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onibell solar energy drier

the drier use the rich source solar energy in Africa to dry the abundant foods that waste away due to micro-organism actions

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1. Geographical and food value chain focus:

The postharvest problems of cassava in Africa is alarming .Africa and possibly Nigeria is known to be the leading producer of cassava in the world. Only 30-40% of it is normally for domestic and industrial use because of spoilage by micro-organisms.the spoilage is due to high  moisture content. The technology would be used in Africa where there is enough solar energy

2. Technical quality

The drier is designed using light metal sheets. The cover has pore holes that allow evaporation of moisture. There are two knobs, one helps to start the drier when granules of cassava has been spread on the drier tray, the other knob is used to open the drier when the drying process has finished. The back of the drier carries a black box where the two wires that convert the solar heat to electricity met. The other part of the wire runs to the heating metal under the drying tray. The solar panels absorb the solar energy and store it for use late. The storage home is a small box attached to the drier closer to the black box. The drier has two source of energy-instant use of energy from the black box; energy can be used when the drier is no longer in the sun or when the sun has set at home.

It only required only one operator, it is easy to operate, service or maintained. It required no manual effort except the removing off the dried cassava and adding on a fresh one. It can be manufactured locally with about 20,000-30,000naira.

3.Originality:

My technology is innovative because it uses a clean energy that would do no harm to the society. The energy used is harnessed in two different ways(a)instant used energy (b)stored up energy that can be used later. The technology has been tested-and it is still undergoing test

4.Feasibility for commercialization:

The technology can be commercialized and scaled up with just 20,000-30,000 naira.all end users accepted it.

5.Potential for scaling and worth of investment:

We just need metal sheets,wires,solar cells etc to build the drier. We need 2-10million to start a small scale production. The technical skills needed is not more difficult than the skills needed in operating a handset.

Explain your idea

The drier is designed using light metal sheets. The cover has pore holes that allow evaporation of moisture. There are two knobs, one helps to start the drier when granules of cassava has been spread on the drier tray, the other knob is used to open the drier when the drying process has finished. The back of the drier carries a black box where the two wires that convert the solar heat to electricity met. The other part of the wire runs to the heating metal under the drying tray. The solar panels absorb the solar energy and store it for use late. The storage home is a small box attached to the drier closer to the black box. The drier has two source of energy-instant use of energy from the black box; energy can be used when the drier is no longer in the sun or when the sun has set at home. It only required only one operator, it is easy to operate, service or maintained. It required no manual effort except the removing off the dried cassava and adding on a fresh one. It can be manufactured locally with about 20,000-30,000naira.

Who Benefits?

every body in africa and beyond benefit from my innovation .farmers in the developing world stand a chance to benefit more because they need to preserve their products for sales.

How is your idea unique?

My technology is unique because it uses a clean energy that would do no harm to the society. The energy used is harnessed in two different ways(a)instant used energy (b)stored up energy that can be used later. The technology has been tested-and it is still undergoing test

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about you

i am an individual looking for a collaborator.i am based in Nigerian.the collaborator would contribute financially to the take of full production of the drier.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we plan to register in the future.
  • Yes, we are a registered company.

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Hi Bello!

Have you constructed any prototypes of the solar energy drier? What are the alternative solutions to the solar energy drier on the market? Have you checked out the evaluation criteria for this challenge - https://openideo.com/resources/BridgeBuilderEvaluationCriteria.pdf