Helium Uses

Because it is totally unreactive, Helium is used to provide an inert protective atmosphere for manufacturing, Semi-Conductors, Fibre optics and Arc Welding.

Given its unique inert and unreactive nature along with its cooling ability, with a boiling point of minus – 268.9 degrees Celsius, it is used in a host of other areas.

  • MRI (Largest consumer of Helium 22% global demand)
  • The Hadron Collider. (Cern Switzerland) https://home.cern/resources/faqs/facts-and-figures-about-lhc
  • Satellite instruments
  • NMR spectrometers
  • Space Vehicles to cool Liquid Oxygen & Hydrogen (Apollo Mission)
  • Pressurising rocket fuel tanks (helium being inert wont mix with any other gases)
  • NASA a huge user of Helium. Also SpaceX
  • Synchrotrons
  • Decorative Balloons
  • Weather Balloons
  • Airship lifting
  • Deep Diving
  • Vehicle Airbags (rapid inflation)
  • Leak Detection Devices
  • All Major Defence equipment
  • Computers
  • New Technologies Coming.
  • Quantum Computers
  • Fusion Reactors

Synchrotrons use electricity to produce intense beams of light more than a million times brighter than the sun. The light is produced when high-energy electrons are forced to travel in a circular orbit inside the synchrotron tunnels by the ‘synchronised’ application of strong magnetic fields.

There is just one in Australia, Melbourne https://www.ansto.gov.au/research/facilities/australian-synchrotron/overview