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 in Brussels

News from WISIONS posted on June 14th, 2017

The WISIONS team will participate in the event "Smart rural development: the SDGs and the New European Consensus on Development", organised by the Smart Villages Initiative and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC). Meet us in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.Read moreMinimize

The New European Consensus on Development was proposed in November 2016 and the European Parliament adopted its position in February 2017. On 7 June 2017 at European Development Days, the New Consensus was adopted by the EU Institutions and Member States. This New Consensus will play a central role in how the Sustainable Development Goals are approached via EU and Member State policies.

To this end, Smart Villages and EASAC aim to gather policymakers, civil society, private sector representatives, researchers, scientists and others for a series of presentations and open discussions regarding the direction of the new consensus and SDGs, particularly focusing on people living in rural areas of developing countries that are at the bottom of the pyramid and part of the "last mile".

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM (CEST) in Brussels, Belgium. More information is available here.



Rural Energy Development in Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on June 12th, 2017

One of our recent SEPS projects aims to tackle the issues of rural energy scarcity, high volumes of biomass feedstock and problems of waste disposal by installing an anaerobic biodigester in the region of Los Pinos, Balcarce.Read moreMinimize

Around 80% of the populated areas in Argentina are rural communities with less than 2000 inhabitants, while 60% of the country’s population lives in the 17 biggest cities. Especially in the Humid Pampas region, many small towns lack power supply and waste management facilities, which makes access to energy difficult, expensive and unsustainable. In these areas the national grid is often unreliable.

Los Pinos, the site of this project led by INTA, is located around 400 km from Buenos Aires. It currently numbers 190 households with a population of around 350 people. The energy demand of Los Pinos was determined during the first working phase of the project.

Further successfully implemented activities include:

  • The permission and approval of project activities by local authorities;
  • The signing of an agreement by producers to ensure feedstock supply to a biogas demonstration unit;
  • The formation of a “Public Services Cooperative” to ensure management and operation of the plant; and
  • The completion of socioeconomic and environmental baseline surveys to measure the impact of the installation once it is in operation 

In the coming months, the project team will work on the installation of the biogas plant, the training of the operators, and the optimisation of ongoing processes.

Find more general information about this project on our SEPS project site: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina


Productive Use of Biogas at Dairy and Pig Farms in Costa Rica

News from WISIONS posted on June 2nd, 2017

One of our SEPS projects takes an innovative approach to the productive use of biogas at dairy and pig farms in Costa Rica. It aims to replace electric motors with biogas-powered engines to operate milking machines and forage choppers, and provide heat from biogas-fired heating lamps for the piglets.Read moreMinimize

This project is led by local partners Viogaz. Their recent work includes the successful identification of farmers aiming to participate in the programme and the assessment of farms to serve as pilot project sites. Via surveys and other analyses, the farmers’ needs for biodigesters could be determined, as well as their potential applications of the new technology.

As Viogaz is a partner of Kiva Microfunds, an organisation which allows people to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs, they were able to offer a financing option to the selected farmers, helping them implement the anaerobic technology (biodigesters).

Furthermore, Viogaz designed the appropriate biodigestion system for each user, taking a variety of factors into consideration. Most of the systems have already been installed, and all the installed digesters have started operating. All the users have been trained on how to run and maintain the biodigesters.

The next working steps of this project include monitoring the systems and connecting the technology to its designated end uses, as well as further testing, validation and training sessions.

More general information on this project is available here: Validating a Novel Approach to the Productive Use of Biogas to Empower Medium Scale Dairy and Pig Farmers in Costa Rica


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