WISIONS Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Stronger Together: Why Networks of Energy Access Practitioners Matter – 18.01.18

Webinar 2: What if the grid arrives? - How off-grid renewable energy projects have adapted to grid arrival 19.04.18

Webinar 3: Beyond Cooking: Biodigesters For Family Farming In The Global South – 28.05.2018

On 28th May 2018, WISIONS hosted the third in a series of webinars 2018. It was entitled:

Beyond Cooking: Biodigesters For Family Farming In The Global South

Watch the recording here.

 

In this third edition of our webinar series, we discussed how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing.

Biodigesters are best known for cooking and several national programmes have successfully promoted it for this purpose. But biodigesters are more than that. They can help to improve the livelihoods of rural households in the Global South by treating organic waste, improving management of soil nutrients, providing clean energy and organic fertilizer, to name just a few of their advantages.

 Are the benefits of biogas and biodigesters being deployed by farmers? If so, where is this happening? Which gaps/missing links can hinder the uptake of this technology? Lastly, how can family farmers be better supported to take advantage of biogas and biodigesters?

Speakers
Alex Eaton, Founder of SistemaBio 
Lylian Rodriguez, RedBioCOL
Willington Ortiz, WISIONS / Wuppertal Institute
Kevin Kinusu, Kenya Biogas Program

Moderator
Molly Hurley Depret

Download all individual slides from the presentations here: WISIONS Webinar Beyond Cooking All Slides 
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On 19th April 2018, WISIONS hosted the second in a series of webinars 2018. It was entitled:

What if the grid arrives? How off-grid renewable energy projects have adapted to grid arrival

Watch the recording here.


Off-grid renewable energy projects sometimes remain off-grid in the long-term. But in some cases, the national electricity grids reach these areas, leaving communities, governments, and other stakeholders with major decisions to make.

How can small-scale renewable energy projects adapt and plan for national grid expansion? What will become of these stand-alone renewable energy systems or micro-grid solutions? Will they sustain and survive? Can and shall they become connected to the grid? What are preconditions and challenges? And how can communities with off-grid systems best plan and prepare for this possibility?

In this webinar, we have shed light on the experiences faced across the global south through case studies and heared first-hand what happens when the grid arrives.

Moderator: Molly Hurley Depret

Speakers:
Chris Greacen, Palang Thai (further links to his books, see below)
Rebecca Leaf, Association of Rural Development Workers
Junaed Tazdik, IDCOL Assistant Manager, SHS Program
Mafruda Rahman, Green Climate Fund (GCF) unit of IDCOL

All the individual slides of the recording above are also available here: WISIONS Webinar GridArrival All ppts190418light

Links to related literature:

http://tiny.cc/BottomUp
http://tiny.cc/gridarrival

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On 18th January 2018, WISIONS hosted the first in a series of several webinars. It was entitled

Stronger Together: Why Networks of Energy Access Practitioners Matter

Access to energy has the potential to change lives across the Global South, and it is enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 7. But often efforts are fragmented, and the same mistakes are repeated. That’s where networks of energy practitioners come in.

Energy practitioners are spearheading efforts to make sure that those most at risk of being ‘left behind’ are included. Their work in the field, academia, development institutions and in communities means that they have in-depth knowledge of the requirements, conditions, and challenges of ensuring sustainable energy access. Mobilizing their knowledge and expertise is essential to achieving SDG 7 and supporting many other SDGs for people and the planet.

Moderator: Molly Hurley Depret

Speakers:
Jem Porcaro, Senior Director for Energy Access, UN Foundation
Willington Ortiz Orozco, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Dipti Vaghela, Hydro Empowerment Network Coordinator and Fulbright Public Policy Fellow
Mariela Pino, RedBioLAC Coordinator
Harihara Mohapatra, COO, Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN)

All the individual slides of the recording above are also available here: ALL SLIDES Webinar1 WISIONS 18012018