The following specific research and development tasks should be considered:

  • Determine the geological characteristics and processes that permit the formation of helium-rich gas fields and develop methodologies and databases to assist in the discovery of these fields.

  • Identify potential sites for natural storage facilities to permit the establishment of new facilities near future major helium producers and to allow an increase in the storage and conservation capabilities of helium users.

  • Develop economic models for the extraction and storage of joint-product, nonrenewable resources the production of one of which is dominated by supply and demand for the other.

  • Incrementally improve the efficiency of technologies that currently depend on helium and develop alternative technologies that do not require helium.

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