Indore: Varun Raheja, an intern at Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development, claimed to have made the country’s first foldable solar tunnel dryer. The dryer was launched during a programme at the centre by Medicaps University vice chancellor Dr Sunil Somani and Prof R L Sawhney and Prof Ajay Chandak.
Centre director Dr Janak Palta McGilligan said that the dryer is unique and can save a huge amount of energy used for drying and dehydration of fruits, herbs, onions, garlic, tomatoes, spices and other perishable products.
Palta said that farmers can use solar dryers for increasing the shelf life of their products. “Solar dryers costing merely Rs 20,000 can be a home based source of livelihood. India being an agro-based country needs such sustainable technology which can be beneficial for the farmers,” she said. Dr Somani was appreciated the centre which has been encouraging people of use of solar equipment and implements.
On Wednesday, students of Prestige Institute of Engineering participated in a workshop on “Role of Engineers in Developing Sustainable Technologies” at the centre. The students found all the technologies at the centre simple, applicable, practical, economical and people and environment friendly.