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04-06-15
-The Helium Use / Loss report for March 2015 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

03-20-15
-The Helium Use / Loss report for February 2015 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

03-03-15
-The Helium Use / Loss report for January 2015 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

02-04-15
-The annual Helium Use / Loss report for 2014 has been posted.
-The annual Helium Usage by Year and Usage by Building graphs have also been updated and posted.

01-14-15
-The Helium Use / Loss report for December 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

12-09-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for November 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

11-20-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for October 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

10-14-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for Sepember 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

10-13-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for August 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

10-10-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for July 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

07-02-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for June 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

06-26-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for May 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

05-19-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for April 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

04-07-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for March 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

03-24-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for February 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

02-04-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for January 2014 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

01-11-14
-The Helium Use / Loss report for December 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

12-12-13
-The Helium Use / Loss report for November 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

11-06-13
-The Helium Use / Loss report for October 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

10-10-13
-Who thinks we should start a helium recovery / liquefaction instruction course?
The idea would be to train new inductees, and partially experienced operators who want to improve.
One-two day tours?
One week course at UF with a tour and discussions?
Individuals or groups?
Longer term training with hands on working at UF facility?
On-line training course and materials?

10-10-13

-The Helium Use / Loss report for September 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

10-09-13
-The Helium  Panic has subsided. The President of the United States has signed the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 that
passed both the House and Senate unanomously..
-Nevertheless, helium is still limited because the demand is higher than the current supply. Most suppliers still have allocation
restrictions on current customers and they are not able to take on new customers.

09-26-13
-http://www.nature.com/news/us-extends-life-of-helium-reserve-1.13819


09-19-13
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Fun Facts; Oops, I was wrong. The Senate made changes to the bill so it has to go back to the House for another vote.
 

09-19-13
-Fun Facts;
 Helium crisis possibly averted.....for now, a one year respite if signed by the President. The single non-voter... Marco Rubio R-FL. 2 No votes; AL and TX Republicans.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/s203?utm_campaign=govtrack_feed&utm_source=govtrack%2Ffeed&utm_medium=rss
Contrary to the reports in the media, it does not need to go back to the House. The Senate passed the House bill, so it just needs the President's signature to become active.

09-19-13
-Fun Facts;
GE Healthcare, which uses helium to make magnetic resonance imaging scanners, told Reuters the spot price of liquid helium has jumped to $25-$30 per liter from $8 last year.
"There is no question the situation is challenging. We are having to look at different sources of helium, not just the U.S. supply, and have invested $17 million in a plant to capture waste helium," said Richard Hausmann, president and chief executive of GE Healthcare's global magnetic resonance business.
The company uses around 5.5 million liters of helium a year in its production facility in South Carolina and another 6 million liters a year servicing MR systems at U.S. sites.

09-18-13
-Fun Facts;
 
Australia 0.15 Bcf/yr
Algeria 0.4 Bcf/yr
Poland 0.15 Bcf/yr
Qatar 1.7Bcf/yr
Total nonUS 2.4 Bcf/yr

Proposed for 2020;
East Siberia 7.0 Bcf/yr


09-17-13
-Panic is afoot;  http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i37/Helium-Headache.html

09-12-13
-The Helium Use / Loss report for August 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.
-We have had some assurances from our helium supplier that we will be able to get helium and we will
be one of the last to be cut-off. The are placing priority on their medical and scientific customers.
-We are still waiting to see what happens with Legislation. The University of Florida has signed on with
a consortium of industrial, governmental and academic helium users, to send a joint letter to Senate
and House leaders to encourage rapid, positive legislative action..

http://www.semiconductors.org/clientuploads/ESH/Helium%20users%20letter%20sept%202013%20%282%29.pdf


08-30-13

-Panic is afoot;
Actual facts;
http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nm/programs/0/federal_helium_program.Par.28420.File.dat/082613_QandAs_WOapproved.pdf

08-29-13

-FYI to all helium users and all other interested parties;

We thought we had until 2015 before we hit this wall, but because the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was able to repay their debt two
years early, and according to a law passed in 1996, they are now required to shut down their operations for storing the U.S. helium reserves.

Only an act of Congress can stop the shutdown at this point. And even if  the Senate acts as soon as they return from summer recess (The House has
already passed Legislation), it is already too late to stop a likely, industry-wide increase in helium prices and a further decrease in availability.

I tried to find an article without helium puns and incorrect information. This is the best, brief article I found;

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/why-you-should-care-about-the-looming-helium-shortage

I can not predict what will happen to us locally, except that we are in a much better position than many other helium users. But you should be
aware that this is happening and if you are so inclined, learn more and contact your representatives.

08-28-13

-The Helium Use / Loss report for July 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

07-04-13
-The Helium Use / Loss report for June 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

06-10-13
-Prices for cryogens will be increasing effective July 1, 2013.
New Rates;
Heliun Used = $0.60/lL for Physics and $2.20/lL for all else.
Helium Lost = $6.50/lL.
Nitrogen  = $0.18/lL or Liquid equivalent in gas.

06-06-13
-The Helium Use / Loss report for May 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

05-09-13
-The Helium Use / Loss report for April 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

04-26-13
-Finally! The new liquefier  has been installed and commissioned.
-All test results exceeded specifications.
Tested liquefaction rates in liquid Liters per hour were;

Two Compressors                        One Compressor
Pure Helium Impure Helium Pure Helium Impure Helium
With LN2 80.7 73.4 53.7 50.1
Without LN2 23.2 19.5 19.6 19.5

-The Helium Use / Loss report for March 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

03-04-13
-The Helium Use / Loss report for February 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

02-11-13
-The Helium Use / Loss report for January 2013 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

12-11-12
-Prices for cryogens will be increasing sometime soon.
Proposed changes;
Heliun Used from $0.50/lL to $0.60/lL and from $2.00/lL to $2.20/lL
Helium Lost from $5.00/lL to $7.00/lL
And Nitrogen from  $0.14/lL to $0.16/lL
-The cryo  budget ballance has been steadily declining  and is now prohibitively low.
-The Helium Use / Loss report for November 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

11-05-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for October 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

10-05-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for September 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

09-12-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for August 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

08-14-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for July 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

07-09-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for June 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.
-Another world-wide helium shortage is going on that  none of us here have noticed. Balloon helium
has been severely curtailed and some rationing of others uses has been on-going.  And, of course to
report on the shortage, main-stream media perpetuates stupidity and wastes helium. Contrary to that,
here is a welding industry take on it. And here are the only ones to correctly report on it. There is a
bill in congress to address the issue HR S2374.  Latest info but nothing new.

06-07-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for May 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

05-07-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for April 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

04-06-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for March 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

03-06-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for February 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

02-08-12

-We have received info that an experimental cryostat exploded at a prominent U.S.  research facility.
No one was injured and an investigation is on-going. The equipment was totally destroyed and many
people are going to be subjected to critical review. The preliminary take-away is;
DO NOT LEAVE CRYOGENIC TRANSFERS UNATTENDED!!!!
There were other issues that made the situation worse,  but the entire incident could have been
prevented by the operator being present.

02-06-12

-The Helium Use / Loss report for January 2012 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

01-06-12
-The annual Helium Use / Loss report for 2011 has been posted.
-The annual Helium Usage by Year and Usage by Building graphs have also been updated and posted.
-The annual reports for Nitrogen; Usage by Year and  Usage by Lab, have been posted.

01-05-12
-The Helium Use / Loss report for December 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

12-05-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for November 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

11-09-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for October 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

10-06-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for September 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

09-16-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for August 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

08-02-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for July 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

07-08-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for June 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

06-06-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for May 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

05-23-11
-We finally got approval to spend the money on our grant for upgrading/updating our equipment.
-There is a press release  on the UF homepage today.
-Press release

05-05-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for April 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

04-04-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for March 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

03-04-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for February 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

02-04-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for January 2011 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

01-05-11
-The annual Helium Use / Loss report for 2010 has been posted.
-The annual Helium Usage by Year and Usage by Building graphs have also been updated and posted.
-The annual reports for Nitrogen; Usage by Year and  Usage by Lab, have been posted.
-It was a banner year for cryogenics, the second highest consumption rate since reliable records have been kept.
-Looking at the usage by building graph and extrapolating into the future we can see an 8 year cycle for Williamson,
that the NPB will no longer have helium users by 2025 and that the MBI will be using more helium than is available
worldwide by then. Aren't graphs wonderful?

