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FUD Wins N200m Research Grant On Alternative Energy



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The Italy-based World Academy of Science, TWAS, and the Kenya-based African Academy of Science have given the Federal University Dutse,FUD, over N200 million research grant to carry out research on hydrogen (solar fuel) through splitting of water as an alternative to fossil fuel (petroleum) in Nigeria.

The World Academy of Science gave the university $59,930 (N42,849,950 million) while the African Academy of Science gave the university €220,801(N157,872,715 million).
The lead researcher said the world is now moving towards hydrogen energy due to its high combustion, zero emissions and it has the highest energy content (~150 kJ/Kg) compared to others such as petroleum, diesel etc adding that it is the cheapest source of energy because it requires only water, solar light and suitable photocatalyst.

He said Nigeria would be the first country in Africa to explore hydrogen energy as alternative source of energy and FUD would be the pioneer Centre of Hydrogen Energy in Sub-saharan Africa and Africa at large
The total amount is N200,722,66 million
Mr Hafeez said G-7 countries were leading in hydrogen energy, especially USA, Japan, Germany, Canada, UK adding that USA, Japan and France, who have launched hydrogen trains and cars recently, with Germany and Canada generating their electricity via hydrogen energy.

According to him the TWAS research was for a two years period, while that of AAS was for a period of four years adding that part of the grant was to establish a research lab at FUD which they were working on.
Other members of the team are Dr. Jibrin Mohammad, Prof. Abdussalam Suleiman and Prof. Chifu Ndikilar.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof.Abdulkareem Mohammad congratulated Mr Hafeez and his team for their pioneering research on hydrogen energy in the country, adding that the FUD was proud of them.
The VC said the university was ready to support its staff at all time to engage in research that would benefit the host community and the country at large.

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