Expert Advices EIE Students on Economic Potentials of Renewable Energy
A Renewable Energy Technical Specialist, Engr. Samuel Ahanor, has advised Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) students of Covenant University, to maximise the value of their course of study by focusing on developing ideas in Renewable Energy that could earn them income.
Engr. Ahanor, a staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Abuja, who is also a part of the USAID-Nigeria Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (REEEP), was a Guest Speaker at a recent Town and Gown Seminar of the department, where he condemned the Third World practice of waiting for employment after graduation. He advised them to focus on entrepreneurship.
“There are myriads of money-making opportunities in the environment, if you care to note. Gas, for instance, is found freely in the atmosphere; it can be harnessed and sold for money. Renewable Energy is an area where any engineer can make money. Even as an undergraduate, you can start a business,” he stated.
He encouraged the students to work on registering a business name for a start even while in school; stating that no client would take a business serious without a registered name.
“There’s a farm in Spain that has 100 thousand pigs, and they built a massive digester, and use the pig dung to generate 1100 watts. You can even collaborate with others. There is a factory in Kogi where a man is producing bio-fuel. If you can’t produce, you can liaise with the producer, and become a dealer,” he urged the students.
While concluding his presentation, Engr. Ahanor, pointed out that the students could also make money from simple solar panel building which could be used to start phone charging kiosks or to power ice making freezers.
In his remarks at the event, the Head of Department, Dr. Francis Idachaba, lauded the pedigree of the Guest Speaker, in Renewable Energy innovation and practice. He encouraged the students to stick to the advice given to them in order to maximise the goals of the University Management for the Town and Gown initiative.
Also present at the event were some members of the College of Engineering and members of the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering.