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WIPO Patent Application WO/2009/061229
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Solar and electric energy dryers use the sun as a main energy source, and electric power as an additional energy source. Dryer has a single pipe system, the flow being regulated by a microprocessor /8/ and electromagnetic valves/30/. Pipes wind the inside of the dryer and gradually climb up to the top of the dryer, and then descend and fill in the horizontal space all up to the end of the dryer, at the same time these enable equal temperature balance along the cubic volume of the dryer. At the top of the dryer there is a outlet dome /34/ that accepts evaporations, directs it into a outlet pipe /7/, which is enclosed either by a cooling tank /23/ or a cooling spiral /18/ and extends the condenser /49/. Ventilator /22/ pushes into the air through the input pipe/13/ and back into the dryer. Solar panel /44/ is coupled to the dryer in an elastic coupling /17/ and makes a functional unity. The angle of the solar panel /44/ is adjusted by the hook /15/ of the solar panel and it depends on the latitude and the position of the sun. The invention is intended for drying: wholesome, spicy and aromatic herbs, mushrooms, fruits and vegetables.

VESELINOVIC, Nenad (Strugarska 6/42, Beograd, RS-11030, RS)
VESELINOVIC, Milos (Strugarska 6/42, Beograd, RS-11030, RS)
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May 14, 2009
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November 06, 2008
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VESELINOVIC, Nenad (Strugarska 6/42, Beograd, RS-11030, RS)
VESELINOVIC, Milos (Strugarska 6/42, Beograd, RS-11030, RS)
International Classes:
F26B23/10; F24S50/20; F26B25/06
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Other References:
TAYEB A M: "SOLAR-AUGMENTED FOAM-MAT DRYING OF FRUITS" RENEWABLE ENERGY, PERGAMON PRESS, OXFORD, GB, vol. 4, no. 3, 1 April 1994 (1994-04-01), pages 283-289, XP000442123 ISSN: 0960-1481
MUMBA J: "Development of a photovoltaic powered forced circulation grain dryer for use in the tropics" RENEWABLE ENERGY, PERGAMON PRESS, OXFORD, GB, vol. 6, no. 7, 1 October 1995 (1995-10-01), pages 855-862, XP004048981 ISSN: 0960-1481
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VESELINOVIC, Nenad (Strugarska 6/42, Beograd, RS-11030, RS)
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1. Electric and solar energy dryers that have a body IM, a connected solar panel /44/ and through flexible pipes /17/, a circulatory pump /28/, a heater /31/, measuring spots to control temperature and humidity, a microprocessor /8/, is characterized in that, that there is a single pipe fluid circulation system which moves through a climbing conduit /38/ and winds the side of the dryer horisontally, and then it climbs up to the required height, and then again it winds horisontally and all up to the top, and then it switches to a descending conduit /37/ which along the horisontal form a horisontal pipe field /60/, and then these descend downward to the required height, then again the horisontal pipe field /60/ and all the way downward alternated to the bottom of the dryer, they go out of it and at the rear side of the dryer it switches into a horisontal pipe which is coupled onto the pipes of the solar panel /44/ whereon there are electromagnetic valves /30/ which open the required circulatory cycle of fluids by passing through the solar panel /44/ or without it, which enables to balance the temperature in the whole cube of the dryer.

2. Solar and electric energy dryers according to claim 1 , is characterized in that, that on the top part it has a outlet dome /34/ wherefrom goes out a outlet pipe 171, which descends alongside the dryer and around it a cooling tank /23/ which has tappings; a supply /24/ and a drain /25/ of cooling fluid for cooling the evaporation, or a compressor /20/ wherefrom goes a cooling spiral /18/ and winds the pipe and cools the evaprations /20/, and also by means of a spiral /19/ for aditional heating, it warms dehydrated air, and below it there is a condenser /21/ which separates liquid from air and through a pipe of condenser /49/ the liquid is drained from the dryer.

3. Solar and electric energy dryers according to Claim 1 , is characterized in that, that a ventilator /22/ pushes the air downward through the input pipe /13/ which conducts the air into an air introducer /39/, which directs it further to a spiral /61/ for aditional heating and a heating panel /56/ so that the air reaches the first shelves of the required temperature.

4. Solar and electric energy dryers according to claim 1 , is characterized in that, that the fluidity of air in the dryer has an inflow direction /67/ which goes through the heating panel /58/ and has a main passage /68/ through the slots

for air /65/ on the shelves, and secondary passage /69/ through the matter being dried and it is the ouflow direction /70/ of air at the top of the outlet dome /34/.

