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Uses of Helium

Helium’s unique properties make it essential for vital technologies that affect our lives every day.

Advanced Medical Imaging Equipment

Helium is used in advanced medical imaging equipment like MRIs, providing the super cooling needed for the creation of powerful magnetic fields by these devices.

Advanced Scientific Research

Helium is used in a variety of advanced scientific research applications where super cooling and powerful magnetic fields are required.  Applications such as mag-lev trains, superconducting electrical transmission lines, quantum computing, and cutting-edge scientific installations like CERN (https://home.cern/) and ITER (https://www.iter.org/) are all examples.

Space Exploration & Defense Applications

Helium is used in space exploration and defense applications. Helium has unique properties such that it is the only gas that can be used to pressurize the liquid fuels that power the rockets driving space exploration, as well as the blimps and airships that have other applications within the atmosphere.

Manufacturing

Helium is required for the manufacture of semiconductors, fiber optics, liquid crystal displays and many other applications.  If you ever use a computer or an Internet connection, helium was required to make the equipment and components necessary to make these products and systems work.

Demand for Helium

New potential sources of demand for helium are appearing all the time.  From new, low-cost reusable rockets for space launches, to the advancement of nuclear fusion research, to testing autonomous floating Internet infrastructure, to new therapies targeting cancer cells with ion beams, helium’s unique properties make it increasingly vital to our present and our future.