(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The first 100 percent solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Nigeria has been unveiled by the federal government.
The station is the outcome of a partnership between the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) and Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUS). It is Nigeria’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
The charging station contains arrays of installed solar panels with 86.4 kilowatts per hour capacity, which are then coupled to three online-offline hybrid inverters with 5-kilovolt ampere (KVA) each and synchronized to give an output of 15KVA/48watts.
The system’s energy storage is made up of 36 units of deep-cycle gel batteries with an output of 48 volts/1980 amperes.
The NADDC partners with academic institutions to create a platform for advanced research and development. It is currently collaborating with three universities: UDUS; the University of Lagos and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The collaboration will also involve the study, monitoring and evaluation of the entire system of solar cells, storage units and electric vehicles in various climatic and usage conditions in order to develop even more effective solutions for Nigerian and African applications.
In February, the first locally assembled electric car was displayed in Abuja.