2018 Nigeria Energy Forum Agenda

Technical Sessions & Innovation Exhibition

08:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 09:45

Welcome Remarks

09:00 – 11:15

Keynote Speeches (15 minutes each)

  • Development and Growth Priorities for Nigeria’s Power Sector– Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (to be confirmed, tbc)
  • Roadmap to Morocco’s Clean Energy Future M. Bakkoury, President, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN).
  • What Makes Nigeria’s Electricity Infrastructure Work? – Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works & Housing (tbc)
  • Practical Actions for Accelerating Access to Off-grid Power – Houssam Azem, CEO Lumos, Nigeria
  • Energy, Engineers, Society: Making the Customer King – Engr. FunsoAdebayo, NIEEE National Chairman & representative of Engr. Mokuolu, President, Nigerian Society of Engineers.
  • Roadmap to Universal Energy Access – Al-Herbish, Dir. Gen., OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), to be represented by Dr. Siala, Senior Advisor, OFID.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
Prof Adeola Adenikinju
Dr. Fuad Siala
NEF 2018
Engr. Funsho Adebayo
Houssam Azem

11:15 – 11:45

Q&A Chaired by Dr. D. Adeuyi, Cardiff Uni, UK

Daniel Adeuyi

11:45 – 12:15

Innovation Exhibition Opening / Break

Technical Presentations 1 (8 minutes each with PowerPoint)

12:15 – 13:30

Transforming Modern Energy Access

  • Sustainable Technologies for Powering Energy Networks– Mohammed Mijindadi, MD, GE Power Systems, Nigeria.
  • The Real Future of Solar Home Systems –Vera Nwaze, General Manager, West Africa, Azuri.
  • Transforming Off-grid Energy Transitions – Patrick Muriuki Business Development Dir. – Africa, Green Light Planet.
  • Innovation in Solar Grids – Ifeanyi Udoh, Regional Sales Manager, West Africa, Schneider Electric.
  • Success Story of the Off-grid Revolution – Sunny Akpoyibo, CEO, Asteven International Ltd.
  • Scaling-Up Sustainable Rural Electrification – Mrs Ogunbiyi, CEO, Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria, to be represented by Dr. Ohiare, Exec. Dir. Rural Electrification Fund.
Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo
Vera Nwanze
Ifeanyi Odoh
theNEF2017 Speaker
Mohammed Mijindadi
Patrick Muriuki
Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi

13:30 – 13:45

Q&A Chaired by Engr. Sunday Makinde, FNIEEE

Engr. Sunday Makinde

13:45 – 14:45

Lunch and Networking Break (Sponsor- tbc)

Technical Presentations 2 (8 minutes each with PowerPoint)

14:45 – 15:45

Improving Efficiency in Energy Grids

  • Development Priorities for Industrial Energy Efficiency – James New, Project Manager, UNIDO, Austria.
  • Powering the Digital Economy –Charles Iyo, West Africa Manager, Eaton.
  • Regulatory Priorities for Future Electricity Networks – T. Wudil, Principal Engineer, Nig. Elec. Regulatory Commission (tbc).
  • Off-grid Solar in Rural Communities –  Jim Howlett, Director, Pan Africa Solar, Nigeria.
  • Boosting Solar Innovation and Manufacturing Capabilities – Sulaimon Yusuf, CEO, Blue Camel Energy, Nigeria.
  • The Future of Integrated Energy Systems – Cardiff Uni., UK, (tbc).
  • Guidelines for Sustainability of Solar Mini-grids – Ifeanyi Orajaka, CEO, GVE, Nigeria (tbc).
Charles Iyo
Engr. Wudil
Sulaimon Yusuf
Ifeanyi Orajaka
Jim Howlett
James New

15:45 – 16:00

Q&A Chaired by Prof. A. Adenikinju, Director, CPEEL, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Prof Adeola Adenikinju

16:00 – 16:15

Networking Break

Technical Presentations 3 (8 minutes each with PowerPoint)

16:15 – 17:15

Financing Clean Energy & Green Growth

  • Economic Design of Microgrids  – Dr. Peter Lilenthal, CEO, HOMER Energy, USA.
  • Investment, Innovation, Collaboration: Accelerating Energy Access– Florence Okoli, Investments Manager, All-On Nigeria.
  • Innovative Funding Structures for New Energy– Rolake Akinkugbe, Head Energy & Natural Resources, FBNQuest Merchant Bank.
  • Development Priorities for Climate-Smart Investments– Seye Bassir, Investment Director, IFU, Denmark.
  • De-risking Renewable Energy Investments for Green Growth – Mr. Austin Egwuche, Proj. Manager, Solar Energy Prog., Bank of Industry.
  • Energy, Finance, Partnerships: Transforming Clean Business – Jubril Kareem, Energy Analyst, Ecobank, Nigeria.
  • Crowdfunding Renewable Energy & Efficiency Projects – Yinka Jones, Country Rep, Bettervest, GmbH, Germany
  • Transforming Grid-scale Solar Schemes – Phanes Group, UAE (tbc)
Dr. Peter Lilenthal
Seye Bassir
Florence Okoli
NEF 2018 speaker
Rolake Akinkugbe
Mr. Austin Egwuche
Jubril Kareem
Phanes Group
NEF 2018
Yinka Jones

17:15 – 17:30

Q&A Chaired by R. Casey, Director, USAID.

