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.