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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Productive Use of Biogas at Dairy and Pig Farms in Costa Rica

News from WISIONS posted on June 2nd, 2017

One of our SEPS projects takes an innovative approach to the productive use of biogas at dairy and pig farms in Costa Rica. It aims to replace electric motors with biogas-powered engines to operate milking machines and forage choppers, and provide heat from biogas-fired heating lamps for the piglets.Read moreMinimize

This project is led by local partners Viogaz. Their recent work includes the successful identification of farmers aiming to participate in the programme and the assessment of farms to serve as pilot project sites. Via surveys and other analyses, the farmers’ needs for biodigesters could be determined, as well as their potential applications of the new technology.

As Viogaz is a partner of Kiva Microfunds, an organisation which allows people to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs, they were able to offer a financing option to the selected farmers, helping them implement the anaerobic technology (biodigesters).

Furthermore, Viogaz designed the appropriate biodigestion system for each user, taking a variety of factors into consideration. Most of the systems have already been installed, and all the installed digesters have started operating. All the users have been trained on how to run and maintain the biodigesters.

The next working steps of this project include monitoring the systems and connecting the technology to its designated end uses, as well as further testing, validation and training sessions.

More general information on this project is available here: Validating a Novel Approach to the Productive Use of Biogas to Empower Medium Scale Dairy and Pig Farmers in Costa Rica


Upgrading Watermills in Uttarakhand, India

News from WISIONS posted on May 24th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in India aims to improve traditional watermills by replacing wooden equipment to make them more efficient and to demonstrate the importance of this technology in Uttarakhand, a mountainous region of the country.Read moreMinimize

Currently only around 65% of 15,000 traditional watermills in Uttarakhand remain in operation – despite abundant rivers and streams fed directly by the surrounding Himalayan peaks. In addition to repairing and upgrading non-operational mills, our project partners at the Institute for Development Support aim to offer capacity-building and hands-on training to mill operators and establish new marketing opportunities for processed products, which will in turn generate revenue for local communities.

Over recent months, a number of working steps have been successfully completed. These include:

  • A detailed baseline survey (socioeconomic data) and technical feasibility study
  • Raising awareness and mobilising local communities (particularly motivating women to participate)
  • Technical training for water mill owners / operators 
  • Formation and strengthening of self-help working groups at community-level (around 600 participants)
  • Administration, accounting and management training for members of self-help groups
  • Identification of potential products for production (including wheat, maize and amaranth flours)
Next steps will include the technical upgrades of the water mills, which should start by the end of June 2017.

For more general information on this SEPS project, please visit Establishment of Demand-Driven Sustainable Improved Watermill Cluster in the State of Uttarakhand, India


RedBioLAC Webinar on the Management of Organic Residues Through Biodigestion

News from WISIONS posted on May 22nd, 2017

In cooperation with the IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture), RedBioLAC is organising a series of webinars which aim to increase awareness about the different options that biodigesters offer to improve sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read moreMinimize

RedBioLAC's webinars serve as a platform to foster interconnection among the broad range of knowledge, capabilities and experiences that are already available in the region. 

The next webinar will take place on 25 May 2017. More information is available here

Please note: the webinars are offered in Spanish only.


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