Medium-Temperature Belt Dryers

Our HUBER Middle Temperature Belt Dryers BT are automatically and continuously operated and optimally suitable for energy-saving and eco-friendly drying of municipal and industrial sludges.

They are heated with medium-temperature heat of 90 – 130 °C, e.g. with cooling water from a combined heat power (CHP) cogeneration system. Sludge detention time in the dryer is about 150 minutes.

Thereby our Belt Dryers ensure a granular, disinfected (class A), easy and safe to handle biosolids product in compliance with European and international standards.

Systems concept

Systems concept

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Advantages of HUBER Medium-Temperature Belt Dryers

  • Dry, granular and safe to handle product
  • Dryness can be selected from 65 % to over 90 %DS
  • Suitable for simultaneous sludge disinfection
  • Continuous automized operation, independent of the climate
  • Low wear, moderate temperature
  • Safe operation due to little dust generation
  • Exhaust deodorization with scrubber and bio-filter
  • Low heat consumption (ca. 0.9 kWh per kg water evaporation)
  • Supply of medium-temperature heat, e.g. from a cogeneration system
  • Low operation and maintenance costs

Case Studies



Disinfection in HUBER Medium-Temperature Belt Dryers

As long as the sludge is humid, water is rapidly evaporated and the sludge does not become hotter than 50 to 55 °C, because it is kept cool by the evaporation enthalpy. After the sludge has travelled on the belts about half way through the dryer, it reaches solids contents of 70 – 80 %DS, water evaporation slows and its cooling effect is reduced. Now the sludge is heated up further and reaches temperatures over 70 °C, only slightly less than the temperature of the drying air.

If the sludge is maintained at a temperature of minimum 70 ° for at least 30 minutes, it is safely disinfected. We investigated the situation in one of our full-size belt dryer installations and could prove that this requirement was met. Analysis of faecal coliforms and salmonella confirmed sufficient disinfection.