Landmark University, in Omu-Aran, Kwara State said it has successfully converted waste materials from its environs to an alternative fuel product that is currently used to power a generating set in the school.
This was stated by the Dean College of Agricultureal Science of the University, Professor Gideon Agbaje, while receiving an award from The Center for Democratic Governance in Africa, CDGA, as the second best private university in Nigeria.
He explained that the new type of fuel developed by the institution, is the waste product generated from the agricultural produce and leftovers from the school cafeteria.
According to him, “ The chemical engineering department developed this new alternative type of fuel which is gotten from agricultural produce such as; corn cobs and waste food.
“After these development, the management had to approve a generator for a test run, which is still used to power the faculty building when doing practicals.”
Although, he noted that the experimental fuel, has not been tested on vehicles as its still in the refining state.He also explained that the institution is working towards becoming an independent alternative power generator. “We want to solely depend on our own power generation, and for that, we are working to develop the use of solar energy as an alternative power generation. In due course, the college of science and technology will be solar- powered as mechanism to achieving this is already in place,” he said.
He added that the solar energy will be used on farms for drying the farm produce. “This is because during the raining seasons we harvest very large tonnes of maize and they are difficult to dry, subject to molding, attacks by insect, and so the university has given a mandate to the engineering department to dry the raining season corn.
Also, solar energy is one alternative beside wind energy, which the university is developing aswell in its programme list, adding that the institution in ensuring this a reality has signed an Memoradum of Understanding, MoU with experts with universities in Canada for further assistance.
However, the Vice Chancellor, VC, Prof. Joseph Afolayan, maintained that the university is contributing immensely in been part of the solution to the country challenges.