Solar Powered Automatic Poultry Egg Incubator
Authors: Okhaifoh JE, Okhueleigbe EI
This work describes the design and construction of an automatic egg incubator system which replicates the conditions of natural incubation for hatching of poultry eggs. It can be powered from solar energy especially when power outages occur from the national grid. The incubator operates with the use of a PIC18F2620 microcontroller for controlling its operation while temperature and humidity sensor (DHT11) was used for data acquisition which is then sent to the microcontroller for processing. It also incorporates automatic turning of eggs thereby averting heat loss which is a major shortcoming in the manually operated incubators. Performance evaluation of the system from test results showed that its portability, sensitivity, reliability and operational simplicity proved the system to be a viable tool which can be deployed by farmers for incubation and hatching of poultry eggs.
Affiliations: Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, College of Technology, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, PMB 1221, Effurun, Nigeria
Keywords: Solar, Microcontroller, Incubation, Eggs, Sensor
Published date: 2020/06/30