Quintas plans biomass power plant, targets rural dwellers

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An indigenous renewable energy company, Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions Limited, based in Akure, Ondo State, is completing a biomass power plant in the state.

The Founder/ Chief Executive Officer of the company, Dr. Omotayo Dairo,  who spoke with our correspondent over the telephone on Wednesday, said the company had almost completed a 50 kilowatts prototype biomass power plant for on-grid or off-grid electricity supply.

“We have almost completed our 50kw prototype biomass power plant for on-grid or off-grid electricity supply,” he said.

The target, he pointed out, was to provide clean energy and off-grid electricity to the rural and semi-urban dwellers in Nigeria, explaining that it was in consonance with its vision of commercialising its research works in biomass energy generation and management.

Dairo, who is a renewable energy entrepreneur, disclosed further that the company was also working on five other models of power plants with power generation capacity of 100kw, 250kw, 500kw, 750kw and 1megawatts.

He explained that Quintas specialised in planning, design and generation of renewable energy from agro waste and forest residue, to supply Syngas clean energy to rural and semi-urban dwellers in the country.

He specifically explained that the power plants would generate electricity, using biomass in the form of wood chips, sawdust, palm kernel shell, rice husk and stem, millet, maize cub and stalk, charcoal or any biomass derivatives as fuel for the generation of power.

He said, “Sawdust, wood chippings, palm kernel shells are waste products in Nigeria that will be taken for next to nothing, but are great sources in thermal energy and electricity.  Palm Kernel shells, sawdust and wood chippings that are left to waste in the forest or burnt off daily in Nigeria in order to create space for saw millers and palm kernel producers have a capacity to generate over 750MW of electricity.”

According to him, untapped renewable energy opportunities abound in the country. He decried the under-exploitation of renewable energy derivable from solar, wind, biomass, and tidal wave sources, among others.

He said, “The untapped opportunities in the renewable energy in Nigeria could be likened to the hilarious attitude of that salesman selling shoes that visited an island of people that do not wear shoes. This very positive-minded salesman sent a message to his home country to send a ship load of shoes, as he has a limitless market for potential buyers.”

According to him, economically exploitable hydro energy potential in Africa is about twice the energy need of Africa as at today.

He reiterated that Africa enjoys abundant sunshine than most continents of the world.

“Efficiently harnessing 0.05 per cent of solar energy that falls on Nigeria geographical space would yield the energy equivalent of 4.66 million barrels of petroleum per day more than twice the petroleum resource earning potentials of Nigeria per day,” he said, quoting Prof. A. S. Sambo on Pg 13 of the ISESCO Science and Technology Vision – Volume 1 May 2005.

Dairo said Quintas biomass plant was made up of four components: water in tube boiler, single stage impulse condensing turbine, condenser, and appropriate induction alternator.

He said the company was, in 2009, endorsed by the climatology department of the World Bank as one of the 10 inventors causing reduction in global carbon emulsion in the world.

Information from Punch was used in this report.