Meet D-Lab Designer-in-Residence, Robert Shimaingo
Robert has worked with the Technology Development and Advisory Unit (TDAU) at the University of Zambia. He is committed to creating technologies that improve the lives and income of people in his community. Robert currently works freelance but will soon by employed by the International Developoment Innoation Network to run a new local innovation center in his community. He is married, and has three children. This is his first visit to the United States.
As many as half of local residents earn their living from fishing but prices must be slashed when the fish cannot be kept cold. The power generated by his turbine is intended for a refrigeration system that will enable fish caught locally to be stored and sold at the best price. Robert hopes turbines like this one can be set up eventually all along the river, wherever power and refridgeration would improve the lives of the local fishing community. The current challenges they are facing are moving the rig from the bank to the water. Robert has designed a propeller and is considering buying na engine.