KinoSol

No Waste, More Space, Easily Brought from Place to Place

KinoSol is a detachable mobile solar dehydrator that dries food for consumption and sale, and has mylar-lined storage to extend shelf life.

Use Case

KinoSol’s versatile design functions in all environments. Handles and sturdy wheels allow for the storage unit and dehydrator to be easily moved while withstanding all terrains. KinoSol is marketed towards rural areas where cars are not the primary means of transport. KinoSol is designed to be attached to various non-car transit sources by a hitch, increasing market accessibility, while also connecting farmers in small communities. The dehydrator component detaches from the main frame of KinoSol and can be replaced by storage units. This allows food to continue dehydrating at home while increasing the amount of produce taken to market for sale. KinoSol has a kickstand, making it free-standing so individuals can perform other tasks while their food dehydrates.

Potential

KinoSol can be made from common recycled materials found in different regions of the world. This allows for easier maintenance, and increases accessibility to families across the globe. KinoSol uses simple technology, relying on clean, sustainable energy, by harnessing the sun’s power to dehydrate. Convenient size and mobility ensures optimal sun usage. Air will be filtered through the dehydrator, shortening dehydration time while utilizing energy from a solar panel. Mylar-lined storage units keep out moisture and oxygen, preventing rot. In addition, vitamins and nutrients will remain available during low and no-harvest periods. The bicycle hitch and handles allow the dehydrator to be mobile and accessible to markets, increasing family prosperity, food security, and development.

Business Case

KinoSol units will be provided to subsistence farmers via NGO partners. Each unit is mobile, decreases food loss, and increases shelf-life of nutrient-dense food. Initial NGO partners will provide marketability data for regions throughout the world. After data is collected and assessed, additional NGO partners will be selected to begin selling new units. Manufacturing costs will remain low as recycled goods will be the primary materials used. Climate, terrain, and produce will be considered during manufacturing, varying models by region. Our website’s interactive map informs buyers of nutrient and vitamin deficiencies within regions, and produce to combat those deficiencies. In addition to NGO partners selling KinoSol, all unit variations will be for sale on our website in the future.

Objectives:

  1. Decrease post harvest loss. Dehydration and storage components increase shelf-life and maintain vitamins/minerals after growing season ends.
  2. Promote gender equality. Women can use this as a productivity tool to help feed their family while producing commodities for an income.
  3. Increase family income. Food is dehydrated and stored, eliminating rot, and allowing excess produce to be sold in the market.

Team KinoSol

Ames, IA, USA

  • Science / Engineering
  • Food Waste / Consumer Issues
  • Global

Our Team

The Benefits of Dehydrating Food / Published December 4, 2014 by Elise Kendall

The Benefits of Dehydrating Food

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09308.html

Dehydration is an easy and inexpensive way to avoid post-harvest loss. Storing dehydrated food is efficient and generally tends to take up less than one sixth of their original storage space. The food items are compact, lightweight, and travel well; which is ideal for markets. The preserved food lasts for much longer than their fresh form and allows for consumption outside of peak seasons. When dehydrating food all the moisture is removed which keeps the produce from spoiling. Molds, yeast, and bacteria all need water and oxygen to propagate. Most research on the nutritional value of dried foods has been conducted on foods that are commercially dried. When you dry foods at home under gentle conditions a majority of the nutrients remain, including vitamin A. In the dehydration process, the produce retains all of its iron and fiber while concentrating their calories, nutrients, and sugar contents. Dehydrated foods are good for quick energy and a nutritious source of needed inputs to keep individuals strong and healthy. KinoSol may cause some minimal nutrient loss, but will be saving produce from rot and allowing individuals to receive a majority of the nutrients instead of none at all.

KinoSol Website 2.0 / Published December 4, 2014 by Mikayla Sullivan

KinoSol Website 2.0

Our website has now been updated!!! Check it out to find out about how we improved KinoSol from version 1.0 to version 3.0. Also you will find information about 3 main objectives KinoSol has including Decreasing Post Harvest Loss, Increasing Income, and Gender Equality!

http://kinosol.weebly.com/

Check Out the KinoSol Website! / Published December 2, 2014 by Elise Kendall

Check Out the KinoSol Website!

http://kinosol.weebly.com/

Check out the newly created KinoSol website! Complete with an interactive map, this site will teach you all about how our product will change the world. Each country on the map highlights the most common nutrient deficiencies and the produce which can be dehydrated to combat the insufficiencies. Coming soon to the site will be information about all our current prototypes and more information about nutrition, gender equality, and how KinoSol will improve the livelihoods of subsistence farmers everywhere.

How Does KinoSol Promote Gender Equality? / Published December 2, 2014 by Elise Kendall

How Does KinoSol Promote Gender Equality?

In much of the developing world, the woman is responsible for taking on the role of providing food for their family and required to travel long distances to buy, sell, and trade at the market. In most of these societies women have less access to the resources needed to accomplish all of these tasks. Fewer women than men drive cars, ride bicycles, or use oxcarts and wheelbarrows. In many traditional societies, particularly in Asia and Africa, bicycle ownership is monopolized by men. The KinoSol was built to attach easily to a bicycle. With this, the dehydrator will either allow women to utilize bicycles as a form of transport to the market or force men to take on a larger role in providing for their family. KinoSol not only reduces food waste, but promotes gender equality!

