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Helium Scarcity and Gas Cooled Reactors

  1. Apr 1, 2017 #1
    How much helium would a gas cooled reactor require for startup and loss replacement? Would helium's scarcity pose a major obstacle to widespread or long term adoption of it as a coolant for nuclear reactors?
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  3. Apr 2, 2017 #2
    Helium would not be so scarce if users retained it after use instead of releasing it to the atmosphere as 99% do now.

    If mandatory helium conservation programs are enacted, then there will be plenty of helium to cool future reactors.
  4. Apr 4, 2017 #3
    Anyone know how much helium coolant a reactor would need? All I've been able to find is flow rates, not total inventory, and not how much might be lost over time.
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