Nigerians are innovative and are contributing to sustainable climate solutions. A Nigerian student studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has built a car operating on solar power.
Segun Oyeyiola’s car functions with both wind and solar energy. An application in the car informs the driver about the battery level, weather conditions and other essential parameters. A software he developed can be installed on laptops and smart phones to tell the user their battery level, the weather condition, the distance to be can covered during different weather conditions and GPS location of the car.
In an interview to allAfrica.com, he confessed his first motivation was to eradicate the causes of climate change which fuel combustion is a huge contributor.
“In the course of my research, I found out that our regular cars contribute immensely to climate change… If we could manufacture cars that do not use fuel or reduce the number of cars that use fuel; our world will be a better place for us to live in.”
He also spoke on his challenges;
“Asides the lack of electricity, getting the right materials and text books to study as well as other needed tools was difficult. But the most prominent of them was the lack of funds. I started using my personal funds which I obtained by helping people to do their projects and a little fund my parents also contributed towards the project.”
He explained that the resulting model is a prototype, but not the final look of the car. Segun hopes to develop his project into a future car for Nigeria and Africa, as it is created with regard to our climate.
“Everyone likes it and they are willing to start driving it around town because of its low cost of maintenance.”
Enthusiastic about his project, Segun says he is not sure whether he would like to sell the idea to some entity, he prefers to have the project funded and to continue work on upgrading the auto:
“I would rather they fund me to put together a team to help me perfect them and make them commercial.”
In conclusion the 30-year-old urged youths to look for solutions to the global problems and never stop learning something new.
“And it’s better to start anything we wanted to do now. Let’s do what will make us happy and that which will not affect our fellow being negatively.”
Kudos to Segun!