CU Bags More Awards at the World Invention and Innovation Forum
Covenant University’s Department of Electrical & Information Engineering (EIE) won yet another set of awards for the innovation of Energy Retention Bags, Solar Powered Weather Station and Green Luminaire on the 24th of September, 2015, at the World Invention and Innovation Forum, Yancheng, China. The awards, which were presented to the University’s Management on October 2, 2015, were all in Gold categories, except for the silver medal award won by one of the students for inventing a ‘Step Manager.’
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo appreciated God for the occasion and the release of wisdom for such products. He said that only divine wisdom could have facilitated such innovations, especially the ‘Energy Retention Bag’ which was made from common materials that are easily accessible. He validated his statement with the scripture in Job 32:8, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”
The Vice-Chancellor went on to state that it was time for the University to move to product commercialisation. He commended the efforts of the Department of Electrical & Information Engineering for passionately driving the goals and vision of the University through various ideas and innovations.
While making his presentation, the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Samuel Wara, appreciated the support of the University Management towards sustainable research endeavours. Professor Wara explained that the awards given to the inventions of the University faculty were in three product areas.
Energy Retention Bags, invented by Professor Wara, were made of durable thick cotton-based cloth, fitted with zippers and specifically processed lagging materials that make the bags retain cold or hot temperature, respectively. The energy retention bags could cook food and could also be used for vaccine transportation.
“The second one which was invented by a faculty, Dr. Adoghe Anthony Uwakhone, “Professor Wara said, “is a Solar Powered Weather Station device for accurate observation of all weather elements. It is powered by solar energy; fitted with storage accumulator and its information accessibility is through short message service (SMS) on GSM platform.”
The third award is also an invention by a CU faculty, Dr. Hope Orovwode, for ‘Green Luminaire,’ a LED lightning system with lagging power factor ‘og 0.85’ that is energy efficient. The energy saver LED light fittings are powered from a 220v AC supply. The AC supply is stepped down and converted to a DC ‘transformerless’ source through rectification and then fed to strings of light emitting diodes (LED) connected in series and parallel.
Professor Wara further stated that the awards and accolades would not be possible without adequate backing, support and funding from the University. He, however, implored the University Management to work out a formal compensation policy for faculty who have made innovative discoveries, products and ideas.
In his remarks, the president, Nigerian Association of Inventors, Pastor Momodu Shaka, stated that the major funding for ideas and inventions should be directed towards commercialization. He encouraged the Covenant University Management to seek collaboration with Asian companies for the commercialisation of the University’s innovations.
Also at the event were the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; other members of the Sub-Cluster and members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.