1st Edition

The Future of Helium as a Natural Resource

ISBN 9780415576970
Published June 11, 2012 by Routledge
336 Pages 159 B/W Illustrations

USD $185.00

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Book Description

The book reveals the changing dynamics of the helium industry on both the supply-side and the demand-side. The helium industry has a long-term future and this important gas will have a role to play for many decades to come. Major new users of helium are expected to enter the market, especially in nuclear energy (both fission and fusion). Prices and volumes supplied and expected to rise and this will prompt greater efforts towards the development of new helium sources and helium conservation and recycling.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Richard H. Clarke, William J. Nuttall and Bartek A. Glowacki  2. A history of the helium industry Bo Sears  3. The US federal helium reserve Joseph B. Peterson  4. Helium in Algeria: pioneering helium extraction from LNG Benjamin Reinoehi  5. LNG: the global liquefied natural gas industry Andrew Flower  6. Helium in Russia Benjamin Hooker  7. India: haressing helium from the Earth's interior Nisith K. Das, Rakesh K. Bhandari and Shri C. Mallik  8. Helium from the air: the backstop Richard H. Clarke and Roger Clark  9. Helium demand: application, prices and substitution Zhiming Cai, Richard H. Clarke and William J. Nuttall  10. The dynamics of the helium market William J. Nuttall, Zhiming Cai, Bartek A. Glowacki, Nikolaos Kazantzis and Richard H. Clarke  11. Closed-cycle refrigeration: minimizing helium demand in cryogenic applications Thomas W. Bradshaw and Trevor Miller  12. Medical imaging: why helium prevails Adrian Thomas  13. Rising to the challenges of constrained helium supply in cryogenic systems for the research market John W. Burgoyne and Michael N. Cuthbert  14. Helium and nuclear fission energy Richard Stainsby  15. Helium and fusion energy Richard H. Clarke and Zhiming Cai  16. Substituting hydrogen for helium in cryogenic applications Bartek A. Glowacki  17. Is there a helium problem? Ways forward Ralph Scurlock and Art Francis  18. The future of helium: policy, molecules and machines William J. Nuttall, Richard H. Clarke and Bartek A. Glowacki

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William J. Nuttall is University Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy at the Judge Business School, at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Richard Clarke is a Cryogenic Process and Helium Specialist at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, a UK-based research organisation developing fusion as a sustainable, long term energy source.

Bartek A. Glowacki is Reader in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK.