French industrial gas exploration and production company 45-8 Energy (45-8) has announced that it will launch a mobile helium recycling unit, the first of its kind in Europe.
To be launched later this year (2023), the unit aims to enable the preservation of helium – a rare and strategic resource – by democratising its recycling in Europe.
Blighted by persistent shortages over the past several years, the global helium industry is seeing an increase in the strategic uses of helium across of range of sectors including electronics, medicine and precious metal recycling.
Despite this need for the gas, 99% of the helium used in Europe is released into the atmosphere after single use, according to 45-8.
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