Experimentation Results

Increasing incomes of  smallholder farmers
Women groups participated  in making DIY solar lantern
Feb 2017 to Jan 2018

Fishermen living in the vicinity of Laut Tawar Lake in Central Aceh have access to electricity, but they still spend 16-20 percent of their daily revenue from selling fish on kerosene fuel for Petromax. Solar lighting is a cost-effective alternative to kerosene-based lighting, however...

We are modifying the previous solar dryer facility to improve the drying process for cacao to make it more cost-effective and faster
Mar 2017 to Nov 2017

This project took place in Angkah village, Selemadeg Barat district, Tabanan, the second largest cacao producing regency in Bali. During the first phase of the experiment (Oct 2016 - Jan 2017) Kopernik learned that the fermentation and solar drying process we tested  did not produce a better...

Solar bubble dryer that we used to speed up the post-harvest drying process for cacao beans
Jun 2017 to Nov 2017

In Angkah Village, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Kopernik conducted an experiment to learn whether the Solar Bubble Dryer (SBD) can improve the drying process for cacao beans and increase the quality of the finished product. Tabanan Regency is the second largest cacao producer in Bali, after Jembrana...

Traditionally, honey farmers use a number of tools which are difficult to carry into the forest
Nov 2016 to Dec 2017

Honey collectors in Wairterang village, Sikka district, East Nusa Tenggara province currently use traditional practices to harvest wild honey, that require a number of tools, which are difficult to carry and also contribute to honey loss during the filtration process. This results in  a...

Carocell 3000 successfully installed in Likotuden village, Flores, Indonesia
Nov 2016 to Jun 2017

In this project, Kopernik tested the Carocell 3000 Water Purifier in Likotuden, East Flores.

Field testing was carried out near the Rungan River, Petuk Katimpun Village, Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan
Mar 2017 to Aug 2017

In collaboration with UNICEF Indonesia, this project tested the effectiveness of a low-cost, haze emergency kit.

In rural Indonesia, 17% of 512 surveyed students missed at least 1 day in the last period due to difficulties related to menstrual health management.
Oct 2016 to May 2017

In East Sumba regency, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, Kopernik conducted an experiment to learn whether menstruation presents an economic and productivity barrier for school girls in rural Indonesia.

Traditional drying method for cacao
Oct 2016 to Jan 2017

The project began with a needs assessment to map out the traditional pre and post-harvesting processes of the cacao bean. An experiment lasting 11 days tested whether a solar dryer could improve the drying process for a cacao processing cooperative, UPH Subak Abian Buana Mekar. 

We're testing grain storage methods using hermetic bags/airtight drums to prevent crop losses due to weevil and rodent infestation
May 2016 to Jan 2017

Kopernik tested two grain storage solutions in Likotuden, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The experiment evaluated these solutions’ effectiveness in storing sorghum safely and eliminating weevils. This experiment tested a hermetic plastic bag and a hermetically sealed plastic drum.