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Society Calls on Government To Actualise Energy Mix Transition-NMS

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

The Nigerian Metallurgical Society has called on the government to put in place all necessary policies and as well vigorously pursue implementation, to actualise the energy mix transition.

The Society opined that considering the enormous role of materials as an enabling resource to promote smart cities, it is believed that the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy will help in sustainable development.

The Society further called on the federal government to make the energy mix transition a reality by supporting research, development, and production of materials critical to the energy mix transition through a determined implementable, and sustainable policy and plan of action, stating that reliable and sustainable materials are fundamental to every country that needs to improve the social well-being of its citizens. Integrating all exploitable energy materials is a viable way of achieving stability in the energy supply for Nigeria.

President of the Society, Engr. Prof. Ohiyi Oloche FNMS, COREN Regd. Gave the call in a communique presented to EarthNews Nigeria, following the conclusion of the 37th conference and annual general meeting of the Society which was held from, October 26, – 29, 2022 in Abuja with the theme “Role of Materials Industry in Energy Mix Transition and Environmental Sustainability.

He stressed that all necessary government policies should be put in place and their implementation vigorously pursued to actualize the energy mix transition, while also calling for an enabling environment to attract massive investment and research into renewable and green energy sources to meet increasing population growth should be provided, he added

Oloche urged that “Nigeria should focus on the production of materials such as steel, aluminum, lithium, manganese, nickel, graphite, cobalt, and others critical to the energy mix for the production of battery storage systems for electric vehicles”.

He further added that Technology innovation at all points of the value chain should be promoted by stepping up R & D efforts and Energy sources from nuclear, hydropower, solar, wind, biofuels, and geothermal should be vigorously deployed into the energy mix and Adequate financial investment from both national and international investors is paramount for the transition to be achieved.

The Society in its observation noted that the role of the materials industry in energy mix transition and environmental sustainability cannot be overemphasized and stressed the need to strategize to meet the Paris Climate Agreement, noting that currently, the most utilized source of energy is a fossil fuel and that the energy mix in Nigeria is far from being a reality.

He added that the Energy mix has a very high potential and is reliable in lowering carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

The society is Nigerian premier metallurgical professional body founded in 1978, among other things to promote the science, engineering, and technology of ferrous and non-ferrous metals; and to offer professional advice to government, companies, and organizations in all matters about the profession.

The Society commending the intervention of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for its noble contribution to the energy mix of the nation, said the agency had a solar panel plant located at Karshi, Abuja which manufactures solar panel modules and can produce 7.5MW solar panels yearly.

The Society said NASENI has been able to manufacture Small Hydro Power (SHP) turbines (a renewable energy source) for rural electrification. It is also in the process of establishing manufacturing plants for producing transformers and solar cells. The agency is engaged in research works in the fields of conducting polymers (CPs) for the production of electronics, Photovoltaic (PV) cells, and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

The Society also commended the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for providing the resources and enabling environment for government agencies to achieve great strides in the much-sought energy mix transition.

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