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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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SEPS News: Installation of a weather station in a rural area of Mendoza, Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on June 10th, 2013

In May 2013, the National University of Cuyo (UNCuyo) gave formal start to the operation phase of the project „Small wind power generation system to provide clean electric energy in isolated area in Malargue, Mendoza – Argentina". Read moreMinimize

During one weekend, a wind measurement tower was mounted. With the help of this tower and by using data from two anemometers (installed in altitudes of 10 and 30 meters, respectively), specialists will be able to establish a wind profile to determine the best location for the upcoming wind generator. The measurement phase is planned to last for six months.
This SEPS project aims to supply energy for the Hosting School Yapeyíº, so that the school can get most of the electricity needed from wind power. A complementary power unit generator using oil for electricity production is only needed for a time slot of five hours daily. Simultaneously, the reception of this technology by the local community is surveyed. 

Students, collaborators, teaching staff and the school director were all very welcoming towards the project team. Particularly the students, who already had some background in the field of wind energy, tried to gain deeper knowledge of the subject.

Built in 1964, the Hosting School is the only education alternative for families in this area of Argentina. It is attended by 20 children, from Kindergarten to the last grade of elementary school.

Find out more about this project: Harnessing wind power to provide clean electricity in an isolated area of Mendoza, Argentina (SEPS 8)

Descriptions of the recent SEPS projects now online

News from WISIONS posted on May 28th, 2013

The short descriptions of the recent SEPS projects that are supported by WISIONS on the occasion of the 2012 call are now online. Focusing on sustainable solutions to secure access to reliable electricity, projects include a variety of technologies, including the installation of a PV solar system to power refrigeration and water distillation in Colombia, and the implementation of interconnected mini-grids for intensive rural electrification in Nepal, the latter supported by the German institute Fraunhofer ISE. To find out more about our recent projects, visit:SEPS Projects map

Conference on Energy Access in Africa

News from WISIONS posted on April 26th, 2013

"Fostering Energy Access in Africa. Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Integration“ is the topic of this year's Potsdam Spring Dialogue 2013 hosted by the German Development and Peace Foundation (Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden, SEF). It is taking place in Potsdam on April 26-27, 2013 and WISIONS team is participating.Read moreMinimize

The focus of the conference lies on the political and economic framework needed for the uptake of renewable energies in Africa. The conference program states: „The potential afforded by clean, green – in other words, renewable – energies is especially high. Depending on the local geophysical conditions, windhydroand/or solar energy are available in abundance. And yet as much as 82 per cent of Africa's electricity is still generated from fossil fuels, compared with only 16 per cent from renewables. If this ratio is to change, the right political and economic adjustments must be made, for example through taxation, subsidies and incentive schemes, as well as feed-in tariffs and legislation. After all, private investors will only commit to this type of project, alongside public sector donors, if the conditions are right."

More information can be found on the conference website.

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