Biofuel Moisture

Measuring Moisture During Production

The moisture level in biofuels determines the amount of air required when burning the fuel for optimum heat or energy output and burn efficiency. Mix a biofuel with too little or too much air and the fuel could burn incompletely or burn too quickly. Biofuel producers must monitor biofuel moisture during production to ensure that moisture levels meet fuel use standards and expectations. The most cost effective and efficient use of today’s biofuels requires accurate biofuel moisture measurement during fuel production and when the fuel is burned. MoistTech has developed the industry-recognized moisture measurement system capable of meeting these requirements.

Why MoistTech?

The IR-3000 biofuel moisture transmitter is MoistTech’s non-contact, near infrared (NIR), online moisture sensor. It was developed to capture thousands of measurements per second, providing instant information in real-time. The sensor’s product loss software capability includes algorithms and precision filters to account for the small gaps in product on the conveyor, inert material, and foreign objects. Its componentry is ruggedly built to outlast and outperform the competition. It can be installed at virtually any point of the production or burn process, including above conveyors, in down chutes, or in storage bins. With the installation of the optional base and stand, the unit provides instant offline or at-line measurements. 

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Unsurpassed in performance, our sensors can accurately measure  moisture within tenths of a percent of most applications


MoistTech sensors withstand the test of time and are low to zero maintenance


Rely on MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors to never drift or need re-calibration


A moisture measurement system is essential for the production process and in some cases will pay for itself in less than 30 days

Dryer Optimization

Efficiency is a top of the line priority for manufacturers and the dryer can drain a lot of that. Measuring the moisture before and after the dryer allows the user to optimize the dryer settings to save time and money. A proper moisture control system will pay for itself with the energy savings from the dryer in less than 30 days. Efficiently controlling the dryer within the facility can drastically change the productivity levels.

What is the Solution?

With more than 40 years experience in measuring moisture, MoistTech has incorporated state-of-the-art features into the IR-3000 NIR online moisture management system, including:

  • Large, intense, quartz halogen light source
  • Efficient optical system
  • High speed motor
  • Easy installation
  • Very low maintenance
  • Most advanced, Windows-based software for management and control
  • Surface-mounted electronics
  • Factory pre-calibrated with no calibration drift

IR-3000’s industry-recognized technology makes it the answer to controlling biofuel moisture in your product. 


Locate the point in the production process in which measuring moisture will be the most crucial and beneficial. Identify how you will use the moisture measurement data for improvements and if it will tie into your PLC.

Remember this could involve more than one installation point!


A closed loop process is achieved by incorporating a moisture measurement system into the manufacturing process. Developing a proactive solution to moisture control will avoid costly downfalls. 


MoistTech’s experts will assess your specific application with lab tests, calibrations and accuracy results to ensure our equipment will peform for you. All of our sensors are pre-calibrated prior to being shipped to create a plug-and-play operation for the end-user.


A MoistTech instrumentation specialist would be happy to demonstrate how the IR-3000 NIR online moisture sensor would capture biofuel moisture measurements in your process. When you’re ready to install the system in your facility, request a quote.

Understand the Process

Using the IR-3000, you’ll save money throughout the entire production process, while making the best quality product at the same time. With MoistTech, you don’t need to compromise.