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‘SON plans to also expand its efforts through the procurement of equipment for testing the quality and efficiency of other renewable energy and energy-efficient appliances’
By Valentine Amanze
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has commissioned a Bioclimatic Testing Chamber for air conditioners in Lagos.
The measure is to ensure that air conditioners manufactured in the country or imported meet quality standards and efficiency to help consumers reduce and save energy costs.
The facility, which was commissioned on September 21, 2023 at the SON Laboratory Complex in Ogba, Lagos, is supported by the European Union (EU) and BMZ within the framework of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP).
The NESP is a technical assistance programmes, co-founded by the EU and the BMZ and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power (FMP).
Nigeria News Flight gathered that once the facility is fully operational there would be improvement in the quality and efficiency of both domestically manufactured and imported ACs in Nigeria.
The facility is said to have the potential to reduce electricity demand resulting from cooling in commercial residential and industrial buildings.
It is also equipped to test the seasonal energy ratio cooling capacity of up to 20kw, compressor quality and efficiency of other renewable energy, and other power, pressure, and temperature requirements.
The Director General of SON, Mallam Faouk Salim, confirmed the efficiency of the facility at the event.
Represented by the Director, Product Certification, Tersoo Orngudwem, the director general commended its partners for their effort in supporting the development of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector, assuring them that the agency would utilise it for the set goal which is compliance testing.
His words; “SON plans to also expand its efforts through the procurement of equipment for testing the quality and efficiency of other renewable energy and energy-efficient appliances.”
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Temitope Fashedemi, also commended SON for its giant stride and urged the organisation to intensify its monitoring and enforcement of the standards to prevent the influx of substandard cooling devices.
Also, the General Manager of Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA), Adebayo Solebo, urged SON to continue to ensure that standards are met in the interest of the consumers.
Commending SON for the facility, the Energy Programme Manager at the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Godfrey Ogbeudia said “This initiative is set to accelerate the improvements in the quality and efficiency of ACs in the Nigerian Market, ultimately encouraging private sector investment in the RE/EE sector as a whole”