WISIONS of Sustainability

Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Conference: Sustainable Energy For The Cambodian Garment Sector

News from WISIONS posted on March 13th, 2019

Our recent cooperation with GERES aims to demonstrate the potential of using agricultural residues as an energy alternative to unsustainable firewood in the manufacturing sector. Next week, our partners will present and discuss the project results in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Read moreMinimize

The conference will take place on 19 March 2019 at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Main objectives include:

  • The presentation and discussion of project results
  • The introduction of available solutions for sustainable thermal energy generation and production of biomass fuels through round table discussions with international professionals of the sector
  • Networking between garment factory representatives, rice millers, investors, and other professionals of the biogas sector

Project Background: During the last decade, Cambodia has achieved an average GDP growth of 8%. This growth goes with a surge in energy demand, reached through primary solid biomass, which provides approximately 64% of the final energy demand. Although household cooking still drives most of this demand, forest wood demand from industries is on the rise, driven by urbanisation and industrialisation with the development of energy-intensive industries such as garment and bricks.

In this context, GERES with the support of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA), has first studied the potential of agricultural residues to replace unsustainable firewood in the manufacturing sector. In a second phase, with the support of CCCA, H&M Group and the WISIONS Initiative, GERES has worked closely with Cambodian garment factories and rice millers to support the emergence of a supply of a sustainable biomass fuels aimed at the garment sector for their thermal energy needs.

More general information on this SEPS project: Supporting the Energy Switch of the Garment Industry in Cambodia through Increased South-South Knowledge Exchange among the Value Chain Stakeholders


Meet The WISIONS Team In Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire This Week!

News from WISIONS posted on March 11th, 2019

WISIONS is participating in the 5th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire this week. Meet us there!Read moreMinimize

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in partnership with the African Development Bank and GET.invest (formely RECP), is hosting the 5th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from 13 - 14 March 2019.

The Forum convenes public, private and other stakeholders with the goal to boost clean energy access globally and in particular in Africa, where 588 million people still lack electricity. To intensify the exchange with players from and outside Africa, ARE will also hold its Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the Forum the day before.

Building on the success of previous editions, the event will showcase the latest off-grid political and funding initiatives, discuss trends and innovations, and build win-win partnerships through matchmaking.

Follow our Twitter account for updates and insights into how practitioners in West Africa and around the world are transforming energy access!


Webinar: How Can Open Source Accelerate Energy Access For People Off The Grid?

News from WISIONS posted on February 26th, 2019

Watch our latest webinar! This time, WISIONS examined how energy practitioners are applying the 'open source' approach to overcome concrete challenges to energy access. Read moreMinimize

Watch the recording on YouTube here.

Download the presentations: WISIONS Webinar Open Source Technologies Slides  

Open source, open innovation, open collaboration: most of us access information daily based on an ‘open’ approach. Open source technology – which emerged as a radical new approach to software – benefits from a collaborative and transparent approach. It allows people to adapt and improve technology according to their needs. An open source approach can progress more rapidly thanks to the crowd-based model that encourages experimentation. Open source technology is flexible, and it is sometimes even more reliable.

But how can this revolution in “openness” benefit people who need access to energy? In the case of energy access, open source technology allows people to adapt energy-related hardware, software, and data more easily to their local conditions, potentially saving both time, effort, and money in the process. The flexibility offered by open source technology means that people are not wedded to proprietary technology if they need to adapt to new conditions. Despite these benefits, obstacles to open source technology also exist.

In our recent webinar we learned how energy practitioners are applying open source to solve concrete challenges to energy access. We explored the possibilities and the difficulties of using open source technologies for advancing SDG7.

Specific Objectives:

  • To showcase how energy practitioners (and practitioners’ networks) are applying the open source model to SDG7
  • To understand the potential of open source technology for energy access
  • To identify the difficulties or limitations of deploying open source technology in the energy access space

Speakers:

Dan Frydman, Green Empowerment / Hydro Empowerment Network
Luiz Vila, Wind Empowerment
Vijay Bhopal, Connected Energy / Open Energy Access Alliance
Martin Jäger, Libre Solar / Open Energy Access Alliance

Moderator: Molly Hurley-Depret

Watch all our previous webinars: WISIONS Webinar Series


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