Sub Sahara Africa facing unprecedented sustainable energy challenges and opportunities, the RSECE will work to provide leadership promoting the intelligent use of Africa’s natural assets for sustainable development. By strengthening the ability of Africans, in particular Sub Saharan, to integrate renewable energy responses into national development processes, this will ensure that natural resources are produced, processed and consumed in an environmentally sustainable way, thus paving the way to the Renewable Economy, in which environmental impact is decoupled from economic growth and social co-benefits are optimized. Minimal threats to human well-being from the environmental causes and consequences of existing and potential natural and man-made disasters, ensure that environmental governance and interactions at the Sub Sahara Africa are strengthened to address environmental priorities to ensure that Sub Saharan Africa use the ecosystem approach:
The holistic management of land, water and living resources to promote conservation and sustainable use to enhance human well-being for renewable energy production and consumption. The main purpose of this Regional Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence for Sub Saharan Africa is to make Africa self-sustaining, self-reliant, and independent by producing and harnessing available energy within our manpower through the training of our local engineers and scientists, which are in short supply, to be able to Manufacture, Design, Share Ideas, Programme, Project, Agree, Experiment, Be Practical, Affordable, Proven, Efficient, Generate, Diversify, Experience, Evaluate, Pilot, Specialize, Commercialize, Install, Assess, Monitor, Test, Simulate, Develop, Operate, Maintain, Become Responsible, Grow, Couple, Manage and Sustain those machineries so that we can consume what we produce and produce what we consume. The future generations should expect to have their energy needs be reliable and sustainable. This has us more concerned than ever before with figuring out how we can tap renewable energies to make a long-run contribution that is environmentally compatible and climate friendly for the development of Sub Saharan Africa.
RSECE is the implementation agent of the institute through collaboration with public and private sector organisations in the scale-up and replication of the training nationwide.
• RSECE is registered as Limited by Guarantee as an educational and entrepreneurship development centre with extensive experience in Renewable Energy and leadership development.
• The Centre of Excellence , is based in Abuja with partnership agreement with UMYU Katsina, Katsina State, a very peaceful & secure environment conducive for uninterrupted learning and human capital development activities offers renewable energy & entrepreneurship trainings, mentoring programs, short term vocational skills development programs, industrial attachment programs based on proven and established curriculum, certifications and practices.
• The Centre of Excellence targets budding entrepreneurs in renewable energy, unemployed youths, and vulnerable groups. At the RSECE, we strongly believe that renewable energy & entrepreneurship development must directly impact people in local economies for the sustainable economic development of Nigeria.
• As a Centre of Excellence for learning renewable energy, RSECE is poised to increase employability amongst the Nigerian workforce as well as achieve national rebirth and social change by investing in the entrepreneurial capacity of Nigeria's youth.
• Sustainable Energy
• Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
• Sustainable Development
– To establish Regional Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence for Sub Sahara Africa as an Energy Information Resource Centre.
– Pro-actively promote and support sustainable energy concepts and technologies, power sector reform and management techniques.
– To establish a Regional Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence for sub-Saharan Africa, which will train Africans on sustainable energy development and enable them to compete with their counterparts around the world.
– Disseminate concepts of the best practices in the priority sectors.
– To augment membership base & revenue.
– To review, research and advocate energy sector technology,policy & strategy in sustainable energy.
– To cooperate & collaborate with other organizations & institutions to further the Centre of Excellence mission.
– Provide local market information and analysis.
– To ensure higher visibility communication & outreach of the Centre of Excellence.
– Work together with the African industry representatives to identify and develop opportunities to deploy sustainable energy technologies and techniques.
– To ensure that African science and technology infrastructure is at the leading-edge and in a position to support economic development and job creation. The centre of excellence will document Africa’s ability to innovate and adopt new discoveries and technology.
– Communicate the benefits of sustainable energy technologies and power sector reform to policy decision-makers and other stakeholders in Africa.
– To benchmark Africa against other leading jurisdictions and manage Africa’s statistical measurement of science and technology activities. The centre of excellence will also work to identify opportunities in markets and technologies likely to emerge in renewable energy in the next 10 to 20 years and ways to capitalize on them.
– To increase levels of investment by engaging in research, development and training in sustainable energy, by encouraging partnership and collaboration through the centre of excellence and other entrepreneurs. This will enable the centre to be self-sustaining, self-reliant and independent (seems like they all mean the same thing...) by producing and harnessing available energy within our manpower.
