Four Nigerian universities will soon disconnect from the national grid with off-grid microgrids, as part of a national program to bring microgrids to dozens of universities.
A subsidiary of Greece’s Mytilineos, METKA Power West Africa is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for phase one of the four Energizing Education projects. The company was awarded a contract by Nigeria’s federal government in April 2018.
Consisting of solar power, battery storage and back-up diesel-power, the microgrids are designed to provide uninterrupted power that meets the universities’ electricity needs. The projects also entail construction of training centers to educate students at Nigerian universities about renewable and distributed energy.
Groundbreaking off-grid microgrids
Grid access is sorely lacking in Nigeria. Where and when it is accessible, it’s frequently of poor quality and reliability, as well as expensive. The off-grid microgrids will provide low-carbon energy more efficiently, reliably and at a lower cost than grid power, according to Mytilineos.
For Nigeria and West Africa, the microgrids are groundbreaking, said company spokesperson Antigoni Fakou.
“They will do a lot of good for a lot of people, benefiting Nigerian students and communities by improving educational facilities and opening up new opportunities,” Fakou said.
Taken together, the generation capacity of the four campus microgrids totals 7.5 MW. Two are already powering street lighting.
Complete commissioning of the Kano University of Science and Technology and Federal University of Petroleum Resources’ microgrids is expected by the end of July. The Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and Nnamdi Azikiwe University microgrids are slated for full commissioning in September.
Build, own, operate and transfer
METKA Power West Africa will build, own and operate the microgrids for one year, then transfer operations, maintenance and ownership to the Nigerian federal government.
Its parent, Mytilineos, has been active in West and Sub-Saharan African countries via its subsidiaries for many years. “So we have gained lots of experience in countries across the region, such as Ghana,” Fakou said in an interview.
Just recently, Mytilineos subsidiary METKA EGN signed an EPC contract with ENI Tunisia to develop a 5-MW hybrid power system at the ADAM oil concession in the Tataouine governate of Tunisia.
Source: Micro Grid Knowledge