Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), said plans to construct a mini hydropower station to generate 5KW of electricity for the university has been concluded by the National Centre for Hydropower Research and Development (NACHRED),
Abdulkareem made this known on Thursday at a workshop and exhibition organised by NACHRED.
The exhibition is on “Small Hydropower Development for off-Grid Electrification: An Indigenisation Approach”.
The vice-chancellor noted that the hydro power would be for demonstration and use by the university community.
Represented by Prof. Sylvia Malomo, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Abdulkareem said that the design and the bill of quantities of the mini hydro power station, which uses cross flow turbine was ready.
He confirmed that the approval for the commencement of its construction had been granted as part of the ongoing 2021 capital projects.
“NACHRED has made significant impact in the environment of hydropower operations of major dams, climate change on stream flow of Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro reservoir inflow.
“As well as sustainable sediment management of upper watershed of Jebba dam to improve power generation among others,” he said.
Abdulkareem said that the “achievements” of NACHRED in the field of Small Hydropower (SHP) research and development had been particularly remarkable.
“With a history of a little above 14 years, the centre is committed to identifying, assessing, and documenting selected streams, rivers and falls with potential studies to provide up to 10MW of electricity.
“I am also aware that the feasibility studies on small hydropower locations in Kwara, Kogi, Ondo and Nassarawa states have been completed,” he disclosed.
The vice-chancellor appealed to the Energy Commission of Nigeria to commit more fund towards the construction of the NACHRED’s office building complex in the university’s main campus.
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