Design and construction of smart indirect solar dryer for food processing in the agricultural sector

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As the world population continues to increase with climate change, food insecurities remain one of the emerging challenges that require sustainable development and solution. Post-harvest losses happen to be one of the main causes that records massive quantities of food losses worldwide. Even though much research has been done in this area to produce multiple solutions ranging from different types of drying system utilizing different heating mechanisms, this problem is still prevalent. This project focuses on combining the most effective types of solar drying techniques to design and construct a solar dryer incorporating some basic electronics targeted at eliminating the possible problems to study the performance of the dryer to improve its efficiency.
Capstone Project submitted to the Department of Engineering, Ashesi University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, May 2022
post-harvest losses