Ad­ding Va­lue to Agri­cul­tu­ral Pro­ducts Using So­lar En­er­gy

Ad­ding Va­lue to Agri­cul­tu­ral Pro­ducts Using So­lar En­er­gy

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Year: 2011


Project Coordinators:
Prof. Dr. Anjum Munir
Prof. Dr. Oliver Hensel


Research Cluster:
Sustainable Value Creation for Decent Work


Project's aims:
The research project will be the initial step to the newly created “solar food processing network”


Ab­stract

The research project will be the initial step to the newly created “solar food processing network” where interested parties (like members of ISES - The International Solar Energy Society and Solare Brücke) from all over the world met at a summer school in Kassel in 2010. Former research projects from the University of Kassel Agri-Engineering Department showed that this new approach easily generates small-scale enterprises. Experienced researchers from Pakistan and Kenya will further develop this idea and adapt the technology to the specific needs of their home countries.


Ex­pec­ted Cont­ri­bu­ti­on to the De­cent Work Agen­da

Rural development through solar energy can easily be achieved by harvesting solar energy and utilizing this source in developing small-scale agro-based industry in the vicinity of villages.


Out­co­mes

The results have shown that the solar-based technologies can be successfully used for the processing of perishable agricultural products and non-traditional high-value products at the farm level. These solar based technologies provide possibilities to generate employment for the farming community by on-farm processing of their agricultural products at a low cost.

Research cluster related publications:

  • Munir, A., O. Hensel, W. Scheffler, H. Hoedt, A. Ghafoor, W. Amjad. 2014. Design, development and experimental results of a solar-based distillery for the essential oils extracted from medicinal plants.Elsevier 108:548-559.
  • Munir, A., J.Z. Alvi, S. Qasim, A. Ghafoor 2014. Performance evaluation of a biomass boiler on the basis of heat loss method and total heat values of steam. Pak. J Agri. Sci.  51(1):209-215.
  • Munir, A., U. Sultan and Muhammad Iqbal., 2013, Development and performance evaluation of a locally fabricated portable solar-tunnel dryer for drying of fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants,, Pak. J Agri. Sci.,, 50(3), 495-498.
  • Munir, A., A. Ullah,  M. U. Ghani, M. Iqbal, M. Ahmad. 2012. Performance evaluation and simulation of photovoltaic powered water pumping system, Pak. j. life soc. Sci., 10(2): 166-171.
  • Munir, A., M.A. Ashraf, A. Nasir, O. Hensel, M. Iqbal. 2012. Ergonomics and occupational health in the sugar industry of Pakistan, Pak. j. life soc. Sci., 10(1):74-79