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Near Infrared Spectroscopy Finding Use in Energy Industry

Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) is an easy mineral identification technique that allows for onsite, real time mineral identification. Energy operators may be most familiar with this technique as a remote sensing tool, where aerial spectral surveys are conducted to identify seeps, hydrocarbon altered soils or identify regional mineralogy. However, NIR can also be used as a portable contact field tool able to quickly identify minerals in the field or during drilling.


Oil-Trace is a new package that enables complete XRF analysis of all types of fuels, oils and oil derivatives. Running under PANalytical’s SuperQ analysis software, Oil-Trace has been specifically designed to overcome the traditional challenges associated with XRF analysis of oils. By automatically correcting for dark-matrix composition as well as variations in sample density and volume, it dramatically reduces the number of calibrations normally needed for different sample types. Analysis is accurate and reliable over a wide concentration range (zero to 100 percent).