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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New Article: Productive Use Of Energy – Pathway To Development?

News from WISIONS posted on August 20th, 2018

The WISIONS team has published a new article entitled "Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development? Reviewing the Outcomes and Impacts of Small-Scale Energy Projects in the Global South" in the journal "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews". Read or download it here (free open access until 26 September 2018).Read moreMinimize

It is widely recognised that access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty and enhancing development. Accordingly, various positive effects beyond simple access to energy are associated with the implementation of sustainable energy projects. One of these assumed positive outcomes is the productive use of energy, which is expected to create value – for example in the form of increased local availability of goods or higher incomes – thereby having a positive impact on local livelihoods.

Many projects and programmes are based on such expectations regarding the productive use of energy but systematic evidence of these outcomes and impacts is still limited.

This study analyses the results of an impact evaluation of 30 small-scale energy development projects to better understand whether and how the supply of sustainable energy services supports productive use activities and whether these activities have the expected positive impacts on local livelihoods. A contribution analysis is applied to systematically evaluate the impact pathways for the productive use of energy.

The results show that access to sustainable energy does not automatically result in productive activities and that energy is only one of the input factors required to foster socio-economic development. Furthermore, the results demonstrate that activities, materials and information to support the productive use of energy – such as training, equipment or market research – need to be an integrated part of the energy project itself to allow for productive activities to develop on a wider scale.

Read or download (free open access until 26 September, 2018): Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development?

2nd National Meeting Of RedBioEc, The Ecuadorian Biodigester Network

News from WISIONS posted on August 15th, 2018

The Second National Meeting of RedBioEc, the Ecuadorian Biodigester Network, will take place from 13th - 14th September at the UTA Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias Querochaca of the Universidad Técnica de Ambato in Ecuador. WISIONS is supporting this event and our team will be in Ecuador to participate.Read moreMinimize

The purpose of this meeting is to share progress and lessons learned and to strengthen networking and exchange among biodigester practitioners in Ecuador.

You may still register for the event until 31 August 2018, which will take place at the UTA Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias Querochaca of the Universidad Técnica de Ambato.

Read more about the network's recent activities (as part of one of WISIONS' SEPS projects): RedBioEc, The Ecuadorian Biodigester Network (July 17th, 2018).

New Project: Jujuy On The Path To Green Energy

News from WISIONS posted on August 13th, 2018

One of our new SEPS exchange activities in cooperation with Fundación EcoAndina aims to transmit twenty years of practical experience in the field of solar energy to an upcoming generation of renewable energy technicians in Jujuy, Argentina. Read moreMinimize

In cooperation with the Renewable Energy Institute, Fundación EcoAndina aims to contribute to course content for students focusing on renewable energy applications which are field-tested and adapted to the specific social, economic, climatic and technological conditions in this arid desertic region of Argentina.

This SEPS exchange activity aims to achieve the following:

a) The education and training of renewable energy students on various topics at the CEDIERA technology park, awarding certificates to students who complete the course.

b) The coordination and realisation of a handful of “Solar Energy Consultation Days” in Humahuaca, Abra Pampa and La Quiaca to improve access to information about renewable energy and other appropriate technologies among underprivileged highland populations and to empower highland municipalities to develop local renewable energy politics and projects.

Read more: Jujuy On The Path To Green Energy

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