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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Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Micro Hydro Plants in the Philippines

News from WISIONS posted on December 11th, 2017

Since 1995, several micro-hydro plants have been installed in the province of Abra in the Philippines. However, many of them are now suffering from technical, organisational and financial difficulties. One of our SEPS projects (LINK) aimed to restore and upgrade the Adugao MHP as a demonstration project and to develop a working plan to rehabilitate other power plants in the region.Read moreMinimize

The Adugao power plant is a small 7.5 KW power system in a remote area in northern Luzon, the Philippines. Before its construction in 2000, neighbouring indigenous communities relied solely on firewood for lighting purposes and had never experienced electric power. 13 years later, the system had started to show major signs of wear and poor maintenance.

In 2015, local partner SIBAT with funding from WISIONS started a rehabilitation programme aiming to restore the potential of the Adugao MHP. Over the last two years, SIBAT has:

  • fully restored the power plant, which now operates 24/7
  • avoided system downtime by providing a constant water flow
  • installed a load controller and constructed a reliable concrete canal

Furthermore, a tariff system suited to the local economic context has been established. For example, people in need can pay for the service by in-kind payments of rice, which follows the local tradition of sharing. A potentially self-sustaining maintenance and management team has also been put in place.

The successful project development demonstrates that access to energy can be acquired and sustained through a community-based approach in which the local population formulates and enforces policies to manage and care for an energy system.

More general information on this project is available here: Rehabilitation and Upgrading of an Existing Micro Hydro Power Project in the Province of Abra, the Philippines


9th Annual Conference of the RedBioLAC Network in Buenos Aires, Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on November 1st, 2017

WISIONS is supporting and participating in the 9th Annual Conference of the Latin American Biogas Network (RedBioLAC), which takes place from 6th – 10th November 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Read moreMinimize

RedBioLAC is a network of institutions involved in the applied research and advocacy of biodigesters for the treatment and management of organic waste, as a strategy for improving the wellbeing of the Latin American and Caribbean people. Since its inception in 2009, the network has become a lively platform for knowledge exchange between more than 300 participants. 

Eight conferences have so far taken place. This annual opportunity to meet and interact intensively with experts from across the region is a central component for sustaining the impetus of the knowledge sharing process. Most of the presentations and memories from the conferences are available in the network's online library. Various photos of RedBioLAC's annual conferences are available on Facebook here.

This year’s conference programme is available online here (Spanish only).


The Minigrid Game – A Participatory Gaming Approach to Community Energy Planning

News from WISIONS posted on October 16th, 2017

One of our recent SEPS Exchange Activities aims to increase community understanding of minigrid design, management and operation via a novel approach: a role-playing game built around the representation of a minigrid system, intended to be used as an educational and collaborative planning tool in designing a community-sized minigrid system.Read moreMinimize

In the Minigrid Game, networked players come together to play out household consumption and make important energy choices, like purchasing appliances, setting energy tariffs, and managing finances to pay their bills on time. Players' individual behavior, like switching appliances on and off, or failing to make a payment, are immediately visible to everyone else. 

The game is cooperative, and can only be won when the community decides on an appropriately sized system, sets a tariff that pays for its cost, and consumes an amount of energy within the limited capacity. Surprise events along the way, such as hurricanes, lost income or unexpected inheritances add to the fun and challenges that they must overcome.

Energy Action Partners have developed a software version of the game, played on wirelessly connected computers. This has been played and tested in Ladakh in India, Solo in Indonesia and in Sabah, Malaysia. The organisation is currently working on further software development and prototyping a robust, physical console that can be used as an optional user interface.

Watch a video of the online workshop:

Players will have the option of playing The Minigrid Game on a computer or electronic device using the game's digital dashboard screen, or using the physical console, an electronic board resembling a house with miniature appliances that can be 'plugged' in and turned 'on' or 'off'. Once completed, ENACT plans to test this prototype with a rural community in Malaysia.

Read more about recent project development on Energy Action Partners' website. More general information is available on our SEPS project page: A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement.


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