The dryer, which looks like a filing cabinet, is powered by organic waste like leaves and branches.
Agriculture is the main source of income in large parts of Africa. In Uganda, poor preservation and storage, and time-consuming, unhygienic dehydration methods means that 45% of produce is lost post-harvest. Sparky Dryer will reduce this to below 20%, while maintaining the nutrients in the food.
Sparky Dryer removes moisture from foods five times faster than electric dryers and 10 times faster than open sun drying. It’s also three times less expensive to buy than electric dryers and more reliable, clean and convenient than open sun drying, which is weather dependent. Up to 100 kg of produce can be dried within five hours using only 2 kg of biofuel. Sparky Dryer is fitted with a catalytic converter to ensure that no harmful gases are released during the drying process.