R. Casey

17:30 – 18:15

Off-grid Live-Demonstration & Impact Break.

18:15 – 19:00

Energy Innovation Competition Awards.

Hands-on Training & Exhibition

9:00 – 9:30

Keynote Presentations (15 minutes each)

  • Clean Energy Research Landscape – Prof. Adenikinju, Director, Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Flexible Energy Services from High Voltage Direct Current Transmission Systems– Dr. O.D. Adeuyi, Cardiff Uni., UK.
Daniel Adeuyi
Prof Adeola Adenikinju

9:30 – 9:45

Q&A Chaired by Dr. A. Babatunde, Uni. of Leeds, UK

Dr. A. Babatunde

9:45 – 10:15

Hands-on Training Tasters (5 minutes presentation to describe each hands-on training) By HOMER, UNIDO & FLEXIS.

A: Optimization Model for Multiple Energy Resources, by HOMER Energy, USA.

The HOMER (Hybrid Optimization Model for Multiple Energy Resources) Pro software simulates and optimizes the design of hybrid power systems. It analyzes a wide variety of possible system designs to find the least cost system that meets the site’s load requirements given its local resources and prices. The training workshop will begin with an introduction to HOMER covering the fundamental concepts of the HOMER software. Participants will leave with an understanding of the interface and modular design. They will also work simple modeling projects from beginning to end and interpret the results. Participants will learn how HOMER calculates the technical feasibility, economic value, and other metrics of different designs through its powerful sensitivity analyses and its ability to simulate and optimize thousands of system designs in minutes.

B: Energy Management Systems, by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Austria.

This ½ day Awareness workshop is an introduction to the topic of energy management systems and ISO 50001 for enterprises managers/engineers/consultants as well as to offer networking opportunities. The objective of this workshop is to raise awareness on energy efficiency and to encourage top managers to authorize their key staff to participate in the subsequent two-day Energy Management System User-Level training on energy management system implementation as well as to generate interest in the engineering consultancy sector.

C: Flexible Energy Systems, by FLEXIS Project, Cardiff University, UK.

This workshop aims to describe the progress of development of multi-energy systems in Wales and build international collaboration between researchers in Nigeria and UK. As this is hands-on training, the FLEXIS team from the UK would engage with other researchers and practitioners within the field of renewable energy and green environment, thus creating new opportunities with overseas institutions. Particular academic opportunities with Nigeria are through the funding opportunities of the £1.5B, 5-year RCUK Global Challenge Research Fund (http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/).

10:15 – 10:30

Innovation Exhibition and Poster Sessions.

10:30 – 12:30

Hands-On Training 1 (See Outline)

10:30-10:45 – “Multicriteria and Multistakeholder Decision Making in Geoenergy – An Integrated Approach” by Dr. M Irfan
10:45– 11:15 – Practical Session and Q&A
11:15– 11:30 – National Infrastructure Systems Modelling (NISMOD) by Dr. M Qadrdan
11:30 – 11:45 – Funding Opportunities for International Scholars – An Overview by Miss Karolina Rucinska
11:45 – 12:20 – Funding Applications for International Scholars Practical Session
12:20 – 12:30 – Hands –On Training Conclusion Remarks by Miss Karolina Rucinska

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch 2 and Networking Break 3

13:30 – 15:30

Hands-on Training 2

( Solar Installation and Maintenance Workshop by ASteven International)




  • Solar Resource, Estimating Solar Energy, Metrological Data.
  • PV System Components, Solar PV Module, PV System Configuration Practicals.
  • PV System & Cable Sizing, PV System Installation, Connecting System Components, Step by Step Installation.
  • Work Place Safety & First Aid, Risk and Dangers, Personal Safety, Roof Tops & Facades (Working at Heights), Lifting Skills, First Aid.
  • Maintenance & Troubleshooting


  • Ensure Students Comprehension of Subject or Concept Matter
  • Development of Competence and Capacity in Students and Ability to Demonstrate, Practice and Explain Correctly with Insight into Subject Matter.
  • Develop Capacity to Innovate or Improve on Knowledge Subject or Concept Base.
  • Develop Solar PV Systems Installation, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance Capacity.

15:30 – 16:00

Closing Plenary

Hands-on Training Outline (parallel sessions)

A.   HOMER (Hybrid Optimization Model for Multiple Energy Resources) Pro – by Homer Energy, USA (This software training optimises the technical feasibility, economic value & sustainability of different microgrid designs).

B.   Energy Management Systems– by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Austria. (This workshop transfers knowledge on practical actions and opportunities for improving industrial energy efficiency). 

C.   Transforming Modern Energy Access Transitions (TREAT) – by Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, ESMAP *(tbc).

D.   Flexible Integrated Energy Systems (FLEXIS)–  by Flexis Project, Cardiff University, UK *(tbc) (this workshop aims to describe progress on development of multi-energy systems in Wales).

NEF 2018
Homer Energy
Flexis Project