The SunGari project is making progress toward the development of a Modern Energy Cooking Service (MECS) based on solar cooking (photovoltaics and concentrated solar power) for Gari processing – a popular staple food in West Africa.
To evaluate temperature and energy requirements for gari processing at standard quality parameters, University of Kassel commissioned studies in Togo and the laboratory facility in Germany.
The latest results from the lab-scale optimization and the field work models show that almost 700 % more energy is actually been used for processing a kg of gari. It takes about 20 minutes to produce 1.6 kg gari from mean batch sizes of 2.7 kg of cassava mash. The physiochemical analysis results obtained are in conformity to the quality standards of gari and forms a basis to calculate the thermal properties of the fresh cassava, dewatered mash and gari, for further sizing of an energy efficient gari processing system based on renewable energy sources.
Gari roasting (Coopérative des femmes NOVIVA de Tokpo, Prefecture des Lacs, Region Maritime, Togo) 22/11/2022