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Solar & Wind

The solar and wind energy unit of the Centre is tasked with carrying out research, development and demonstration of pilot projects, highlighting the potentials and sustainability of solar and wind energy technologies.

The specific functions of the unit takes its root from the Centre's mandate  and are as follows:

  • Establish performance characteristics of solar/wind pilot projects.
  • To research indigenous materials for solar and wind energy technology applications. These options can be cost effective as well as provide improved technical performance.
  • Carry out research and development activities to improve on existing solar and wind energy technologies.

Our focus is on studying airfoil geometry as is suited to the wind conditions within the South-south region, which will eventually aid in the design and fabrication of indigenously produced wind turbine blades. This will serve as replacements for the NCEE solar/wind energy hybrid power generation system.

Exploit research options to overcome challenges encountered during previous projects aimed at producing solar cell(s)/modules indigenously, considering performance optimization and solar-electrical power conversion efficiency.

Research into power efficiency optimization, power loss reduction for the design of an indigenous eco-friendly power generator.

Some of the projects being embarked upon by the unit include:  

  • Design and  development of a 6KVA eco-friendly generator
  • An improved efficiency indigenous solar cell/module
  • Production of low wattage, energy efficient LED bulbs
  • Survey for a standard for tilt angles and orientations for solar installations within the south south of Nigeria
  • Suitability study for electricity generation using PV modules in rooftops of residential buildings in the University of Benin.
  • Re-installation of the solar/wind hybrid unit for generation of 1500watts electrical power, which also involves the fabrication of three (3) turbine blades

In accordance with its functions, the Solar and Wind Energy Unit engaged in Research and Development Activities and Projects which included:

  • Research ,development and fabrication of an indigenous solar cell/module.
  • Construction and development of a 750watts eco-friendly generator.
  • Assessment of the 2010 solar and wind projects of the energy commission of Nigeria.
  • Maintenance of the 2008/2009 solar and wind projects of the energy commission of Nigeria.
  • ECOWAS/CUBA/ECN energy efficiency exercise of the blocks of flat quarters, University of Benin.
  • ECOWAS/CUBA/ECN energy efficiency exercise of the administrative block complex, National Centre for Energy and Environment, University of Benin.
Indigenous production,fabrication and assembly of Solar Cells(Module).
  • Mr. Anthony Ndubuisi Itabor, B.Sc. Industrial Physics (Benin) , M.Sc. Geophysics (Benin) , M.Phil. Solar Energy (Benin)  
    Unit Head
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    Research Interests: solar thermal energy application and utilization geared toward rural settlements.

  • Mr. James Olumide Olatunji, H.N.D Mechanical Engineering (FEDPOILA). 
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    Research Interests: Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) development, application and utilization.

  • Mr. Blessing Erere Eguriase, B. Eng. Electrical Engineering (Benin)
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    Research Interests: PV/wind energy research and development, applications, re-designing, re-engineering and up scaling.

  • Mr. Lucky Eshiozeme Damisah, B. Sc. Industrial Physics (Benin)
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    Research Interests: metallurgy and material science, materials selection, research and development of solar and wind energy component materials.

  • Miss Tope O. Eyakwanor, B.Eng. Electrical/Electronic Engineering (AAU)
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    Research Interests: power and machines.