Oct 2016 to Jan 2017
The project began with a needs assessment to map out the traditional pre and post-harvesting processes of the cacao bean. An experiment lasting 11 days tested whether a solar dryer could improve the drying process for a cacao processing cooperative, UPH Subak Abian Buana Mekar.
May 2016 to Jan 2017
Kopernik tested two grain storage solutions in Likotuden, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The experiment evaluated these solutions’ effectiveness in storing sorghum safely and eliminating weevils. This experiment tested a hermetic plastic bag and a hermetically sealed plastic drum.
May 2016 to Dec 2016
In Pajinian village, Adonara Island, East Flores, Indonesia, Kopernik tested the efficiency of a simple solar dryer built from locally available materials. The dryer was used to dry copra (coconut) and cashews, two of the largest commodities in this region.