For their classic innovation, rare ingenuity, offbeat creativity and uncut courage, brilliant students of Community Secondary School, Aka Offot, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, have picked the gold prize of the Sixth Nigerian Secondary Schools Science Project Exhibition.
Sponsored by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture in collaboration with Intel Corporation, Initiative for Sustainable Education Development (ISED), Communication and Information Resource (CINFORES) and the Rivers State Government, the Niger Delta community school beat more than 13 other top winners from their zones across the country to clinch the grand prize and win a convincing lead to participate as Nigeria’s top flight contingent to the world acclaimed International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in San Jose, California, United States of America in May.
With their Supreme Indicator, the amazingly high quality scientific marvel, the youthful but wonderful community students scored an aggregate of 73.6 per cent to emerge the best in the ground breaking 2010 National Festival of School Science Project Exhibition, held at the auditorium of amphi-theatre of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Nkporlu, Port Harcourt, recently.
At the end of the two-day event held March 8 and 9, students of College of Education Demonstration Secondary School, Ekiti, Ekiti State, grabbed the silver medal and a chance to participate at the ISEF 2010 gathering of world amazing scientific whiz-kids in the USA.
The smart and bold students added an unusual cutting edge to their Making of Anti-Skin Infection Cream from Local Materials, and amassed a convincing 71.8 per cent to place second best.
However, a solo effort of a brilliant student of St. Joseph’s College, Ondo in the Design and Construction of a Cassava-Starch Processing Machine, won expert judges’ fascination to place third best with an aggregate score of 68.4 per cent.
The Tide gathered that all three exhibitors, adjudged best intriguing innovations by a panel of scientific scholars and field experts, including University of Benin-based professor of manufacturing engineering, and chairman, engineering fabrication and production committee, Akii Ibhadode, National Programme Coordinator, Curriculum Development, Federal Ministry of Education, Prof Michael Adikwu, Manager, Geo-Solution, SPDC, Nedo Osayande, A. Obaje and E.A. Ogujor, will enjoy full sponsorship by SPDC JV and Intel to the ISEF 2010 convergence of young talents, and rare thinkers, where they would compete to bring laurels and honour to Nigeria.
Similarly, two students of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology Demonstartion Secondary School, Nkporlu, Port Harcourt, have made the premier science and technology institution and Rivers State proud by emerging winners of the Sixth Nigerian Secondary School Science Quiz Competition, held in Port Harcourt.
The school scored a total of 42 points to beat a solo female student representative of Greater Tomorrow College, who garnered 37 points to emerge second best.
She mesmerized and puzzled the auditorium ahead of two student representatives of Government Science College, Ayede, Ekiti State, who scored a total of 36 points to place third in a keenly contested intellectual game that explored the principles and theories of the core science subjects of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, agricultural science, among others.
These three schools upstaged two students of the school, which led Nigerian delegation to the 2009 ISEF in the USA, won a grand award and also produced one of the Top 10 Most Amazing Children in the World, Homat Private Schools, in Lagos State, to the fourth position, with 34 points.
In their separate speeches, Social Performance Manager, SPDC, Mr Emeka Obi, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel West Africa, Mr Olubunmi Ekundare, Executive Director, ISED, Dr Jerry Orhue, Director, Higher Education, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Mrs M.O.Solomon, and Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, Mrs Victoria Tekena, lauded the students for their creativity, innovative thinking and brilliant performances, and tasked those billed to participate at the 2010 ISEF in the USA to improve on their inventions, exhibit courage and boldness in order to win more laurels and honours for Nigeria at the global stage.
Highlights of the fair and quiz contest were a written test, project exhibition, dance/musical performance, and presentation of awards, certificates, plaques, classmate computers to all winning students/teams and schools, books to schools and dictionaries to teachers of winning students.
Representatives of Rivers and Bayelsa State ministries of education, Vice Chancellor, RSUST, Prof Barineme Fakae, and Prof Akii Ibhadode, and all 13 schools which participated in the grand finale of the competition received a fully-loaded classmate computer each, just as the best three project exhibitors got a nod of full sponsorship to the 2010 ISEF in the USA, courtesy of SPDC JV and Intel Corporation.
Rivers Communities Lament Neglect By NNPC, Others
The indigenes of Umuapu, Ihie, Obitti, Awarra, Ochia, Assa and Obile communities of Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, have appealed to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, the govenrment and Oil Companies operating at their area to quickly reconstruct the Oil Access Road that links these communities and others.
They said the prompt reconstruction of the road would ease traffic tension, reduce road accident to the minimal, encourage commercial activities as well as strengthen social comfort and security at the region.
The appeal followed a peaceful protest staged by the women of the area on the Oil Access Road, recently.
The protesters, who wore black clothes, carried placards which had different inscriptions, chanted songs as they demonstrated.
Speaking through one of their leaders, Nwada Ruth Amadi, the women urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), the present administration of Sen. Hope Uzodimma, and other Oil Companies operating in their region to quickly reconstruct the link road in order to reduce suffering, agony, avert danger and spur the locals to enhance productivity and comfort.
Amadi expressed regret that the road has been in a deplorable condition over the years with NNPC, Government and Oil Companies such as Waltersmith Petroleum, Seplat Petroleum, Sterling Global Petroleum among others, doing nothing to reconstruct the link road.
