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.

The Nigerian finalist ideas include:

  • DC-AC Solar PV
  • Biopaddy Rice
  • Ubabio Energy
  • Data Renewables
  • Solar Cold Rooms
  • Smart Bio-digester
  • Fybertronics
  • B-Cube Energy
  • Up-NASPA

The 2018 Africa Energy Ideas Competition seeks to accelerate the development of early-stage energy firms across Africa through rapid delivery of modern energy services to millions of households and businesses using sustainable and affordable energy technologies.

The competition challenges early-stage energy entrepreneurs from Africa to collaborate with local research institutions or industries to develop a prototype model of a key device/equipment for a social energy enterprise or energy management system using local resources.

The evaluation criteria included local content, originality and creativity, commercial viability and clarity.

The independent expert reviewers were:

  • Marc Cheah-Mane, PhD (Research Associate: Tech. University of Catalonia, Spain)
  • Engr. Atinuke W. Owolabi (CEO: Wurvicat International Limited, Nigeria)
  • Karolina A. Rucinska (Project Development Officer: Cardiff University, UK)
  • Jadeed Beita, CEng (Combustion Engineer, Siemens, UK)

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.

ASTEVEN Group Launches First Sub-Sahara Renewable Energy Academy In Nigeria

ASTEVEN Group has officially launched ASTEVEN Renewable Energy Academy and Centre of Excellence, in Ogun State – the first Sub-Sahara Renewable Energy Academy in Nigeria.

Students of the academy will be trained green vendors, service providers, installers, technicians and dealers in renewable energy technologies. Graduates will also receive global certifications to ensure credibility within the industry.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ASTEVEN Group, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo, said:

“This Academy was borne out of a necessity to develop local capacity, change the course of power access in Nigeria and increase job creation.

The academy located along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is arguably the first of its kind in Sub Sahara Africa, built and structured to support the rapidly developing markets for renewable energy and energy efficient industry.”

ASTEVEN has installed over 20 megawatts of renewable energy in Nigeria and it translate into Carbon emission reduction of 20744tCO2eq per year in Nigeria.

He noted that, in-spite of these huge efforts, it is unacceptable that about 60 percent of Nigerians still do not have access to modern forms of energy. It is also worrisome that about 94 percent of the population with access depends hugely on fossil fuel generators, kerosene, wood fuel, etc.

In his words:

“We have all been concerned by the fact that the lack of energy in Nigeria is one of the greatest threats to the nation’s development.

The Government of Nigeria recognizes this and has put in significant effort and resources to improve energy access in the country.

Renewable Energy holds the key to changing this dependence. Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, the world is travelling in this direction.

The Government has demonstrated its commitments not to be left behind by ratifying the Agreement and submitting an ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions.”

ASTEVEN Renewable Energy Academy and Centre of Excellence relies on the syllabi, handbooks and competency standards developed by the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) for the clean energy sector in Nigeria.

Peachwater Consulting Wins 2018 Startup.Info ENGIE Start-up Of The Year Award

Peachwater Consulting Nigeria has won the 2018 Startup.Info ENGIE Start-up of the Year award. Peachwater ‘s power stove, a clean cookstove that generates electricity with less biomass fuel was the source of this award.

Peachwater Consulting was given the Engie Start-Up of the Year award after impressing judges at the awards ceremony in Casablanca. Peachwater was founded by Okey Ibekwe Esse.

Startup.Info was founded with an objective of promoting startups. Startup.info organized the second edition of the competition with a helping hand from major International Organizations partners like OCP, QWANT, PwC, ENGIE, Labs-NS-Avocats, Royal Air Maroc, Growth Experts, Halmarcon Group and more than 70 media ecosystem partners.

The winners of the competition receive prizes ranging from 10,000 Euros Visibility Pack to 10,000 Euros in cash. This is in addition to other prizes given by the Startup.Info and its partners.

Other winners include the 2018 startup of the year award,  HydroIQ – a Kenyan Virtual Water Network Operator. The QWANT public choice award was awarded to Ecodome – a Moroccan startup that deals with the production of eco-touristic domed housing from natural soils.

Grace Agricole de Cote D’Ivoire, a startup established to enhance production of rice in Ivory Coast won the OCP Agrithech Special Prize.

Semoa, a French company, was awarded an African Diaspora award presented by RAM for its sole role in recommending E-commerce in Africa. Other special awards were also given out; France’s Thea, which is an app that connects patients to doctors won the Holmarcon’s special award. Priyo, which is a South African Startup won PwC jury award for developing a portable and smart digital solar computer lab.

Project Alha, a Madagascan Startup, was awarded the Community Manager of the year prize.

IKEDC Receives ISO 9001 & OHSAS 18001 International Certification

Ikeja Electricity Distribution Plc (IKEDC), has been conferred with the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 International Certification, as a mark of its commitment to safety quality management of materials and resources.

Ikeja Electricity Distribution Plc (IKEDC) is Nigeria’s largest power distribution company.

According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IKEDC, Anthony Youdeowei, IKEDC becomes the first and only company in the power sector to receive this highly – prized OHSAS 18001 Certification; an attestation to our dedication and passion for sustainable safety cultured and excellence.

The CEO further stressed that with the ISO 9001 certification, the company is now the first Electricity Distribution Company to set up Business Improvement Models with customers focus in Nigeria, in line with international best practices.

Continuing, Mr. Youdeowei attributed the achievement of the companies in this respect to the new innovations.

On safety compliance permit, safety code (10 commandments) just like the life-saving rules, Reward System for Safety compliance, top Management commitment and involvement in safety activities, Training and the use of quality materials at all time in its daily operations especially the maintenance and replacement of obsolete electrical items in the system.

In his words, the new innovations put in place has enabled the company win various awards including best HSE Practicing Company, Power and Utility at 9jaSafe Hall of Fame Award – 2015; Best Health and Safety Initiatives in Nigeria at the Nigeria Risk Award – 2016; Merit Award for Outstanding Commitment to Health, Safety & Environment at 9ja Safe Hall of Fame Award – 2016, Health & Safety Recognition Award by the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE) – 2016.

CEO Anthony Youdeowei said as a responsible organization, the safety standard and training is not limited to IE staff but to customers and other stakeholders, especially the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria, who are certified to carry out installations of electrical items in various communities especially the wiring of buildings, to ensure compliance with safety and also to assist in reminding IE customers of some basic guidelines that will help save lives at all time.

He finally explained that the company has partnered with many reputable companies to ensure adequate training for most workers in the company in ensuring ISO safety standard as it will assist to prevent the accident during their daily operations.