Nigeria Energy Forum 2018
Posted: 03/Apr/2018

Nigeria Energy Forum Aims At Accelerating Access To Sustainable Energy For All- Folashade Jose

 “Accelerating Access to Sustainable Energy for all”: A Glimpse into the Patriotic Efforts of Young Researchers at Boosting Energy Sustainability in Nigeria and Africa

Being abridged of the presentation made by Ms Khadijah Folashade Jose at the Interactive Session organized by EngiCom under the programme “Mentored By Mentors” where she dwell extensively on the efforts of Nigerian Energy Forum at supporting Nigeria’s quest for Energy Sustainability. The Session was moderated by Engr Kamil Lawal of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. 

The Nigeria Energy Forum started in 2016 to begin discussions to address the Nigerian and African energy challenges. It is a capacity building, training and development programme for policy makers, business leaders, energy users, professional engineers, industry experts and academics in the energy sector of Nigeria and other African countries. Organized by a team of young research stars in Europe, in collaboration with the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), NIEEE is the largest professional engineering institution in Nigeria with over 14,000 members.

Our aims are to:

Address energy access challenges: The last NEF2017 highlighted opportunities to re-build trust in the power sector, address the gas-to-power challenge and develop off-grid solar systems, to rapidly increase rural electricity access at a reduced cost. Also, a roundtable on the Nigerian Electricity Supply and Installation Standards being developed by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission is to be hosted by the NIEEE.

Build technical capacity: such as through hands-on workshops such as PSCAD for power systems planning, community energy education, energy transformation challenge, micro, mini and mega solar grids demonstrations in NEF 2017.

Promote Energy Innovation: An Energy Innovation Exhibition and Africa Energy Innovation Competition which fostered business development, deconstructed barriers to market entry and demonstrated a range of innovative products and services offered by off- grid energy firms, utilities, regulators, research organizations, manufacturers and financial institutions.

The second edition of the Nigeria Energy Forum was held on 4 – 5 July 2017 at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Alausa Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria, with theme ‘Sustainable Energy for Economic Development’. The forum had representation of the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of Power – Mr.Babatunde Fashola both represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Power – Mr. Louis Edozien. Four additional keynote presentations were delivered by Prof. Eli Bala -Director General, Energy Commission of Nigeria; Engr. John Ayodele – Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company; Dr. Daniel Adeuyi – Research Associate, CardiffUniversity, UK and Mr. Amalnath Mani, Technical Engineer, Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, Canada.

In the forum, recommendations were made to improve the Nigerian energy supply industry such as:

Reviewing the electric power sector reform act
Implementation of the gas to power master plan for independent gas regulator
Government subsidies on tax and duty waivers should be implemented to overcome barriers to market entry and regulations to improve access to renewable technologies especially solar
Establishment of an Energy Innovation Fund etc. (more in the impact report attached).
Over the last two years, the forum has attracted:

Over 350 participants from the government, academia, policy makers, industry, financial institutions, public sector and the international development partners including the DFID and USAID;
10 training providers from Canada, USA, UK and Nigeria with 4 workshops each targeted at up to 30 participants on power systems simulation, community energy development, energy research opportunities and solar grids design;
13 Energy Innovation Exhibitors and over 50 technical presentations across 11 panel sessions;
13 early-stage energy ideas pitched using 2-minute videos, shortlisted out of 174 entries received from 14 different countries, with prizes presented to the top 3 winners on 4 July 2017;
16 essay and photo contest finalists, shortlisted out of 381 entries received from 20 different countries, with prizes presented to the winners on 12 April 2016.
* We have been involved with the youth interested in engineering who are now PhD students and energy entrepreneurs in Nigeria and abroad.

Our top energy ideas from last year’s competition. These winners have received networking opportunities with companies like All-On who are looking for ideas to break the energy market in Nigeria.

This year, the NEF2018 is to include high-level participation from the Government of Nigeria, OPEC Fund for International Development, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy and Lumos Global.

The NIEEE-NEF2018 is to hold on 17 – 18 April 2018 at the Landmark Center, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, with the theme ‘Accelerating Access to Sustainable Energy for All’.

The Forum aims to:
Address energy access challenges,
Build technical capacity, and
Promote energy innovation.
Address Energy Access Challenges

On 17 April, it is envisaged that over 200 participants at the Forum will engage with inspiring keynote presentations and exchange knowledge across 3 technical sessions with focus on:

Transforming Mini-grid & Off-grid Access;
Improving Efficiency in Electricity Infrastructure
Financing Clean Energy & Green Growth;
Confirmed technical speakers from key organizations including Azuri, Bank of Industry, Cardiff University, Eaton, Ecobank, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, GE, Greenlight Planet, Lumos, Morrocan Agency for Solar Energy, OPEC Fund for International Development, Pan Africa Solar, Rural Electrification Agency, Schneider, UNIDO and USAID. Also, a live off-grid Demonstration – by Green Light Planet is scheduled to facilitate consumer awareness.

Our competition this year has also received great ideas which we hope will be developed on in the next stage of the competition where we deduce the ideas’ sustainability, affordability and viability.

It has received 71 entries from 11 African countries and we hope it will inspire energy solutions, train energy innovators and support young energy entrepreneurs to develop commercially viable energy solutions using local resources.

Our planned technical capacity building trainings this year will focus on:

Management Systems – by United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Austria.
Flexible Energy Systems Seminar – FLEXIS Project, Cardiff University UK.
Economic Design of Micro grids – by Homer Energy, USA (subject to final confirmation).

– The Nigeria Energy Forum demonstrates how collaborative action, inclusive engagement and new approaches can contribute to addressing the energy challenges in Nigeria and Africa. 

– Join us at the 3rd NEF on 17-18 April 2018 in Victoria Lagos to attend inspiring technical sessions, build capacity at top-class hands-on workshops and promote innovation to accelerate sustainable energy development.

Thank you for your attention during this presentation.

Khadijat Folashade Jose is a research assistant and final year PhD researcher sponsored by the National Grid in Cardiff University. Khadijat is very passionate about the provision of sustainable energy to all in Nigeria. She received her BSc. degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering at the University of Agriculture Abeokuta in 2011 where she specialised in Electric Power, and also a Master’s degree with Distinction grade in Power Systems Engineering at the prestigious University College London (UCL) in 2014. Thereafter, she was awarded a highly competitive funding by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to research on mitigating the effects of low inertia on an HVDC-rich AC grid. Khadijat was involved in the planning and execution of the Lagos Solar Project, a project by the Lagos state electricity board in partnership with the UK Department for International Development. The project involved the installation of solar systems in over a hundred schools and 11 primary health care centres around Lagos. Khadijat’s main interests are in electrical power, HVDC transmission, frequency control and renewable energy systems, and she is a certified trainer in Photovoltaic off-grid systems.