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He Recovery

Due to ongoing shortages and rising helium prices, we purchased and began renovations for a helium recovery system in late 2019. The system began operation in early 2021 and is currently recycling the helium boil-off from five superconducting magnets in the department. The current setup delivers roughly 900 L of liquid He per year with a recovery rate of 97%.

Our helium recovery system uses a CryoMech liquid helium plant. This includes

  • an atmospheric pressure recovery bag,
  • a recovery compressor,
  • medium pressure storage tanks,
  • an automatic helium purifier,
  • a LHeP22 helium liquefaction plant with a 150 L collection dewar.

The manifolds that connect the magnets to the He collection circuit are based on the setup at Yale’s NMR facility.

More details below.

System Details

March 28, 2022 12:24 PM

Cost Analysis

March 28, 2022 12:59 PM