Ibrahima Gueye is from Senegal and is a self-taught inventor who has nevertheless strengthened his technical capabilities in Brazil where he specialized in electrical and industrial cooling. Back from Brazil, he developed his first egg incubator in 1975. Since then, this inventor has continually improved his invention: the electro-technical egg incubator (solar and petrol). The incubator could help in developing an intensive chick production in Africa, as well as reduce the constraints associated with the importation of day-old chicks.
Chickens, geese, ducks, guinea fowl, ostriches and so on are poultries whose eggs can be treated with Ibrahima Gueye’s electro-technical incubator. There are several models with similar horizontal dimensions but with different processing capacities: 100, 150, 200, 240, 280 and 300 eggs. These models are designed for small farmers and / or poultry groups. There are also models in the form of cabinets whose capacities range from 300 to 3,000 eggs. Eggs can be turned either manually or automatically depending on models.
Ibrahima Gueye’s incubators can work, depending on models and their capacity, either with electricity (220 volts), solar energy (12-24 volts) or petrol. Solar and petrol solutions are interesting options for remote areas in Africa where electricity is scarce or not supplied.
The electro-technical incubator is made of a heat production unit, an egg tray unit, a control and measurement unit, a monitoring display unit, two trapdoors (oxygen and carbon dioxide) and a wrought iron base. A user’s manual is also provided upon delivery of the incubators.
Ibrahima Gueye has received several awards for his invention. He received a gold medal for the best invention for the international market in 2003 in Gabon from OAPI (Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle or African Intellectual Property Organization). He was also awarded the silver medal at the 32 edition of the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva (Switzerland).
The purpose and importance of this incubator are the development of a local and affordable technology in Africa for SMEs and small farms that will help produce safe and quality poultry meat that will meet the needs of the African continent.