– To train local engineers and scientists, which are in short supply, to be able to share ideas, design, manufacture, operate and manage machinery so that we can consume what we produce and produce what we consume
– To ensure that coming generations can also expect to have their energy needs met reliably and sustainably. This has us more concerned than ever before with figuring out how we can tap renewable energies to make a long-run contribution that is environmentally compatible and climate friendly for the development of Sub Saharan Africa. The Centre will put emphasis on Solar Energy, Geo-Thermal Energy, Wind Energy, Wave Energy, Hydro Energy, Lunar Energy, Marine Energy, Tidal Energy, Biomass and Chemical Energy.
– To be widely recognized as a key partner in fostering the networking that underpins the sustainable energy knowledge cluster. The cluster will be the backbone of a flourishing process of practical innovation and learning about sustainable tropical living. The Centre will be seen globally as the pre-eminent source of information, learning and expertise on sustainable energy integrating sustainability through concepts of Ecology, Community and Place.
– To be the catalyst for a step change in Sub-Saharan African Community’s innovation capacity and impact through the delivery of major new actions. The Institute's Mission is“…to identify, develop and become an objective energy and educational resource regarding the means for achieving a sustainable energy future for Sub Saharan Africa.”
– To engage with ECOWAS and the African Union for strategic skills initiatives and with businesses to create a welcoming regulatory environment for new technologies and industries which will position the centre of excellence as an international leader in scientific research, technology development and innovation, and as a preferred location for the development of new industries and investment in new technologies and business.
– To improve and increase the goal of green energy production of the Sub-Saharan African energy industry.
– Undertake market research for new project development.
– To contribute to the region’s economy by providing thousands of value-added jobs to make Africa’s economic recovery quicker. It will also make it easier to sustain an increasing demand for power to meet the requirements of its growing economies and population.
• The vision of the Regional Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence is to spearhead the mitigation of environmental damage and alleviation of poverty through the promotion of the use of environmentally benign energy sources such as Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass and other Renewable Energy Resources in Sub Sahara Africa.
• The vision of the Regional Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence for Sub-Saharan Africa is to expand the frontiers with applications of Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass and other Renewable Energy Resources in and out of Sub Sahara Africa in general.
• The mission of the Regional Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence is to expand the frontiers of knowledge in the harnessing and utilization of Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass, and other Renewable Energy Resources in Sub Saharan Africa.
• Expand energy production, environmental remediation, climate change and renewable energy science. New interdisciplinary research communities are emerging, as are knowledge bases and scientific and computational resources critical to advancing large-scale renewable energy, & genome-based biology.
• Equity: disaggregating results to prioritize the most poor and vulnerable children, youth and adults.
• Expanding access: giving all children the skills, competencies, knowledge and values necessary to lead healthy and productive lives through early childhood, basic and secondary education and beyond.
• Learning: ensuring success is not defined solely by enrollment rates but also by what a child learns.
• Enablers: enabling learning with safe and adequate environments and well-trained teachers. And also;
• To advocate for Government policies and regulations.(taxation, SPP, Standards, Feed in Tariffs)
• To support and encourage best practice, including development and enforcement of standards and codes of conduct. (Co operation with TBS, FCC and TRA.)
• To promote the local manufacture of Renewable Energy products and enterprise development in the Renewable Energy
• To facilitate market development of Renewable Energy technologies, applications and services.
• Research in RE Technologies.
1, Has the approval of the participating Universities Governing Board to foster a competitive energy market and ensure an effective regulatory system which protects energy consumers.
2, Will remove barriers to increased energy efficiency in industry, businesses, homes and transportation and develop a more sustainable energy system.
3, Will position Africans as the leading jurisdiction in the world for innovation where science and technology fuel economic growth and create long-term, high value jobs.
4, Development of Next-Generation Bio energy Crops
• A) Engineer “model” plants and potential energy crops to produce new forms of lignin and more starches and oils, which are more easily processed into fuels.
• B) Enhance lignin degradation in “model” plants by changing cross-links among lignin subunits; improve deconstruction and subsequent fermentation by altering linkages between lignin and other cell-wall components; translate genetic developments to switch grass
• C) Decrease or eliminate harsh chemical pretreatments by engineering plant cell walls in poplar and switch grass to be less recalcitrant; simultaneously increase total biomass produced per acre.
5, Discovery and Design of Enzymes and Microbes with Novel Biomass-Degrading Capabilities
• A) Identify combinations of enzymes and pretreatment needed to digest specific biomass types; express biomass-degrading enzymes in the stems and leaves of corn and other plants.
