Dignitaries been taken through the College of Engineering exhibits
As part of the activities to mark the 70th Anniversary celebrations of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), a 4-day Science and Technology Exhibition was launched on Tuesday, 10th May 2022 at the Great Hall to showcase the innovative projects of the University.
The KNUST-Switch (K-Switch) device developed by Ing. John Kusi, an MPhil Power Systems Engineering student and a senior laboratory technician in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, won the most innovative project award at the exhibition.
According to Ing. Kusi, the K-Switch is an automated street and outdoor lights switching device which uses a unique SMS-timing based concept. He said the device was initially developed to automatically turn streetlights on and off at preset times and the SMS feature of the device enables the overriding of the switch’s on and off times. Hitherto, the streetlights were manually controlled which resulted in significant energy wastage. Several man-hours were wasted when the switch required someone having to put the streetlights on and off. K-Switch completely takes away the need for manual switching, he intimated.
He revealed that the K- Switch device has an added feature of regulating any electrical appliance (fridge, fan, rice cooker etc). He explained that when the electrical appliance is connected to the K switch device, one can use the underlisted SMS codes to regulate the appliance:
Prof. Emmanuel Frimpong, Head of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in an interview said the K - Switch device has been piloted on street lights on KNUST campus. He mentioned that, a grant from the KNUST research fund has been received to expand the project. Additional piloting will also be done in the Kumasi Metropolis and then scaled up nationally to help curb electrical energy wastage translating into money loss, he stated.
Ing. John Kusi, also won the best KNUST Innovative Student award with the K-Switch device at Otumfuo's Innovation Exhibition organised in April 2019 to mark the 20th Anniversary of the KNUST Chancellor’s ascension to the Asante throne.