Renkert Oil has been awarded a three-year contract to supply high purity mineral oil to FermiLab for their $278 million physics experiment.
The oil is used in a large detector to be constructed in Minnesota. In total, 10,000 MT (3 million gallons) of oil will be used. Renkert Oil will provide the mineral oil out of their Riverdale, IL facility where tight control of properties allows the Renoil 70-T to meet FermiLab’s exacting standards. Very high clarity is required to ensure that the photocell detectors will be able to measure every neutrino collision in the detector.
In the project, the Fermi Accelerator in Batavia, IL will beam neutrinos through the earth to the Canadian border. There, the detector will measure how many and what “flavor” arrive at the destination (800 km). The project is designed to learn more about these hard to detect neutrinos.
The path of the neutrinos is shown below (as deep as 10 km below the Earth’s surface).