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Don tasks government on alternative energy

President Goodluck Jonathan

THE Federal Government has been asked to harness the abundant solar resource in the country as an alternative energy for socio-economic development. Chairman, Council for Renewable Energy of Nigeria, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Titilayo Kuku, while speaking at the third Alternative Power Exhibition, organised by Folub Eletrik Servz, in collaboration with Lagos Television, explained that the most sustainable source of energy, which future generations would be able to rely on and also contribute significantly to reducing Nigeria’s energy problems is solar energy.

Kuku submitted, “by using solar energy as our future source of energy, we can certainly avoid both the two crises, as well as, meet Nigeria’s immediate energy needs. In this talk, I shall take up solar cells as one of the most attractive and important techniques of solar energy utilisation and more importantly a unique aspect of the renewables.”

Basing the application of solar into two categories, thermal and photovoltaic, Kuku explained that efficiency of thermal collection system is dependent on the design of the collector and also the environmental factors such as ambient temperature, mass flow rate and wind speed above the collector surface.

According to him, one way to encourage the adoption of renewable energies is to provide some incentives for their acquisition, as it is the case in many countries across the globe in Europe, America and Asia. The university don also suggested that the incentive could be in form of subsidy towards the acquisition of the systems and subsidy may be justified on several grounds.

Elucidating further, Kuku said, “a renewable energy source may be environmentally benign. It may be locally available making it possible to supply energy earlier than a centralised system. Grid connected renewables could improve the quality of supply and provide system benefits by generating energy at the ends of the grid where otherwise supply would have been lax.

From: The Guardian