Kwara Poly Invents Bio-Gas to Power Generators
The Mechanical Engineering department in the Institute of Technology, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, has invented Bio – Gas from cow-dung and poultry droppings to power generator sets.
The Bio-Gas has been tested via cooking and powering of generators which was changed from gaseous to liquid form in order to compress it into the cylinder which will later be suitable for sale to consumers.
Speaking on the invention, the Director of the Institute, Engr. Atanda Tunji Lawal said that the project was inspired by the county’s economic recession, especially on the cost of petrol and epileptic power supply in the country.
Lawal also said that bio-gas is safer and more economical than petrol, stating that, “it is not injurious to the consumer like petrol because it has no carbondioxide while petrol is toxic to the human system.
“When Bio-Gas is used under same condition with petrol, Bio-Gas lasts six hours longer than petrol making the cost of maintenance very low”.
The Director further stated the life span of generator that uses Bio-Gas is longer than that of petrol engine.
He however called on Government to pay more attention to Polytechnics as they help in diversifying the nation’s economy, “funding the polytechnics is like developing the nation”.
He therefore called on State Government to assist the Polytechnic Authority in recruiting more hands as most experienced members of staff are being retired.