EXPERIMENTAL TESTING OF A NEW SOLAR DRYER


TIRIS Ç., OZBALTA N. , TIRIS M., DİNÇER İ.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESEARCH, cilt.18, ss.483-490, 1994 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 18 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 1994
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/er.4440180407
  • Dergi Adı: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESEARCH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.483-490

Özet

Drying of agricultural products is an energy-intensive operation. High prices and shortages in fossil fuels increase the emphasis on using solar energy as an alternative energy source, especially in developing countries. In this respect, a new solar dryer, which consisted of a solar air heater and a drying chamber, was developed and used for drying various fruits and vegetables, i.e., sultana grapes, green beans, sweet peppers and chilli peppers and was successfully tested. In order to make a comparison, the traditional sun-drying experiments were employed. Results showed that the solar dryer reduced the drying time significantly and prevented mass tosses, and essentially provided better product quality.