Nigerian organisations promote bioenergy solutions

Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) teamed up with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to present the winning work of The Nigeria Prize for Science 2019 to industry players to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and kick-start a “vibrant” bioenergy industry.

The winners, Professor Meihong Wang and Dr Mathew Aneke, presented their work on carbon capture, carbon utilisation, biomass gasification, and energy storage for power generation at the annual NLNG-LCCI Business Interactive Forum, which was held as a webinar on 27 August.

Professor Wang is a Professor of Energy Systems at the University of Sheffield, UK. Dr Aneke, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield with expertise in process design and modelling, power systems analysis, power generation, renewable energy and environmental protection.

The winning project provides solutions to the capture of carbon from the atmosphere and subsequent utilisation as well as providing alternative and safe energy for cooking and electricity, with the potential of reversing the trend of tree cutting for cooking and contributing to the reduction of droughts and desertification in the country.

The Nigeria Prize for Science is a $100,000 (€83,300) award sponsored by NLNG promoting innovations in science and technology to solve “age-old problems” and drive development in Nigeria.

NLNG’s general manager of external relations and sustainable development. Eyono Fatayi-Williams said the force behind the company’s drive was its vision of helping to build a better Nigeria. Fatayi-Williams also said the firm was keen to contribute to solutions that will “uplift” the country beyond its developmental challenge and bring value to ordinary Nigerians.

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