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The country of Grenada, located in the Caribbean, is enveloped in sun three-quarters of the year; this creates plentiful bounties for local farmers. Unfortunately, 70% of their crops go bad, lacking the means and storage capacity to harvest it all. This problem is similar for many countries in the Caribbean. Presently, their best alternative for drying food is leaving it out in the sun, which takes too long and leaves it susceptible to vermin and bacteria.

Entirely using the heat of the sun, Solar Dehydrators are the most efficient, sanitary, and cost effective way to dry fruits, spices, and meat in regions with warm climates.
 

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Ra Solutions is working closely with the Enactus team at our satellite school in St. Georges University, located in Grenada. We are hoping to source dried goods from their communities to sell in the North American market.

This year, Enactus BCIT has established a relationship with the renowned Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) in Burnaby, that will allow for our projects to go through a rigorous problem identification and solution building process in their Make+ facility. Our team at BCIT is taking socially sustainable and environmentally centred projects to the next level.

Our team of Engineers is working on a design at CARI that will maximize the efficiency and durability of these solar dehydrators. This design will also be collapsible in a way that will ship easily and cost effectively. When the dehydrators reach their destination, they will be easily assembled using only the contents of the package and detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. 
 

Succeed

Our mission is to create efficient, low-cost solar dehydration units that harness the power of the sun. In turn, this will provide an opportunity to convert lost crops into a source of sustainable income, while combating the high unemployment rates of developing countries.

 

More About Ra Solutions

Entirely using the heat of the sun, Solar Dehydrators are the most efficient, sanitary, and cost effective way to dry fruits, spices, and meat in regions with warm climates.

Our team of Engineers is working on a design that will maximize the efficiency and durability of these solar dehydrators. This design will also be collapsable in a way that will ship easily and cost effectively. When the dehydrators reach their destination, they will be easily assembled using only the contents of the package and detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. We aim to be finished prototyping and be able to take our design to manufacturing by the end of May 2017.

We are also working closely with the Enactus chapter of our satellite school, St. Georges University, located in Grenada. They are currently building solar dehydrators and selling them at a fair price to local farmers and residents. We are hoping to source dried goods from their communities to sell in the North American market.


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