Claphijo Enterprises Solar Dryer is a fruit and vegetable dryer completely powered by solar energy. The system uses heat of the sun to reduce the moisture content of a product (fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish), while drying causes minimum damage to the product.The solar dryer aims to improve food security in Tanzania. The solar dryer comes with two pots, is easily portable, and is made from local wood, a plastic sheet and wire mesh.
Market Suggested Retail Price
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Claphijo Enterprises distributes the solar dryers. The company tested prototypes in three villages and trained farmer groups on how to use the drier.
Manufactured on a per-demand basis.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The sun dryer can be purchased from Claphijo Enterprises.
Distributions to Date Status
Distribution started two years ago and to date, Claphijo Enterprises have sold more than 15 driers.Interview with manufacturer About 350 farmers have been engaged to date.
Drying capacity (lbs/m³)
Drying duration (hr)
2-3 days for the food to dry, depending on the sun.
Load capacity (m³)
Operating temperature range (°C)
Materials of construction
Wood and plastic mesh
Easily portable, weighs 9.5 kg. Constructed with local wood, a plastic sheet and wire mesh.
Technical assistance is provided by Claphijo Enterprises.Interview with manufacturer
Replacement is provided if need arises.Interview with manufacturer
Lifetime is up to 10 years.Interview with manufacturer
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The oven is able to heat up to over 220°C. The solar dryer can reduce the moisture content of a product from more than 60% to less than 10%.Interview with manufacturer Depending on the sun, it takes two to three days for the food to dry.
Vetted Performance Status
Some low burn risk from handling hot trays.
Complementary Technical Systems
The solar drier comes with two pots.
Academic Research and References
Claphijo Enterprise partners with the University of Agriculture, Tanzania for its support in the testing and analysis of its solar drier.
Compliance with regulations