WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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First SEPS Call 2018 Now Open For Applications

News from WISIONS posted on January 15th, 2018

The first SEPS call of 2018 is open and is aimed at the two focus regions of WISIONS – Latin America and the Caribbean and South/South East Asia. This time we are only looking for exchange activities! The deadline for the submission of applications is 26th February 2018, 4pm GMT.Read moreMinimize

What type of EXCHANGE ACTIVITIES are we looking for?

The proposed SEPS Exchange Activities should allow for interaction between practitioners with significant experience in the implementation of decentralised renewable energy solutions in the target region(s).

SEPS Knowledge Exchange activities should relate to one or more of the following focus areas: capacity-building South-South; mutual learning; practice-to-policy exchange; or advocacy and awareness-raising activities.

See details on criteria, SEPS exchange activities application procedure.

The deadline for submission of applications is 26th February 2018, 4pm GMT.

The SEPS Exchange Application Form and supporting documents must be submitted in English. Applications written in other languages will not be considered. 

To date, SEPS has supported 122 projects and exchanges across the world and these are all featured on our website, illustrating the lessons learned in the field.


Biogas Generation at Colombian Coffee Farms

News from WISIONS posted on February 14th, 2018

The UTA Foundation is currently leading an initiative to implement biogas technologies at small coffee farms in four districts of Colombia. The aim of this initiative is to improve the production processes at the plants, as well as enhancing economic, social and environmental aspects of the communities involved.Read moreMinimize

One of our recent SEPS projects under the framework of the Colombian Biomass Network – RedBioCOL – aims to make use of the organic waste generated by coffee cultivation and common practices in diversified production processes. Three technologies will be implemented to establish the energy sovereignty of the farmer organisations: gasification-fuelled cookstoves, tubular plug-flow biodigesters and gasification-fuelled coffee dryers.

Construction and implementation activities related to the technologies have recently been carried out at a number of coffee farms. Furthermore, training sessions were run at UTA’s headquarters, during which the input of coffee into a drying unit and the operation of a corresponding biomass gasifier were demonstrated for 6 consecutive hours. This practical display is important because most participating farmer organisations are familiarising themselves with biogas technology for the first time.

Other workshops aimed at disseminating the results of the project among various local and regional actors, as well as targeting university students who have expressed interest in becoming involved in monitoring activities.


Workshop: Knowledge Sharing Between Micro-Hydro Practitioners

News from WISIONS posted on January 31st, 2018

One of our most recent SEPS Exchange Activities (LINK) in Nepal aims to expand the knowledge base among technically sound but managerially and financially weak micro-hydro plants to ensure their sustainable commercial operation. Read moreMinimize

In Nepal, micro-hydro power generation is already widespread. Nevertheless, challenges such as poor management, weak technical skills and poor financial operation prevent community-owned micro-hydro plants (MHPs) from making a lasting impact on people’s livelihoods.

Our project partners at WINROCK have recently organised a knowledge-sharing workshop between the owners and operators of five malfunctioning and three successfully operating MHPs in Nepal.

Specific objectives of the workshop included:

  • To survey current managerial issues and challenges faced by MHPs and to establish informal relationships among MHP user committee members to assess contributing factors
  • To share findings of a baseline study with the participants
  • To share MHP success stories and best practices to resolve management issues
  • To carry out field visits at successfully operating MHPs
  • The development by each MHP of an action plan to improve their performance

The participants gained a lot of knowledge from each other and will apply this to their MHP operations in the coming months.

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Sharing Learning Across Projects: Operating Micro Hydro Plants (MHP) as Commercially Viable Enterprises


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