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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Micro-Hydro Plants as Commercially Viable Enterprises

News from WISIONS posted on August 9th, 2017

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 from making a lasting impact on people’s livelihoods.Read moreMinimize

One of our SEPS Exchange Activities aims to expand the knowledge base among technically sound, but managerially and financially weak hydropower plants to ensure their sustainable commercial operation. 

Over the last two months, WINROCK – our partners in this exchange – examined several micro-hydro plants installed previously by AEPC, conducted four meetings with AEPC and RERL to discuss future knowledge sharing activities, and selected five micro-hydro plants where the knowledge and consultancy exchange activities will be implemented. Currently, local experts and consultants are being recruited and the forthcoming training sessions are being finalised. 


Biogas Generation at Colombian Coffee Farms

News from WISIONS posted on August 2nd, 2017

The UTA Foundation is leading an initiative to implement biogas technologies at small coffee farms in four departments 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 take advantage 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. 

Recent project activities include:

  • Six community networking activities at the different project demonstration sites
  • Surveys on coffee processing and potential biomass use
  • A workshop to exchange experiences on biomass gasification among the participating coffee farming organisations
  • Design of the renewable energy technologies to be implemented

The next working steps will include the implementation of the technologies, monitoring and evaluation activities, training programmes and the creation of promotional materials.


Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technologies in Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on July 24th, 2017

One of our SEPS exchange activities aims to create a social alliance and collective learning process between NGOs and rural communities from three regions of Colombia: Santander, Córdoba and Antioquia.Read moreMinimize

Our project partners Censat Agua Viva have just published two interesting videos illustrating the participatory learning and training processes and the design and implementation of energy alternatives within the local communities – these can be viewed below or on YouTube.

Further general information on this SEPS Exchange Activity is available here: Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technology Use in Sustainable Food Production and Water Management




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