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Environmental Monitoring

A key part of Avantes mission statement refers to our commitment to helping to save our planet and its finite resources for generations to come.  Environmental monitoring is one way that we are able to pursue our mission directly through our technology solutions.  Researchers and consumers around the world rely on Avantes instruments to perform their measurements of water, air, refuse, soil and sludge to safeguard the environment for future generations.  Avantes small form factor instruments are designed to perform in harsh environments while still providing reliable and accurate measurements.

CEMSNOx and Airpoulltion are serious concerns

Continuous emission monitoring (CEM), also called differential optical absorption spectroscopy or (DOAS), is a technique of gas monitoring used extensively in the developing world to monitor NOx and SOx pollutants in the atmospheric air to gauge air quality.  Avantes instruments are integrated into a variety of CEMS monitoring systems around the world.  Due to the high stability requirements of this technique, any of the Avantes thermo-electrically cooled spectrometers are used in this application.

Water QualityWoman Environmental Researcher Taking a Water Sample

Water pollution and contaminants are being measured using ultra-violet absorbance and fluorescence techniques by a variety of researchers.   The AvaSpec Mini in our Compactline offers a great solution for water quality measurements in an instrument which can easily be integrated into a handheld device.


Recycling PlantClassification of recycled materials such as plastics at Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) is another application for the Avantes line of instruments where near-infrared spectroscopy can be used to identify contamination and provide positive classification during sorting.


Tractor working in field of wheatIn the area of conservation, Avantes instruments are being used in the measurement of sludge and soil to determine levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.  Additionally, Avantes instruments are used to support SMART agriculture where crops are measured to determine quality and yield on grown food products as they are being harvested.

The Atmosphere

Greenhouse gasses in air and water can be measured by Avantes instruments to determine air contamination and assist climate scientist with long term monitoring.

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Avantes Instruments for Environmental Spectroscopy

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The StarLine AvaSpec-ULS2048CL-EVO offers you this latest technology using CMOS instead of the conventional CCD technology. In combination with our latest AS-7010 electronics, it offers you a versatile device including USB3.0 communication with 10x higher speed communications and 50x more memory. The AvaSpec-ULS2048CL-EVO is also available as OEM unit, bench-only or rackmount version.

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The SensLine AvaSpec-ULS2048x64TEC back-thinned detector has good sensitivity in the UV and IR region and .89 mm pixel height maximizes photon collection while the cooling enables long integration times up to 500 seconds with low noise values. three-stage Peltier cooling device integrated into our exclusive ultra-low stray-light optical bench improves the dark baseline and reduces the dark noise by a factor of 2-3.

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AvaSpec-HSC1024x58-TEC-EVO (Hero)

The AvaSpec-HS1024x58-TEC-EVO (AvaSpec-Hero) combines the best of both worlds: high resolution and high sensitivity! The AvaSpec-HERO is build up around our High Sensitivity Compact 100mm optical bench offering a NA of 0.13 and a cooled Backthinned Detector (1024x58 pixels). The Hero uses the newest AS7010 board, including a High-Performance Analog to Digital converter.

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Environmental Monitoring Resources

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Environmental Spectroscopy Application: Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) System

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Environmental Spectroscopy Application: Wildfire Detection System

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Spectra of the Month Feature: Soil Contamination

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Related Application: Dutch National Light Project

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