Why Mobility? / Published December 1, 2014 by Ella Gehrke

Why Mobility?

We wanted to create a dehydrator that was mobile because mobility is of major importance when connecting farmers in communities. With a mobility aspect, farmers can take the dehydrator farther distances and help out their community by dehydrating the produce of people who lack such technology. This concept creates trade throughout a community. Example: (One farmer has 50 tomatoes. One farmer has the dehydrator. When they come together they can both benefit!) In addition, the storage and dehydrator can be towed to market if excess is available, increasing a family's income dramatically. Lastly, mobility provides gender equality. Men are the primary owners of bicycles, while women tend to work with food, making KinoSol a tool for both genders.

More information and where we received some of our information during our research can be found in the PDF below.

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTURBANTRANSPORT/Resources/non_motor_i-ce.pdf

Our Mission

We aim to create a useful tool that both rural and urban societies can use to help improve their livelihoods. This device will reduce food waste, create gender equality, and feed a growing global population.

Our Background

Our team consists of five determined humanitarians from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, USA. We are all Global Resource System majors with secondary majors and minors in Sustainability, Animal Science, Sociology, and Biology. Focusing our education on international development, we have an interest in improving the livelihoods of rural farmers and want to increase their food security through sustainable implementations.

The Benefits of Dehydrating Food / Published December 4, 2014 by Elise Kendall

The Benefits of Dehydrating Food

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09308.html

Dehydration is an easy and inexpensive way to avoid post-harvest loss. Storing dehydrated food is efficient and generally tends to take up less than one sixth of their original storage space. The food items are compact, lightweight, and travel well; which is ideal for markets. The preserved food lasts for much longer than their fresh form and allows for consumption outside of peak seasons. When dehydrating food all the moisture is removed which keeps the produce from spoiling. Molds, yeast, and bacteria all need water and oxygen to propagate. Most research on the nutritional value of dried foods has been conducted on foods that are commercially dried. When you dry foods at home under gentle conditions a majority of the nutrients remain, including vitamin A. In the dehydration process, the produce retains all of its iron and fiber while concentrating their calories, nutrients, and sugar contents. Dehydrated foods are good for quick energy and a nutritious source of needed inputs to keep individuals strong and healthy. KinoSol may cause some minimal nutrient loss, but will be saving produce from rot and allowing individuals to receive a majority of the nutrients instead of none at all.

KinoSol Website 2.0 / Published December 4, 2014 by Mikayla Sullivan

KinoSol Website 2.0

Our website has now been updated!!! Check it out to find out about how we improved KinoSol from version 1.0 to version 3.0. Also you will find information about 3 main objectives KinoSol has including Decreasing Post Harvest Loss, Increasing Income, and Gender Equality!

http://kinosol.weebly.com/

Check Out the KinoSol Website! / Published December 2, 2014 by Elise Kendall

Check Out the KinoSol Website!

http://kinosol.weebly.com/

Check out the newly created KinoSol website! Complete with an interactive map, this site will teach you all about how our product will change the world. Each country on the map highlights the most common nutrient deficiencies and the produce which can be dehydrated to combat the insufficiencies. Coming soon to the site will be information about all our current prototypes and more information about nutrition, gender equality, and how KinoSol will improve the livelihoods of subsistence farmers everywhere.

How Does KinoSol Promote Gender Equality? / Published December 2, 2014 by Elise Kendall

How Does KinoSol Promote Gender Equality?

In much of the developing world, the woman is responsible for taking on the role of providing food for their family and required to travel long distances to buy, sell, and trade at the market. In most of these societies women have less access to the resources needed to accomplish all of these tasks. Fewer women than men drive cars, ride bicycles, or use oxcarts and wheelbarrows. In many traditional societies, particularly in Asia and Africa, bicycle ownership is monopolized by men. The KinoSol was built to attach easily to a bicycle. With this, the dehydrator will either allow women to utilize bicycles as a form of transport to the market or force men to take on a larger role in providing for their family. KinoSol not only reduces food waste, but promotes gender equality!

Why Mobility? / Published December 1, 2014 by Ella Gehrke

Why Mobility?

We wanted to create a dehydrator that was mobile because mobility is of major importance when connecting farmers in communities. With a mobility aspect, farmers can take the dehydrator farther distances and help out their community by dehydrating the produce of people who lack such technology. This concept creates trade throughout a community. Example: (One farmer has 50 tomatoes. One farmer has the dehydrator. When they come together they can both benefit!) In addition, the storage and dehydrator can be towed to market if excess is available, increasing a family's income dramatically. Lastly, mobility provides gender equality. Men are the primary owners of bicycles, while women tend to work with food, making KinoSol a tool for both genders.

More information and where we received some of our information during our research can be found in the PDF below.

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTURBANTRANSPORT/Resources/non_motor_i-ce.pdf

Our Team

Our Mission

We aim to create a useful tool that both rural and urban societies can use to help improve their livelihoods. This device will reduce food waste, create gender ...Read More

Our Background

Our team consists of five determined humanitarians from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, USA. We are all Global Resource System majors with secondary majors and minors in ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.