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Promoting Commercial Biogas Use In The Nepalese Poultry Industry

News from WISIONS posted on November 29th, 2018

Winrock International aims to demonstrate the viability of an innovative business model using credit financing, grants and equity for promoting commercial biogas use in the poultry industry in Nepal.Read moreMinimize

Currently, poultry farms often rely on diesel generators to meet their energy needs due to the unreliable supply of grid electricity. However, despite the perceived advantages, the implementation and upscaling of biogas technology in the commercial sector in Nepal faces several barriers. These include high investment costs, lack of credit from financial institutions, lack of confidence in the technology which has not been successfully demonstrated in Nepal, and inadequate information about the application of the technology and its potential benefits for poultry farm owners.

The major objectives of the first project phase (initiated in January 2018) were to effectively engage with local stakeholders, to create awareness about commercial biogas use in the poultry industry and to build capacity amongst poultry farmers.

The project team at Winrock Nepal was successful in engaging the stakeholders, as well as in creating awareness and building capacity amongst selected poultry farmers (from the Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, and Nawalparasi districts) on commercial biogas technology in Nepal.

A meeting with AEPC to kickstart the project was held in February 2018, followed by literature reviews and a consultation with experts from Bangladesh and Nepal to share best practice in biogas digester technology at poultry farms. Furthermore, Winrock was able to effectively engage with the Nepal Hatchery and Poultry Association, AEPC, as well as financial institutions such as NMB Bank.

Future updates will be published in our news blog. More general information on this SEPS project is available on our SEPS project page: Unlocking Credit to Promote the use of Commercial Biogas in the Poultry Industry


Wind Empowerment 2018 International Conference: WEIndia 2018

News from WISIONS posted on November 23rd, 2018

The 4th Wind Empowerment International Conference, "WEIndia2018: Bringing Small Wind Turbines up to Scale", will take place in Chennai and Kayathar, India from 1 - 14 December 2018.Read moreMinimize

This year’s conference is jointly organised by Wind Empowerment and the National Institute for Wind Energy (NIWE), India. It will be longer than previous conferences, spanning approximately two weeks: one week of training sessions and one week for the conference programme.

The overarching theme "Bringing Small Wind Turbines up to Scale" is a key issue to the integration of small wind into an energy ecosystem where photovoltaic is ever cheaper and hybrid solutions are becoming mainstream ideas.

WEIndia2018 will be hosted at two locations in India, Chennai and Kayathar, both located within the state of Tamil Nadu:

  • Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu state, at NIWE’s main offices
  • Kayathar, a small town in the state of Tamil Nadu, very close to Madurai, at NIWE’s Wind Turbine Test Station (WTTS) & Wind Turbine Research Station (WTRS)

Pre-conference activities (9 days) will take place at NIWE’s facilities in Kayathar. On the 9th day, participants will be transferred by bus to Madurai airport (2-hour drive) and by plane to Chennai (1-hour flight), where the Main conference activities (5 days) will take place.

In Kayathar, NIWE’s warehouse areas will be used for the hands-on manufacturing workshops, where all parts of a wind turbine, from blades and generator to tower and electronics will be constructed. This equipment will be bench tested, assembled, installed and field tested at NIWE’s Wind Turbine Test Station. NIWE’s Wind Turbine Research Station will also be visited and used for parallel activities.

In Chennai, participants will visit NIWE’s training center and main office facilities.These can be used on the last day, which is focused on Wind Empowerment’s internal processes, so fewer local participants are expected. During days 10-13 however, Wind Empowerment expects to have more than 150 participants, i.e. multiple state government participants from rural development, renewable energy and poverty alleviation departments as well as NGOs, universities and private entrepreneurs involved in rural development issues.

The conference programme and all other relevant information is compiled over at WEIndia2018.


Improving And Demonstrating The Potential Of Traditional Water Mills In Uttarakhand, India

News from WISIONS posted on November 16th, 2018

The Indian Institute for Development Support aimed to improve traditional water mills by replacing wooden equipment in order to make them more efficient and to demonstrate the importance of the technology in the mountainous region of Uttarakhand, India.Read moreMinimize

The Himalaya has a rich ancient tradition for tapping hydro energy from the hill streams and rivers through the device of Gharats (water mills). It is estimated that there are 200,000 watermills in the Himalayan region. However, most of the watermills are currently defunct due to various reasons.

Over the course of this SEPS project, IDS carried out a preliminary survey in two districts (Dehradun and Uttarkashi of Garhwal region) to select a cluster of water mills. After analysing preliminary survey data, the water mills located in the villages of Dehradun were found to be more suitable to receive a technical upgrade and corresponding livelihood enhancement of local communities.

The following key activities have been implemented:

  • A baseline study including socio-economic and technical feasibility at identified water mills cluster
  • A market feasibility study on watermill-based business
  • Focused community/watermill owner/operator mobilisation 

  • Formation and strengthening of so-called "Self Help Groups" (SHG), consisting of village members
  • Training and capacity building of SHGs (in business management, storing, packaging, pricing, marketing of products) and watermill operators

  • Technical improvements of water mills 

  • Marketing of the water mill-processed products 


This SEPS project facilitated the enhancement of local population’s livelihoods to some extent. The business activities by the "Self Help Groups" are expected to increase in the future and the concept of developing water mill-based businesses has shown a promising potential.


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