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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Improving Livelihoods in Esmeraldas, Ecuador

News from WISIONS posted on May 17th, 2017

"Creciendo Esmeraldas con Energía Renovable" (CRECER) was a pilot programme implemented by CorpoEsmeraldas, Green Empowerment, FEDETA and supported by WISIONS that aimed to improve the livelihoods of rural families in Rio Verde, Esmeraldas, Ecuador through the implementation of renewable energy technologies and sustainable agriculture practices. Read moreMinimize

The project’s initial objective was to improve cacao production and processing in ways that also restored the region’s fragile natural environment, improving lives and livelihoods while enhancing rural communities’ resilience in the face of climate change.

With support of our SEPS Energy Projects initiative, the project team installed passive solar dryers and biogas digester technologies in support of smallholder cacao farmers. After 18 months of successfully implementing the project, we supported continued monitoring, evaluation and expansion activities. 

The replication efforts (e.g. in Carchi and Manabí Provinces) focused both on building partner organisations’ technical capacity in biogas digesters and passive solar dryers, and on creating community interest in replicating these technologies and accompanying agro-ecological training through future efforts. 

Furthermore, the organisation of a national biodigester experience exchange event in September 2016 led to the creation of a national Ecuadorian biogas network (Red de Biodigestores del Ecuador, RedBioEc), following the guidelines of the neighbouring networks RedBioCOL and RedBioLAC.

More general information on the CRECER project is available at our SEPS project page: Improving Cacao Production and Processing While Meeting Cooking Fuel Demand in Ecuador (CRECER) 

More photos can be found on Facebook here.


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


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