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.
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.