Many biomass materials are produced as byproducts, residues or wastes from some other process, operation or industry. Most of these have a valuable energy content that can usefully be channeled into fuel. This also has the benefit of keeping the material out of a landfill. This includes wood, food waste agricultural residues, industrial waste and co-products, and aerobic plants. Some foods are specifically grown to produce energy, like corn.
The moisture content in these biomass products is a critical part of the production. It has been estimated that an increase in the moisture content of some types of biomass from 0% to 40% can decrease the heating value (in MJ/kg) by about 66%. Different amounts of biomass moisture are required for different source materials depending on the process being used.
While biochemical conversion plants are able to process effectively only a high moisture content feed stock, thermal chemical conversion processes, on the other hand, require a low moisture content biomass in order to avoid a negative effect on the overall energy balance.
MoistTech engineers are very experienced in the biomass field. We have developed a state-of-the-art sensor called the IR- 3000, which will optimize your process control. It will:
The sensor monitors the amount of moisture during the manufacturing process. These sensors are mounted above the biomass and can alert you when moisture levels are above or below the tolerance levels so adjustments can be made, saving expensive problems in your production line.
MoistTech is very experienced with the biomass moisture sensing requirements. Our sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Typical accuracy is about ±0.2% moisture. Typical analog range is 0-75% moisture. The outputs from the sensor can be easily adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements.
At MoistTech, we can advise you in the installation of biomass moisture detecting sensors. Our sensors are high-tech, world-class, easy-to-use alerts to keep your production costs in check. Contact us today for more information about how these fit your production line.