Hello Lightning Tamers!
I'm currently writing and preparing for Chapter 4 of the Intro to Plasma Series: Starting your plasma Journey!
Thought I'd share with you some philosophical aspects that I've used to overcome the negatives in my life, but have appeared in my pursuit of plasma art and education.
â-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
Hello Lighting Tamers!
For those of you who couldn't make the lecture! Fear not, for I have recorded the entire talk, including the Q&A at the end. This lecture is not a replacement for watching the series and discussion with the plasma community, but if you want to hear my story and a quick overview on creating a vessel for plasma and testing the waters by working with collaborators then have at it. You might find yourself wanting to watch the Series!
You know I feel really good about this talk. I don't do them very often, and it's good to finally be able to get questions beyond the "How do you do plasma?". I believe the Intro to plasma series with GEEX has definitely helped me organize and share some fundamental thoughts on plasma, in which 4 years ago would have been impossible for me to imagine explaining or even talk about.
Thank you for watching,
Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
Chapter 1: Plasma Primer with Percy
Chapter 2: Taking Shape
Chapter 3: It's Lit! Chemistry of Collaboration
updated: 3/1/21 Added Online Communities & Collaborators
About | Rare Gas Market
Messsage from Jim Avolt:
"Things have changed a bit in the rare gas market. The source for crude rare gases are large Air Separation Units (ASU’s). These facilities use refrigeration and pressure to separate air into its various gas components. As the air is chilled, each component drops as a liquid when the temperature drops below its boiling point.
"Crude rare gases are harvested from these separation plants, but the systems to capture these rare gases needs to be installed as the plants are being built. Because rare gases have such a low concentration in air, only the largest ASU’s are candidates for rare gas harvesting.
Because of the huge requirement for oxygen at steel plants, the largest ASU’s in the world were constructed at or near the largest steel plants in the world. Those plants are located in China, Russia and Ukraine.
The virus has had a huge impact on the global demand for steel, causing steel plants to reduce production levels. As the production decreased, the operating hours of the3 ASU’s were reduced. This is causing a global shortage of rare gases.
Krypton gas has seen the highest increase. Besides the shortage for crude gas from the ASU’s, several semiconductor manufacturers have significantly increased their requirement for the gas. As the krypton is only a small fraction of the cost profile of these semiconductor fabrication facilities, the cost of the gas is a small consideration to them. They need the gas, so they buy the gas.
At this time, both Airgas / Air Liquide & Linde / Praxair are not quoting new customers on krypton gas and have placed most customers on allocation for the gas.
Global Rare Gases| Price List (As of 2/23/21)
Lecture bottle, CGA 580 brass valve; xenon, 99.999+%; 50 liters; $1,900.00. In stock. Shipping by FedEx Ground Haz Mat = $75.00
Disposable B cylinder, CGA 580 brass valve; neon, 99.999+%; 250 liters; $420.00 + shipping by FedEx Ground @ 75.00
Disposable C cylinder, CGA 580 brass valve; neon, 99.999+% pure; 500 liters; $ 650.00 + shipping by FedEx Ground @ $75.00
HELIUM & ARGON, both 99.999+%: SAME PRICE for these gases.
Disposable B cylinder; CGA 580 brass valve; helium OR argon, 99.999+% pure; 250 liters; $300.00 + shipping by FedEx Ground @ $75.00
Disposable C cylinder; CGA 580 brass valve; helium OR argon, 99.999+% pure; 500 liters; $360.00 + shipping by FedEx Ground @ $75.00
Disposable B cylinder; CGA 580 brass valve; krypton, 99.999+% pure; 250 liters; $1,250.00 + shipping @ $75.00
Disposable C cylinder; CGA 580 brass valve; krypton, 99.999+% pure; 500 liters; $2,000.00 + shipping by FedEx Ground @ 75.00
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Image: Return to Hieroglyphics by James Akers
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.