Claphijo Enterprises Solar Dryer
Calphijo Enterprises Solar Dryer is a fruit and vegetable dryer used during post harvest stage.
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.
Currently in Tanzania. Exploring opportunities in Kenya.
Claphijo Enterprises distributes the solar dryers. The company tested prototypes in three villages and trained farmer groups on how to use the drier.
Prices range according to sizes from USD 300 to 700 per unit/piece Interview with manufacturer, that is to say from Tsh 650,000 to 1,500,000.00 (June 2016)
Users range from small enterprises to privately owned farms in Tanzania. One dryer could be operated by an entrepreneur that buys fruit from local farmers. The solar oven helps women to save a substantial amount each month on what they would have paid for electricity.
Manufactured on a per-demand basis.
The technology is not patented.Interview with manufacturer
The sun dryer can be purchased from Claphijo Enterprises.
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.
The amount of produce that can be dried
Time to dry product, measured in hours
Hold volume, measured in cubic meter
Temperature range for drying the produce, measured in degrees Celsius
Is there a mechanism to control temperature?
The materials used in construction
Easily portable, weighs 9.5 kg.
Constructed with local wood, a plastic sheet and wire mesh.
The following take place in the solar dryer in order to dry a product^(interview with manufacturer):
- Cold air enters the drying cabinet/chamber through the air inlet.
- The solar rays enter the cabinet through the transparent cover material or an inlet opening from a collector where they are accumulated and converted into heat energy, thereby raising the temperature inside.
- The now heated air heats whatever product in the cabinet causing it to give out water vapor.
- Gradually the now heated moist air rises up and leaves the drying chamber through the air outlet at one upper end of the dryer.
- Repeated cycles of this process eventually leave the product in the dryer dried to required moisture content.
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
The solar dryer can reduce the moisture content of a product from more than 60% to less than 10%.Interview with manufacturer
The dryer has been tested with the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and with the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TATEDO).
Some low burn risk from handling hot trays.
The solar drier comes with two pots.
Claphijo Enterprise partners with the University of Agriculture, Tanzania for its support in the testing and analysis of its solar drier.
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