The egg incubator is an essential tool, especially for those who own a large hen farm and need to incubate a large number of eggs.
Over the years, several different types of incubators have been designed, from semi-automatic to automatic, which allow you to save time and guarantee a high hatching rate.
It can often happen that following a thunderstorm, a contact or an electrical fault, the incubator is switched off for a few hours and fails to provide the right heat for the brood.
For this reason, River Systems has come up with the idea of designing an incubator control unit that is completely self-sufficient in terms of energy. Let’s find out how it works!
River System’s eco-friendly incubator with integrated EGGTECH® ET SOLARIS system
EGGTECH® ET SOLARIS is the latest completely Made In Italy innovation consisting of a high-tech control unit that can be connected to different energy sources: batteries, mains power and solar panels.
The control unit is designed to run River Systems’ new ET EGG TECH® 24VDC series incubators. The great innovation of these models is that they also work in the event that the mains power isn’t available: this is essential to prevent serious damage to the hatching eggs.
As the incubators don’t operate autonomously, they need a 24VDC power supply, which is provided by external devices connected to SOLARIS®.
The control unit can:
- absorb solar energy during the day, minimising the consumption of electricity from the grid;
- recharge the batteries that will then provide the necessary energy during the night, remaining active even in the event of a blackout.
During the night, the system converts its operating mechanism: instead of using the grid, it uses the energy that the batteries have stored during the day.
How an eco-friendly egg incubator works
The egg incubator connected to the ET SOLARIS system can work with different energy sources that can be combined:
- Mains power supply
- Solar energy
- Car batteries
The system is placed next to the incubator, at a temperature between +20°C and +25°C, and can operate in five ways:
- Batteries + solar panel
- Mains power supply
- Mains power + batteries
- Solar panel + mains supply + batteries
In order to work, the ET incubator needs 24V direct current, which can be provided by two 12V car batteries respectively connected in series of at least 44 Ah. This type of power supply allows a few hours of autonomy in the event of a blackout.
If, on the other hand, we decide to use the batteries associated with the solar panels, the autonomy will be around 24 hours, but it may vary slightly depending on the level of exposure and irradiation of the area where the panels are installed. This mode allows the incubator to be supplied with electricity during the day and at the same time allows the batteries to be recharged, which will provide the necessary energy during the night.
If we decide to power the egg incubator via the mains, the Solaris control unit can reach voltages of approx. 90V to 264V. This type of power supply allows the incubator to run and at the same time recharges the batteries that will provide the necessary energy during the night or in the event of a blackout. Furthermore, being equipped with overload protection, the incubator is also protected against unusual current overloads.
The task of an egg incubator is to supply the heat necessary for the embryo to develop, so that the chick can be born. In this case, the Eggtech incubator has the same features as a traditional incubator, the main difference is in the Solaris control unit, which powers the machine with a completely energy self-sufficient system.
The benefits of using an eco-friendly egg hatching incubator
The eco-egg incubator provides several benefits to those who use it. The most evident benefit is the reduction of the impact on the environment, which is closely related to the energy savings that can be made by reducing consumption.
It’s the ideal solution for those who would like to hatch eggs in a sustainable and nature-friendly way, but especially for those who don’t have a constant supply of electricity. Finally, it can be used not only for incubating hens’ eggs, but also for eggs of many other birds, such as turkeys, pigeons and quails.