Just an experiment

A month into a new little scribbling job doing stock market ticker stuff. Not exactly the most taxing of tasks although the work rate is high. Sometimes it can be a little more than just “x went up and y went down”.

At which point a little experiment, concerning Helium One. Just to see how much work is needed to make that stand out that piece.

I’ve even just found out that the thing I’ve been saying about helium for years now is in fact true. That is, actual science has noted it – which is different from it merely being true because I say so. No, I don’t say that the science is quoting me, just that we’ve independently got to the same point:

The total helium resources in the United States – as of
the year 2006 – are given by the United States Geological
Survey (USGS) [32] in metric tons as 3.6 × 106 t and the total
resources outside the US as 5.2 × 106 t, thus giving a global
value of 8.8 × 106 t. (Note that this is a factor of several
hundred less than the amount of helium in the atmosphere.) The US, Qatar, Algeria and Russia have the largest
resources at their disposal. Nineteen plants are currently
in operation in the US, as well as 7 elsewhere. New plants
for helium in conjunction with liquid natural gas (LNG)
production will come online in the next few years in
Algeria, Qatar, Australia and probably Russia.

Quite so, the helium market is now a product of the LNG one.

8 thoughts on “Just an experiment”

  1. You’ve filed this under ‘metals’.
    Even cosmologists agree that Helium isn’t a metal, indeed, it’s the ONLY element they agree with chemists upon, not being a metal. /pendantry

  2. There will be an interesting problem with supply in the future with the government shutting down natural gas production and use. When it is no longer a byproduct of gas production, it should get a lot more expensive.

  3. MG: no problem. With the magical thinking that goes on in govt circles, they’ll just point to that inexhaustible supply 93 million miles away…

  4. MG: I naturally looked up Helion Energy’s site to see how soon the unlimited supply of He3 will be available once horrid gas has been shut down.

    But I’m sure they can shut down the gas production faster than Helion can make the He3.

  5. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    So how much carbon emission do we need to allocate to your life-saving cancer scan? Or, how much gas can I burn per extended life?

    Oh, look, we stopped doing those becos of cooties.

  6. Commercially available fusion power has been getting closer, although 10 years is probably a bit of a stretch. SimCity 2000 (released 1994, IIRC) allows you to buy a fusion power plant in 2040 which I reckon is going to be a pretty good punt. Whether the Usual Suspects will allow any to be built when they could be forcing the proles to shiver in the dark is another matter entirely.

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