Solar PV-Powered Poultry Egg Incubator
Kukua Labs, Arusha, Tanzania, 2017-2020
Product Goal: Increase the reliable income of chicken growing families in Tanzania and beyond
Families in TZ wish for "productive-use" solar appliances to generate improved, reliable income streams
Solar home system companies in TZ wish for "productive-use" solar appliances to help their customers effectively repay solar loans and move up the "energy ladder"
Roughly 70% of families in TZ grow chickens. They're often used as a store of value which can accrue interest or have withdrawals (like a savings account // ATM). Artificial egg incubation increases the rate by which chicken flocks grow making them more resilient to sudden losses
Co-developed this product with colleagues from Zola Electric, Stanford Extreme Affordability, and Access to Energy Institute (A2EI)
Went through three major iterations and pilot tests with dozens of chicken growing families. Awarded a major grant in early 2020 to scale up production which was halted by the Covid-19 pandemic