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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Alliance for Rural Electrification Features SEPS Project as "Best Practice" 2016

News from WISIONS posted on February 8th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects is featured in the publication "AAEP Energy Access – Best Practices 2016", along with 23 other project case studies and programmes on access to clean energy in Africa.Read moreMinimize

WISIONS SEPS project Introduction of innovative solar tunnels for food processing for 300 farmers in Mozambique, carried out by our project partners HUMANA, is portrayed in last year's publication implemented by the four members of the "Energy Access" work stream: The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the African Association for Rural Electrification (CLUB-ER), Practical Action and Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC).

The compilation is available for free download from ARE's website. It was also recently presented in a webinar by the Clean Energy Solutions Center, which is available online here.

Follow-Up: Solar Mobility in the Andean Highlands of Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on January 30th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in Argentina aimed to introduce and test electric bikes and electric motorcycles as mobility options for short and medium distances in the Puna region (Andean highlands, 3,700 metres above sea-level) and San Salvador, the capital of the province of Jujuy. During a recent follow-up phase, maintenance work and wider dissemination of the idea was undertaken.Read moreMinimize

During the follow-up phase of this SEPS project, which ranged from April to December 2016, Fundación EcoAndina could enlarge the Andean Solar Mobility concept and was able to promote their ideas to a larger public.

A total of twenty e-bikes are in use by farmers and other villagers since the main project phase (2014-2015). As a result of rough road conditions the bikes were in need of repair – the follow-up phase allowed for extensive technical maintenance carried out by trained technicians.

Additionally, the e-bike concept could be further promoted at different fairs and festivals and even the local government acquired e-bikes for their employees.

The initial project's success made for the installation of a small-scale e-bike production unit in Jujuy, which is offering the assembly of e-bikes on demand. But even with great interest shown among local people, the main obstacle for broader e-bike usage is still the elevated price tag.

Read more about the project on our SEPS project page: Solar Mobility in Andean highlands of Argentina

RedBioLAC: Call for Student Exchanges

News from WISIONS posted on January 23rd, 2017

RedBioLAC, the Latin American biogas network, is looking for exchange students in the field of anaerobic digestion. The support scheme aims to facilitate students’ activities, such as theses, investigations or internships at their places of study, assisting them in becoming ambassadors and advocates for subjects included in the network's strategic alignment and/or in solving problems presented in its first publication.Read moreMinimize

The initiative is the result of the network's main strategic axis: to share knowledge and bring together students to become the necessary generational succession for the development of the biogas sector in Latin America, as well as further promoting the RedBioLAC network.

A maximum grant of 1,250 USD is available per student and there will be two calls this year, with the first one closing on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

To apply, please download the application form and send it to redbiolac@gmail.com or send them an email if you have any questions or concerns. Please note that all documents are available in Spanish only!

RedBioLAC's first publication is available here: Opportunities for the Development of a Sustainable Small and Medium Scale Biodigester Sector in LAC (in Spanish).

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