Design and Evaluation of a Mango Solar Dryer with Thermal Energy Storage and Recirculated Air

Kyle Jericho Grecia, Antoine Albert Luce, Matthew Adrian Buenaventura, Aristotle Ubando, Ivan Henderson Gue

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Abstract

Climate change has drastically affected our production patterns, negatively distressing the yearly agricultural produce. A core process in the industry is the drying of biomass. Drying increases the value and extends the shelf life of the agricultural products. However, modern drying technologies are still reliant on fossil fuels. Solar-based drying technologies are needed to counteract the fossil fuel dependence. Other than reduction of fuel consumption, solar dryers are easily adaptable to rural communities with heavy reliance on the drying process. Alternative designs have been proposed to improve the performance of the solar dryers, notably integrating thermal energy storage (TES) systems. A limiting factor, however, is that the performance is constrained to the heating capacity of the TES. Previous study has examined the integration of TES with air recirculation, indicating an improved performance. Further evaluation of the dryer with another biomass is needed to illustrate the adaptability of the hybrid feature. This study, therefore, evaluates the performance of solar drying with TES and air recirculation for mango drying. Comparisons were made with other design combinations as a benchmark. Results reveal that the hybrid solar dryer can reduce the drying time from 7.17 hours to 5.32 hours.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 11th International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management, HNICEM 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728130446
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov
Event11th IEEE International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management, HNICEM 2019 - Laoag, Philippines
Duration: 2019 Nov 292019 Dec 1

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE 11th International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management, HNICEM 2019

Conference

Conference11th IEEE International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management, HNICEM 2019
Country/TerritoryPhilippines
CityLaoag
Period19-11-2919-12-01

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Control and Optimization

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