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India: Commercially available low-cost Tunnel Dryer by SPRERI

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 3, 2010

 Kalyan Solar Tunnel Dryer” After more than a decade of research, the Kalyan Solar Tunnel Dryer by the Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute (SPRERI) has now been commercially available. According to SPRERI, the first dryers were sold two years ago. Since then, the number has increased to currently 14 units in operation. The photo shows a unit at the National Research Centre for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in the city of Anand, Gurajat.

India: Solar Air Drying gives a major Edge to Vegetable Farmers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 8, 2010

 Solar air drying” Solar air drying increases the competitiveness of India’s agricultural sector: For five years now, farmer Girishbhai Patel has been using a solar air dryer to accelerate the drying of tomatoes. The investment paid off in just four years.
Photos: Malaviya Energy Consultancy

Calls for Intensive R&D on Solar Thermal Air Drying in India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 26, 2010

 Solar Air Dreyer” The Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute (SPRERI) organized a one day workshop on solar thermal drying at the end of March 2010. Its aim was to intensify the efforts of tapping into the national market potential for using solar applications to dry agricultural products.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

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