Refuse-Derived-Fuel Gastification Plant for electricity generation to address electricity challenges in the institution and Nigeria at large.
Agba who stated this on Thursday while on inspection of the facility said that the government is very impressed with the development and would do everything to support the institution to develop the innovation even more.
He added that, with the government 's investment in renewable and alternative energy, it is great that Indigenous Engineers and Scientists were coming up with inventions and ideas to boost the efforts of government.
"I was not trying to impress the Vice Chancellor when I said that I'm impressed with what I've seen here. UNN has always set the pace and I'm very happy with this innovation.
When I was told of this, the team lead, Prof. Emineke Ejiogu said they wanted to come to my office in Abuja to present it on video but I said no, I want to come down here and see things for myself so that when I want to present it to the President during Federal Executive Council meeting, I will do it convincingly. I have come and I've seen for myself", the Minister said.
The Minister added that "We have concluded the first phase of the Energizing Education Programme. We're about to start the second phase. I'll do all my best to see that UNN is one of the very first universities that we'll start the next phase of installation of solar power plant in Federal Universities".
Speaking, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Charles Igwe commended the Minister for his commitment and willingness to support the University to develop the innovation.
The Vice Chancellor however appealed to the federal government to design a special electricity billing regime for universities and other tertiary institutions in the country.
"We want to appeal to the federal government to design a special billing system for us. In UNN, when we get funds from Abuja, what we get for overhead is N7 million but what we pay for electricity alone every month is N70 - N80 million", he said.
The Head of the research team, Prof. Emineke Ejiogu said that the plant was designed and facilitated by the University 's Laboratory of Industrial Electronics, Power Devices, and New Energy Systems (LIEPNES).
While saying that the plant is capable of reducing diesel consumption by 60 percent, he disclosed that the team with the support of the University, was already working on expanding the plant from 100KVA to 500KVA.
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