Abuja - The University of Nigeria’s Mimosa
Solar Cell innovation has been nominated for the annual Africa Energy Awards.
It joins an elite list of individuals and organisations
that have made their mark in the industry over the past year.
The initiative, which involves the generation of
renewable energy through the mimosa plant weed, is nominated alongside seven
other contenders from around the continent.
The accolade will be handed in Johannesburg, South Africa
during the Power and Electricity World Africa 2016, taking place on March 15
The Mimosa Solar Cell innovation is based on some
characteristics of the weed.
Known scientificall as mimosa pudica, the weed has
physical features characterised by the ability to close its leaves when touched
and the ability of the leaves open at sunrise and folds at sunset.
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The control by the sun and photovoltaic response by the
live mimosa plant stimulated the interest in the University of Nigeria to
embark on research.
Solar cells were constructed with the weed extracts. On
exposure to the sunlight commensurate energy was absorbed which was transformed
from chemical energy to electrical energy. The store energy was subsequently
applied to power appliances.
The innovation is assembled at a minimal cost when
compared to other forms of photovoltaic cell constructions.
The aim of the innovation is to provide alternative solar
The Africa Energy Innovation Award focuses on the many
areas that equates to such innovative solutions.
“We have received over 50 nominations from all areas in
the energy sector.
Our judges have spent time carefully selecting the
nominees who have exceeded our criteria,” said Samkeliso Mageza, a spokesperson
for the orgaisers, Terrapinn.
- CAJ News