Ökozentrum - Burkina Faso II

Local Production of Heat Pump Fruit Dryers

Contract: 2014.09
Energy Efficiency

Local Production of Heat Pump Fruit Dryers in Burkina Faso

Project Type :

Pilot Project


Technology :

Energy Efficiency

Country :

Burkina Faso


Project Status :


Project Start :

January 2015


End of Project :

September 2016

Partners :

Ökozentrum Langenbruck,, Christian Huber

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Swiss Contribution

The Ökozentrum has been successfully and continuously committed to the use and expansion of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency in the food production area for over ten years in developing countries.


This REPIC project aims to establish a local production of energy efficient heat pump fruit dryers (HP Dryer) in Burkina Faso.  In a first REPIC phase in 2011, the Ökozentrum in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences, Buchs SG (NTB), developed a HP Dryer which was specifically made for subtropical conditions. It is a convincing product due to the resulting dry material’s high quality, as well as its performance and energy efficiency. Thanks to the new drying system with heat pump technology, operating costs and CO2 emissions can be reduced by more than 50%.

Through the Swiss know-how and technology transfer, resident refrigeration specialists shall be enabled to create and market the HP Dryer locally. The HP Dryer dissemination shall strengthen local small businesses, as well as the livelihoods of fruit dryer producers and their employees.


The Final Report, “Lokale Herstellung von Wärmepumpe-Früchtetrockner in Burkina Faso” as well as the “Technical Manual in f”, is available at