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Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Call for abstracts for the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015

News from WISIONS posted on January 15th, 2015

The 2015 Annual Conference of the Royal Geographic Society in conjunction with IBG will be held from 2 – 4 September 2015 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. The overall theme of this years conference is "Geographies of the Anthropocene". This theme aims to bring all areas of the discipline to the table, including the physical geography and climate science communities.Read moreMinimize

The WISIONS team from the Wuppertal Institute will lead a session entitled "What are appropriate delivery models for sustainable energy access in the developing world?". The objective of this session is to create a better understanding of the concepts behind different types of project implementation models, to share common challenges and to highlight key success factors. 

If you are interested in participating in this session of the scientific conference, we invite you to submit your abstract proposal by 9 February 2015.

Find out more information about this call for abstracts here and information on the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015 here.

Outcomes of the WEAthens 2014 Conference

News from WISIONS posted on January 13th, 2015

From 3 -7 November 2014, the Wind Empowerment association hosted its second global conference on small wind for rural development, which was supported by the WISIONS initiative. The event was hosted at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece and brought together actors from 17 different countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.Read moreMinimize

The aim of the event was to stimulate international exchange between these actors and to foster future collaborations that have the potential to make locally manufactured small wind turbines a more viable technology for sustainable rural electrification. The programme consisted of panel presentations and discussions, small group sessions, laboratory demonstrations, practical workshops, field trips (e.g. to NTUA's test site in Rafinas) and more. 

Wind Empowerment acts as both a central knowledge bank and a facilitator of direct connections between its members. The conference participants finally had the chance to meet each other in person and the conference was considered to be a great success. The combination of structured panel presentations with guided small group sessions within the working groups proved a highly effective tool for participants to build lasting relationships by gaining a better understanding of the needs of the Southern partners and of the skills and resources available to the Northern partners. This also allowed direct South/South links to develop, sharing lessons learned and promoting future collaboration between Southern partners. 

What is more, structuring the conference in this way enabled participants to develop personal relationships with their fellow group members and to experience a sense of belonging to a group with a real shared goal. The roadmap of actions provides a concrete pathway to achieving this goal, which is specific, measurable, achievable and time-bound.

Wind Empowerment have also recently relaunched their website, which you can find here: Wind Empowerment

6th RedBioLAC Meeting in Cali, Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on January 8th, 2015

The sixth meeting of the RedBioLAC network took place in Cali, Colombia from 10 - 15 November 2014. More than 100 participants from 15 countries attended the event, including the WISIONS team.Read moreMinimize

The meeting consisted of a wide range of activities aiming to improve and spread knowledge about the applicability and benefits of biogas technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event started with a two-day course on the design of biogas systems for several substrates (treatment of manure, organic waste and waste water), in different scales (domestic, commercial and semi-industrial) and for different applications (thermal energy, electricity, production of bio fertiliser). Additionally, participants had the opportunity to interact with manufacturers and providers of systems and components and to find out more about their products and services. 

On the third day of the meeting, a tubular digester was installed at a farm near the conference venue. The installation process itself served as a platform for exchanging knowledge on several issues, such as technology design, construction and installation, operation and maintenance, as well as the use of both, the biogas and the effluent. In an interactive workshop the participants identified and described the various aspects that influence the adoption of domestic biogas technologies.

In more than 30 keynote presentations over the last two days of the meeting, scientists, industry experts, NGOs and farmers shared their knowledge and experience of technical advances, specific applications and benefits of the technology, as well as discussing the potential and need for further development. In a second workshop, participants focused on identifying the barriers that currently hinder the development of a robust biogas sector in their own countries.

Most of the materials used or developed during the event are available online on RedBioLAC's website.

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