5. Solar and electric energy dryers, according to Claim 1, is characterized in that, that they have shelves /54/ which are one-slot shelves /62/ with one free aperture for air in the middle of the shelf /54/ and two-slot shelves /63/ with two free apertures for air flow on the side, which are alternated insidde the dryer one above the other, thus determining direction of air in the dryer.

6. Solar and electric energy dryers, according to Claim 1, is characterized in that, that there is a hook /15/ of the solar panel for hooking up a solar panel /44/ whereon is a graduated scale /16/ which marks the latitude and determines the angle of the position of the solar panel /44/.

7. Solar and electric energy dryers, according to Claim 1, is characterized in that, that it has an axle of a hook /41/ wheren is a drawing hook /29/ and a bottom support /10/ of the solar panel and a top support /11/ solar panel to move the dryer which has the wheels /5/ and fixes it on the spot for exploitation.

8. Solar and electric energy dryers, according to Claim 1, is characterized in that, that it has a system of a spiral /61/ for additional heating and heating panels /56/ to come to the required temperature.

9. Solar and electric energy dryers, according to Claim 1, is characterized in that, that by means of the hook /15/ of the solar panel and the cap of the sphere /46/ enables that the solar panel without moving the dryer.



Drying comes into machines for treating various types of cultures in the field of agriculture, and according to the International Patent Classification it belongs to F 26 B.


Problem solved by herewith explained invention is defined as the following: how to dry wholesome, spicy and aromatc herbs, mushrooms, fruits and vegetables and so as to obtain the less possible exhalations prior to the drying process, how to take in the exhalations released into the environment during the process of drying, and how to use precious compounds from mushrooms, herbs, vegetables and fruits and how to use energy of sun with a slight consumption of other energy and how to control the process against overheating and cooling, and with that how to manage the process and control it without making any breaks, how to optimize the process and adjust it to each herb distinctly.


Drying remained essentially unchanged, as it consists in the very process of bringing in hot air over the substances for drying and in that way humidity is being taken away and dehydration is carried out. The first dryers functioned by means of smoke: the fire is put and the smoke is directed to the matter intended for drying, then we have dryers wherein hot air, through the fans, is injected either from heat exchangers or from heaters themselves, hence dryers work at lower temperature, and humidity from the matter take away by means of vacuum. Variations only confirm the rule: hot air fluidity by means of the substance from which humidity is taken away.


With regard to the construction of this dryer, the set out problem was on finding the technical solution to enable that the matter is dried and at the same time the primary liquid, which evaporates is collected Besides this problem, the other set out problem was how to dry different matters that should be dried at different temperatures in a simple way, as much as possible, thus the process of drying remains constant

without (breaks or) interuptions and how to equally distribute temperature within drying space. Length of the process depends on the required level of drieness and humidity entered into the space, and not on the duration of drying, as drying depends on the humidity, duration of the process of drying is shortened or prolonged.

Constructional solution of solar and electric energy dryers is set so that solar energy is used for heating fluids, when there is sun, so that the required temperature exists inside the dryer, and when the solar energy is not enough, then electric energy is used for additional heating and that in the following way: a solar panel is set onto the body of the dryer under the latitude angle, diagonal tappings of the solar panel are connected to a singlepipe system for heating fluids, set at the back, or on the roof, of the dryer, being connected to a circulatory pump which, through the pipeline system in the dryer, carries out the forced circulation of fluids. So as to regulate the fluidity of fluids, either from solar panels or only in a dryer, two electromagnetic valves (EMV) that are based on impulse excitation technique, and so as to remove possible pressure jumps within the system there is an expansion dish connected. On the same line there is a sinking in pipe heater, which is set inside the dryer. The whole process is connected by means of a microprocessor, wherein already set the required parameters exist, and it regulates opening and closing of EMV, functioning of the pump, additional heating and cooling inside the dryer. Thereto connected are sensors for measuring temperature and humidity as the following: before the heater a temperature sensor for the fluid going into the heater and a temperature and humidity inside the dryer that follow the whole process of drying, as a temperature sensor in the solar panel. The dryer has a partially insulated opening which turns in a vault toward one side of the dryer, so that for the exhalations inside it, and behind the insulation, condensation starts. To achieve high condensation of steams, onto the pipe that extends laterally from the opening, there is set a cooler, or a compressor behind which is a condenser of exhalations which collects the condensed liquid and directs it to the end of the pipe where condensed liqued goes out. In this way, for the first time at least two products are obtained during drying a dry matter and a primary liquid from which, later on by means of distillation, or in similar procedure, there can be set apart matters exhaled during the process of drying. From the condenser downward extends a conduit pipe taking the vaporless air and it continues to a ventilator which carries forced circulation of air from output pipe to the input pipe, and with all that from the bottom to the top of the dryer itself. If there is set an air cooling compressor, and then below the ventilator the heated fluid from the compressor is connected to heat the air additionally. Thus, a better effectiveness of energy is achieved.

