Horiba has released a portable sulfur analyzer, the SLFA-60, that it says can measure high-concentration sulfur content in shale oil and conventional crude oil, and has a measurement range twice that of previous models.
Shale oil, an alternative to crude oil, can contain high concentrations of impurities, including sulfur. The company says it foresees increasing demand for measuring devices that can handle higher concentrations than conventional measuring equipment for petroleum refinery plants.
Because crude oil contains sulfur and other impurities, petroleum products containing sulfur components can be a source of hazardous sulfur oxide emissions, leading to air pollution, acid rain and other environmental problems. To control sulfur concentration in refined petroleum products, a catalytic chemical process (hydro-desulfurization) is used to remove sulfur compounds during refining.
While the mainstream sulfur analyzers conventionally used at petrochemical plants are large devices featuring high-accuracy measurement in the low-concentration ranges, this compact, wide-range analyzer offers an on-site, multi-point measurement solution, the company says.
Horiba is releasing this new product in more than 40 countries around the world, including its customary markets in the US and Europe as well as in Asian and other markets where the demand for new sulfur analyzers is growing.