Adedoyin Adebodun Adeleke, a PhD student from the Politecnico di Milano at the UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development, has been selected by Renewable Energy World magazine to be part of its 40 Under 40 Solar List 2018, out of a total of 250 candidates. The announcement was made at Intersolar North America, the most important solar energy event in the U.S.
The list recognises 40 young energy professionals, under 40 years of age, who are challenging traditional business models in the solar energy industry. A younger generation, more involved and aware of energy saving, collaborative, curious and passionate.
Adeleke is from Nigeria, where he graduated in Energy Sciences. Despite his young age, he has already received various recognitions and research grants, including one from the Italian government.
His studies on sustainable energy have focused on one fundamental question: why does Africa have such a low level of industrialisation and so much poverty when it is so rich in natural resources? One of the reasons he has identified is the low level of research and training in the energy field, which prevents efficient use of the resources available.
To draw attention to the issue and search for solutions, Adeleke has founded a non-governmental organisation, the International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) which aims to raise global support for projects on transitioning to clean energy and on climate resilience. As part of this network, he has also started a mentoring programme for research, between African students and researchers, industrialists and professionals to form think tanks across the world which encourage industry-focused research.
Source: Politecnico di Milano