Solar drying of biological materials

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The solar drying of materials of biological origin plays an important role in energy savings, quality of end-products, and environmental impacts. The applicable temperature range and energy requirement for moisture removal are the most important parameters in designing a safe and cost-effective drying system. The traditional use of solar energy for drying is a forced convection heated air system, which can be used effectively for drying of various agricultural as grains, fruits, vegetables, medical plants, wood, fish, etc. An attractive advantage of solar dryer is that the same design of solar dryer can be used for different sorts of crops. The integrated use of solar energy means to maximize collection of all available energy resources, including solar, and distribute them optimally among the different consumers, including dryers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011

Publication series

NameEncyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
VolumePart 4
ISSN (Print)1388-4360
ISSN (Electronic)1871-756X


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

Cite this

Farkas, I. (2011). Solar drying of biological materials. In Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series (pp. 816-819). (Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series; Vol. Part 4). Springer Netherlands.