In Nigeria, the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in collaboration with a Hungarian company, has concluded arrangements to generate power from farm residues and human waste.
According to the Nigerian newspaper “Daily Trust“, the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has in collaboration with a Hungarian company, concluded arrangements to generate power from farm residues and human waste.
During the recently held groundbreaking ceremony of the project at the institution’s main campus in Samaru, Professor Ibrahim Garba, Vice Chancellor of the University said that independent power generation became imperative for ABU because it could not sustain the NGN 86 million (≈ US$273 000) in monthly electricity bills.
With an annual enrolment of around 35 000 students, ABU is Nigeria’s largest university and one of the largest on the Continent. It covers a land area of about 7 000 hectares (ha) and encompasses two campuses along with the largest hospital in Nigeria.
– ABU seeks to address these issues by building a bio-ethanol and biogas plant. The university has found a partner and reached agreement with Agrar-Biothanol Company of Hungary to undertake this project. On completion, the plant will produce about 2.66 million litres of ethanol per annum, 1 333 tonnes of liquid organic fertiliser and generate 1.2 MW electricity, Professor Garba said.
Hungary’s ambassador in Nigeria, Professor Dr Ternák Gábor attended the event and said that Nigeria’s growing population made diversification to renewable energy production necessary.