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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A Biogas E-Learning Platform For Latin America And The Caribbean

News from WISIONS posted on June 27th, 2018

One of our most recent SEPS exchange activities aims to expand "Biogas for Energy" – an already available e-learning platform – in order to reach a broader audience of students, technicians, officials and other practitioners from Latin America and the Caribbean.Read moreMinimize

Activities build upon the existing training materials offered by WISIONS' project partner CIBiogás, as well as including wider knowledge and experiences from RedBioLAC. The courses will be offered in a dynamic and interactive web learning environment by means of a Portuguese and Spanish language internet website offering a bilingual tutor and formal evaluation procedures to ensure knowledge transmission and teaching quality and to prevent students withdrawing from the courses. Courses have the purpose of introducing the issue of biogas in the Latin American and Caribbean context,
with a special focus on small scale biodigesters.

Recently, CIBiogás successfully concluded the following activities:

  • Definition of course topics and detailed contents to be offered under the framework of this SEPS project
  • Creation of educational documents for each course (the "Small Scale Biodigester" course is already being elaborated by one of the consultants
  • Selection of consultants who will produce the course contents

The next steps include the digitalisation of course contents, the technical validation as well as the translation from Portuguese to Spanish language.

More general information on this SEPS exchange activity is available on our SEPS project page: "Biogas for Energy" – E-Learning Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean


Meet The WISIONS Team At The UNESCO Tech4Dev Conference 2018 in Lausanne

News from WISIONS posted on June 25th, 2018

The WISIONS team will participate in this year’s edition of the 2018 International Tech4Dev Conference from 27 – 29 June 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland.Read moreMinimize

The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial flagship event of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development. The Conference focuses on the potential of technology solutions to advance inclusive social and economic development in the Global South. Tech4Dev 2018 puts the challenges and the potential of the Global South in the center of discussions reflected by its title Voices of the Global South.

Carmen Dienst, project coordinator of WISIONS of Sustainability, will actively participate in the session Access to Energy for All: Measuring Impact beyond kWh on Friday, 29 June 2018, 10:45 – 12:30. She will present the research paper "Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development? Reviewing the Impact of Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries".

Abstract: It is widely recognized that access to sustainable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty and enhancing development. One of the assumed positive outcomes is the productive use of energy, which is expected to create value thereby having a positive impact on local livelihoods. However, systematic evidence of these impacts is still limited. This study analyses the results of a post-evaluation of 30 small-scale energy development projects and reviews these in relation to existing literature to better understand how the supply of sustainable energy supports productive use activities, and whether these activities have the expected positive impacts.



Generating Biogas Energy From Wastewater In Barbados

News from WISIONS posted on June 21st, 2018

Barbados is a small island at a low elevation level and is considered to be vulnerable to the increasingly pronounced effects of climate change. To mitigate its carbon output, the Barbados Water Authority has started to generate its own electricity from solar photovoltaic technology. Furthermore, the Authority aims to demonstrate the potential of biogas as a form of renewable energy to further reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from its wastewater treatment plants.Read moreMinimize

This SEPS exchange activity will train six renewable energy community ambassadors to undertake the critical task of educating communities in Barbados. It will provide training for the ambassadors through classroom workshops, technical sessions and site visits. The ambassadors, by interacting with citizens at community level and delivering public seminars and presentations, will engage with a broad spectrum of communities.

The selected community ambassadors recently began their community outreach work in an effort to reach their proposed number of participants and educate them about the potential benefits of renewable energy. Prior to this, they participated in various training activities and site visits across the island:

  • A series of lectures on the principles of water and wastewater treatment
  • Training on community health and safety at work (based on the relevant laws)
  • Site visits to several wastewater treatment plants in Barbados to enhance their theoretical knowledge: Bowmanston and Golden Ridge Pumping Station; Bridgetown Sewage Treatment Plant and South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Training in public speaking, personal interaction and communication, deisgned to enable the community ambassadors to systematically target their audiences, focus on people’s needs and educational level and tailor the information povided accordingly

More general information on this SEPS exchange activity is available here: Using Community Ambassadors for Community Exchange on Renewable Biogas Energy Generation from Wastewater for Sustainable Development


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