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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RedBioLAC Network Presents New Student Internship Programme

News from WISIONS posted on April 19th, 2017

The Latin American biogas network RedBioLAC recently launched its call for proposals for its new student internship programme.Read moreMinimize

This programme aims to facilitate and support applied research on topics relevant to network members by involving students at the advanced stages of their studies. This serves to address knowledge gaps, while simultaneously contributing to international knowledge-sharing and capacity-building of the next generation of experts and decision-makers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

More information and the application form can be accessed here (Spanish only).


Grid-Connected Biomass Gasification in Sri Lanka

News from WISIONS posted on April 12th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in Sri Lanka established a pilot community-based grid-connected wood gasification power plant (20 kW) in the village of Batugammana. It serves as an environmentally friendly income-generating opportunity for the rural population in Sri Lanka. Farmers living in the village supply sustainably grown fuel wood to power the plant, which in turn generates power that is eventually sold to the national grid.Read moreMinimize
Biomass energy has the potential to generate income for rural farmers as there is an attractive feed-in tariff for biomass power in Sri Lanka. This project, which has recently been successfully completed, mobilised the farmers in the village, formed a community-based company, conducted feasibility studies and obtained an energy permit from the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority for the grid-connected biomass power project.

A 20 kW power pellet (wood) gasifier and engine was purchased, together with an induction generator. The team designed and manufactured a suitable woodcutter and constructed a power house. Subsequently, they signed the "Standardised Power Purchase Agreement" with the Ceylon Electricity Board, which permits the energy produced to be sold to the grid. As a last step, the power plant was connected to the national grid. To ensure sustainability, a wood supply chain was established with the farmers, plant operators were trained and a 20 year power purchase agreement was signed.

Monitoring of the plant’s performance is still on-going. For more general information on this SEPS project, please visit our project page: Introducing grid-connected biomass gasification units for rural energy access and community development.


Article “Small-Scale Energy Projects in the Global South” Published in New LCS-RNet Brochure

News from WISIONS posted on April 10th, 2017

The publication “Realising long-term transitions towards low carbon societies” features 24 articles based on presentations made at the Annual Meeting of the Low Carbon Society Research Network (LCS-RNet), which was hosted by the Wuppertal Institute in September 2016. Read moreMinimize

The LCS-RNet acts as a forum aimed at fostering research and policymaking to jointly achieve decarbonised energy systems in countries around the world.  

Published as a "Wuppertal Spezial" (No. 53), the brochure covers topics such as governance for the long-term transition towards low carbon economies, policy instruments for financing decarbonisation and the provision of integrated strategies for achieving long-term sustainability.

As part of the network, the WISIONS of sustainability initiative and its supporting scheme SEPS (Sustainable Energy Project Support) have been making a valuable contribution to these goals for over a decade. Representatives from WISIONS gave a presentation at the meeting and contributed an article, “Small-scale energy projects in the global south”, to the LCS-RNet brochure (p. 30-32).

Download your free copy of the brochure here.


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