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Compact X-Ray Fluorescence probe for uniquely flexible, efficient and accurate underground material analysis

Project description

Streamlining mining operations with X-ray fluorescence analysis

Rapid and accurate sample analysis improves the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of mineral exploration and mining. The EU-funded IBERIA XRF project is developing a tiny probe that uses X-ray fluorescence, a non-destructive analytical technique used to determine the elemental composition of materials with outstanding accuracy. The analytical technique determines the chemistry of a sample by measuring the fluorescent X-ray emitted by it when excited by a primary X-ray source. Unlike traditional methods, such as neutron activation, which are very expensive and time consuming, X-ray fluorescence will decrease exploration costs and duration by over 80 %. By 2026, the project expects to have sold more than 300 units and to have generated over EUR 20 million in revenue.

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Net EU contribution
€ 921 526,38
Speicherstrasse 23
76307 Karlsbad

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Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Landkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 394 939,87