Extramural Research - People, Prosperity and the Planet
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EPA Grant Number: SU833509
Title: Higher Performance Solar Crop Dryer Kit for Developing Economies
Northern Illinois University students will develop a prototype design for a solar-powered crop dryer. In many parts of the world, farmers must first dry crops using fossil fuels. If fossil fuels are not available, or if they are too expensive, these farmers dry their crops in the open air which takes time and exposes the crops to possibly harmful conditions. This group aims to create a relatively simple and affordable kit that would harness the power of the sun to dry crops. It would cut the drying time by a factor of 3 as well as provide protection to the crops from the elements.