WISIONS of Sustainability
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.
Biogas Generation at Colombian Coffee Farms
News from WISIONS posted on August 2nd, 2017
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
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
Access to Energy and Clean Water in the Ulu Papar Rainforest, Malaysia
News from WISIONS posted on July 19th, 2017
Green Empowerment and Tonibung played technical support and project management roles in the implementation of this SEPS project, utilising locally manufactured micro-hydro turbines and employing the skills of trained community technicians from Ulu Papar villages.
Our partner organisations worked with the Orang Asal villages of Pongobonon, Kalangaan and Longkogungan to ensure the long-term sustainability of their electricity and water supply, the protection of the watersheds on which they depend, and the development and training of village technicians in the skills necessary to benefit communities like theirs in the years to come.
The villages of Pongobonon, Kalangaan and Longkogungan now enjoy access to 24-hour renewable energy from their micro-hydro systems, as well as clean water supply in their own homes. Six trainees from villages in Ulu Papar formed the backbone of the project implementation team, and all three villages use locally manufactured turbines.
The communities manage their systems through local committees and have developed watershed protection plans to ensure the continued preservation of the forested catchment areas on which these systems rely. Meters have been installed in Pongobonon and Kalangaan, but Longkogungan decided instead to use a flat-rate tariff system.