Design and Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Photovoltaic Thermal Solar Dehydrator

Authors

  • Abdullah Wagiman Sustainable Product Development (S-Proud), Centre for Diploma Studies, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Pagoh Higher Education Hub, 84600, Pagoh, Johor, Malaysia
  • Chan Jun Wei Sustainable Product Development (S-Proud), Centre for Diploma Studies, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Pagoh Higher Education Hub, 84600, Pagoh, Johor, Malaysia
  • Ee Min Ci Sustainable Product Development (S-Proud), Centre for Diploma Studies, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Pagoh Higher Education Hub, 84600, Pagoh, Johor, Malaysia
  • Martin Ling Teck Seng Sustainable Product Development (S-Proud), Centre for Diploma Studies, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Pagoh Higher Education Hub, 84600, Pagoh, Johor, Malaysia
  • Mahmod Abd Hakim Mohamad Sustainable Product Development (S-Proud), Centre for Diploma Studies, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Pagoh Higher Education Hub, 84600, Pagoh, Johor, Malaysia
  • Zamri Noranai Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 86400 Parit Raja, Johor, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37934/araset.28.2.181189

Keywords:

Dehydrator, hybrid photovoltaic thermal solar, food drying

Abstract

This paper reported on the design and performance evaluation of a hybrid photovoltaic thermal solar dehydrator. The dehydrator is designed to suit the needs of household users and small industries and works using a hot air mechanism. The design process commenced with the initial sketches to collect related ideas and design concepts. The design was then proceeded to concept evaluation through a decision matrix to select the best option. The final design was then converted via computer-aided design (CAD), SolidWorks 2021 to a 3D model and fabricated into a full-scale prototype. The drying performance of the dehydrator on food was evaluated and compared with traditional drying under the meteorological conditions of Panchor, Muar, Malaysia. Heat accumulated inside the dehydrator resulted in a temperature of 44.1 degrees Celsius which is 20 % higher than the ambient temperature. The performance analysis demonstrated that the drying speed of a hybrid solar dehydrator is moderately slower than traditional drying, but it provided a more hygienic drying environment and preserved the color and nutrition value of food products.

Author Biography

Abdullah Wagiman, Sustainable Product Development (S-Proud), Centre for Diploma Studies, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Pagoh Higher Education Hub, 84600, Pagoh, Johor, Malaysia

abdulla@uthm.edu.my

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Published

2022-10-22

How to Cite

Abdullah Wagiman, Chan Jun Wei, Ee Min Ci, Martin Ling Teck Seng, Mahmod Abd Hakim Mohamad, & Zamri Noranai. (2022). Design and Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Photovoltaic Thermal Solar Dehydrator . Journal of Advanced Research in Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology, 28(2), 181–189. https://doi.org/10.37934/araset.28.2.181189

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