01-03-11
-The Helium Use / Loss report for December 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

12-02-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for November 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

11-02-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for October 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

10-05-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for September 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

9-02-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for August 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

8-20-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for July 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

7-02-10

-The Helium Use / Loss report for June 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

6-28-10
-First failure of the Omeganet last week. One of the data modules which tracks the temperature of the NPB impure storage bank,
is located outdoors in what I thought was a water proof box. After a couple weeks of heavy rains and high temperatures, water
worked its way into the box and  shorted the modulle, which prevented comunication with modules downstream.
The remakable part is not that the unit failed, but more how it continued to work for as  long as it did.  By the time it failed
completely, it was fully submerged in water.
-The cryonet in the NPB also failed  recently with no proven reason. The working theory is that the nighttime janitorial crew has
been stripping and waxing the tile floors throughout the building and since the cryonet power is plugged into the same 110VAC circuits
as their equipment, we are speculating that the power spikes are enough to disable the fiber optic repeaters in the cryonetr. I have installed
small battery backed UPS surge surpressing power strips to plug in the cryonet wallwarts nearest the fiber repeaters.

6-08-10

-The Helium Use / Loss report for May 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.
-The cryonet died right at the end of the month and I still am not quite sure whether it is fixed.
I replaced a couple dead batteries in gasmen and added power supplies/chargers into the network at the fiber optic repeaters,
which seem to be the locus of the problems

5-10-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for April 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

4-02-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for March 2010 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

3-03-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for February 2010 has been posted.

2-03-10

-The Helium Use / Loss report for January 2010 has been posted.

2-02-10
-A new report on helium has been pre-published;  National_Helium_Reserve_2010.pdf
It is an update and follow-up on the 2000 report; 
"The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve"

1-08-10
-The Helium Use / Loss report for December 09 has been posted.
-The Helium Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.
-The annual Helium Use / Loss report for 2009 has been posted.
-The annual Helium Usage by Year and Usage by Building graphs have also been updated and posted.
-The annual reports for Nitrogen; Usage by Year and  Usage by Lab, have been posted.

12-04-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for November 09 has been posted.
-The
Usage by Month and Transported vs Total graphs have also been updated and posted.

11-05-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for October 09 has been posted.

10-28-09
-First snow for Gainesville Fl this year.  An unusually strong cold front swept through the area.
Photos Video The Liquid Nitrogen feed valve controller for the helium liquefier stuck open during a fill of our
Bulk Nitrogen Storage tank. The two day ice-skating party was a blast.

10-02-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for September 09 has been posted.

09-02-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for August 09 has been posted.
-Included in this months bills is a significant unannounced price drop.  Nitrogen is now $0.14/lL, down from $0.20/lL.
-Helium for Physics PI's is $0.50/lL used plus $5.00/lL lost, down from $0.60 and $6.50.
-Outside Physics rates are $2.00/lL used and $5.00/lL lost, down from $2.20 and $6.50.
-I can not predict the length of time these new prices will be in effect or whether new pricing will go up or down from here.
-This month's helium disaster was a hose to the purity monitor for reference pure gas from the pure storage bank came loose over the weekend and drained ~250lL of pure helium.

08-24-09

-The helium Use / Loss report for June 09 has been posted.
-The helium Use / Loss report for July 09 has been posted.

06-05-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for May 09 has been posted.
-Finally.! For the first time since I started working here in 1983, I have installed a NEW helium recovery compressor.! In over 26 years we have been  getting by with other people's hand me downs and second hand compressors that were so out of date that the only way to get parts for them was to scavange parts off of the other ones that were more broken or we had replacement parts made by our Machine shop.  We had reached the point that  we were down to  only one working compressor, but it was also  30 years old and not adaquate to meet peak daytime demands without  manipulating and coordinating the helium recovery flows from the other buildings.
-Earlier this week, the 30 year old external purifier had a pinhole leak that vented a couple hundred liters of helium overnight before we could shut it down for repairs the next morning.

05-05-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for Apr 09 has been posted.


04-05-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for Mar 09 has been posted.


