UNILORIN gets 5KW mini hydropower station

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The National Centre for Hydropower Research and Development (NACHRED), University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has concluded plans to construct a mini hydropower station to generate 5KW of electricity for the school.

Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, made this known on Thursday at a workshop and exhibition organised by NACHRED.

The exhibition is on “Small Hydropower Development for off-Grid Electrification: An Indigenisation Approach”.

The vice-chancellor noted that the hydro power would be for demonstration and use by the university community.

Abdulkareem, who was represented by Prof. Sylvia Malomo, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said that the design and the bill of quantities of the mini hydro power station, which uses cross flow turbine was ready.

He said that approval for the commencement of its construction had been granted as part of the ongoing 2021 capital projects.

“NACHRED has made significant impact in the environment of hydropower operations of major dams, climate change on stream flow of Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro reservoir inflow.

“As well as sustainable sediment management of upper watershed of Jebba dam to improve power generation among others,” he said.

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