Today's announcements signify Air Liquide's continued commitment to growth in California and, most importantly, high quality products and service to customers throughout the region,” said Mark Lostak, president of Air Liquide Industrial U.S.

Liquid carbon dioxide provides manufacturers the benefit of quickly freezing and preserving their products. It also helps maintain safe temperatures that improve quality in certain manufacturing processes.

Six other Air Liquide carbon dioxide liquefaction plants in the U.S. have also received the FSSC 22000. Those plants are located in: Delaware City, Del.; Martinez, Calif.; Sioux City, Iowa; Wood River, Ill.; Washington, Ind.; and Donaldsonville, La. Air Liquide will also pursue certification for the newly announced Tulare County facility.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide's activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and future markets. The group innovates for the good of society while delivering growth and consistent performance.