Performance Evaluation and Effectiveness of a Solar-Biomass Hybrid Dryer for Drying Homogeneous of Cocoa Beans Using LabView Software and Arduino Hardware

Arly Dario Rincón-Quintero, Luis Alfonso Del Portillo-Valdés, Alexander Meneses-Jácome, Javier Gonzalo Ascanio-Villabona, Brayan Eduardo Tarazona-Romero, Miguel Arlenzo Durán-Sarmiento

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Abstract

The research evaluates the performance and effectiveness of a solar-biomass hybrid prototype for drying cocoa beans, which takes advantage of solar energy in the application area and the calorific value of the dried cocoa pod shell, performing a continuous drying in 36 h, reducing the time by 70% compared to traditional drying. The experimental tests of this technology were carried out in the Department of Santander in northeast Colombia. The equipment has a cylindrical mesh drum, coupled to a rotation system that rotates in specific periods of time, allowing a homogeneous drying of the almonds deposited in it. The electrical and electronic systems are powered by photovoltaic energy. The programming carried out with LabView allows to control and maintain the thermodynamic conditions of the air (e.g. temperature below 60 °C) of drying, guaranteeing the final quality and a humidity of the grain that varies between 6.5 to 7.5%.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Energy - Proceedings of the CIT 2020
EditorsMiguel Botto Tobar, Henry Cruz, Angela Díaz Cadena
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages238-252
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030722074
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event15th Multidisciplinary International Congress on Science and Technology, CIT 2020 - Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 26 Oct 202030 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
Volume762 LNEE
ISSN (Print)1876-1100
ISSN (Electronic)1876-1119

Conference

Conference15th Multidisciplinary International Congress on Science and Technology, CIT 2020
Country/TerritoryEcuador
CityQuito
Period26/10/2030/10/20

Keywords

  • Arduino hardware and LabView software
  • Dried cocoa pod shell
  • Elba home
  • Hybrid dryer

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