03-17-09
-This is so remarkable I have to post photos. We have been chasing an air leak into recovery for a while. Normally we can find and fix these problems in a short time by rounding up the usual suspects and beating them until they talk. So we were caught off guard when it was one of our best and most careful and experienced users and that we had multiple problems masking each other. But the most remarkable thing is that we had a huge hole on the main hose going to our main recovery bag and yet we did not measure an increase in helium losses but instead we were getting unexplained air spikes at a newly installed purity monitor upstream of the hose break.  Looking at the hose makes me think this has been there for a long time.   Photos


03-05-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for Feb 09 has been posted.


02-10-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for Jan 09 has been posted.


01-07-09
-The helium Use / Loss report for Dec 08  has been posted.

-The 2008 Annual reports for Helium; Usage by YearUsage by BuildingUsage by Month and Usage by Lab, have been posted.
-The 2008 Annual reports for Nitrogen; Usage by Year and  Usage by Lab, have been posted.


12-10-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Nov 08 has been posted.


11-04-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Oct 08 has been posted. Fun facts for October; All labs except three that could be running were running in October. John did 106 transfers for the month. Normal is 60-70. Our helium recovery rate was below 10 lL/hr for only 34 hours in the month.  


10-10-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Sept 08 has been posted. Also note the sharp increase in helium use in September.


09-02-08

-The helium Use / Loss report for Aug 08 has been posted.  A new column has been added; "Effective $/lL"  It is simply the amount of helium you used  divided by the amount you pay, including helium lost.


08-20-08
-Crisis averted...again. Monday, our large helium recovery compressor was shut down for unscheduled maintainence because it was making a horrible noise.
A noise similar to the one the eBay Bauer compressor made just prior to disintigrating into smaller pieces. In this case, I found that the main flywheel/pulley
had worn the main shaft and its hub to the point where the fan blades were hitting the shroud. What sounds like a minor problem actually isn't. I couldn't just buy a new flywheel, because of the damage to the shaft. I couldn't replace the shaft in short order. And we have no more back-up compressors. 2/3 of our helium recovery capacity was down. Thanks to the work of our Machine shop, Mark and Ed, the shaft was remachined in place, on the compressor, (no small feat), the flywheel hub was enlarged, a new, custom sized key made and a collar was made to take up the gap. It is now all in place and the compressor has not sounded so good in years. And all of this under the threat of Hurricane Fay.


08-04-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Jul 08 has been posted.


 07-31-08
- Read about "The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve"
The link is to page 27 which discusses the catagories for helium use.
- Read about Domestic (USA)  helium data, Production and Use 2007. PDF
- We knew and warned about the helium shortage, but no one cared.
- Liquefaction of Helium Anniversary

07-11-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Jun 08 has been posted.


 06-06-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for May 08 has been posted.


 05-12-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Apr 08 has been posted.

04-11-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Mar 08 has been posted.
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The cost to replace lost helium continues to increase. As of Aug 1, 2008, all users will pay  $5.70 for each liter  not returned through their lab gasmeter.
-As of  Nov 08 the price increases to $6.50 for each lost liter.

03-03-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Feb 08 has been posted.

02-06-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Jan 08 and for the year of 2007 have been posted.

01-04-08
-The helium Use / Loss report for Dec 07 has been posted.

12-10-07
-The price of helium will be increasing as of Jan 1, 2008. The users in Physics will pay $0.60 for liter  used by the lab and  non-Physics  users will pay $2.20.
All  users will pay  $4.50 for each liter  not returned through their lab gasmeter. 
-The helium Use / Loss report for Nov 07 has been posted.

11-06-07
-The helium Use / Loss report for Oct 07 has been posted.
- The Helium Shortage continues to be a thorn in the side of most helium users, except for those at UF where no one has noticed.  (MP3 of broadcast)

10-08-07
-The helium Use / Loss report for Sept 07 has been posted.
-The helium Use / Loss report for Aug 07 has been posted.

08-22-07
-The helium Use / Loss report for June 07 has been posted.
-The helium Use / Loss report for July 07 has been posted.

08-21-07
- The Helium Shortage continues to be a thorn in the side of most helium users, except for those at UF where no one has noticed.
- Helium Shortage 2

06-05-07
- The helium Use / Loss report for May 07 has been posted.
- A live webcam feed has been set up to watch the Williamson Hall
loading dock so that we don't waste our time driving over there to
make deliveries, to find it blocked by people who think its OK
to park in a loading dock.

