Saturday, 7 May 2016

Unilorin Partners U.S. Firm To Build N600bn Solar Power Plant

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has signed a memorandum of agreements with a United States of America based firm for the production and installation of 500 megawatts solar powered plant.
The solar powered plant to be located inside the campus is part of effort to curb the incessant power outages in some parts of the country especially Lagos and Kano states.
Addressing journalists after the signing of the agreements, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali, explained that the public private partnership with the firm will cost the company 600 billion naira.
The General Manager of Arrow Capital, Brian Travis, noted that the project when completed by October 2016 would serve both Lagos and Kano states as the megawatts would be sold to them in accordance with the permission of the federal government. - ChannelsTV

Friday, 1 April 2016

Microsoft's amazing new app helps the blind see.

At the 2016 Microsoft Build event, Microsoft announced a lot of  cool technologies, but one particular announcement, really stood out and inspired me.

Saqib Shaikh, a visually impaired Software Developer at Microsoft, developed an app that identifies objects in the user's environment and it describes it back into the user's ear. The app uses a smartphone camera or a camera equipped glasses to see it's environment.

boy doing a trick on a skateboard
"I think it's a man jumping through the air doing a trick on a skateboard," the app says.

two people sitting and looking foward
"I see two faces: 40-year-old man with a beard looking surprised; 20-year-old woman looking happy."

The "Seeing AI App", is still in development, but looks really promising. Can't wait to see the finished product and to see how it will positively improve people's lives.

Enjoy the video below.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

How I get 24-Hours of power in Nigeria without a gen or "NEPA"

First of all, this is not a marketing post. I am just excited to share my experience with anyone who is willing to benefit from the joys of uninterrupted clean energy.

Power outages in Nigeria have been the norm for several decades but Nigerians have never gotten used to it and I don't think we will. From ECN (Electricity Corporation of Nigeria) to NEPA (Nigerian Electric Power Authority) to PHCN (Power Holding Company of Nigeria) to the present day privatization, sadly, the power situation hasn't changed. We have given the government fifty-odd years to prove themselves and I think it's high-time we take matters into our own hands.

Fortunately, Nigeria is blessed with  a lot of sunlight all year round due to it's geographical location and since December 2015, when I decided to tap into mother natures blessings, I have had uninterrupted power supply.

In this blog post, I am going to show you how to run on 24-hour of power by leveraging solar panels and energy efficient appliances. I am a big advocate of renewable energy(as you'll see from my blog posts) and I just had to put my money where my mouth was... as they say.

Okay, let's get right into it.