The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) on Tuesday set an outstanding record of electricity generation using organic waste to install 100KVA Refuse Drived Fuel (RDF) gasification plant for its Nsukka campus.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba expressed happiness over the outstanding project during its inauguration. He said the institution would no longer be a consumer to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).
“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 on electricity bills, as UNN will no longer pay electricity bill to EEDC,” the VC stated.
Prof. Ozumba commended Prof. Emenike Ejiogu-led research team that produced the RDF gas plant.
In his remark, Prof. Ejiogu from the Department of Electrical Engineering applauded the VC on his belief of making record-breaking innovations to transform the university.
“The 100KVA RDF project is designed and fabricated by laboratory of industrial power devices and energy system under the special grant by Ozumba. The aim is to enable UNN to generate its own electricity with organic waste that will serve as fuel,” Ejiogu stated.
He listed some of the organic waste that could be used as waste materials to power the plant to include; agricultural byproducts such as corn husks, wood chips among others.
Some UNN staff in separate interviews with newsmen described the innovation as one of the greatest legacies of Ozumba.