A team of Nigerian scientists has developed a generator, which does not use fuel and made with almost 100 per cent locally sourced material.
The device, known as “Fuel-less Electricity Generator,” was demonstrated at a one- day workshop in Osogbo on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop was organised by M-K Technology Nig. Ltd, Ibadan.
One of the organisers of the workshop, Akinyefa Ajibola, a computer scientist, said he and other scientists developed the machine.
He said there had been some efforts in the past to develop the machine but the team only had a breakthrough in December 2009.
According to him, it is a feat by the scientists aimed at tackling the problem of electricity supply in the country.
Ajibola called for a positive response from the government to enhance the mass production of the machine.
‘‘Unlike the existing electricity generating sets the device has no side effects. It does not fume and is noiseless.
‘‘It can also be used 24 hours non-stop, using dry cell batteries but it needs some rest once in a while to enhance its lifespan,’’ he said.
On the marketing, Ajibola said the company would need some capital to enable it to begin standard packaging of the product for public use.
‘‘We don’t sell the product now, we only train people to do it themselves but we may manufacture it for commercial purposes if the capital is there,’’ he said.
Two participants at the workshop, Messrs Babatope Lawal and Adeyemi Olu, lauded the initiative and advised the government to encourage the scientists.