SunWorks Solar Food Dryer

Eben Fodor - Sunworks

SunWorks Solar Food Dryer is a drier that uses a distinctive air flow pattern for an improved sun drying performance.

Product description Brand name and product description

SunWorks Solar Food Dryer is a compact, portable, 2-tray dryer completely powered by solar energy with a weatherproof design for a long life of regular use. The dryer uses a combination of both direct and indirect heating from the sun as well as a unique airflow and vent controls to achieve the best possible drying.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

United States, there have also been purchases in New Zealand and Zimbabwe. SunWorks offers international shipping, but they cannot guarantee arrival condition.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Similar convection/radiation tray type cabinet models have been implemented by NGOs, but there is no verification yet on whether SunWorks product itself has been deployed through other organizations. It is currently available online as a ready-to-assemble kit from SunWorks.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

349 USD (Within the U.S., entire kit, complete and ready to assemble with instructions)

Additional 100 – 200 USD for international orders.

Instructional books: The end user can also build this SFD from plans provided in “A Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series” book by Eben Fodor titled, “The Solar Food Dryer: How to Make and Use Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator” available on from 8.52 – 12.77 USD or at New Society Publishers’ website for 14.95 USD.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Alvan Blanch SD22-(X) solar drier, Hanging Food Pantry – Solar Food Dehydrator

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 2: Zero hunger

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

DIY consumers and sustainable living enthusiasts  primarily in the North American market. The company also records two cases of DIY users in Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

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