energy technologies

In West Africa, students at the University of Ilorin in North Nigeria have developed an anti-theft prototype that could assist utilities with electrical theft detection.

APA News reported that the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, at the University, has unveiled the anti-theft device that is capable of remotely monitoring and detecting customers stealing electricity.

According to the acting head of the department, Dr. Mudathir Akorede, the device could also disconnect power supply to those customers that are suspected for electricity theft.

“This will simultaneously send a message to the utility control room to alert the system operator with such customer’s details displayed on the control panel,” he said.

University of Ilorin anti-theft prototype

According to Akorede, the processes of filing the application for patenting the invention had commenced through the university’s Laboratory to Product Centre.

He said that the product was developed by himself and some students of the Department, APA News reported.

“I gave the project to my undergraduate students; they carried out the project to a level and I took it over and brought it to a level that was up to standard. The invention is now up to the standard that it can be patented,” he explained.

Akorede added: “I have brought this to the attention of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, although not officially, but if adopted, the device would enable distribution companies to cut their commercial losses substantially.”

High bills

In other news, Nigerian governors expressed their views with regards to ‘the unjustified high electricity bills imposed on consumers by distribution companies.’

The development followed a motion sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi West, who lamented that the inability to effectively meter consumers has left the customers at the mercy of Discos, through estimated billings, THIS DAY reported. Read more…