Covenant University Signs MoU with Planet GbR
In a bid to ensure that Covenant University starts running on quality renewable energy, the Management of the University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Planungs gruppe Energie und Technik, of Oldenburg, Germany, also known as Planet Energie GbR.
Making an elaborate and precise presentation ahead of the signing ceremony, the Managing Director of the company, Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens said his organization has over the years developed competency in key areas, such as, efficient energy supply and use, renewable energies, and electric vehicles development amongst others.
Professor Steinberger-Wilckens stated that the project Planet GbR is entering into with Covenant University would enable the community enjoy less polluting energy resources, employ energy saving measures, and explore the most available resources for renewable energy, and where it is needed a mix of various options would be made to engender hybrid renewable power solution.
The Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Birmingham, United Kingdom said that he looked forward to having a fruitful relationship with Covenant University and hoped that the venture would be a profitable and rewarding one for both parties.
Speaking at the event, the Head, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, EIE, Dr. Samuel Ndueso John, acknowledged the significance of the occasion as it is with a view to looking at areas of renewable energy needs of Covenant University, the way forward for the University in consonance with viable collaborative partners, like Planet-Energie.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, appreciated the team from Planungs gruppe Energie und Technik, and members of the various departments of the University, for the roles played in getting the Managements of both parties to the point of entering into a partnership.
According to him, no research on energy would ever be enough; taking into account the state of the Nigeria power sector. He declared that the incessant industrial actions in the tertiary education sector has been all about improving infrastructure in the university system; and these state of the art equipment, if they are for research activities, would become useless without adequate energy.
“As soon as we got a proposal to the effect that there would be the establishment of a research laboratory on renewable energy, and Covenant University being a research based Institution, we delved into the process of running with it,” he mentioned.
Professor C.K Ayo noted that, though the University has recently signed up for an alternative source of energy, from the public power grid, to gas power. He expressed the need to look for a more efficient and economical means of meeting the energy needs of the University community.
“This is one area of research we are interested in, in view of the fact that we already signed to one, it would be our joy to see that we produce the energy need of the University within the University. We will play our part, and equally make available conducive environment for all the parties,” he added.
Some of the activities that would be executed on the platform of the MoU, would see the establishment of a centre aimed at prototype manufacturing on renewable energy products, a consultancy centre.
In addition, the partnership would engender collaborative research projects between both parties, develop suitable pathway for the concept of renewable energy research facilities in the University, and facilitate a linkage between Covenant University and University of Oldenburg amongst others.
Present at the MoU signing ceremony were the Registrar of Covenant University, Mr. Muyiwa Fadugba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Dr. Taiwo Abioye, Dean Student Affairs, Mr Azubuike Ezenwoke, Dean, College of Development Studies, Professor Ranti Olurinola, Acting Dean, College of Science and Technology, Dr. Samuel Oloyede.
Others at the event are representative of the Legal Department of the University, Mrs. Ayodele Osayande, scholars from the Departments of Electrical and Information Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and representative of the Corporate and Public Affairs Unit of the University.
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