A 32-year old Nigerian man has successfully built a mini-hydroelectric power plant in Cross River using locally-sourced materials and equipment. Reportedly, the miniature dam is now supplying electricity to the nearby local community known as Wula Community in Eastern Boki LGA of the Cross River State.
A graduate of Electronics and Computer Technology, Augustine Otuokwa Ogar constructed the 200 Mega-Watt hydroelectric power plant along a gentle-flowing stream, improvising to make the project feasible.
The said project is made realistic by converting the kinetic energy of the flowing stream water into electric energy. The relative run-off generated by pressure turns and revolves the turbine which generates the electricity.
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.
"When the turbine spins so does the electromagnetic field convert this mechanical energy into electric energy." "The flow rate of the stream water is low, because its not a dam or water fall, this is a small stream with low flowing water, yet I was able to convert it to bring Pressure and fall like a Dam", he said while showcasing his work.
Source: Calabar Reporters