Centre for Renewable Energy Technology, CRET, of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA has introduced self discovered solar-powered generators named FUTA Solar Box I and FUTA Solar Box 2 respectively.
The CRET’s director, Professor Olurinde Lafe who was represented by the Associate Director, Professor Moses Awodun, while presenting the generators to FUTA’s management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, Director, CRET, disclosed that the idea behind the generator was to alleviate the energy challenge constantly experienced by Nigerians.
He explained that Box 1 has a capacity of 120w and comes at a cost of N65,000 with the solar panel and installation and is targeted at students and other low income earners, while the Box 2, which he said has a capacity of 200w, and costs N110,000 with panel and installation is targeted at staff and medium income earners.
The Project Officer, CRET, Mr Adekunle Adefela, while expatiating on the components and functionality of the generators said the solar boxes are cost-effective with no maintenance fee.
Remarking, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fuwape, while commissioning the generators, lauded the CRET team for its ingenuity, noting that opportunities abound at FUTA and that since renewable energy is a major way out of the challenging energy need, CRET which also operates from a Net Zero building that generates its own electricity, is on the right track.
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