05-05-07
- The helium Use / Loss report for April 07 has been posted.
- WORLD-WIDE HELIUM SHORTAGE and no one at UF noticed, they didn't need to.
- WORLD-WIDE HELIUM SHORTAGE 2

04-05-07
- The helium Use / Loss report for March 07 has been posted.

03-05-07
- The helium Use / Loss report for February 07 has been posted.

02-13-07
- The helium Use / Loss report for January 07 has been posted.

01-03-07
- The helium Use / Loss report for December 06 has been posted.
- The helium Use / Loss report for  2006 has been posted.
- The helium Use  report by building for  2006 has been posted.
- The helium Use / Loss report for the years  1983-2006 has been updated.
- The Nitrogen Use by Lab report for 2006 has been posted.
- The Nitrogen Bought report for 1991-2006 has been updateted.

12-07-06
- The new liquid helium contract has been dropped with Airgas. They could not deliver the product as stated in the terms and withdrew. The Contract has changed to the second lowest bidder and previous supplier Praxair.

12-07-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for November 06 has been posted.
- A Helium Shortage is expected.  (MP3 of broadcast
- University of  Tennessee Helium Shortage

11-09+10-06
-A visitor from Princeton University, Goeffrey Gettelfinger, visited Cryogenic Services on a infomation quest. Princeton is planning on a helium production/recovery facility and wanted to learn from an estabilished facility.

11-03-06
-A visitor from UCLA, Dr Jane Strouse, visited Cryogenic Services on a infomation quest. UCLA is planning on a helium production/recovery facility and wanted to learn from an estabilished facility. Ex-UF professor Dr Stewart Brown is leading(?) the initiative at UCLA.

11-02-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for October 06 has been posted.

10-18-06
- The contract for Liquid Helium, Liquid Nitrogen (delivered dewars) and cylinder gasses has be awarded to AirGas South. The details are few. But one thing seems clear. A substantial price increase is coming for you, the liquid helium customers of Cryogenic Services. The contract starts Nov 1, 06 and is for two years with 3 one year extensions possible. We will need to replace all cylinders in the labs with cylinders from the new company. We will try to do this through normal turnover, but, since we are no longer on a contract, the old vendor can increase the rental rates substantially. If they do, we will be removing cylinders ASAP. Stay tuned for more info.

10-10-06
- WORLD-WIDE HELIUM SHORTAGE (mp3 of Broadcast) and no one at UF noticed. I have direct knowledge of shortages at FSU, UCLA, PNL.

10-05-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for September 06 has been posted.

09-07-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for August 06 has been posted.

08-07-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for June 06 and July 06 have been posted. The monthly usage chart and the transport ratios 05-0606-07 charts have been updated.

06-07-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for May 06 has been posted.

05-07-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for April 06 has been posted.

04-07-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for March 06 has been posted. The monthly usage chart and the transport ratios charts have been updated.

03-03-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for February 06 has been posted.

02-06-06
- The Liquid Nitrogen Purchased Graph for the Year 2005 has been posted.
- The Liquid Nitrogen Use by Lab Graph for the Year 2005 has been posted.

02-02-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for Year 2005 has been posted.
- The helium Use / Loss report for January 06 has been posted.

02-01-06
- The helium recovery line from Rhines Hallhas been replaced and is fully functional.

01-18-06
- PPD pierced through the helium recovery line from Rhines Hall. All recovery from that building will be lost untill that line is replaced.

01-12-06
- The helium Use / Loss report for December 05 has been posted.

12-12-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for November 05 has been posted.

11-12-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for October 05 has been posted.

10-12-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for September 05 has been posted.

09-22-05
- Added FAQs to the website.

09-12-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for August 05 has been posted.

08-15-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for July 05 has been posted.

07-01-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for June 05 has been posted.

06-10-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for May 05 has been posted.

05-12-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for April 05 has been posted.

04-22-05
- The helium request form has been upgraded and improved. Please use it as the preferred method for requesting helim.

04-08-05
-We have finished a major overhaul of the liquefier increasing its output from 27 lL/hr to over 50 lL/hr which exceeds its rated designed output.
- The helium Use / Loss report for March 05 has been posted.
- The helium Use / Loss report for February 05 has been posted.
- The helium Use / Loss report for January 05 has been posted.

01-20-05
- The helium Use / Loss report for December 04 has been posted.
- The helium Use / Loss report for the year 2004 has been posted.
 



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