Helium is an element that is used all over the world; it is used in balloons from as small as those used at birthday parties, to those as large as blimps across the world. It is also used in science to cool certain elements and machines in order to change how they work.
However, with science becoming more advanced every day, helium is being used for other purposes too. So, how will it be used in the future?
Using Helium as a Power Source
One thing that physicists all over the world are trying to accomplish is effectively isolating helium and using it to produce energy. The reason behind it is because the Sun uses helium to produce energy – the amount of energy produced is huge and it is one of the most efficient, clean and reliable methods of energy production; it is known as nuclear fusion.
For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to create nuclear energy through the fusion of helium. Unfortunately, we do not currently have the correct facilities to maintain the extremely high temperatures and pressures required. However, that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be a possibility as a future energy source for the planet.
The Possibility of Mining Helium
We have always been interested in the Moon and the other planets in our Solar System; take Galileo and his keen interest in Jupiter. In the late 20th century, there were talks by various people suggesting that the Moon could be mined of its helium; when the Sun emits solar winds, it carries with it hydrogen and helium which can become embedded on the Moon’s surface.
After the talks, this sparked a serious interest in lunar mining. However, the interest and the implementation are two completely different things. By the looks of things, lunar mine is an incredibly difficult thing to do but in a few decades, it could well and truly be a possibility.
Applying Helium to Computing
This may seem very unusual at first, but helium is used is much more ways than just as a gas. Physicists all over the world use helium in cryogenics; helium’s boiling point is as low as -269°C, meaning that it can be used for ultra-cooling purposes.
This extremely cold helium, known as liquid helium, has been proposed to be used in the growing industry of quantum computing. With the advancement of technology, this could be one of the most popular uses for helium in the future.
At Fill N Away, understand the importance of helium in anything from the scientific sector to entertainment in the form of parties. We are able to provide disposable helium canisters as well as refillable helium tanks if you are wanting to reduce waste. If you want to know more information, then contact us today on 01843 220596 and we will be more than happy to help with any queries you may have.