Centre for Energy Studies

About Us
The Centre for Energy Studies of the Federal University of Lafia was established by the Senate and Council in October 2022. The Centre officially took off on 1st November 2022, when Prof. E.H. Kwon-Ndung was appointed as the pioneer Director of the Centre. The Centre prides itself with a vision to be a world class, state-of-the-art and globally celebrated Centre for Energy Research for sustainable national economic development. The Centre envisages optimization of human, natural and capital resources in collaboration with relevant critical stakeholders to support the energy industry in actualizing national energy security.
Our Objectives
i. To carry out and facilitate research, design, development, testing, standardization and technology demonstration eventually leading to product commercialization of Energy Research and Development initiatives. ii. To commence and facilitate human resource development and training including graduate and post-doctoral research studies in any area of energy studies iii. To build facilities and provide infrastructure for operationalization of the Centre. iv. To promote sustainable energy development by finding ways to meet current energy demands without compromising the needs of future generations. v. To ensure a stable and secure energy supply via studies of the geopolitical, economic and technological factors that affect energy security, seeking to identify vulnerabilities and proposing strategies for enhancing it. vi. To promote research and development of innovative cutting-edge technologies and solutions for more efficient, cleaner, and renewable energy sources vii. To provide consultancy services and engage with the public to increase awareness and understanding of energy-related issues, with an emphasis on energy conservation, sustainable practices, and the potential impacts of energy choices on society and the environment viii. To evaluate existing energy policies and issues related to regulations, incentives and subsidies and propose improvements, and offer evidence-based recommendations to policymakers. ix. To determine the economic aspect of energy production, distribution, and consumption, the cost-effectiveness of different energy sources and the impact of energy prices on economies and market dynamics within the energy sector x. To explore the environmental impacts of various energy sources, advocate for reduced carbon emissions, and examine the potential for carbon capture and other mitigation strategies. xi. To collaborate with government agencies, industry stakeholders, non¬ governmental organizations and other related research institutions to leverage on collective knowledge and resources to address complex energy challenges. xii. To address global energy challenges by promoting international cooperation, and sharing knowledge and best practices with other countries and organizations. xiii. To foster Industry Engagement by collaborating with energy industry stakeholders to bridge the gap between research and practical applications, fostering innovation, and ensuring that research is aligned with industry needs. xiv. To promote and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, scientists, engineers, social scientists and policymakers to address complex energy challenges from multiple angles.
Vision & Mission
Vision Statement To be a world class, state-of-the-art and globally celebrated Centre for Energy Research and Development for Sustainable National Economic Development. Mission Statement To establish and provide a knowledge-based energy Centre that will optimize human, natural and capital resources to drive the energy industry in Nigeria for the socioeconomic transformation and attainment of energy security in the nation.
Philosophy
The Centre of Energy Studies (CES) will persevere to manage, administer, direct and control its affairs so as to create an environment and culture that is conducive to achievement of excellence in sustainable energy through research and innovations using global best practices.
Director's Profile
Prof. Kwon-Ndung is a Professor of Plant Genetics and Breeding and current Director of the Centre for Energy Studies. He is a past President of the Genetics Society of Nigeria and is involved in a network of research collaborations with colleagues in Nigeria and abroad. He is a versatile research and University administrator and has won national and international research grants. He is a resource person to several MDAs and private firms in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of Genetics Society of Nigeria, Fellow Emergency Crisis and Risk Management Institute, Fellow African Academics Network and a Fellow Third World Academy of Science (TWAS). His area of current research focus is breeding Jathropha and Sugarcane for biofuel and bioethanol production, breeding of underutilised and neglected crop species including Acha (Fonio), Finger Millet and other crops.
Programmes
