Renewable Energy Development in Africa

Proceedings of the African Energy Programme Conference, 25–29 March 1985, Mauritius, Volume 2

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Development of a Solar Drying Technology for the Dehydration of Vegetables in Zambia

A survey of traditional methods of drying vegetables indicated a need for improved drying facilities in rural areas. Laboratory tests identified the optimum pretreatments for cowpea, pumpkin and delele leaves, when using an indirect solar dryer. A model for improving the procedures for drying these vegetables, with recommendations for organising the drying facilities is presented.


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