Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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A dramatic increase in the cost of petroleum and an awareness that petroleum supply is limited has occurred during the past few years. The increased cost of petroleum products has increased farmers’ production costs. Furthermore, the limited supply of petroleum products has focused attention on ways of conserving energy. Researchers are looking for ways to harness “new” forms of energy and to make them available to consumers as a reasonable cost. Solar energy is one of the “new” forms of energy that is being studies extensively. Solar heaters are being evaluated to supplement conventional corn dryers. Nevertheless, solar drying is in the experimental stage, and no widespread on farm installations have been made. The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of desiccating corn with a chemical desiccant. Thereby, solar energy will be used to dry corn in the field after desiccation. A cost comparison between desiccation and conventional drying methods will be made.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Corn -- Drying



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South Dakota State University