GE expands small-scale LNG business

In connection with its recent acquisition of substantially all the assets of the Salof Companies, GE Oil & Gas announced that it has completed its acquisition of a 50 percent ownership interest in Beijing enCryo Engineering Co., Ltd., a Beijing-based joint venture with Beijing Maison Engineering Co., Ltd. that specializes in engineering for all aspects of the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical sectors.


Helium-3 (3He) is one of the two stable isotopes of helium. The other is the much more common Helium-4 (4He). Neither of these isotopes should be confused with He II, which is the second liquid phase of 4He. He II was discussed in this column in the Spring 2010 edition of Cold Facts. 3He, whose … Continue reading Helium-3

SuperPower wire powers European Union ECCOFLOW

SuperPower Inc., a subsidiary of Furakawa Electric Company of Japan, has announced that it provided the second-generation high temperature superconducting (2G HTS) wire for the European Union (EU) collaboration program, called Project ECCOFLOW, that will demonstrate a new Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL) device capable of strengthening and protecting the utility grid.

CEC/ICMC 2013 Returns to Anchorage, Alaska

The 2013 Cryogenic Engineering Conference/International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC/ICMC) was held June 17-21 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska. Among the almost 600 attendees, the published list included 240 from North America, 177 from Europe, 59 from Japan, 50 from China and 22 from South Korea.

Cryopump Systems and Space Telescopes

In the 21st century, NASA and the world have started looking into deep space astrophysics. Acquiring deep space images requires a space telescope with a large optical mirror, such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Planck telescope, the Herschel telescope, etc. To carry out various space missions at the beginning of the century, NASA needed to be able to do large diameter space telescope testing at ground level in a large diameter thermal vacuum chamber (THVC) that required 20K helium shroud cooling and a vibration-free clean high vacuum of 1 x 10-6 torr suited to space simulation.

Cold Facts Tours Field Museum’s Cryo Storage Facility

Cold Facts was privileged to spend a morning with Dr. Shannon Hackett, the Richard and Jill Chaifetz Associate Curator, Head, Bird Division, Zoology Department, at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. We wanted to learn more about the museum’s cryogenic storage facility and its role in the collections and research done by scientists at this world-famous institution.