Our superior energy efficiency produces tremendous overall cost reductions given that energy costs typically account for 30% to 60% of the total drying process cost and up to 60% of the energy required to convert logs to dry sawn timber. But the savings don’t stop there.
The structural materials used to build Solarkiln dryers are less than half that of a conventional kiln. Energy costs consumed to manufacture the materials are lower than others. Despite having more sophisticated control systems to deal with weather variables, the lower cost structure generally combines to produce a lower overall purchase price option compared to other well controlled kiln dryer options. Because solarkilns have less thermal mass in materials to heat during the drying process, the energy efficiency of solarkilns technology is improved.
Solarola kilns also require less maintenance inputs than conventional kilns exposed to acidic timber drying environments. Why? Well, plastic doesn’t rust in acid environments, nor does aluminium. The plastic skin doesn’t delaminate like Styrofoam laminated panels, and the mortar doesn’t fall out as a result of extreme conditions.
No longer do greenhouse type dryers generally need to be regarded as inferior to conventionally insulated styrofoam clad kiln enclosures. The insulation properties of our unique triple skin cladding are second-to-none in terms of energy efficiency. At night and during cloudy periods, the control system automatically stops circulating air over the solar collector sheet, creating a second double insulator air cavity that greatly reduces heat loss. The same “stall” feature causes the very small amount of heat loss to power a dehumidifier process between the plastic outer covers so that condensate ultimately gravitates outside the chamber to ground run-off points- avoiding the need to re-evaporate it internally. This is just one other unique feature of solarkilns enviable energy efficiency.
Given all these features is it clear and easy to demonstrate that the collective advantages of the Solarola system are massive in terms of overall cost reduction and sheer energy efficiency. In fact, a Solarkilns drying system can pay for itself in a few years on comparative energy input savings alone.
Anyone in the timber industry is all-too-aware that drying is one of the biggest costs in the overall timber manufacturing cycle. So if you’re seriously looking to dramatically cut costs in your operation, to improve your quality, yield and value outcomes AND reduce your environmental impact, Solar Kilns’ Solarola kilns are the only real drying technology solution for anybody serious about energy efficiency.