Arrangement of pipes inside the dryer is such that they fill in the space in the dryer: the pipes are set onto the walls of the dryer, and also between the shelves for drying the matter. The pipes go into the bottom part of the dryer, they climb gradually over the walls, a climbing conduit, and then they make a horisontal pipe field over all the space of the dryer so that from one level. When the horisontal pipe field is already formed, they descend and it continues all down to the bottom of the dryer where the process come out of the rear side in a descending conduit, in the area of the tap and they form a single pipe system, whether connected to the solar panel or not. The arrangement of pipes inside the dryer gives a well balanced temperature and a well balanced vaporization of the matter, as the results. Circulation of air through the dryer actually consists of heated air and steam which due to the increase of temperature and increase of the capacity migrate through the pipe, being supported by a ventilator, into the input pipe to the bottom of the dryer, into the dryer itself, and it goes through the spiral for additional heating and the heating panel, hence in contact with the matter it has the temperature required for drying.

These dryers are mobile as they have wheels. At the rear part, there is a carrier of a solar panel which has an indicator for its adusting to the latitude. Tappings of the solar panel are connected onto the dryer through a flexible connection into a singlepipe system, while the solar panel itself at the other end has little wheels so that it can be moved together with the dryer.

Drying process, which is set separately for each herbal specie according to its particualr charactersitics, is completely automatical.

This system of regulation of the humidity of the matter enables us to determine with a great accuracy the required humidity, and at the same time it enables production of some products that so far was impossibe to be obtained in standard dryers: dried fruit up to minimal humidity to be grinded for production of powder for food industry, this refers to the mushrooms, wholesome and spicy herbs and vegetables, as well. Herewith explained dryer is already made, and tested and the results obtained during the testing are above any expectations:


Dryer is given in 11 figures where:

Fig. 1 - dryer as represented from the front side

Fig.2 - dryer as represented from the back

Fig. 3 - longitudinal cross-section along the lateral sides of the dinner

Fig.4 - lateral side of the dryer

Fig. 5 - longitudinal cross-section along the front and the rear side of the dryer

Fig.6 - a hook to fasten solar panel thereto Fig.7 - shelves Fig.8 - layout of air fluidity Fig. 9 - layout of the climbing conduit Fig. 10 - layoout of descending conduit Fig. 11 - parts of descending conduit Figures 7, 8, 9,10 and 11 are cancelled for publication.


Solar and electric energy dryer has a body 1 which is limited by an outer casing whereto set against is insulation 25, while from the internal side there is an interior stainless steel body. From the front side of the dryer, fastened by hinges 2 there is a double door that seal the body 1 of the dryer and thereon set are a lock 3, a rod 14, and the rod carriers 4 so as to close the door of the dryer entirely. The dryer has a shaft 12, whereto fixed are wheels 5, thus making the dryer movable. On the top of the dryer along the centre of the top casing there is an outlet dome 34 achieved, wherefrom extends an outlet pipe 7 laterally upward, and then it bends downward and above the lateral side of the dryer, it descends downward and passes through a cooling tank 23, or the cooling process is done by a cooling spiral 18 which is supplied by a compressor 20, then it continues through a condenser 21 wherein separation of huge steam grown from air is carried out and, in the form of liquid, it goes out through the pipe of condenser 49. Vaporiess air is drawn by a ventilator 22 and pushed further through the pipe up to the input pipe 13, taking it into the air introducer 39 and directing onto the spiral 61 for additional heating of the descending duct, and the direction of air inflow 67, and then the heated air is directed to the heating panel 56, which are on the carriers of the heating plate 55, where air is completely heated to working temperature. Further circulation, from the bottom to the top of the dryer, heated air comes to the system of shelves for the material, these are one slot shelves 62 with one aperture, as an air passage, set in the middle of the shelf (54), or two-slot shelves 63 with two apertures as air passage set at the side of the shelf /54/, these two-slot shelves at the ends have shelf supports 64 and inside the shelves slots 65 intended for fluidity of air being arranged so that there is a main air passage 68 through the slots 65, which are set alternated: in the centre of the shelf and at the end of the shelf, and secondary passage 69 through the matter, which is scattered for drying all over the surface, thus by warming the whole span of the matter and its exhaling is increased. This is a significant difference in comparison to all the existing dryers where the matter is warmed from the surface

