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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Modular Power to the People

News from WISIONS posted on October 24th, 2017

One of our SEPS exchange activities aims to create an open-source power converter that can be used in the implementation of self-built wind turbines as well as for other technologies. The activities are carried out in different regions of Latin America.Read moreMinimize

Over the last months, various hard- and software developments as well as training sessions for people not involved in the project activities have taken place. 

These include:

  • Successful development of a controller and a PV power module
  • Successful development of a wind power module, which is currently undergoing testing
  • Testing activities with people not involved in the project: Will they be able to assemble the different hardware components?
Future steps include:

  • The assembly of experiences and development of a manual for the different hard-/software modules
  • Development of diffusion strategies, including a webinar
  • The shipment of components and manual to Peru and India 

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Modular Power to the People: Democratising Energy Access through Modular Power Electronics Systems

This project is being led by Wind Empowerment.


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. 

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.


Where the Winds Meet – Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile

News from WISIONS posted on October 11th, 2017

One of our SEPS exchange activities aimed to create a local knowledge group for the self-construction of small-scale wind turbines in the south of Chile, through an international exchange of knowledge with Argentinian members of the Wind Empowerment network. Read moreMinimize

The activities were carried out in Puerto Natales, in the region of Magallanes in southern Chile, and seeked to build, strengthen and disseminate the local competences that are necessary to:

  • Construct, maintain and repair small wind turbines
  • Install small wind turbines for off-grid rural electrification
  • Measure small wind turbine performances and local wind resources
During a workshop in June 2017, the participants were guided through the construction of a 350W small wind turbine (1.8 m diameter), based on the widely adopted Piggott open-source design. The turbine is installed in Estancia La Fernanda, a family farm around 13 km from Puerto Natales. 

The farm has difficult access to electricity in the winter, when it mostly depends on a diesel generator. The family participated in the workshop, and is now responsible for the correct operation and maintenance of the system.

A detailed summary of the activities will soon be published on our SEPS project page: “Where the Winds Meet” – Local Construction of Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile.

More information is available on Wind Empowerment's blog.


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