Solarkilns’ Solarola technology enables an efficient and superior method of drying a large range of timber species through its’ advanced solar drying technology. The Solarola kiln system has a unique cyclic-drying method which capitalizes on the daily cycles of heating and cooling that naturally occur each day. This system has now been proven to significantly reduce cracking, splitting, warping, case hardening and collapse commonly found in many difficult to dry timber species, in both softwood and hardwood. Solarkilns can also reduce thermal energy costs by as much as 100% whilst still drying as fast as a fuel heated kiln by operating on solar contribution alone for it's thermal heat requirements. With seasonal fluctuations, the operation of any supplementary heating system for the kiln becomes a choice at the discretion of the kiln operator/owner.
Solarkilns technology for drying fruits, spices, foodstuffs and many other products that require dehydration.
Primarily developed for the timber industry, the same drying technology benefits can be applied to drying many other products such as fruit, herbs, spices, leaves and many other edible and waste products. Accurate control in the Solarkilns chamber of humidity and temperature allow sensitive products to be dried with optimal control during critical stages of the drying process which can eliminate degraded product. Talk to Solarkilns about your application and how our system can benefit your drying operation.
This T3 kiln has a capacity of 150 cubic meters with auxiliary LPG heating system- Hardwood Timber drying - location Northern NSW, Australia.
T3 kilns x 2, for scale note the 20ft shipping container used as a control room
MiniPro Solarkilns 16 and 20 cubic meter capacity - ideal for;
Principle of operation.
Solarkilns dome kiln design makes the most out of daylight hours energy absorption. The dome shape is installed in a North/South alignment providing a large surface area facing the sun's direction from sunrise to sunset. Whenever sunshine is on the kiln, solar energy is being absorbed into the kiln.
The kilns advanced control system works in harmony with day/night cycles and automatically adjusts the operation of the kiln to make the most out of cloudy days where intermittent sunshine is available. In fact, the control system even knows when a cloud blocks out the sun and adjusts to suit as illustrated below.
Loading timber into a Solarola Kiln.
Unlike traditional timber drying kilns which are permanent fixed structures into which timber stacks have to be loaded and unloaded using a forklift, often driving in and out of the kiln multiple times with timber stacks at height. Solarkilns are loaded by rolling the kiln over the timber stack. This concept has some major advantages:
Solarola kiln on guide rails being positioned over a new load of timber. Minimal downtime!
Solarkilns unique design provides large capacity chamber sizes at very economical prices per cubic meter capacity.
The only cyclically-controlled, commercial drying system in the world, our solar kiln has benefits that ensure maximum productivity with minimum cost.
Learn more about the Solarkiln's drying process.