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Nigeria varsity in line for top energy accolade

29 February 2016, 21:43

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 and 16.

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.

Also read: Germany endorses Nigeria energy programmes

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 energy source.

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


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