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Application of Solar Dryer in Drying Chilli

Nor Jamal, Norzhafran (2010) Application of Solar Dryer in Drying Chilli. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. (Unpublished)

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Nowadays, agricultural products are always being stressed and emphasised by our government to increase the economic. Solar energy can be used as an important and environmental compatible source of renewable energy. The use of solar energy for drying effectively reduces the problems arising from generating energy by conventional method. Drying is one of preservation technique in processing agricultural product. In today' s globalization era agriculture product is given great emphasis, the producers expecting a green technology which lower the cost and economical while consumers can be benefited by the decreasing of the price. From that, a research based study of solar application in drying the agricultural product such as chilli industry was carried out. Though this industry did have a big impact throughout the entire agricultural product, the demand of dried chilli is increasing. With a help of economical and green technology, the import of dried chilli can be decreased and also the price can be maintained. The aim of the study is to design a feasible solar dryer for the small producer and to be more specific, the project only aim for 1.5 kg chilli per batch in order to build the prototype. The project scopes include the design development of a hybrid solar dryer equipped with the thermal storage for a continuous operation. Thus, in order to reach the project's scopes and objective, all the design processes such as identification of dryer's requirements, conceptual design, stating the design constraint, design calculation and specification of dryer. Result shows that the hybrid solar dryer is equipped with the 0.96 m2 of solar air collector, 169 kg of vertical rock bed thermal storage and 0.55 m vertical drying chamber in order to dry 1.5kg of chilli continuously with a help of biomass fuel.

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Mechanical Engineering - Materials - Advanced engineering materials - Processings and applications of metals alloys
Subject: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Engineering > Mechanical
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 11:26
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:42
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/8070

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