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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Mini-Grid Webinar Series by the Hydro Empowerment Network

News from WISIONS posted on May 3rd, 2017

The Hydro Empowerment is offering a free webinar entitled "Why Mini-Grid Technologies (PV, Biomass, Diesel, Micro/Mini Hydro, Wind, and Hybrid Systems) Need to be Differentiated" on May 4, 2017.Read moreMinimize

This is the first in a series of three webinars on mini-grids and will highlight the important technical and non-technical features, as well as pros and cons of mini-grids based on different energy sources to create awareness of the need for differentiation of mini-grid systems. It will also discuss the key points that need to be considered while designing rural electrification programmes with different renewable energy technologies. 

The webinar will take place on May 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM CEST.

Speakers

Bikash Pandey, Winrock International

Xavier Vallvé, Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA)

Organisers 

Energypedia, the Hydro Empowerment Network and the Skat Foundation

More information on this webinar series is available on Energypedia's website.

The two upcoming webinars will cover the topics of "Grid Interconnection" (June 2017) and "Productive End Use" (July 2017). More details will be announced soon.


Biogas Production from Slaughterhouse Wastewater in Quito, Ecuador

News from WISIONS posted on April 27th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in Ecuador aims to demonstrate the potential for producing biogas from slaughterhouse wastewater treatment. The biogas will then be used for the purpose of heating water, thereby minimising the use of fossil fuels and the associated expenditure on energy.Read moreMinimize

This project is being led by CIMNE, who commenced implementing the technology in mid 2016. Over the course of the last months, several feasibility and measurement studies have been undertaken, including wastewater flow and characterisation, biogas potential, as well as fuel/water consumption of a boiler used for heating and drying processes at the slaughterhouse.

After designing the biodigesters, four tubular units (100 m3 each) were constructed on-site by a local manufacturer. It is estimated that they will produce 157 m3 of biogas per day from 72 m3 of wastewater.

Among monitoring the operation of the digesters, next steps include the installation of distribution lines transporting the biogas to its point of use: a new boiler to be powered by sustainable energy.

Some photos of the project’s progress are available on our Facebook page, while more general information is available here: Biogas from Slaughterhouse Waste Water Treatment for Heating Purposes


Selected SEPS Exchange Activities – SEPS Call 2016: Energising Development Through Knowledge Exchange

News from WISIONS posted on April 24th, 2017

Following our last SEPS call at the end of 2016, which was focused on Exchange Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as South/South East Asia, we are pleased to communicate which knowledge exchange activities have been selected for SEPS support.Read moreMinimize

Online Design Tools for Locally Manufactured Small Wind Turbines

OrganisationSchool of the Earth / Nea GuineaKAPEG

Country: Nepal

Project's aim: to increase technical knowledge of small wind turbines by creating a free online resource and mutual learning opportunities


A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement

OrganisationEnergy Action Partners Malaysia (ENACT)

Country: Malaysia

Project's aim: to increase community understanding of mini-grid design, management and operation


Sharing Learning Across Projects: Operating Micro Hydro Plants (MHP) as Commercially Viable Enterprises

OrganisationWinrock International

Country: Nepal

Project's aim: to expand the knowledge base among technically sound, but managerially and financially weak, MHPs to ensure their sustainable commercial operation



OrganisationAsociación Fenix

Country: Nicaragua

Project's aim: to promote the exchange of knowledge and sharing of experiences between practitioners involved in small-scale hydroelectric projects


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