|Project Summary||Project Information|
Essential oils have been identified as an opportunistic agricultural commodity that can be produced and exported by farmers in Borgne, Haiti for a profit due to their high monetary value, ease of shipping, long shelf life, and Haiti’s suitable climate. These essential oils are traditionally produced using a distillation process that require costly fuels. Due to the current poor economic state in Haiti and high energy cost of traditional distillers, a solar-assisted, low-energy oil distiller would potentially help to produce a profit without heavily relying on nonrenewable resources.
The goal of this project is to create a working home-scale prototype of this Essential Oil Distiller that serves as proof of concept demonstrating the economic feasibility of a large scale distiller. The end product should be essential oils extracted and ready for sale and transportation.
For more information, see our Project Readiness Package
Final System Design
|Peter Coutts||Mechanical Engineer||Note Taker||Solar Trackerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nathan Johnson||Mechanical Engineer||Budget Keeper, Solid Modeling, Risk Mitigation||Plant Matter Container, Drip Feedemail@example.com|
|Bruno Moraes Quintava||Mechanical Engineer||Theoretical Analysis||Solar Troughfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Johnathon Wheaton||Industrial Systems Engineer||Project Leader, Scheduler, Solid Modeling||Gas Burner, PV Backupemail@example.com|
|Benjamin Wolfe||Mechanical Engineer||EDGE Expert, Build and Test Lead||Condenser, Collector/Separatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
AcknowledgementsSubject Matter Experts (SME's):
- Dr. Stevens, RIT KGCOE
- Sarah Brownell, RIT KGCOE
- Daniel Connell from SolarFlower.org for trough and tracker design and support
- Hart Swisher from Hammer Packaging for donation of aluminum lithographic printing plates
- Nan Martin from experience-essential-oils.com for helping understand the distillation process for vetiver.
Table of Contents
|MSD I & II||MSD I||MSD II|