Trash Moisture

Trash is a good bio energy source, but it is composed of 85-95% moisture. To prevent spoilage, this must be reduced to 10-15% for organic materials included in the trash. Some cities like Edmonton, Alberta, are converting the municipal waste into ethanol. Biofuels have increased interest and popularity because of the rising oil prices and the uncertainty of the energy supply.

Monitoring the Trash Moisture During the Process

Constant monitoring during production with thousands of measurements per second can optimize the on-line process and will dramatically:

Introducing the IR-3000

In recent years, MoistTech partnered with industry to develop a new type of moisture sensor that would stand head and shoulders above the competition. This sensor is the state-of-the-art IR-3000 near infrared (NIR) that allows installation in the most extreme locations. It mounts above the conveyor belt to send continuous moisture levels to the network. The IR-3000 is highly accurate, dependable, rugged and durable. It is preset at the factory and requires no further maintenance calibrations.


The IR-3000 stands apart because its software can handle small gaps in materials, unlike the competition. It can also ignore inert material, foreign objects, and belt or screw conveyors to make this the most accurate true moisture reading available.

Trust in the Accuracy of MoistTech Sensors

MoistTech is very experienced with the trash 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.

Contact Us for Trash Moisture Control During Energy Production

To learn how the IR-3000 can work in your application, contact us. Our skilled staff would love to talk with you. Request a quote today, and see how reasonable it is to install our sensors in your production line.

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