The Federal Government has commissioned the first Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Nigeria.
The commissioning of the project which took place at the site of the station, Sokoto, was done by the Director General of the National Automative Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu.
Commenting on the development, the DG says:
“Today is the start of a new era for Nigeria. It marks a significant milestone in NADDC’s commitment to creating a world class automotive sector in the country. What has just been commissioned today is the nation’s first 100% Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station.
100% renewable energy, 100% clean energy to power 100% Electric Vehicles. Absolutely zero emissions, zero waste: from energy generation to energy utilization.This Charging station is an important component of our national Vehicle Electrification Program.”
He added that the council will be collaborating with 3 universities, Usmanu Danfodio, Sokoto, University of Lagos and University of Nigeria, Nsukka; experts from Hyundai and relavant stakeholders which shall make up the monitoring and evaluation team.
“Why is the NADDC collaborating with academia? This strategy is important because it is not just a charging station but a platform and a spring board for advanced research and development: to study, monitor and evaluate the entire system of the solar cells, storage units and electric vehicles in various climatic and usage conditions and hopefully develop even more effective solutions for Nigerian and African applications.”
According to him; the installed solar arrays (panels), have a capacity of 86.4 kilowatts per hour, they are coupled to three online-offline Hybrid Inverters, each one is 5KVA, they are synchronized to give a combined output of 15 KVA/48 WATTS. The systems’s energy storage is made up of 36 units of deep cycle gel batteries with an output of 48 volts/1980 amperes.