• B) Develop new ionic liquid pretreatments that can completely solubilize and fractionate biomass components; improve performance and stability of enzymes obtained from the rainforest floor and other environments; engineer, through directed evolution, highly efficient cellulase enzymes.
• C) Screen natural thermal springs to identify enzymes and microbes that effectively break down and convert biomass at high temperatures; understand and engineer cellulosomes (multifunctional enzyme complexes for degrading cellulose)
6, Development of Transformational Microbe-Mediated Strategies for Biofuel Production
• A) Start with an ethanol-producing microbe and add lignocellulose-degrading capabilities to substantially reduce costs.
• B) Connect diverse biological parts and pathways to create entirely new organisms that produce fuels other than ethanol; engineer organisms to produce and withstand high concentrations of biofuels; derive useful chemical products from lignin degradation.
• C) Start with a lignocellulose-degrading microbe and add ethanol-producing capabilities to substantially reduce costs; develop a knowledgebase and pathway analysis tools to aid this manipulation.
7, Photocatalysis: Efficient conversion of solar energy into hydrogen by splitting water is a major enabling milestone for a viable Hydrogen Economy because it represents a clean and abundant source of hydrogen.
8, Solar Cells: Ultimate sustainability implies that the energy of sunlight be used at its full potential, i.e. with maximum efficiency (at the thermodynamic limit). By;
• Improved utilization of the solar spectrum in layered multi-component PV systems, including organic and inorganic materials
• Enhanced conversion efficiency of silicon based solar cells by developing new silicon based materials and solar cell structures
• Enhanced conversion of photon energy into electrical energy (rather than heat) by generating multiple charges per photon or extraction of hot carriers
• Improved charge transport efficiencies in nanostructured solar cells
• Hot carrier solar cells to prevent conversion of solar light into heat Development of integrated devices
• Solar spectrum conversion for that part of the solar spectrum that is difficult to use directly via photo-luminescent layers
• Direct conversion of the infrared part of the solar spectrum for heating Technologies for Sustainable Energy
9, Energy storage: Efficient storage of energy represents another formidable R&D challenge, particularly in connection with the exploitation of solar radiation.
10, Hydrogen fuel cells: Solar hydrogen as well as hydrogen from more conventional sources can be research and used as a sustainable energy carrier in fuel cells. Transportation vehicles powered by fuel cells are emission free, noise-free and highly fuel efficient, solving many problems associated with today’s road transport. Due to electrochemical oxidation of fuels in a fuel cell, the process can be research to take place at maximum thermodynamic efficiency (avoiding the Carnot limitation of internal combustion engines).
11, Will identify opportunities to invest in science and technology and to use provincial investments to leverage financial support by the private sector and other parties to benefit the economy and people of Africa.
12, Will help African businesses, institutions and individuals to adopt new technologies and increase their ability to innovate; promoting economic development and job creation.
13, Investing in Sustainable Growth. This could include such topics as innovation and technology policy, enhancing the business environment (including for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as for local and foreign investment promotion), competition policy, private sector development strategies, access to finance, addressing urban congestion and energy intensity.
14, Enhancing Economic Governance. This could include areas such as transparency, anti-corruption and accountability policies, asset recovery, public financial management and oversight, public sector audit and evaluation, integrity, procurement reform, regulatory quality and administrative simplification, investor and consumer protection, access to economic data and information, management of environmental and social impacts, capacity building for local government and decentralization, support for the Open Government Partnership, creation of new and innovative government agencies related to new transitional reforms, reform of public service delivery in the social and infrastructure sectors, and sound banking systems.
15, Inclusive Development and Job Creation. This could include support of policies for integrating lagging regions, skills and labor market policies, increasing youth employability, enhancing female labor force participation, integrating people with disabilities, vocational training, pension reform, improving job conditions and regulations, financial inclusion, promoting equitable fiscal policies and social safety net reform.
16, Competitiveness and Integration. This could include such topics as logistics, behind-the-border regulatory convergence, trade strategy and negotiations, planning and facilitation of cross-border infrastructure, and promoting and facilitating infrastructure projects, particularly in the areas of urban infrastructure, transport, trade facilitation and private sector development.
• National Qualification Framework (NQF) Finalization
• Continuing Training -development of Concept of Adult Learning
• Development and piloting of the credit accumulation and transfer system for TVET
• Skills for sustainable development –green skills, green culture
• Quality assurance systems
• Work-based learning
• Better skills for TVET teachers and trainers
• TVET orientation and carrier guidance –to create a comprehensive system (in the lifelong learning format)
• Open Distance Learning, Open Education Resources
• Diplomas, Masters and Doctorate Degrees