Updated on January 23, 2024


Created on June 17, 2017

Kinosol Orenda Food Dehydrator

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The Kinosol Orenda Food Dehydrator is a technology that dries and preserves food for 6 months using a natural convection system that allows airflow without the need of a fan.

Developed By
  1. KinoSol
Tested By
  • Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods
  • Green Africa Initiative in Tanzania
  • Lutheran Church of Hope in Ghana
  • St. Boniface church in El Salvador
Content Partners


Product Description

The Kinosol Orenda Food Dehydrator is a technology that dries and preserves food for 6 months using a natural convection system that allows airflow without the need of a fan. It aims at creating additional income to its users while reducing food wastage at household levels.

Target SDGs

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

SDG 1: No Poverty

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

KinoSol is working with organizations around the globe to field test Orendas. They are working with aid organizations, churches and NGOS.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include SunWorks Solar Food Dryer and GoSol Sol4 Oven.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Made to order. Interview with representative

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

Currently Orendas are in prototype, so subsistence farmers can get them for free to perform field tests. They can also be purchased online through Kinosol's website. Additionally an Orenda can be sent to a subsistence farmer abroad through a sponsorship program where donations can be made from $20 to $200 USD, when a full Orenda is funded ($200) it is shipped through Kinosol's international partners.

Distributions to Date Status

9 prototypes

Drying capacity (lbs/m³)

33 Interview with representative

Drying duration (hr)

6-8 solar hours  Interview with representative

Load capacity (m³)

0.03 Interview with representative

Operating temperature range (°C)

26 to 57

Temperature control


Number of trays


Materials of construction

Aluminium Interview with representative

Design Specifications

Design specifications

  • Relies on a natural convection system, which allows products to dehydrate without using any electrical inputs.
  • Has ventilation holes that allow heat transfer from the bottom of the unit, flowing up through the top.
  • This system allows moisture to escape while trapping heat within the units.
  • The dryer has a storage unit that comes with resealable mylar bags.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by manufacturer

Replacement Components

Replacement parts available if requested directly from Kinosol. Interview with representative


The projected lifetime is between 5 and 7 years based on the material Interview with representative

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Specified performance

  • Retains nearly 100% of the inputs to reduce 90% of the dehydration time.
  • The dehydration rate varies based on weather and location, on average dehydration time is one day.
  • According to manufacturer, mylar protects food from heat, light, moisture, oxygen, and pests.

Vetted Performance Status



Trays might get hot

Complementary Technical Systems

The Orenda comes with 4 resealable mylar storage bags which protect dehydrated food from heat, light, moisture, oxygen, and pests.

Academic Research and References

None found

Compliance with regulations


Other Information

Kinosol monthly newsletter Aid organizations, churches and NGO's working with Kinosol Kinosol's Contact The dehydrator alone costs $110 USD. The dehydrator that includes a storage unit and 10 Mylar bags costs $130 USD. Interview with representative.

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