According to them, lives have been lost, just as many sustained severe degrees of injuries due to the bad state of the said road, insisting that authorities concerned liaise with the people including leadership of the church and the civil society for a way forward.
Amadi said “we regret the negligence and maltreatment we get from NNPC/Government and Oil Companies milling oil in our land.
“Despite the huge revenue being generated and carted away by these oil companies whose vehicles cause huge damage on the road, those concerned keep dead mute towards the reconstruction of the road, leaving us and other ordinary road users to suffer adversely.
“Hence, we deemed it right to stage a peaceful protest on the spoilt road, to appeal to authorities concerned to immediately reconstruct the road to save us from suffering, pains and imminent danger. We expect these authorities to be proactive, not reactive.
“We cannot continue to fold our hands and suffer. The NNPC, government and the Oil Companies have never hugely done things that benefit the entire Ohaji enclave. Rather they allow some leaders of the area to mislead them”.
Hydrogen Set To Compete With Fossil Fuels
University of Houston energy researchers suggest hydrogen fuel can potentially be a cost-competitive and environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline and diesel, and that supplying hydrogen for transportation in the greater Houston area can be profitable today.
The research team is offering a white paper titled, “Competitive Pricing of Hydrogen as an Economic Alternative to Gasoline and Diesel for the Houston Transportation Sector”, where they examine the promise for the potential of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.
The white paper offers that traditional liquid transportation fuels like gasoline and diesel are preferred because of their higher energy density.
Unlike vehicles using gasoline, which releases carbon dioxide, and diesel, which contributes ground, level ozone, fuel cell electric vehicles refuel with hydrogen in five minutes and produce zero emissions.
The paper then pitches “According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Houston had approximately 5.5 million registered vehicles in the fiscal year 2022. Imagine if all these vehicles were using hydrogen for fuel”.
Houston, home to many hydrogen plants for industrial use, offers several advantages, according to the researchers.
The study explains, “It (Houston) has more than sufficient water and commercial filtering systems to support hydrogen generation. Add to that the existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure, which makes hydrogen production and supply more cost effective and makes Houston ideal for transitioning from traditional vehicles to hydrogen-powered ones”.
The study compares three hydrogen generation processes: steam methane reforming (SMR), SMR with carbon capture (SMRCC), and electrolysis using grid electricity and water.
“The researchers used the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s H2A tools to provide cost estimates for these pathways, and the Hydrogen Delivery Scenario Analysis Model (HDSAM) developed by Argonne National Laboratory to generate the delivery model and costs.
Additionally, it compares the cost of grid hydrogen with SMRCC hydrogen, showing that without tax credit incentive SMRCC hydrogen can be supplied at a lower cost of $6.10 per kg hydrogen at the pump, which makes it competitive.
Professor Christine Ehlig-Economides said, “This research underscores the transformative potential of hydrogen in the transportation sector. Our findings indicate that hydrogen can be a cost-competitive and environmentally responsible choice for consumers, businesses, and policymakers in the greater Houston area”.
Your humble writer is full of suspicion. As regular readers know, hydrogen is gaseous at any sensible consumer operating temperature and pressure. Its the smallest atom and slithers through most everything.
Its not something one would want stored in an attached garage. The fuel cell tech isn’t quite there yet. And the study relies on power numbers for steam that likely come from natural gas. Just where the electrical watts needed from the grid would come from is anybody’s guess.
For all the contestable points the work does suggest that hydrogen fuel cells have economic potential. Maybe someday there will be a few models of hydrogen fueled automobiles to choose from.
But right now, the market forcing of electric battery energized cars isn’t building any confidence. Add to that the government wants to force heat pumps and electric appliances as the only choices. This after wind and solar aren’t looking like economically healthy ideas after all.
The reality forecast suggests a disaster. Government plus rule and regulation force? What will a community tolerate when forced to choose between air conditioning and charging the car tonight?
Hydrogen might be the energy / fuel nirvana someday. But know one knows how that system is going to look today. All this political pressure is looking to blow the system up.
By: Brian Westenhaus
Westenhaus writes for oilprice.com.
Seplat Plc Plans $250m Investment In Sapele Gas Plant
The Director, New Energy, Seplat Plc, Effiong Okon, has unveiled the company’s plan to construct a new $250m gas plant in Sapele, Delta State.
Okon made the disclosure during the Nigeria Oil and Gas Outlook event with the theme “Investing in Nigeria’s Energy Future”, in Lagos.
Okon, who noted that the company was committed to its vision of contributing to the energy landscape, said investing in the Sapele gas plant would further prove Seplat’s commitment.
Speaking during a panel discussion on “Secured Energy Transition Towards Gas”, Effiong explained that with the investment, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) would be made more available in the market.
He said, “we are also starting a brand-new plant in Sapele, the Sapele gas plant, another $250 million investment that will deliver a lot of LPGs to the market”.
Giving insights into the company’s timeline, Effiong announced that Seplat’s Joint Venture gas processing facility in Imo State is set to be completed by December, with plans for commissioning in January 2024.
Okon, while addressing the broader investment climate, emphasized the pivotal role of the private sector in driving investments in the oil and gas sector.
He further stated that the government’s support through policies and ensuring a secure environment was crucial for fostering sustainable growth and development in the industry.
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