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Solar Dryer

Solar Dryer

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Solar Dryers
 
INTRODUCTION 
"Drying is an excellent way to preserve food and solar food dryers are an appropriate food  preservationtechnologyfor a sustainableworld.³ Drying implies the partial removal of water from the material. But when fuel fired equipment is used in the process then the term dehydration is often applied. Conditionessential to both drying and dehydration include a supply of heat energy to evaporate thewaterand a supplyof air to carry away the water vaporproduced.Solar dryer make use of solar radiation, ambient temperature, relative humidity. Heateair is passed naturally or mechanically circulated to remove moisture from material placed insidethe enclosure.
 
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Drying preserves foods by removing enough moisture fromfoodto preventdecayand spoilage.When drying foods, the key is to remove moisture as quickly as possible at a temperature that does not seriously affect theflavor,texture and colorof the food. Enoughheatto draw out moisture,without cookingthe food. Dry air to absorbthe releasedmoisture.and Adequateair circulationto carry off the moisture. It canbe installedverticallyor at any slope. Increase in temperature, over ambient by 40 to 60 deg.C dependingon insulation.As a Fuel source, it can be integrated with the existingsystemsas retrofit or mergedwith newconstruction. The scalabilityof the designe toany size of demand .

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