SAECSA Solar Food Dryer
The SAECSA Solar Food Dryer is a solar powered drying chamber that can be used to dry and preserve fruits, vegetables and grains.
The SAECSA Solar Food Dryer is a solar-powered drying chamber that can be used to dry and preserve fruits, vegetables and grains. It has 8 racks where food can be placed with a maximum capacity of 10 kgs per batch.
There are two types of solar food dryer: the basic unit costs ~2990 USD; the model that includes a backup gas system (to assist on cloudy days) costs ~3822 USD.Interview with representative on 6/13/2017
Small farm holders, untrained individuals who want to dry fruits for commercialization.
SAECSA have a photovoltaic module production line in Mexico with a production capacity of 60,000 modules per year. The Solar Food Hydrator is made-to-order and can be customised by contacting the manufacturer.
Users can request a quote directly from the manufacturer.
Since commercialization in 2013, the company has sold 900 basic solar food dryers. Interview with representative
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 number of trays in the system
The materials used in construction
The dryer has a solar collector, metal frame, and a chamber to place the food on racks. It requires an area of 11 m2 for installation. The main source of energy is sunlight (some food dryers have a gas backup system) which is captured by the 1.3 m2 collector and transmitted to the drying chamber through a coil which contains 60% water and 40% anti-freeze. The water vapor from the product (fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.) builds up internal pressure in the chamber which is regulated through a valve to warm up the pulp initially. The stainless steel chamber has a 10 kg to 20 kg daily drying capacity, a metal support, exhaust valve, and a thermostat.
Provided by the manufacturer, through specialized technicians. Interview with representative
SAECSA offers replacement components as part of their service. Interview with representative
According to the manufacturer the product lasts between 15 to 20 years. They offer a 5 year warranty on the product. Interview with manufacturer
The company aims to reduce, replace or eliminate the use of conventional generators by offering a more affordable, eco-friendly alternative.
Testing performed by the manufacturer determined a power consumption of 40 W, however, no third-party testing has been completed.
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer.
Potential hazards related to the operation of this product include accidental burning when handling hot trays.
The company offers courses on solar thermal energy for clients to understand better how the systems work. Interview with manufacturer
The chamber is made of 304 stainless steel, suitable for food applications.
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