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Decarbonizing Nigeria is feasible—Wärtsilä MD

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By Abraham Adekunle

Energy company provides report on building 100% renewable power system by 2060.

At a meeting last week in Abuja and Lagos for the 2023 Energy Transition Forum, Nigeria leading energy experts have outlined the country’s roadmap to decarbonisation and discussed what it will take to deliver universal access to clean energy for Nigerian households and businesses. Speaking in front of senior representatives of some of Nigeria most prominent private and public organisations, Wale Yusuf, Managing Director of Wärtsilä in Nigeria, explained how the most advanced studies had shown that decarbonising Nigeria was not only feasible, but that it could also be done in a way that lowered the cost of electricity going forward.

Yusuf said that many Nigerians still think that a renewable energy-based power system is expensive and unreliable, but it doesn’t have to be. On the contrary, he is confident that the country can reach universal and reliable access to low-cost clean power provided that the sight of the big picture strategy is not lost and the country endeavours to develop the power system in logical steps. According to him, all the technologies needed for a net-zero power system in Nigeria are already a reality. These include renewables, energy storage, balancing power plants, and sustainable fuels such as green hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol.

Nigeria needs smart planning and a transparent government to achieve this.

He said that these are the key ingredients needed to achieve Nigeria green electrification goals. When these technologies are combined in an adequate fashion, they deliver the lowest cost of electricity. He said that smart planning, strategy and transparent government regulations will do the rest. He added that wind and solar are by far the cheapest source of new electricity available, so their massive deployment is what will significantly bring the overall system costs down.

But as the share of renewables increases in power generation, the volatility of the system will surge, he explained. “That’s why grid flexibility is going to be the true cornerstone of Nigeria decarbonization efforts,”. In other words, as wind and solar grow to become the dominant source of energy, their intermittent nature will need to be compensated by flexible power capacities to ensure that the supply of electricity always matches demand. Flexibility in the grid comes from balancing power technologies, namely energy storage and engine power plants, which help avoid unnecessary stress on the power system.

Report details how to achieve full electrification by 2060.

To meet the explosive growth of Nigeria electricity demand, the managing director explained that the country’s power infrastructure must also be quickly expanded and modernized, both in terms of generation and transmission. “Bridging our infrastructure gap will require the union of different market forces: financing institutions both multilateral and local, government planning and private capital involvement,” he said. In 2022, Wärtsilä released a report which provides a detailed and realistic roadmap showing how Nigeria should proceed to build a 100 percent renewable energy power system by 2060.

In the report, the organisation posited that Nigeria has everything it needs to successfully accomplish its electrification goals. It is gifted with fantastic solar energy resources, but it also has significant and largely untapped gas resources. Gas is a key transitional energy source that is set to play an important role in the country’s electrification. This is why the gas infrastructure must also be rapidly ramped up. Cheap domestic gas is necessary to fuel the flexible engine power plants that the country needs to balance a renewable grid in the short and medium term.

Future fuels are becoming a reality in Africa.

Also, engine power plants offer the significant advantage of being able to run on different fuels, from natural gas and heavy fuel oil, to locally produced green hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol as they become competitive and broadly available. In this sense, they are the ultimate “future-proof” technology, meaning that they are an ideal foundation on which a fully carbon neutral power system can realistically be built. Future fuels are quickly becoming a reality in Africa. Examples are the very large-scale green hydrogen and ammonia plants, powered by renewable energy, which are already being developed in South Africa by industry consortiums.

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17 days ago

Decarbonizing Nigeria is feasible—Wärtsilä MD. – Energy company provides report on building 100% renewable power system by 2060. – Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
Adeoye Adegoke
16 days ago

The report from Wärtsilä on building a 100% renewable power system in Nigeria by 2060 is incredibly promising.
Decarbonizing Nigeria is not only feasible but also essential for a sustainable and environmentally friendly future. Transitioning to renewable energy sources is a crucial step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change.
Renewable energy technologies, such as solar and wind power, have become increasingly cost-effective and efficient. By embracing these clean energy options, Nigeria can significantly reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and make significant progress towards a greener and more sustainable energy sector.
This transition will not only have positive environmental impacts but also create new job opportunities, stimulate economic growth, and improve energy access for communities across the country.
It’s inspiring to see companies like Wärtsilä taking the lead in providing solutions and reports that outline the path to a renewable future. Let’s continue to support and invest in renewable energy initiatives to ensure a cleaner and brighter future for Nigeria and the world. 🌍🌱💡

16 days ago

Wärtsilä has released a paper on constructing a system that runs entirely on renewable energy by 2060, which is fantastic to hear. A sustainable future depends on decarbonizing our energy sources. A healthier environment and cleaner air would be encouraged in addition to lowering carbon emissions.

16 days ago

Decarbonizing Nigeria is doable, according to Wärtsilä MD. A paper by an energy corporation details the construction of a 100% renewable power infrastructure by 2060. It is possible to decarbonize Nigeria. We will be able to lower our carbon emissions into the ozone layer. Using renewable energy sources will put an end to this mess. Using of renewable energy is a good nice idea and innovation