Sulfur Dioxide Supplier to Western Michigan GTW is a much relied-upon provider of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) to many commercial customers across Western Michigan. Sulphur Dioxide is a colorless, irritating, nonflammable, poisonous, liquefied gas shipped under its own vapor pressure in cylinders, ton containers, or small (1,000–5,000 gallon) tanks. It’s when sulfur-containing hydrocarbons [[combust|catch fire|ignite]19} in the atmosphere – a typical occurrence during volcanic activity – that sulfur dioxide is created naturally. Commercial production is pretty much exclusively as a byproduct of other manufacturing; the methodology of its generation is dependent upon the call for other products. One of the most common sources of sulfur dioxide has been the creation of calcium silicate cement from calcium sulfate and coke. It’s generally conceded that the most significant use of sulfur dioxide is in petroleum refining. By means of the Claus Process, petroleum refiners produce elemental sulfur and water by adding sulfur dioxide to hydrocarbons containing hydrogen sulfide. Since the ancient Romans first set down their wine production techniques, sulfur dioxide has been used almost universally to minimize the oxidation of fermenting spirits. The largest use of packaged amounts of sulfur dioxide remains as a preservative applied in the process of making wine. SO2 is equally sought as preservative for dried fruits; it allows fruits to retain their color and thwarts the excessive growth of microorganisms. At one time, prior to the synthesis and commercialization of chlorofluorocarbons in the 1930’s, sulfur dioxide, along with ammonia and methyl chloride, found widespread use in mechanical refrigeration. Today, SO2 is used as well make part-per-million-level calibration gas mixtures for the petrochemical industry and environmental emission monitoring. Any commercial enterprise in Western Michigan wanting a source of sulfur dioxide they can rely on would do well to call us, GTW, at 616-754-6120. You can contact us online, too. We deliver PurityPlus® sulfur dioxide pretty much everywhere in this area. You can count on us as well for other products from PurityPlus®, the most trusted name in specialty gases.