History was made in Nigeria on Tuesday when the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) successfully inaugurated a 100KVA electricity generating plant fabricated by the institution, using organic waste in order to power its campus.
Disclosing this, Prof Benjamin Ozumba, UNN Vice-Chancellor, expressed happiness over the project during its inauguration, saying the university would no longer be a customer to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).
He said the project was first of its kind in Nigeria and described it as another feather added to the cap of the institution.
He said- “I am happy that the university under my watch has witnessed innovations and transformation, as today another feather has been added to the cap of my administration.
“This is the first of its kind in the country, using of waste to generate electricity.
“By the time more of the plants are produced that will cover every part of the university, millions of naira will be saved every month, as UNN will longer pay monthly electricity bill to EEDC.”
He commended Prof Emenike Ejiogu-led research team that produced the RDF gas plant.
In his remark, Ejiogu from the Department of Electrical Engineering applauded Ozumba on his belief of making record-breaking innovations to transform UNN.
“The 100 KVA RDF project is designed and fabricated by laboratory of industrial power devices and energy system under special grant by Ozumba.
“The aim is to enable UNN to generate its own electricity with organic waste that will serve as fuel,” he said.
The Japan-trained engineer said his research team was set to produce 250KVA plants, which will supply the energy need of the entire university and its environ.
“UNN power demand now is 3mgwats, so with twelve 250KVA of RDF plants, we will meet electricity supply need of the university,” he said.