Sparky Social Enterprise Limited
Sparky Dryer is a food dehydrator that that runs on solar power and harvest waste.
Sparky Dryer is a low tech thermodehydrator designed by Sparky Social Enterprise Limited. The dryer is powered by harvest waste and solar energy and therefore has zero carbon emissions. The Sparky Dryer dehydrates 5 times faster than solar dryers, and 10 times faster than open sun drying method while still maintaining the nutrients in the food. In addition, it can dry up to 50 kg of produce within 5 hours with only 2 kgs of bio-fuel.
The Sparky Dryer is currently being distributed in Uganda.
This product is currently being distributed directly to clients by Sparky Social Enterprise Limited.
~216 – 325 USD (800,000-1,200,000 UGX)Converted on July 2020
Small-scale farmers living in Africa who want to dry fruits for commercialization.
This product is manufactured to demand in Uganda.
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 Sparky Dryer is designed to the following specifications: first, the outer casing is made out of aluminum while the inner parts of the dehydrating chamber is made of stainless steel for efficient heat distribution. Next, the produce to be dried is placed on the stainless steel mesh. The biomass fuel is housed at the bottom of the dryer on a special container with a catalytic converter preventing harmful gases from being released during the drying process. Finally, the inner walls of the dryer are thickly insulated to prevent heat loss to the surroundings for maximum efficiency. The dryer comes with 1 stove, 8 trays for the big size dryer, and 5 trays for the small size dryer.
The solar energy stored in the battery can dehydrate food in 5 hrs, extending food shelf life from 2 days to more than 6 months. The complete set of the dryer comes one 12V 10w solar panel, 1 12V 7AH Battery, and a 7-meter connecting cable.
Provided by the manufacturer
The aluminum and steel frames can be replaced using locally available materials.
Manufacturer specified performance targets: include fast drying, fuel-efficient, and zero carbon emissions.
Potential hazards related to the operation of this product include the handling of electrical equipment and accidental burning.
The manufacturer cites field tests and user feedback as evaluation criteria.
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