Prof. Emenike Ejiogu, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), has stated that the faculty’s International Conference will reveal how cars n be operated using ethanol instead of petrol.
The Dean made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while speaking on the faculty’s forthcoming “3rd Sustainable Engineering and Industrial Technology Conference.”
He said the conference which is fixed for August 22 to 25 at UNN would allow the showcasing of engineering works that would address the problems of climate change, energy and petrol subsidy removal by students and staff of the university.
“There will be an exhibition of things produced by the faculty, especially on bio-fuel engines that use ethanol instead of petrol to power generating sets and cars among others.
“The petrol subsidy removal by the Federal Government recently resulted in an outrageous hike in petrol pump price, so using ethanol produced from cassava or yam would be an alternative to petrol in powering petrol engines.
“Many research groups in the faculty have focused their research on bio-fuel engines to reduce current sufferings of Nigerians as a result of the removal of petrol subsidy.
“Ethanol is cheap and affordable than petrol,” Ejiogu said.
The Dean added that notable outputs of technological research by students and staff would also be exhibited to attract local and international collaborations.
Ejiofor also said some industries would exhibit their new technological products to the university community, to facilitate town-and-gown collaboration.
He announced Hossein Rouhani, an Associate Professor of Neuromuscular Control and Biomechanics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada, as the keynote speaker of the conference.
An international scholar, Prof. Paul Eke, Executive Director, Peprime Limited and a member of Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom will also make presentations during the conference.
Prof. Sebastian Timmerberg, a Professor of Environmental Engineering and a Director at Steinbeis Institute for Materials Applications and 3D Printing Solutions, Karlsruhe, among others is expected to participate in the conference.