Waste To Energy Pellet Moisture

Reducing Pellet Moisture

Pellet fuel is a biomass bioenergy product that is a clean-burning and cost stable home heating alternative currently used throughout North America. Pellet fuel is a way to divert millions of tons of waste to energy instead of landfills.

Waste products are often turned into pellet heating fuels, with wood pellets being the most common type. Wood pellets are made from compacted sawdust or other waste products of the sawmill. Pellets can include palm kernel shells, coconut shells, rice husk, wheat, and grasses. There are a variety of grades for heating electric power plants, schools, homes, etc. Pellets are very dense and can be made with a low moisture content (below 10%) that means a very high combustion efficiency. MoistTech can help measure the precise moisture in pellets of all kinds with ease and accuracy.

Optimize Production: Instant ROI

Accelerate Savings

As pellet manufacturers refine waste products into uniform pellets, it is important to control the moisture level. The raw biomass has a moisture level of 20-60% while the pellets are substantially lower, around 4-8% water. Accurate measurements of the waste to energy pellet moisture changes need to be taken during the process.


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

Instant Production Control

Simply mount the IR-3000 several inches above the conveyor belt. This allows continuous moisture monitoring throughout the pellet process. The IR-3000 is unique in that it gives accurate results even with small gaps in pellet flow. The sensor is calibrated at the factory and requires no further maintenance calibration.

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.

The Solution

With the help of industry partners, MoistTech has developed the IR-3000 moisture sensor and transmitter. Its near infrared online sensor gives instant, non-contact measurements in the harshest of environments. Unsurpassed in performance, stability, reliability, maintainability and cost of ownership, the IR-3000 is the answer to controlling moisture in your product.

For more information contact us, our friendly, highly-trained staff would love to answer your questions. Feel free to request a quote for your waste to energy application in moisture control.


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.


We offer service and support throughout the world for our moisture measurement sensors and would be happy to connect you with a rep in your area. Contact us today for more information!

Understand the Process

A Waste-To-Energy recycling application with MoistTech’s iP67 rated IR3000 sensor monitoring the moisture levels on the conveyor belt. Operating personnel are able to make immediate line adjustments with the sensor’s readouts every second.

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.