ABU Partners with International Atomic Energy Agency for Internet Reactor Lab Project
The Ahmadu Bello University Center for Energy Research and Training, CERT, has signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, on participation in the Internet Reactor Laboratory, IRL project on the use of a research reactor for nuclear courses at the university.
The IAEA’s Internet Reactor Laboratory Project is a cost-effective way to train student groups in reactor physics and will help Nigeria develop the human resources needed for nuclear science and technology programs.
According to a statement from the university’s Public Affairs Department, the agreement was signed Monday during the 66th annual regular session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria.
ABU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Kabiru Bala signed the agreement on behalf of the Center and Nigeria, while Deputy Director General, Nuclear Energy, IAEA Mikhail Chudakov replaced the IAEA.
The statement noted that the project, facilitated by the Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), will enable research and teaching staff at the university as well as cooperating universities to build capacity in the field of physics. and nuclear reactor engineering.
“The IAEA’s Internet Reactor Laboratory (IRL) enables live immersion in reactor technology and operation in countries that otherwise do not have facilities installed, but have groups of students ready take courses in experimental reactor physics.
“It works by providing access to reactor experiments in a remote location via an internet link. Using hardware and software installed at a research reactor in the host state, signals are sent over the Internet to the guest institution, where a real-time display of the reactor’s control room is visible to students.
“Then, using videoconferencing equipment, students from the visiting institution can interact with operators in the reactor control room to conduct experiments.
“Under the agreement, ABU Energy Research and Training Center will participate as a guest institution in the project to develop and enhance nuclear education capacity in Nigeria and the African sub-region. .
“This is because the IAEA values CERT’s long and proven reputation in the field of theoretical and experimental physics.
“The IAEA shall provide the necessary equipment to CERT in accordance with the technical specifications of the equipment, as well as provide advice and assistance to CERT on the structure and programming of laboratory experiments, and on any other questions concerning the implementation implementation of the project, at the request of CERT,” the statement read.
“For its part, CERT must, among other things, install and maintain, at its own expense, the videoconferencing equipment provided by the IAEA, as well as any other equipment or software that may be necessary for the implementation of the project.
“The Center must also ensure that the CERT laboratory room has adequate internet connectivity to allow reception of internet data packets and video calls between the Center and the host reactor,” the statement added.
The Chief Executive of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, NNRA, Dr. Idris Yau; Chairman, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, NAEC, Prof. Yusuf Ahmed; the Nigerian Ambassador to Austria, Suleiman Umar; and the Director of Center for Energy Research and Training, CERT, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. SA Jonah, witnessed the signing of the agreement.