Mini probe for underground mineral discoveries
Exploration is the foundation in mining. It’s how new ore bodies are identified for development. But exploration performance is tricky and it hinges on the quality of environmental and geological research applications. Traditional methods (analysis of samples in labs or through complex on-site equipment) are not only expensive but also time consuming. They also involve significant environmental damage. The EU-funded IBERIA XRF project will develop a miniaturised probe that uses X-ray fluorescence analysis to measure with outstanding accuracy the ground’s mineral composition along small, low-impact boreholes. By collecting precise and real-time elemental analysis information, the project’s probe will improve the efficiency of the exploration stage and reduce its cost and duration. The project estimates 250 units will be sold by 2025.
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