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FG Unveils $1m New Air Conditioner Testing Facility

A new bioclimatic chamber has just been unveiled by the Federal Government through the Standard Organizations of Nigeria. The new bioclimatic chamber is said to be for the testing of the energy efficiency of locally manufactured and imported air conditioners.

The procurement of the facility was supported by the Nigerian Energy Support Programme, the European Union and the German Government, and was commissioned yesterday in Lagos. The event had in attendance, stakeholders in both private and public sectors.

In his welcome remarks, the Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Farouk Salim, said in his welcome address that the facility will help SON measure the conformity level of air conditioners in the Nigerian market.

He said, “SON has no standards. Most of the time, people say SON standard. SON does not have one single standard. The standard we have belongs to the people of Nigeria. So, it is the Nigerian standard.”

The Head of Programme at the Nigerian Energy Support Programme, Duke Benjamin, described the journey to commissioning the equipment as long and arduous, but one that was worth the while; adding that the equipment will really help in the testing of energy efficiency of air conditioners available in the Nigerian market.

Benjamin said, “The AC testing chamber is equipped to test the energy efficiency ratio, cooling capacity of up to 20 kilowatts, compressor quality and efficiency, power, pressure and temperature requirements. Operationalising the equipment will accelerate improvements in the quality and efficiency of ACs in the Nigerian market.”

The Vice Consul at the German Consulate, Jochen Schindelarz, said the commissioning of the facility is an outstanding achievement, and that Germany has always been in support of Nigeria’s aspiration towards economic growth with focus on critical sectors.







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