The Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi has won the undergraduate and postgraduate students’ category of the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student paper Competition. The presentation was held virtually on Friday, 27th August, 2021.
The paper competition organised by the IEE Power and Energy Society (PES) was on the topic; ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Africa-Technology, Applications, Benefits and Challenges.’
The authors of the paper; Mr. Mathew Nana Kyei Siaw; MPhil. Computer Engineering, Miss. Elizabeth Ayaw Oduro-Koranteng; BSc. Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Mr. Yaw Obeng Okofo Dartey; MPhil Computer Engineering and the Administration Manager, College of Engineering Innovation Centre were awarded $400. The organisers also awarded a cash prize of $500 to KNUST.
The competition saw entries from Ghana, Algeria, Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda.
The winning paper titled; ‘Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Food Waste Recycling System’, discusses the use of food waste to provide biogas for energy production and water for irrigation purposes. In the paper, it was highlighted that a mechanical press can be used to extract liquid from food waste. This liquid is then treated and used for watering crops. The remains from the mechanical press are placed in an anaerobic digester and undergo some reactions to obtain biogas which can be used to produce energy.
Dr. Griffith Selorm Klogo of the Computer Engineering Department received the award on behalf of the Faculty. He expressed gratitude to the reviewers and panel for providing such an opportunity for the students.
The lecturer appreciated the students for excelling in the international competition and hoped that more students would participate in future student paper competitions.
The IEEE Power Africa Conference is a forum that provides research scientists, engineers, and practitioners the opportunity to present and discuss latest research findings, ideas, and emerging technology in power systems integration, business models, technological advances, policies, and regulatory frameworks for the African continent.