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close this bookAppropriate Community Technology - A Training Manual (Peace Corps; 1982; 685 pages)
View the documentThe Farallones Institute Rural Center
View the documentCHP International, INC.
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentIntroduction
Open this folder and view contentsPhase I: Introduction to training
Open this folder and view contentsPhase II: Earthen construction and fuel-saving cookstoves
Open this folder and view contentsPhase III: Pedal/treadle power
Open this folder and view contentsPhase IV: Solar water heaters
close this folderPhase V: Solar agricultural dryers
View the documentPhase V Calendar
View the documentSession 1. Introduction to agricultural dryers
View the documentSession 2. Tour of solar dryers
View the documentSession 3. Solar agricultural dryer design procedures and rules of thumb
View the documentSession 4. Two-hour dryer construction
View the documentSession 5. Review of existing solar dryer plans
View the documentSession 6. Smoke testing solar dryers
View the documentSession 7. Introducing new technologies: solar dryers
View the documentSession 8. Design of solar agricultural dryers
View the documentSession 9. Site selection and preparation
View the documentSession 10. Construction of solar agricultural dryers
View the documentSession 11. Issues and methods in development and diffusion of appropriate technology
View the documentSession 12. Natural cooling
View the documentSession 13. Approaches to health systems
View the documentSession 14. Nutritional gardening
View the documentSession 15. Practical drying tips
View the documentSession 16. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
View the documentSession 17. Dryer assessment and modification
View the documentSession 18. Introduction to cost benefit analysis (cba)
View the documentSession 19. Presentation of solar dryers
View the documentSession 20. Introduction to the final phase of the training program
Open this folder and view contentsPhase VI: Concluding the program: The energy fair
Open this folder and view contentsAppendices
 

Session 9. Site selection and preparation

Total time:

1 hour

Objectives:

* To locate and prepare a site for a solar dryer

 

* To identify and list criteria for selecting a site for a solar dryer

Resources:

See Phase IV: Session 8, "Shade Mapping and Solar Siting"

Materials:

See Phase IV: Session 8, shovels, hoes, rocks or blocks for foundations, newsprint and felt-tip pens

Procedures:

Step 1. (5 minutes)
Present the session objectives and outline the activities.

Step 2. (15 minutes)
Have the participants list the basic criteria for the selection of a site for a solar dryer.

Trainer Notes

The list should include the following criterion:

* Convenient and accessible, i.e., near the crop harvest, storage areas or home
* Protected from wind, dust and excessive rain
* In full sunlight during the time of year that the dryer will be used

Step 3. (45 minutes)
Have the participants form their construction groups and prepare the ground, clearing it of brush and scrub if necessary.

Trainer Notes

The site selection process should include the preparation of shade maps as described in Phase IV: Session 8.

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