The African Union Foundation has selected H-Power project of the ENACTUS Nigeria as one of Africa’s most innovative projects presented and showcased at the inaugural session of African Economic Platform organised by the Foundation.
The three-day event held in Port Louis, Mauritius, started last Monday. It was attended by heads of government and business leaders.
The African Economic Platform is a forum for engagement, which offers governments, business leaders and academics to discuss the future of the continent.
The H-Power project designed by ENACTUS team of Babcock University (BABCOCK) in Ilisan Remo, Ogun State, emerged as one of the top five most innovative projects designed by ENACTUS teams in Africa. It was selected out of a pool of innovative projects picked in nine African countries, including South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and Zimbabwe, among others.
The Babcock team represented Nigeria to make the presentation and showcase the H-Power project before participants at the African Union Foundation meeting.
The H-Power technology was designed to separate water molecules into its basic components of hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen molecules are collected and stored in a cylindrical container and used to power a generator that produces sufficient electricity to power a community motorised borehole. The innovation solved the challenge of water shortage faced by community residents whose pastime is cassava farming and processing.
In a statement, the ENACTUS Nigeria described the development as “good news” and “another milestone” in its drive to improve people’s livelihood through sustainable youth innovation.
Michael Ajayi, ENACTUS Country Director, said the non-profit organisation would continue to appreciate its partners whose support encouraged the youth to make difference in local communities.
He said: “Enactus Nigeria remains committed towards providing a platform that encourages innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership amongst the youth, while we also support national development through sustainable innovation.”
Source: The Nation