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 SE4All Forum in New York City

News from WISIONS posted on May 12th, 2015

The WISIONS team will participate in the second Sustainable Energy For All Forum from 18 - 21 May 2015 in New York City, USA. Last year's forum officially launched the United Nations "Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024", as declared by the UN General Assembly, and brought together nearly 1000 participants from government, international organizations, business and civil society.Read moreMinimize

The theme of this year’s Forum is “Financing Sustainable Energy for All”, including the launch of a new "Global Sustainable Energy for All Commitment Platform". Moreover, the Forum will also feature the first Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the United Nations, in order to reaffirm the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality”, and an Advisory Board meeting, co-convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. 

In focusing on how to act, the Forum will include a range of solution-oriented multi-stakeholder sessions for SE4ALL partners from all over the world, and from a variety of sectors. It will also offer new approaches to track progress towards 2030 based on the 2nd biennial Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework.

More information on the programme and sessions is available in this Agenda. If you would like to attend, you may still register here.

New Article: "The Role of Gender Concerns in the Planning of Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries"

News from WISIONS posted on April 27th, 2015

The WISIONS team has published a new article entitled "The Role of Gender Concerns in the Planning of Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries". The article is based on the experiences and lessons learned from some of the projects supported under our SEPS initiative and has been published in the book "Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies".Read moreMinimize

The book presents innovative approaches to improving energy access in underprivileged communities. A core theme is the use of previously underused or unrecognised resources that can be harnessed through synergies in supply and value innovation, novel financing methods and by using leapfrog technologies.

The contribution by the WISIONS team can be purchased as an individual chapter from the publisher, Springer, here.

A presentation of the article's topics is also available under Publications on our website.

Upscaling Strategy: Converting Banana Plant Waste to Cooking Fuel in India

News from WISIONS posted on April 20th, 2015

One of our completed SEPS projects, entitled “Value-Addition to Food Crop Processing: Converting Banana Plant Waste to Cooking Fuel”, is currently undergoing an upscaling phase supported by WISIONS. Our partners at IEI India have recently submitted a progress report documenting their work.Read moreMinimize

The first phase of this SEPS project was organised around the village of Gundigere, in the Ramanagara district of the state of Karnataka, India. The project had two major goals: to improve income opportunities and create access to clean energy for the local population. The project demonstrated the technical, economic and social viability of the applied concept. For more information on the final outcomes, visit: Value-addition to food crop processing: Converting banana plant-waste to cooking-fuel

After the successful implementation of the first project phase, WISIONS continues to support IEI in its aim to scale up the demonstrated concept in a second phase. The main objectives of the ongoing upscaling activities include:

  • Replication of the project in other locations
  • Demonstration that the benefits are replicable (e.g. increased harvests, increased income for farmers, use of a renewable energy source (biogas) and conservation of water use) 
  • Enabling access to clean fuel for small groups (families) in the rural population
To date, four drip-irrigation systems have been completed as planned and are in operation at the corresponding banana plantations. Two out of four biogas plants have been constructed and one out of four gas distribution systems is up and running, supplying rural homes with biogas. All the villagers involved have received intensive training in technical and managerial issues, which are key to ensure the proper operation of the whole system.

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