NDPI has launched the first ever technology research and development center designed to support equitable economic growth across the region and promote energy efficiency. The Appropriate Technology Enabling Development (ATED) Center opened in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria on July 8, 2015.  It is located next door to the Economic Development Center of NDPI’s sister organization, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).
ATED CENTER Exterior FrontAppropriate Technology Enabled Development (ATED) Center building in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.
Ribbon cuttingNDPI Executive Director Dennis Flemming (second from right) and PIND Foundation staff and community leaders at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the ATED Center on July 8, 2015 in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.“We built the ATED Center on the premises of the Economic Development Center because of the linkages between appropriate technology’s commercial potential and the small and medium-scale business development work being done at the EDC,” said PIND Executive Director Sam Daibo.

The Center is the culmination of four years of research and development on alternative energy and technology solutions that are viable for local communities in the Niger Delta. Sustainability will be underscored by the ability to replicate featured technologies – such as providing training that will improve construction practices using energy efficient approaches and locally available materials – as well as the Center’s own energy efficiency. 

According NDPI Executive Director Dennis Flemming, “The ATED Center is a unique example of the kind of technologies that hold promise for improving lives and livelihoods in the Niger Delta. It not only demonstrates a broad range of appropriate technologies for sustainable development, but the building itself demonstrates the value of energy efficient design and the effective use of local materials.”

The walls of the ATED Center building are made of hydraform interlocking blocks created from the soil around the building. They are three times more efficient at keeping a building cool than traditional building materials. An exterior roof overhang protects the walls and building from rain and sun. The roof ventilation system helps to keep the building cool by continuously circulating fresh air into the attic while simultaneously pushing warm air out. Large double-glazed windows allow more natural light to illuminate the interior, lowering electricity usage while maintaining cooler temperatures.

ATED CENTER ROOF VENTILATIONThe ATED Center roof overhang and ventilation systems helps keep the building cool by circulating fresh air into the attic while pushing warm air out.  ATED CENTER ExteriorLarge double-glazed windows allow more natural light to illuminate the interior of the ATED Center, lowering electricity usage while maintaining cooler temperatures.

A bio-digester takes human and organic waste from the building and breaks it down to produce biogas that both powers the on-site cooking facility and produces soil fertilizer. In the future, the building will be powered by a mix of solar, wind and conventional electricity.
ATED CENTER BIO DIGESTERA bio-digester powers the ATED Center cooking facility and produces soil fertilizer.

As a learning and collaboration space, the Center also is piloting new technologies to address critical community-driven needs. Examples include improved palm oil processing technologies and biosand water filters that produce safe drinking water for Niger Delta households. 

“Not enough has been done to raise awareness on issues concerning energy sustainability, and especially not in the Niger Delta,” said Dr. Alfred Mulade, Special Adviser to the Executive Director of Niger Delta Development Corporation (NDDC). ATED CENTER OUTDOOR PATIO AND KITCHEN.Patio and kitchen powered by bio-digester. “Much more than just launching a new building, this launch is helping different stakeholders from public and private sectors, as well as civil society, get to know what we are all doing and where we are all needed. The likelihood of fruitful partnerships only improves from there.”