But like many other countries in Africa, Kenya, has made ambitious commitments to restore degraded lands and increase forest cover to 10% and to restore 5 million hectares of land by 2030. Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) provides seeds for reforestation and needs to find ways to meet increasing demand – while reducing energy consumption used in the seed-drying process.
EnSo is working with Brunel to design, manufacture, and install a prototype drying unit at KEFRI’s Mugugua facility.
The solar-thermal dryer will replace current systems that use unreliable grid power – reducing carbon emissions and ensuring uninterrupted production. Besides the cost-saving of reducing energy consumption, the new system will increase seed-drying capacity as KEFRI aims to increase annual production to meet the growth in demand.
The system is designed to be transportable so that it can be relocated to meet local or seasonal demands.