Nigeria’s abundant solar resource should be harnessed for economic and technological advancement of the nation, a Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Abia state, Prof. Daniel Asiegbu has said.

He said the power challenges of the country could be reduced if the much available solar resources are effectively converted to better the lots of Nigerians.

The University Don aptly said that unlike many other countries, Nigeria is blessed in so many things including solar energy that is very abundant to her use, borrowing from everyday hours of full sunlight across the country. Taping into the resources? Asiegbu opined “scientists should be encouraged to focus in the production of solar panels that can be used to absorb the sunlight in the day time and be converted to other power in the night”.

Government should encourage people who have laboured in time, money and research to develop research results to go a step further in mass production solar panels just like it is done in China,” he urged.

Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture is one of the few higher institutions in the country that have developed a solar powered overhead tank pumping system in a country where government has abandoned water supply to private individuals.

Often times, the power to pump water is not available so people resort to generate their own power by burning fuel. Sometimes this fuel is not available and prices are hiked like what we are experiencing today. Apart from that, when we burn fuel we pollute the atmosphere, this solar powered pumping system is a way to curb and even reduce the pollution people generate day by day,’’ Asiagbu said, explaining the health benefit of solar energy in an interview with NAN.

But aside the reduction of atmospheric pollution, the professor of Physics said solar system was a reliable source of power that could pump water silently without disturbing the neighbourhood in addition to constant power supply. Adding that if government could “encourage the production of these solar systems in commercial quantity, it would make the country economically buoyant.”

Maureen Nzeogu
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