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.
Practice-to-Policy Exchange: Grid Connected Micro Hydro Power in Sri Lanka
News from WISIONS posted on November 28th, 2016
The practice-to-policy exchange was a three-stage exchange process, where the first three months were dedicated to online information exchange, followed by a physical exchange activity and a four-day workshop held in Sri Lanka with 21 delegates representing eight countries and including ten other sector experts.
The workshop helped delegates share experiences from their respective countries and observe operations of successful mini and micro hydro plants in Sri Lanka, which are connected to the grid.
The final step of this exchange process was to develop advocacy material to be used by members of the Hydro Empowerment Network to promote micro and mini hydro grid connections in their countries and for the whole of South and South East Asia, where the network's activites are located.
More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Practice-to-Policy Exchange for Grid-Connected Micro Hydro Power in South/Southeast Asia
One result of the exchange activity is this video on Smart Grids for Rural Electrification:
Integrated Community Farming in Thailand
News from WISIONS posted on November 24th, 2016
The AIT campus is a residential campus for postgraduate students, staff and faculty from more than 30 countries. 73 community members were involved in this farming venture, carrying out the gardening, farming and fishing activities. The total land available for this project was about 550 m2. The first six months of the project period were used to develop the concept, motivate the community, and design and install the system. The remaining time was used to conduct training sessions and to plant and cultivate the crops.
Solar PV panels produced electricity to pump water, which was distributed through a network of pipes to drip sprinklers, which watered the plants. A solar drier was used for drying some of the vegetables produced.
This project brought the community together regardless of age, gender or other social factors, and made an important contribution to sustainability on the AIT campus. The use of solar panels as a power source saved money and labour and reduced emissions compared to other sources of electricity generation. In addition, the use of organic fertilisers maintained the soil quality and the drip irrigation system was introduced to limit water use.
Having completed the initial project, some of the participants have already expressed serious interest in continuing with the farming activities.
Project photos are available on our Facebook page and more general information can be found on our SEPS Project Page: Renewable Energy Technologies for Integrated Community Farming Systems.
AIT also features detailed project information on their own website.
Third Annual Gathering of the Hydro Empowerment Network in Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on November 21st, 2016
This year’s event will take place at the Nepal Micro Hydropower Development Association (NMHDA) in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is a region long advanced in micro hydro but recently devastated by natural and political calamity. In addition to learning from Nepal's micro hydro advances, members have chosen Nepal for the next gathering as a show of solidarity and support for Nepal's rehabilitation.
The objectives of the network meeting are the following:
- Develop productive relationships and strategy-building among HPNET members, toward country-specific objectives for 2017
- Provide in-person working time for HPNET's Working Groups (on priorities for technology, policy, and socio-environment development)
- Identify limitations and solutions for improved operations and sustainability of HPNET for the next 3 – 5 years
- Provide an opportunity for HPNET members to better understand the sector in Nepal, including field visits and meeting fabricators and experts
- Provide an opportunity for HPNET members to exchange with international development agencies and alliances