NADDC partners 3 Nigerian varsities on Electric Vehicles – Jelani Aliyu
Mr Aliyu made the disclosure while speaking on ‘Future Outlook of Solar Energy in the Nigerian Transportation Sector’ during the SESN’s 38th National Solar Energy Forum, NASEF 2020, which took place at the Usman Danfodio University in Sokoto State.
According to him, the collaboration is to begin the Technology Transfer of Vehicle Electrification and further understand the challenges, opportunities and strategies for the production of electric vehicles in the country.
He said: “We shall deploy Electric Vehicles at these three institutions and collaborate with them in Monitoring and Evaluation so as to gather the necessary empirical data needed to develop an Electric Vehicle Policy.
“Usman DanFodio University has already allocated land for this project, and as soon as we finish the ongoing procurement process we shall commence construction and deploy the Electric Vehicles.
“We hope that this project will expose the fine students of this university to this exciting technology, enable them to get an excellent grasp of it, and empower them to develop it further for even more effective Nigerian applications,” he added.
Citing a recent study, the director-general said the average solar insolation in Nigeria is about 5.25kWh/m2.
This same energy, he said, could be as high as 7.0kWh/m2 in the country’s northern region such as Sokoto.
“Solar Energy is a very clean and renewable energy source, it is one which continuously advancing technology is making it easier to harness and be stored for powering a multitude of electrified transportation vehicles and solutions.
“Solar Energy and Transportation in Nigeria are a perfect match, it is a strategy that must be adopted and harnessed.
“It will create environmentally friendly solutions for moving people and goods across the nation, at the same time allowing us to maintain the purity of our environment.
“That is why our EV Pilot Program here at Usman DanFodio University will be Solar Powered. We hope that it will pioneer the study and research into Solar Powered Transportation Solutions for Applicability in Nigeria and Africa in general,” he said.
He said the project is committed to enabling a landscape where homes across the nation would have Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.
These stations, he said, would capture energy from the sun during the day and directly charge vehicles or store the energy in batteries for overnight charging.NADDC partners 3 Nigerian varsities on Electric Vehicles – Jelani Aliyu