Postgraduate Forum

Facilitator: Irene Samy Fahim

The 2022 IEEE PES-IAS PowerAfrica Conference 2022 will organize a postgraduate (PG) Forum on ”Sustainable and Smart Energy Revolutions for Powering Africa”. The objective of the forum is to create a stimulating environment for graduate students to discuss their on-going research work with peers and experienced researchers from academia and industry. The target audiences of the forum are PhD students, recently graduated PhDs, supervisors, conference attendees, and master’s students planning to pursue PhD studies in the related area of the PG forum. The forum will be organized as a poster session.

Presentations

1. Scientific thinking skills in solving climate change problems

Presenter: Irene Samy Fahim 

Human-Centered Design is a mindset that overlays design thinking to ensure that the products are related and beneficial for users, it is a management framework that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perception in problem-solving. Before we start the 5-stage Design Thinking process we need to adopt a mindset which is optimistic that a novel solution could be created. In this session we will discuss the elements of design thinking, how humans changed over the path of their life, what is design thinking, uses, process phases, practicing

  • Objective 1: Describe yourself
  • Objective 2: Solve problems by involving the human perception
  • Objective 3:Improve thinking skills
  • Objective 4: Find viable business solutions

2. Climate Change Issues and How They Affect Africa

Presenter: John P. Nelson

Climate Change Issues continue to present challenges throughout the world.  Unfortunately, the greatest impact policies are being implemented outside of Africa and to African countries detriment.  This presentation will discuss the science behind climate change issues which is not truly being accurately portrayed in many cases.  The current impact of Africa on CO2 levels will be presented along with those elsewhere in the world.  Finally, what does the science show on past, present and future levels of CO2, sea levels and temperature increases, and how this will impact Africa?

3. Vehicle of the Future – Electric, Connected, Shared, Autonomous.

Presenter: Avoki Omekanda

The 26th United Nations Conference on climate change (COP26) held in 2021 adopted electric vehicles as center stage of means to mitigate the looming climate change. General Motors is taking part in the revolution of vehicle electrification, which proposes to replace the thermal combustion engines by electric machines in the transportation sector, to address the threat of carbon emissions on climate change.

4. Climate Change Interventions and Green Energy Analytics: A Nexus for Future Generation in Africa

Presenter: Kennedy Chinedu Okafor

Massive climate action demands active and sustained financial investments by critical stakeholders such as governments, institutions, and businesses. Sadly, climate inaction appears more expensive. A good perspective requires industrialized nations to comply with annual 100USD billion commitments to the global south to facilitate adaptation and quick transition towards greener economies. Since Climate Change deals with the long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns which may be natural or variational through the solar cycle, a new action point is to gradually build solar plants and renewable energy systems as a stopgap to climate change drivers such as burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas). An agile approach to profiling greenhouse gas emissions that causes climate change (carbon dioxide and methane) will be discussed while showing how to trap methane emissions from land clearing and landfills garbage systems. A new calibration focus for 1.5°C mean surface temperature will be addressed via the Smart green energy analytic solution. Relying on global frameworks and agreements to guide progress, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Paris Agreement, we focused on cutting emissions and adapting to climate impacts while recommending financing adjustments to critical stakeholders. By switching energy systems from fossil fuels to renewables (solar), we seek to reduce the emissions driving climate change. Use case scenarios with landfill waste management, Solar-powered blood banks, and several smart green renewable initiatives with cloud computing orchestration designs will be highlighted to validate a novel intervention for both the served and underserved local communities in Nigeria.