1. Certificate Courses in: i. Biomass and Bioenergy ii. Clean Cooking Techniques iii. Techniques in Solar Battery Installation iv. Theoretical and Practical Approach to Photovotaic Technology v. Techniques in Inverter Installation vi. Energy Policy and Regulation vii. Energy Security viii. Minigrid and Distribution xiv. Energy Billing and Management 2. Postgraduate Diploma Courses in Sustainable and Renewable Energy 3. Professional Masters degree in Energy Studies 4. Professional Doctorate degree in Energy Studies
Strategic Directions and Centre Activities
i. Design, Develop and Implement the Blueprint forthe Centre ii. Provision of physical structures for academic and administrative activities of the Centre. iii. Recruitment/posting of qualified scientific, technical and administrative personnel forthe Centre iv. Provision of Official Vehicle for the Centre v. Provision of reliable sources of power and water supply to the Centre vi. Strategic engagement of stakeholders and strengthening of partnerships and linkages for resource mobilisation and development of the Centre vii. Design and execution of a Staff Development Scheme for the Centre viii. Demand-led Research and Training Priorities for the Centre such as Energy Sources, Energy Storage technologies, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technologies. ix. Develops sustainable opportunities for funding, linkages and collaborations x. Organise International and Local Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Webinars and Symposia on contemporary issues in Energy Studies xi. Development of tailor made professional short term courses and academic programmes for the Centre xii. Analyze energy policies and regulations to identify their impact on energy markets, environmental goals, energy security and overall policy changes that promote adoption of clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance energy access and affordability. xiii. Conduct research on energy markets, supply and demand dynamics, price forecasting, and energy trading strategies. xiv. Analyzing the socio-economic impacts of energy policies and market trends. xv. Assessing the environmental impact of energy production and consumption as well as evaluating sustainability aspects such as water usage, land useand ecosystem impacts of various energy technologies. xvi. Studying energy security risks, including geopolitical factors, supply chain vulnerabilities, and cyber threats as well as developing strategies to enhance energy resilience and reduce dependence on volatile energy sources. xvii. Offering educational and outreach programs, workshops, and seminars to disseminate knowledge about energy-related topics xviii. Engaging with the public, policymakers, and industry stakeholders to raise awareness about energy challenges and potential solutions. xix. Collaborating with industry, government agencies, research institutions, and international organizations in joint research projects and technology development initiativesto leverage expertise and resources. xx. Transferring research outcomes and innovative technologies to the private sector for commercialization as well as assisting in the development of startups and businesses focused on energy solutions. xxi. Implementing pilot projects to showcase the viability and benefits of emerging energy technologies and demonstrating integrated energy systems and smart grid solutions. xxii. Collecting and analyzing data related to energy production, consumption, and environmental impact. xxiii. Initiate and sustain effective collaboration with diverse stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the Centre and making a meaningful impact in the field of energy studies.
Stakeholders and Prospective Collaborators
I. Academic Departments in FULafia and other Institutions within and outside Nigeria ii. Nasarawa State Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Science and Technology and Solid Minerals. iii. Nasarawa State Electricity Power Agency (NaEPA) iv. Association of Independent Petroleum Marketers, Nasarawa State v. Federal Ministries of Environment, Power and Steel, Solid Minerals and Mining, Agriculture, Education, Science and Technology vi. National Agency for Science, Engineering and Infrastructure (NASENI) vii. Private Filling Stations and Energy Companies in Nigeria. viii. Funbol Energy Services Abuja ix. National and International Research Institutions and Universities x. Energy Commission of Nigeria xi. Centre for Energy Research in ABU, Nsukka, Uthman Danfodio University and BUK xii. Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DISCOS) xiii. Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) xiv. Rural Electrification Agency (REA) xv. Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) xvi. State Governments in the Niger Delta Region and other Oil Producing areas xvii. Private Energy Companies in Nigeria xviii. African Development Bank (AfDB) xix. Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) xx. European Energy Centre xxi. International Energy Agency (IAE) xxii. Centre for Energy Research University of East London xxiii. Nigerian Academy of Science xxiv. Chinese Academy of Science

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Prof Emmanuel H. Kwon-Ndung

Prof Emmanuel H. Kwon-Ndung

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