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Solar Roast Coffee using 7 m2 concentrator called Helios 3 can roast 2.5 kg of coffee beans in 22 minutes.

Solar food processing is an innovative and multi-faceted technique capable of addressing various problems faced by people in the developing world. The implementation of technologies for food processing and conservation using solar energy can indirectly help to reduce poverty, improve health conditions, create sustainable local economic opportunities, and limit environmental damage by promoting the use of clean and renewable energy sources.

The benefits of solar food processing include:

[Text for this topic was taken from Solar Food Processing - Network and Support - Rolf Behringer]

News

Aavin milk pasteurization, 6-20-16

Aavin solar pasteurization array for milk processing - Photo credit: The Hindu

  • June 2016: Aavin steps up production of with solar milk pasteurization - Aavin is the latest government agency to harness solar thermal energy for its daily operations in India. The hundreds of curved mirrors in two structures generate steam to pasteurize nearly one lakh(100,000) liters of milk a day. Read more...
Tapi Food Products facility, India 5-9-16

Tapi Food Products, Surat, India

  • May 2016: India's first solar food processing facility - It was acknowledged at CONSOLFOOD 2016 that Tapi Food Products began their solar food processing in 2007 with a Scheffler solar parabolic to steam system. They currently employee 250 people and process 1000 kg.(2,200 lbs.)/day of fruit jams and candies.
  • April 2016: Solar processing food waste  - Avery Goho, student and inventor, and Gustavo Lascano, Animal and Veterinary Sciences faculty member at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA, are developing a solar box oven system to dry restaurant and grocery store produce waste, and recycle it locally to farmers for animal feed. More information...
Solar Food Processing Network group photo, 2-14-14

Attendees at the 2013 Solar Food Processing Network conference.

  • January 2013: The Solar Food Processing Network meets to discuss international standards - The Solar Food Processing Network (SFPN) held a regional workshop in January 2013 at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. This gathering was a follow-up to the 2009 AFPN conference held in Indore, India in 2010. Workshop participants heard from food marketing and technology experts. Conference organizers, Deepak Gadhia and Rolf Behringer held discussions on local and international marketing, village industries, packaging, policy interventions, R&D, and effective monitoring and evaluation of projects. Attendees discussed the formation of an international solar food standard and shared their own practical experiences using solar technology for food processing. Visit the Solar Food Processing Network to see a muscial video of the event and videos of solar food processing projects in Burkina Faso.

Events

  • Conference RFP: Solar Cookers International is organizing the next solar cooking conference to take place at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, India 16-22 January, 2017 (tentative). Topics to be addressed include: solar cooking, solar food processing, energy policy, and solar thermal industrial applications. Conference participants may submit an abstract and/or nominate a conference theme or speaker. Travel funding applicants must submit a Travel Funding Application accompanied by an abstract to events@solarcookers.org before April 29, 2016. More information...

Articles in the media

Audio and Video

  • January 2017:
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Dr. Ajay Chandak - Solar Thermal Technologies for Industrial Process Heating

  • June 2012:
Tortilla Sunshine04:05

Tortilla Sunshine

  • January 2009:
Wendy Dewitt -- Food Storage Seminar, Part 7 of 907:17

Wendy Dewitt -- Food Storage Seminar, Part 7 of 9.

Research papers

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