Ugenyi Igbokwe Gets Special Award In Rosatom Atoms Empowering Africa Youth Video Competition [2018]

Teams from Nigeria (Ugenyi Igbokwe), South Africa, and Tanzania have been selected and awarded topmost prizes of the Atoms Empowering Africa youth video competition organised by Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.

The award, which was decided by the public and independent jury through votes cast, selected four teams from South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania who received the highest number of votes from both the jury and the public.

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Winners Of 2018 Clean Energy Innovation Challenge

Aspire, Hydrolite, Hydrotriciton and ZeroElectric have emerged winners of the 2018 Clean Energy Innovation Challenge – selected at the Co Creation Hub HQ in Yaba, Lagos after a rigorous selection process, challenging boot camp and engaging pitch competition.

The Clean Energy Innovation Challenge, with the aim of unearthing and supporting renewable energy innovators in Nigeria, awarded startup capital of $10,000 each to the four early stage energy companies.

In addition to startup capital, these companies and the five other finalists will receive top class incubation support from Co Creation Hub to take their ideation phase businesses to the next level.

One of the winners of the $10,000 startup capital was Jos based Hydrotriciton, a company that has developed a zero emissions electricity generator that runs completely on water.

Commenting on their selection, CEO Choji Bare stated:

“To have won this competition will really spur our growth. Our next step is to produce massively and launch into the market.”

Another one of the winners, Aspire, uses solar energy, battery storage and smart inverters to monitor solutions and deliver clean energy solutions to customers.

ZeroELectric has developed a climate controlled system that cools the environment with water in areas without electricity. Hydrolite has developed a home lighting system powered purely by water and is designed for off-grid communities. Their torches can last up to 2 weeks after contact with water.

The panel of judges consisted of clean energy industry practitioners, financial experts and those with technical competence in business development.

Chuks Umezuluora, one of judges said:

“We were looking for scalability and impact of the innovation, we also looked at what impact $10,000 will make on the business as well as quality of delivery during presentation  to arrive at our decision.”

Speaking on its involvement in the Clean Energy Innovation Challenge, Co-Creation Hub’s Director for Innovation, Femi Longe said:

“With Nigeria’s increasing energy requirements to achieve its developmental goals, amidst the threat of climate change, there is a need to find and support our clean energy innovators to build successful and sustainable businesses around their solutions.

We are pleased to be working with All On on such a lofty agenda and look forward to supporting all the innovators to test and scale their ventures.”

The Clean Energy Innovation Challenge will enable All On to further its mandate of supporting innovative models to improve energy access to unserved and underserved segments of the Nigerian population.

According to All On CEO Dr. Wiebe Boer:

“The quality of applications received and the winners selected for the Clean Energy Innovation Challenge are a demonstration of the potential that exists in the renewable energy sector in Nigeria.

With our startup capital and Co Creation Hub’s incubation expertise, we are hopeful that these companies will mature to become sustainable businesses, employers of labor and on track for exponential growth to address the access to energy challenges that exist in the country.”

All On is an off grid energy impact investment company that works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services for under-served and un-served off-grid energy markets in Nigeria, with a special focus on the Niger Delta.

Winners Of The Inaugural The Guardian Oil And Gas Awards

Energy firms, bank and individuals have been honoured at the maiden edition of The Guardian Oil and Gas Awards, for their remarkable contribution to the growth and development of the industry and Nigeria’s economy.

At the event themed “The Guardian/ACAL OIL and Gas Roundtable and Awards”, which brought together industry leaders from across the country, 15 organisations and individuals were honoured for driving and advancing the course of the oil and gas sector.

