Unilorin , US firm mull renewable wind energy solution

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Experts in renewable wind energy solution from the USA have indicated their desire to partner the University of Ilorin to enable the institution migrate from diesel/petrol based generators, to Venturi wind based renewable energy solution, which will provide 24-hour clean and green renewable energy for the University.

            Venturi Renewable Energy Solution is an electrical power plant driven by wind that designs, develops, and manufactures green energy producing system.

In separate presentations held penultimate Wednesday (July 3, 2019) at the Unilorin Central Research Laboratory Conference Room, by Venturi Energy Ltd and Venturi Energy and Wind Sciences Ltd, both franchises of Venturi, a US-based company, the experts said the revolutionary technology produces clean electricity with a perfect sinewave which means the University would require less energy to power all the appliances in the institution with very low maintenance.

On the benefit of Venturi and a PPA agreement, their proposals say the University would be using less energy to power all the appliances in the university. Adding that, using less energy reduces the monthly expenses with over 40% or more savings.

The proposals say the clean green renewable energy would help to reduce pollution and eliminate the need for fossil fuels, the University would be protected against market variability, the University may also be able to sell power back to the grid.

Another major benefit to the University is that all operating costs, maintenance and servicing would be covered for the period of PPA.

Reacting to the presentations in a chat with Unilorin Bulletin, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof B. F. Sule, said that the technology is cool and it’s a green energy.

Prof Sule opined that there was a commitment by the management to look for alternative energy solution, saying that  the two teams came with a new concept of wind based renewable energy solution that could solve the immediate problem of the institution and which does not have so much hazard.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor  said it would be nice to see the University of Ilorin as the first institution to use green energy in generating and serving the university community among the universities in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Director of Unilorin Renewable Energy Centre (UREC), Prof J.O. Olaoye, said that his team would see how the University can also have control over the technical use of the system. He said that the agreement must ensure that researchers and students of the University of Ilorin must also be part of the building  process.

Prof. Olaoye pointed out that “the presentations from both parties was to help the University to eliminate dependence on diesel /fuel, and with time we could eventually connect with the national grid to the point where we can also have a way of selling out the energy generated for other users.

The Director further said, “We need to work with the details because we need some technical details that will work with the wind condition of our environment. We know the product is good but we must assess the wind condition of the university community before we could conclude on whether the proposals would be acceptable”.

“We hope we can work with the technical team of this provider of the energy and find a way of providing an energy that will be suitable for our own economy ecology”.

“Aside generating another source of energy for the university, we want to see how we can also have control over the technical use of the system. The agreement we must strike with this group is to ensure that our student must also be a part of the building up”.

“We are not interested in a company bringing up a product, assemble them and make us just consumers, but we want to be a part of providing the solution right from the scratch so our students and researchers within the system could also benefit”, he submitted.

Among those that were present at the event were Prof. C. O Akoshile, Prof. K. R. Ajao, Dr. M. Abdulraheem, Dr M. O. Sunmonu, Dr. B. Adams, Dr A. B Alabi, and Mr. M. A. Etudaiye.

The proposal of the Venturi Energy and Wind Sciences Ltd was presented by their Sales Representatives, Mr. S. K. Oluwatobi and Mr. A. Jiwa, while that of the Venturi Energy Limited team was presented by Mr. Olusola Oyinloye and Mr. I. B. Adewole.

culled from Unilorin Bulettin (July 15, 2019)


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