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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Meet the WISIONS Team at the IOREC Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

News from WISIONS posted on September 26th, 2016

This year's International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30th September and 1st October 2016. The Conference is being organized by IRENA in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). As WISIONS is a member of ARE, we will participate in this event!Read moreMinimize

IOREC is the global platform for sharing experiences and best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. The first edition of IOREC was organised in Accra, Ghana in 2012 and the second in Manila, Philippines, in 2014.

The 2016 conference will take place back-to-back with the SEED Africa Symposium (28 - 29 September), an international forum to stimulate growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship in Africa.

In parallel with the Conference, ARE will organise an exhibition to give the private sector an opportunity to showcase products/projects, and offer participants networking opportunities. We especially encourage the ARE members to participate, present its products and projects and showcase the technologies and know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables.


Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar (Malaysia)

News from WISIONS posted on September 23rd, 2016

One of our SEPS projects in Malaysia aimed to bring a reliable and sustainable supply of clean energy and water to private homes and schools in three communities of Ulu Papar, in the Malaysian state of Sabah. The project is currently in its final stages – read about the achievements of our partners Green Empowerment here!Read moreMinimize

Since 2014, Green Empowerment and Tonibung have been providing the villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan with access to clean water and renewable electricity. These villages are located in the forests of Ulu Papar, within the Malaysian state of Sabah’s Crocker Range. As a community-based project, the initiative relied on the indigenous Dusun residents themselves to act as the main driving force, with technical and administrative support from Green Empowerment and Tonibung.

The aim was to construct three micro-hydro power systems in the villages. From a technical perspective, each system posed unique design challenges: Pongobonon’s watersource consisted of large, immovable boulders, necessitating the use of a coanda intake. In Kalangaan, the team was forced to innovate in its design and construction approach due to the location being inaccessible by vehicles. Locally available construction materials were favoured in order to minimise the need to carry in steel and cement. Several challenges were also faced in Longkogungan; for example, its remote location posed signifcant logistical challenges, but offered an ideal site for Janathakshan’s concrete turbine. 


The final stages in this SEPS project are: 

  • To complete the installation of the Longkogungan micro-hydro system, and the 
concrete turbine training sessions at the site
  • To complete the installation of the pre-paid meters, as well as the training sessions for credit vendors in all three villages
  • To complete the installation of water filters in Kalangaan and Longkogungan
  • To hold official handover ceremonies in each village
More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar


Meet the WISIONS Team at the Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids Conference

News from WISIONS posted on September 20th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the International Conference on "Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access" from 21st to 23rd September 2016 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany.Read moreMinimize

Due to the intermittency of solar radiation, solar energy technologies include storage functionalities in order to make energy available for 24 hours a day. There are a number of new developments in the pipeline and components on the market for storing solar thermal heat and renewable electricity.

Whereas solar heating is usually consumed where it is produced, autonomous solar electricity increasingly tends to be integrated as well into mini grids (also called micro grids). Hybrid PV Mini Grids are a cost-effective and a quicker alternative to grid extension or to unreliable grids for many villages.

Therefore, an intelligent mix of the above technologies and micro grids is capable of providing electricity and thermal comfort not only at household level, but also to entire villages, institutions, hotels, and businesses. This also opens the door to bottom up approaches to energy planning and development.

This year's event, organised by OTTI, will bring together academia, practitioners, industry and development institutions with the aim of sharing experiences and the latest technology developments, learning from each other and networking.

On Thursday (22nd September), the WISIONS team will participate in a session on rural electricity and present a study entitled "Does Access to Energy Lead to Sustainable Development? – Evidence from Small Community-Based Projects". The full conference programme is available here.


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