Durham researchers have helped to develop a new model that could be used to identify new helium gas resources – especially important in light of the global helium supply shortage. The study, published in Nature, was led by the University of Oxford, with Durham’s involvement led by Professor Jon Gluyas, Executive Director of the Durham Energy Institute.
The proposed model helps to explain the existence of previously unexplained sources of helium. In doing so, the study also identifies the geological locations where helium is likely to be found, so it can be tapped and extracted without emitting greenhouse gases.
Helium may be the second most abundant element in the Universe, but it’s quite rare down on Earth.
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