Inventing a Mini Hydroelectric Power plant which is powered from a bucket of water, is no easy feat at all. Especially in a country were raw material, sponsorship, government support are all lacking. The mini power plant can produce 20 Watts of electricity at the moment, and can do even go higher.
Nigerian youth are not lazy as the president recently purports, in the country, it is not hard to fine talent in all works of live. The only things lacking are enabling environment and support from government or private agencies.
The talented engineer identified as Ogar Augustine Otuokwa, is just 33 years old, he is from Wula village in Eastern Boki local government area of Cross River state.
The inventor is a graduate of electronic and computer technology, from the university of Calabar, Cross River State. He has a great interest in solving the epileptic power supply in Nigeria by using the abundant water resources.
January this year (2018), I published a report about his 2000 kilowatt hydroelectricity power plant at Mgbaeshuo village of Wula Community, Eastern Boki, Boki LGA, Cross River State, the plant generated power for the site and the village.
Hydroelectric Plant was made with locally selected handpicked materials and equipments and intelligently put them together to form the whole plant.
He converts the kinetic energy of a flowing stream water into electric energy that is now used in homes and business areas of this village.
The Water rushes past the turbine, hitting its blades and causing it to spin and rotate, converting the water’s kinetic energy into mechanical energy, the water then finally flows out of the stream and continues its journey down stream. Click here to read about this projects.
In his latest innovation, Ogar Augustine Otuokwa is treating us to a machine, a 20 watts hydroelectric power plant that can generate its only electricity for its surroundings. It was gathered that the machine would be able to charge phones by generating electricity from a bucket of water.
While discussing his invention, the 32-year-old noted that the system generates electricity that powers the injector pump with some phones and it operates when the top tank is filled with a bucket of water.
He explained : “The device has two wooden tank (the up and down tank) for collection of water, a pen stock to control water out of the upper tank to the turbine, the turbine that convert the potential energy of water into mechanical energy that rotate the alternator through the pulley system, the alternator that generates power and lastly a riding machine injector pump motor which pump back water from the down tank to the upper tank and the process continues”.
How it works.
He explains further: “A bucket of water if emptied in the tank and water is allowed to flow and hit, turn the turbine which rotate the alternator, then electricity is generated which then energises a small pumping machine that pump back the water into the first tank then process continues. The system carries two tanks, up and down tank. I decided not to show everything here for technical reasons
It operates without a repulsive force or zero back electromotive force (emf). I invented it to be used for practical demonstration on hydroelectricity. It generates up to 20 watt during operation but I stepped down the power to power one blinking LED for demonstration and technical reasons.
The system generate up to 20 watt of power that Powers the injector pump and some phones and it operates when the top tank is filled with a bucket of water and it’s a continues system. Although, not every part of the system is shown here for technical reasons because it’s going to be a huge technology in the nearest future.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to any one that water contains both potential and kinetic energy and the law energy that it can be converted from one form to the other. On like mechanical generators, this device has two major sections also, the turbine that does the conversion of the potential energy of the River into motion serves as the mechanical part of the device while the alternator which convert this mechanical energy into electricity, is the electrical part of the device.”
Ogar Augustine is highly motivated, let’s fine out his motivation.
He said : “This is an era of renewable energy, can we join hands together to really developed this local innovation to solve the problem of power outage in Rural and Urban areas? And also to combat the challenges of global warming? What about training of youths on hydroelectricity by establishing renewable energy? Building training centers across the country and also creating job opportunities. God bless Nigeria”.
This great guy needs all assistant and support out there, we can all join hands and make this big.