INTERESTING: An OAU Undergraduate BuildsA Solar- powered CAR [PHOTO]

Nigerian students are really Improving, they
are only handicapped by the non-working
atmosphere and condition created for them.
Here is a solar-powered vehicle built by
Oyeyiola Segun, a Part 5 student of the
Electronic and Electrical Department of
Obafemi Awolowo University.
In an exclusive interview by OAU Peeps
Forum, he explained how the car came into
existence and the motivations behind it.
OAU Peeps: Can we meet you sir?
Segun: Okay, I am Oyeyiola Segun, a part 5
student of Elect-Elect., OAU
OAU Peeps: We learnt you built this lovely car. Was
it a joint
project or you did it yourself?
Segun: I did it only. This is not a day’s job, I
have been working on it for some months
now. OAU Peeps: So how does the car work?
Segun: Basically it depends on Wind and Solar
energy. All
the energy derived for these two sources were
converted to
run the simple car.
There are different means of obtaining energy from
these two
sources but I picked the one that is cool for my car.
OAU Peeps: From what you just said, you can
either use the
Wind or Solar Energy to power the car’s engine?
Segun: Not either energy, rather both
energies are used to power the car.
OAU Peeps: Cool… that differentiates your
production from the usual vehicles we see
around us I suppose?
Segun: Yes, you are very correct.
OAU Peeps: Could you share with us what
actually provoked your innovation? I mean
what you thought before coming up with this
lovely engine?
Segun: Basically, it is because of the climate
change we
experience due to the combustion of fuel and you
know cars
also contribute to that change. So I thought of
running a car
that will not use fuel for its locomotion. After series
thinking and research work, I came up with the
method that gave birth to this. So that is the basic
reason for
the car. Another concern of mine is to produce a
car that will
function effectively at a reduced cost of
maintenance. I believe you know the price of fuel in
country is almost going beyond the reach of a
common man?
OAU Peeps: Yes, you are right. Is there any
other peculiarity of the car that you will like to
share apart
from the once you have
Segun: Of course yes. Another thing that
distinguishes my car from the common ones
you see around is that you can know the state of
the car
through your mobile phones. I wrote a software
that you can
install which will give you the basic information
about the
car while in your room.
OAU Peeps: What do you mean by the State of the
Segun: I mean the functionality of the car, like the
level, the weather conditions, the distance you can
during different weather conditions. In case you
have a bad
weather. The car also has a GPS in it that helps to
know the
location of the car. These and many other features
in it.
OAU Peeps: Wow! this is very lovely. Do you
have plans replicating this nice work in the
future? Segun: The work has come to stay, but I
need to keep
improving it for now.
OAU Peeps: It took you how many years to put this
Segun: That your question can be phased into two
do you mean mentally or physically?
OAU Peeps: Lol… you are right. Let us talk
about the Physical aspect of it now.
Segun: Okay. We all know how our country is, I
mean to get
money is not easy but I pray that God will make it
easy for
everyone of us. The truth is, I cannot really say how
because I started using my personal little money to
get the
materials together. Let me just say about twelve
(12) months.
OAU Peeps: Did you encounter any major
challenge during this project?
Segun: Yes, Money. Even at the moment, I still
need funds to
get some others materials which are in my original
design which I have not implemented on the car.
OAU Peeps: What will be the summarized cost of
this car
when fully ready?
Segun: There are lots of things that will lead
to summary cost of production, so for now I
cannot specifically state the cost but with all the
that I will be needing since I am not producing in
quantities, its close to a million naira. Now
quantifying my
effect and others on foreseen cases.
OAU Peeps: Finally, your message to fellow
Nigerian students?
Segun: My message to my fellow students is
that Rome was not built in a day. It is better to
start anything
you want to do now and don’t never, I repeat, never
someone to believe in your dreams because they
may not
understand it as you do. Endeavor to follow your
heart and do
what will make you happy and that which will not
affect your
fellow being negatively. May God help and bless us
OAU Peeps: Amen. Thank you so much
Engineer, we are indeed proud of you.
Segun: You are welcome and May God help
OAU Peeps Forum too.
Great Job Oyeyiola Segun!!!

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