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Solar Dryer

Solar Dryer

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Published by shashidhara M R

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Published by: shashidhara M R on Apr 19, 2010
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Solar Dryers
"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. Condition essential to both drying and dehydration include a supply of heat energy to evaporate the water and a supply of air to carry away the water vapor produced.Solar dryer make use of solar radiation, ambient temperature, relative humidity. Heated air is passed naturally or mechanically circulated to remove moisture from material placed in side theenclosure.
Drying preserves foods by removing enough moisture from food to preventdecay and spoilage.When drying foods, the key is to remove moisture as quickly as possible at a temperature that does not seriously affect the flavor,texture and color of the food. Enoughheat to draw out moisture, without cooking the food. Dry air to absorb the released moisture. and Adequate aircirculation to carry off the moisture. It can be installed vertically or at any slope.Increase in temperature, over ambient by 40 to 60 deg.dependingon insulation .As a Fuel source, it can be integrated with the existing systemsas retrofit or mergedwith new construction. The scalability of the designe to any size of demand .

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