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Solar dryer

Solar dryer

  • Solar dryer

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    Technology
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    Traditional methods of food drying is to place the foodstuffs in the sun in the open air. This method, called sun drying, is effective for small amounts of food. The area needed for sun drying expands with food quantity and since the food is placed in the open air, it is easily contaminated. Therefore, one major reason why sun drying is not easily performed with larger quantities of food is that the monitoring and overview becomes increasingly more difficult with increasing food quantities.

  • Practical Action Consulting Limited

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Knowledge partner
    Country of registration:
    United Kingdom
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member
    Knowledge Partner

    Practical Action Consulting (PAC) is the consulting arm of Practical Action, an international non-governmental organisation that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. Through technology PAC enables poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions - transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them. Every year PAC uses technology to help over 1 million people out of poverty.

     

  • Fostering rural women’s entrepreneurship with solar energy solutions

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    Description of the project: India produces large quantities of fruits and vegetables, but more than 50% of this is wasted. The project aims to: 1) demonstrate the commercial viability of solar drying of fruits, vegetables and condiments, and convert them into profitable products on a micro enterprise scale; 2) equip rural poor women with solar dryers and train them on proper use. Sthree Sakthi Mahila Samajam installed solar powered air dryers in 2017 under the Socio-Economic Program of AIWC.

  • Solar Dryers

    Type: 
    National Plan
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    Objective:
    Mitigation
    Country:
    Kenya

    Kenya lies along the equator and receives enough sunshine during the year. There is potential for applying solar dryers to dry cereals such as maize, wheat and rice after harvesting. These cereals are widely grown in the country both by small households and in large farms.

    Status of technology in country

    In Kenya, GIZ has played a key role in introducing the technology. Most of the work was with simple direct, lowest cost type solar dryers. Such "simple" designs use frames made of wood, inside which screen trays are laid. A UV resistant plastic film is used as a cover.

  • A Simple Solar Dryer

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    This dryer is a mud brick construction built close to the ground using low-cost materials for all its parts. Practical Action Nepal has promoted this type of dryer in remote parts of the country. The solar dryer was a popular introduction because of its effectiveness, economic viability, simplicity and hygienic practice.

  • Banana Chips

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    Publication
    Banana Chips

    Banana chips are a snack food similar to potato chips. This Brief explores what a banana chips project might look like as an income-generating activity.

  • Drying Vegetables

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    Publication
    Drying Vegetables
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    This document describes how to dry vegetables for preservation.

  • Drying Apricots

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    Publication
    Drying Apricots
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    Dried apricots are a popular product worldwide. They are relatively easy to dry and are a good source of vitamin A and iron.