Ames-based startup KinoSol announced a redesigned and optimized version of its international model solar food dehydrator, the Orenda, is now ready to be used in the United States.

Engineered for families, gardeners, and sportsmen, the new domestic dehydrator is designed to meet the needs of environmentally-friendly, health-conscious consumers. With dishwasher-friendly trays, a collapsible construction, and over three square feet of drying space, the solar dehydrator can be used to dry vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Using only solar power and no electricity, the KinoSol dehydrator reduces users’ carbon footprint and improves family nutrition by preserving the nutrients already found in produce.

“We’re excited to now have a product that tackles food waste internationally and in our own backyard here in the U.S. We’ve been working on our domestic dehydrator for the past few years and are looking forward to helping curb consumer food waste,” says Mikayla Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of KinoSol.

In a statement, the company said the new dehydrator helps reduce food waste, energy costs, and carbon emissions all while providing families with healthy, delicious food.  Its first product, the Orenda, was first delivered to regions worldwide in January 2017.

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