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Nigerian universities adopt alternative power sources


With aid from the federal ministry of education and international donors, Nigerian universities are taking advantage of alternative energy production technology, and the unbundling of the electricity production and distribution in the country, to create their electrical supply from a variety of sources.

Professor Yia Argungu of the hydrology department at the Federal University, Minna revealed that there was a dire need for alternative and independent sources of power among universities.

Last week, it was reported that the Nigerian Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmood in the Climate Action Summit 2019 New York informed that about seven Nigerian universities use renewable energy and thirty more universities are coming on board.

The institutions in some cases have been able to break off links with the national grid, therefore becoming self-sufficient in the supply of electricity for teaching and research purposes.

At the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, an organic waste plant was launched earlier this year. According to Vice-Chancellor Professor Benjamin Ozumba, the plant is the first of its kind in the country and it is a 100kVA refuse-derived fuel (RDF) gasification plant.

Officials at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife disclosed July this year that the university has been working with the federal government’s Rural Electrification Agency to build a gas-powered turbine in the campus which would create 8.0MW of electricity for the institution.

Also, the Nigeria-German Energy Partnership has already completed a 10MW solar power plant for Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria at the cost of NGN4 billion (US$11 million) with the assistance of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

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