Deputy Vice Chancellor of Coal City University, Enugu, Dr. Emeka Igwe, has said that the institution will soon commence research into clean coal in a bid to address the nation’s energy gap. The research, Igwe added, was not funded from any grant but solely financed by the barely two years old institution to make a statement in this direction and invariably help humanity, especially in tackling the nation’s energy need. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, recently reiterated the ministry’s commitment to diversifying energy sources to ensure steady growth of the economy.
Onu at a meeting with officials of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economists (NAEE) indicated that the ministry was driving a lot of research on the development of renewable energy like solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy and small hydropower.
According to him, “we want to see how coal can be more acceptable to the environment because of its low sulphur content; we are interested in carrying further researches so that ultimately we start using it.”