Climate Change: Prof Aibinu Reveals Relationship Between AI and Clean Energy, Why Nigeria Should Embrace Both

Professor Abiodun Musa Aibinu, the Vice-Chancellor of Summit University Offa, Kwara State, and the Principal Investigator of the Artificial Intelligence for Clean Energy (AI4CE), says Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Clean Energy (CE) cooperatively create a more sustainable and efficient energy system.

TOP MEDIA reports that speaking as a guest on Wednesday at the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers (NIEE), Lagos State Chapter’s February Technical Session, Prof. Aibinu said AI and CE help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigates the impacts of climate change.  The don spoke on the topic: ‘Artificial Intelligence for Clean Energy’.

According to him, renewable energies will become much more efficient in the future with the application of AI.

At the informative event, Prof Aibinu majorly advocated for Renewable and Clean Energy courses from primary schools to the higher institution level.

“AI and CE are addressing energy crisis globally,” Prof. Aibinu said. “AI optimises the generation, distribution and consumption of clean energy, improves energy efficiency, and reduces waste.

“Presently, we have lots of rules guiding energy trading in Nigeria. But do you know that if you and I can generate energy for our own use, our reliance on the national grid will definitely reduce, and the little one that we have been able to generate will go round and get to other users. And by that, we are gradually moving ourselves from being an energy-bankrupt country to an energy-sufficient nation.”

The VC also stated that AI-powered sensors detect and prevent energy leaks in buildings, adding that AI’s tasks improve the performance and efficiency of wind turbines and solar panels.

Aibinu is a Professor of Mechatronics Engineering. He has participated in and won several academic and research awards at various international and national exhibitions. He has authored and co-authored several publications in both local and international journals and conferences. Some of his published works are highly cited in the academic field. His research interests include: Digital signal and Image processing, Information and Communication Technology, Robotics, Process Automation, Intelligent system development and Clean Energy generation.

Prof. Aibinu has been actively involved in teaching, supervision, mentoring and research activities at various universities in Nigeria and Malaysia.

What Govt Should Do To Ramp Up Renewable, Transition From Fossil Fuels – Majolagbe

Also speaking at the programme was the NIEE Lagos State Chairman, Engr. Yusuf Majolagbe who said government, along with the energy sector, “need to ramp up renewables and transition from fossil fuels”.

The Wastewater Management expert stressed the importance of AI in advancing the renewable energy industry.

Majolagbe said: “The Nigerian energy sector faces pressing challenges as regards the supply of stable power supply to Nigerians and as such, it needs to act with urgency.

“Policy commitments to a net-zero future, such as the Paris Agreement, mean the transformation to a low-carbon economy must come at pace, which in turn helps in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and other environmentally unfriendly energy sources.

 “In order to tackle these disruptions head-on, the government along with the energy sector needs to ramp up renewables and transition away from fossil fuels. While renewable energy is most likely going to flourish amid this backdrop, its intermittent nature means solutions will need to be found to keep grids stable.”

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