Winners of The Guardian Oil And Gas Awards

  • Oil and Gas Human Capital Development and Training Company of the Year Award – Prime Atlantic Limited
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Distribution Company of the Year Award – Petrocam Training Nigeria
  • Best Gas Company of the Year – Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG)
  • Oil and Gas Fabrication Company of the Year Award – Nigerdock
  • Oil and Gas Logistics Company of the Year Award – Lagos Deep Offshore Services (LADOL)
  • Best Bank in Support of the Oil and Gas Sector – Access Bank
  • Lubricant Oil Company of the Year Award – Eterna Plc.
  • Joint Venture (JV) Company of the Year Award – Mobile Producing Nigerian Limited
  • Sole Risk/Independent Company of the Year Award – Seplat Petroleum Development Company
  • Marginal Field Company of the Year Award – Midstream Oil and Gas Company
  • Oil and Gas Safety Company of the Year Award (upstream) – Chevron Nigeria Limited
  • Oil and Gas Health Safety Company of the Year Award (downstream) – Nipco Plc.
  • Oil and Gas Environmental Friendly Company of the Year Award (upstream) – Total Exploration and Production Company Limited
  • Oil and Gas Environmental Friendly Company of the Year Award (downstream) – Northwest Petroleum and Gas Company
  • Oil and Gas Sustainability Company of the Year Award – Total Plc.
  • Oil and Gas Local Content Compliant Company of the Year Award (downstream) – Nipco Plc.
  • Oil and Gas Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Sustainability Company of the Year (upstream) – Aiteo Group
  • Oil and Gas Company of the Year (upstream) – Exonmobil
  • Oil and Gas Company of the Year Award (upstream indigenous) – Aiteo
  • Oil and Gas Company of the Year Award (downstream) – Eterna Plc.
  • Marginal Field Company of the Year Award – Midwestern Oil and Gas Company
  • Oil and Gas Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Year (upstream) Award – Paul Mcgrath of Exxonmobil Nigeria Limited
  • Oil and Gas CEO of the Year (downstream indigenous) – Benedict Peters of the Aiteo Group
  • Oil and Gas CEO of the Year Award (downstream) – Mahmud Tukur of Eterna Plc.

Chairman, Editorial Board of The Guardian, Professor Wale Omole, who represented the Chairman/Publisher, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru stated:

“We are happy that you made it here, we would continue to work together. I congratulate you on things you have done and wish you more success.”

ColdHubs Wins 2018 NEF Africa Energy Ideas Competition

ColdHubs Nigeria has emerged as the overall winner of the 2018 Africa Energy Ideas Competition at the Nigerian Energy Forum (NEF) with its Solar Cold Room innovation.

Nigeria Future Energy Group (NiFEG) received the 2nd place award.

Nugenesis Energy emerged third and was awarded a cash prize of 200,000.

15 finalists emerged out of the 72 entries received. Nigeria had nine (9) entries out of the 15 finalists.

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Professor Albert Olayemi Makes Scientific Research Breakthrough On Aviation Fuel

Professor of Microbiology, Albert Olayemi at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has made a scientific breakthrough in the microbiological analysis of aviation fuel and fuel handling systems.

According to the University of Ilorin’s latest Bulletin, the research entitled: “Microbial Contamination of JetFuel and Fuel Handling Systems”, was commissioned and sponsored by CITA Petroleum Ltd., based in Lagos.

The publication explained that the breakthrough research would enhance the quality of fuel supply to the nation’s aviation sector.

As stated in the bulletin

“The first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. Olayemi’s research was recently published on Amazon and is garnering intense critical acclaim in national and international media.

As a result of the research’s pioneering status and the potential to has a lasting impact on the global aviation industry.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has specially invited Prof. Olayemi to make a presentation at the forthcoming Aviation Systems Management Symposium, being hosted by IATA in Miami, Florida, U.S. between April 15 and April 20.’’

The publication explained that the study urged quality control agencies to intensify monitoring to enhance quality of supply to the aviation industry. It said that the research would help incorporate microbiological standards into the specification requirements of Jet A1/allied products.

According to the bulletin, microbial are micro-organisms like bacteria and fungi that are capable of existing in water where it interfaces with fuel. It said these microorganisms use alkanes and additives in fuel as foodstuff. According to it, the most destructive of the microbes that grows in the aircraft fuel environment is the fungus Hormoconis resinae.

The bulletin stated:

“This is the most common cause of microbial corrosion in aircraft fuel tanks.

At the presentation of the study report, Albert Olayemi commended the management of CITA Petroleum for compliance with the numerous industry and company’s proprietary Policies, Standards and Procedure (PSP) covering the entire supply storage and distribution chain.

Albert Olayemi, who lectures at the university’s Department of Microbiology, said contaminated fuel was one of the causes of equipment failure. He added that it was the second leading cause of plane crashes globally after pilot errors.

The expert said the first of such study in Nigeria was aimed at assessing microbial contamination of aviation fuel and fuel handling system at CITA Petroleum Tank Farms located in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja.