Design and performance evaluation of solar tunnel dryer for high value agricultural products of NE region
The Project intends to develop a machine for drying various horticultural produce from the North east using solar energy. The machine can be used for drying ginger, chillies, turmeric, etc. by the small farmers of the North-east in a more efficient manner at their farms or home.
These farmers don’t have access to continuous cheap electricity and have small farms leading to small-scale production. Hence no commercial machine exists which they can adopt.
The project proposes to design and develop a solar dryer for horticultural produce which will be low cost (both for purchasing and running), sustainable, easily maintainable, small-scale and within the constraints of the North east rural context.
Principle Investigator: Manas Jyoti Barooah, Dept. of Agricultural Engineering
Co-Investigator: Sharmistha Banerjee (Assistant Professor, Design)
Sponsoring Agency: DIC, MHRD