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Solar-powered dryer for prolonged rainy season

Solar-powered dryer for prolonged rainy season

Precoppe, Marcelo ORCID: 0000-0002-7937-5782 and Labe, Benedict Iorzer (2024) Solar-powered dryer for prolonged rainy season. Manual. University of Greenwich, London.

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This manual is a guide on how to build a solar-powered dryer. This dryer is an innovative solution for drying agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. It uses photovoltaic panels to generate electricity from the sun, which is then used to heat water using electric water heaters. The heat of the water is transferred to the air using a radiator, and an electric fan creates a forced airflow through the drying chamber. An electric water pump circulates the water between the heaters and the radiator. The novelty of this dryer is that it stores energy in the form of hot water inside the heating tanks, which is much cheaper than storing energy in batteries. This allows the dryer to operate during the night and even during prolonged rainy periods, ensuring a continuous and reliable drying process. Some energy is also stored in batteries to power the fan and the water pump, but the bulk of the energy is stored in the form of hot water.

Item Type: Monograph (Manual)
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar-powered; water heater; radiator; energy storage
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 09:21

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