Measuring Bulk Density, Moisture and Volume

Continuous moisture measurement of biomass for better energy content data

INADCO Moisture Measurement BV located in the Dutch city of Eersel is exhibiting for the fifth time at the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 2014 which runs from June 23rd until June 26th in Hamburg, Germany with their innovative Moisturemeters. Novelty this year is the Moisturemeter II which has a patent pending. The Moisturemeter II will allow the users to have continuous measurements of Biomass moist levels.  In addition to this the Moisturemeter II will also provide real time information on the calorific values of the Biomass used.

Since 2000 INADCO is the market leader in Europe for equipment that measures the Bulk Density of Growing Media like potting soil and peat according to the European standard EN12580. Initially the INADCO Moisture Measurement Technology was developed to be used in these potting soil and peat markets and lead to the development and introduction of the Moisturemeter I in 2006.

Based on the principles of the Moisturemeter I, the Moisturemeter II is a new innovation that makes the technology available for the wide range of Biomass materials used and the more industrial uses of Biomass like power plants.

Currently Biomass installations face the problem of changing moisture percentages. The higher the moist percentage in the Biomass the lower the energy yield will be in the boiler since the water in the Biomass requires the installation to generate more energy for its heating and evaporation. For the highest yield possible the controls for the combustion process in the boiler always need to be adjusted when moisture percentages change. If controls are not adjusted properly the yield of the Biomass will go down and the emissions of Carbon Monoxide and NOx will increase.

The new Moisturemeter II is equipped with a conveyor belt and even has an integrated belt scale. As a result the Moisturemeter II can measure Biomass while it is being fed into the boiler. This in combination with state-of-the-art laser sensor technology guarantees instant information such as:

  • Mass flow
  • Flow of solids
  • Flow of water
  • Moisture percentage, actual and within batch
  • Temperature of the product
  • Total mass, per batch and lifetime
  • Bulk density, actual and within batch
  • Real time calorific value of the dry matter (in combination with the fuel value)

When asked about the new innovation the INADCO CEO Theo Coolen stated: “It is very exciting that the technology that made us a market leader in other markets has now evolved into the most accurate Biomass measuring equipment on the market. We are very enthusiastic to be able to assist the Biomass industry with our expertise and solutions in realizing a higher output at a lower cost both from a financial and an environmental perspective”

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