Typically, 70% of the fresh fruits & vegetables are taken for food – 20 - 30% of the them are being sold in a dried form
The most commonly used fish preserving techniques (traditional) is drying. The open drying results in dust, contamination and renders the product unhygienic.
This unhygienic drying cuts through the investment resulting in the loss of the fishermen’s meagre savings that drives them to absolute poverty.
Hygienic processing and value addition are the only two mantras for prosperity in the food processing sector.
SUNBEST has installed over 250 numbers of independent solar dryers for drying various products like fruits & vegetables, chilies, turmeric, ginger, apricots, mangoes, amla, pineapple, grapes, marine products etc.,
SUN BEST Solution
Towards enhancing the village community, SUN BEST has developed an independent Solar Drier. SUN BEST’s Solar Drier has 3 key components:
The Solar Collector (of area 5.75 to 18 m2) produces hot air taking the heat from Sun’s radiation; a low hp blower draws the air and transfers it
Drier – A drier of varying capacity with Stainless steel (food grade) interiors & exteriors; the product will be dried on Stainless steel (food grade) mesh tray
A electrical back up hot air generator as a back up during non-sunshine period.
DC fans operated by solar SPV panels will suck the hot air and deliver it to the drier.
The drier with DC fans circulate the hot air into the products and release moist air as exhaust
The solar collector has a life of 15+ years with minimal periodic maintenance
SUN BEST’s Solar Dryers
Provides dried food in a clean and hygienic fashion
Have low recurring expenses unlike conventional fuels thus an excellent choice for fishing community improving their livelihood
Provides gainful employment to the local womenfolk
Applications of the SUN BEST Independent Solar Driers