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New Model Could Help Locate Untapped Helium Reserves

Researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Toronto and Durham have proposed a new model to account for the existence of previously unexplained helium-rich reservoirs. This new study explains the presence of nitrogen gas and why helium-rich gas fields are often found alongside high concentrations of nitrogen. The model could help identify areas likely to contain similar helium-rich deposits, and has potential to also locate significant amounts of carbon-free hydrogen. These findings could help alleviate the current global helium shortage and provide an alternative to hydrogen production from coal and natural gas, which contributes to CO2 emissions.

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