and the exhaling from the matter is as much reduced, and the matter itself is longer treated and often exposed to inappropriate temperature. Air and exhalations are exchanged in moving upward toward the top of the dryer where it forms the outflow direction of air (70).

At a suitable spot near the outlet dome 34, on the roof, there is a measuring site, a probe for temperature and humidity 6, extending through the roof and the body 1 of the dryer and hang in the dryer so as to measure humidity and temperature inside the dryer.

At the back of the dryer, at the required height there is set a hook of a solar panel (15) with a graduated scale 16 as to the latitude and the hook is fixed to the hook support (48). Leaned against the hook of the solar panel 15 is a cap of the sphere 46 which is connected to the solar panel 44, and at the bottom part therein inbuilt are casters 45.

Diagonal tappings of the solar panel are connected in a flexible joint or link by means of the hookup or connection 47 of the solar panel and flexible pipes 17 to the pipe system of the dryer meaning to the climbing pipes 32 that descend vertically downward along the rear side of the dryer and on the ending there of there are three electromgnetic valves 30 (hence forward referred also as EMV) and that with two to the solar panel 44, and one for switching off the solar panel 44 from the system. All electromgnetic valves (EMV) 30 employ an electric current pulse or power impulse sensor and independent on the difference of the fluid pressure. Going horisontally along the line thereon is set an expansion container 33 to accept the possible preassure jumps of the fluid. Besides it there is a tap 26 for discharging the fluid and to fill the pipeline in, and in the contiunance to the horisontal line there is a a circulatory pump 28 connected, and before the pump there is a measuring site for temperature sensor 27 and it ends with the sinking-in heater 31 in the pipe of the heater 43 which goes into the body of the dryer and makes a begining of the climbing line 38. Climbing conduit 38 inside the dryer consists of the sides of the dryer horisontally set and at the required distance it climbs up to the above level and all that in the sequence one after the other up to the top of the dryer, and then from the top these become a descending conduit 37 which horisontally fill in the space in the dryer and make a horisontal pipe field 60, thus at the requiered level these descend to the next level and all up to the bottom of the dryer in the same way, making a net inside the dryer and inside gaps wherein are set shelf supports 53 whereon are set selves 54 and whereto comes the material intended for drying. At the bottom of the dryer there is the descending line 37 forms a spiral for additional heating 61 and it goes out from the dryer as the end of the descending line 59 and it

continues to the tap 26. The shelf supports 53 are horisontally set onto the internal casing and specially and only onto the lateral sides. Arrangement like this, inside a dryer, provides for a equal vaporization from the material.

From the front side of the dryer next to the door there is a microprocessor 8 which regulates the work of all the components: heating only by means of the solar panel 44, or by means of the heater 31, or a combined heating, opening and closing of (EMV) 30; and this two valves open, one open, one closed and vice-versa, it receives the data from the probe for temperature and humidity 27, and then on the ground of these data, it switches on or switches off the pumpo 28, the heater 31 and (EMV) 30 as needed, while the fan 22 is permanently switched on, it keeps optimal conditions of functioning in the dryer, al state for the operating of the dryer. Besides the microprocessor 8 there is a display reader 9 which gives the diagram of drying so that the process of drying can be continuously controlled. Display reader saves the data on the processes of drying in up to three years term. Behind the microprocessor 8 on the dryer there is a distribution cabinet 51 for the whhole installation of the dryer. Microprocessor 8 and the display reader 9 are protected from the impacts of atmospheric phenomena by means of a cover 50.

At the opposite side, of the dryer, on the body 1 of the dryer there are: a bottom support for the solar panel 10, and at the required height above an upper support for the solar panel 11 and therein is set a solar panel 44 when the dryer 44 is transported.

At the back of the dryer, at its bottom there is a drawing hook 29, being carried by an axle of the hook 41, wherethrough goes downward a vertically downward a worm screw at the end of which there is a base 40 to enable it being supported from the ground.