Natural Solar Dryers

Grekkon Limited is the largest supplier of natural solar dryers for agricultural products in east Africa.  Our natural solar dryers design is according to the product, location, and drying volume per session. This solar drying machine is fixed or portable as the user needs it

Components of our solar dryer

  • Light UV treated translucent polythene paper
  • Heavy UV treated geomembrane
  • Steel bars galvanized with food-grade aluminum or zinc
  • UV treated heavy gauge netting

 

Our solar dryers for fruits and vegetables have shelves at different levels depending on the volume or weight of food crops to dry per session.

Pros and cons of a solar dryer

  1. Speed of drying. Food dries four to five times faster.
  2. Quality. As the sun’s UV rays do not get into direct contact with the drying food, its, color, taste, scent, and nutritional value is unaffected
  3. Cleanliness. The food is free from dust, sand, or other external contaminants
  4. No pests. Insect, bird, or mammalian pests have no access to food in the dryer, so no attack occurs
  5. It is more expensive to build and maintain than open-air drying

 

Natural solar dryers FAQs

I. What are solar dryer prices in Kenya by Grekkon Limited?

We price according to size. The table below illustrates some sample design pricing

 

Solar Dryer Size Drying Capacity Price of Solar Dryer
1.5m x 1.5m x 1.5m 40-50kgs KES 60,000
2m x 2m x 2m 50-90kgs KES 65,000
2m x 3m x 2m 80-100kgs KES 85,000
2m x 4m x 2m 90-110kgs KES 90,000
2m x 5m x 2m 100-130kgs KES 110,000
L X W x H

 

II. How does a vegetable dryer work?

  1. Heat

    They allow in diffused heat from the top and the sides, which heats up the air coming in from the air inlet. This hot air will exit with moisture in the air outlet.

  2. Anti-drip management

    Our UV treated polythene cover has anti-drip properties so water droplets do not form on it. It prevents dripping on the drying food which is a precursor for fungal development.

III. What does a solar dryer do?

Grekkon Limited’s solar dryers reduce the moisture content to less than 3% in these products;

  • Plantation crops; coffee, rice, cassava
  • Vegetables; tomato, onion, garlic, brassicas, hot peppers
  • Cereals; sorghum, and millet
  • Herbs; moringa, mint, rosemary
  • Oil crops; groundnuts, sunflower, macadamia, cashew nuts
  • Others; mushrooms, fish, beef, mutton

IV. How do you dry vegetables with solar?

  • Wash the vegetables to remove all dirt
  • Ensure there are no insect pests present
  • Remove any diseased parts or produce
  • Cut or grind them into smaller pieces to increase the drying surface area
  • Place them in the solar dryer holding trays

V. What is the most popular use of solar dryers?

To dry fruits and vegetables

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Comments (14)

  • We are a group of mushroom farmers and would like to find out whether your solar driers can be used to dry mushrooms…….🤔🤔

    Reply
    • Dear Anthony,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Yes our solar dryers will dry mushrooms. How many kilos do you want to dry per session?

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply
  • Interested in learning more about the dryers. Banana and tea farmer

    Mary Ngati
    Reply
    • Good evening Mary,

      Our dryers are customized to your need. All you need to give us is; the crop to dry, and target drying volume per session. From this, we generate a quote for you. Reach us on 0777 157 132 or inbox your number for us to call you back.

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply
  • Kindly need a quote for a solar dryer 2tons capacity

    Japheth kabesa
    Reply
    • Dear Japheth,

      Good afternoon and thank you for your inquiry. A wet weight of 2-ton per session fruit dryer is Kes 1,500,000. This is all material and installation labor. When and where do you need it installed?

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply
  • HI I would like a dryer that can dry chilies and Garlic thanks

    FREDRICK JUMA
    Reply
    • Dear Juma,

      Thank you for your inquiry. We do have design and construct dryers for chilli and garlic. To give you a cost estimate, share with us the wet weight you’ll dry per session.

      Best regards,

      Customer servie

      Reply
  • Hello, are your driers portable structures or permanent ones? Can I use one drier for drying different products such as cassava, tomato chillie etc?
    What are the TAT times for a complete drying process?

    Regards,
    George

    George
    Reply
    • Dear George,

      We design both prtable and fixed solar dryers according to your need. And yes, this solar dryer dries everything. The TAT is by product and the prevailing weather. For instance, cassava will take 2-2.5 hours to dry when the skies are clear. Moringa leaves will take less than half the time to dry.

      What do you intend to dry, where?

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply
      • I’d like to venture into fruits Drying mostly Mangoes, Jackfruit and Pineapples. What’s the conversion rate of wet to dry? How long does it take for each of these to dry? What’s the cost of a 200kgs, 500kgs and 750kgs drier? Is it viable in Kericho region?

        Japheth Ngeno
        Reply
  • Thank you for your quick response. I am based in Nakuru town. Interested in cassava, pimpin, sweet potatoes and yams

    George
    Reply
  • Dear Sir
    Iwant informations about solar dryer for onions,howe it takes to be fried?

    Ally Munyanziza
    Reply
    • Dear Ally

      Onion will take 2 hours to dry to 10% moisture level

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply

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