Biomass Drying Systems

Reduce carbon emissions and lower operating costs with a custom engineered biomass system

Biomass drying system

Reduce your need for ancillary power and cut your operating costs with a Vulcan® Drying Systems' biomass dryer.

How Biomass Drying Works

Biomass, the by-product of pulp and paper, agriculture, and municipal sludge, is perhaps the oldest source of renewable energy on Earth. Biomass' use in energy production is currently growing worldwide at an exponential rate. Studies show the by-product could provide up to 14% of U.S. electricity consumption in coming decades due to its clean, sustainable, and economical nature. The demand is present and with multiple challenges associated with drying biomass which need to be mitigated, it's smart to trust the experts at Vulcan® Drying Systems.

Benefits of Biomass Drying

When used on a variety of cellulose materials, such as hemp, bagasse (sugar cane waste), brewers grainsgrass, and sawdust, Vulcan® Drying Systems Biomass Drying Systems increase the materials' energy value while also producing a high-quality source of energy.

Processing begins in the dryer. Vulcan® Drying Systems' Direct Fired Rotary Dryers are proven performers, producing a high-volume, low moisture product that is consistent and easy to ship and store. After passing through the dryer, dried biomass is discharged to a conveyor for further sorting. The vapor from the process is pulled through the air pollution control system to remove fine particulates from the vapor stream.

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Even though biomass is possibly the oldest source of renewable energy on Earth, when taken through Vulcan® Drying Systems' drying process, it has more added value than conventional biomass. Vulcan® Drying Systems will help you capture a new revenue stream in a biomass drying system while efficiently mitigating the processing challenges that come with air pollution, emissions, and vapor.

Reasons to Invest in Biomass

Lower Transportation Costs

Due to the pelletization afforded through torrefaction, materials become lighter, drier, and stable.

Open Storage Feasability

Torrefied biomass repels water making it possible to store in the open.

Cleaner Material

Torrefaction removes moisture and volatiles, such as hemicellulose and ligins, from biomass turning it into a friable bio-coal with a high BTU value.

Higher Energy Density

Torrefaction allows materials to be easily pelletized which increases energy density.

Eliminates Risks

Decomposition is stopped and the risk of fire is reduced.


Each Vulcan® Drying Systems Biomass Drying System is custom-built for each client. Systems may include the following components:

  • Feed chute or conveyor
  • Rotary Dryer
  • Combustion chamber with burner
  • Secondary air blower
  • Cyclone or Baghouse
  • Induced air blower
  • Controls

Vulcan Sorting Systems Trommel Screens and Vulcan Sorting Systems Conveyors can be used for sorting and transporting Biomass.

Applications & Materials

Rotary dryers are known as the workhorse of industrial dryers. They are able to process a wide variety of materials and can lend a hand in nearly any industry requiring industrial drying solutions. Some of the most common industries and materials in which rotary dryers are employed include:

  • Agricultural By-Products
  • Animal Feeds
  • Bagasse
  • Biomass
  • Biosolids
  • Hemp
  • Paper Mill Waste
  • Reclaimed Dust
  • Salts & Sugars
  • Sawdust
  • And More

Our Process

Learn More About the Thermal Drying Process

Thermal drying is a proven technology that has been used in a variety of industries and applications. Another example is in the agricultural industry where crops, grains, and animal feed can be dried to facilitate easier storage and more efficient transportation. These benefits can be seen in a large range of products, showing that almost any material can be appropriately dried in order to save time and money.

Concerned about the feasibility of processing your biomass material? Schedule a test in our pilot testing facility where you will be provided with exceptional customer service, extensive experience, product ingenuity, and engineered solutions to help you find the perfect process for your material. Our testing center contains two units, one direct-fired and one indirect-fired, providing options to generate your desired results.

Ready to start working on the specifics for your very own Vulcan® Drying Systems Biomass Drying System? Our Technical Sales Engineers are available to discuss your project with you and determine the best course of action moving forward. Our team has decades of combined experience working with systems designed to help with biomass drying.

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