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.
7th Annual RedBioLAC Conference in Santiago de Chile
News from WISIONS posted on October 29th, 2015
This year's conference focuses on the growing opportunity and need for biodigestion in Latin America, faced by rapidly increasing urban populations, unstable fossil fuel prices, and a growing concern for effective reduction of greenhouse gases and other environmental impacts from agricultural and urban environments. The conference will bring together actors to share successful experiences, research, and opportunities for multi-sector impact and new funding opportunities.
The event will be held in Spanish language without translation services. The registration form, the conference programme (pdf) and more general information is available in Spanish only on the website of RedBioLAC. Our media partners at Energypedia will provide up-to-date information on the event. A live stream of the event is available here.
Selected Projects & Exchange Activities– SEPS Call in Southern and Southeast Asia 2015
News from WISIONS posted on October 27th, 2015
Organisation: Janathakshan & 5 partner organisations
Country: Sri Lanka
Exchange activity’s aim: to nurture knowledge exchange between multi-actors for grid-connected micro hydro technology across the region of South and Southeast Asia and to empower members of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) to operate renewable energy technologies apart from the national grid.
Organisation: Asosiasi Hidro Bandung & 5 partner organisations
Exchange activity’s aim: to develop local capacity for electronic load controller trouble-shooting and development. The activities include a capacity building programme for the operators of load controllers, as well as the creation of a ‘toolkit’ to be used in implementation and operation practices.
Organisation: Practical Action & 3 partner organisations
Exchange activity’s aim: to contribute to the sustainability of micro hydro plants in Southern and Southeast Asia by increasing the load factors and financial bases through the implementation of proven best practices for productive end uses.
Organisation: Green Empowerment & 2 partner organisations
Country: USA / Philippines
Exchange activity’s aim: to encourage the community organisers of existing micro hydro programmes to advocate the replication of successful micro hydro power projects in Southeast Asia.
Organisation: Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya
Project’s aim: to restore and upgrade one of the micro hydro plants (the Adugao micro hydro power plant) as a demonstration project and to develop a plan to restore the other MHPs in the region.
Organisation: Institute for Development Support
Project’s aim: to improve the traditional water mills by replacing wooden equipment in order to make them more efficient and to demonstrate the importance of the technology in the mountainous region.
Project’s aim: to use micro hydro power generated by a low head propeller turbine to demonstrate the feasibility of this clean energy technology in the Terai region of Nepal.
Organisation: Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective
Project’s aim: to integrate an existing micro hydro power unit into the national grid to prevent it from becoming non-operational and to demonstrate the potential of a grid-connected micro hydro solar hybrid system.
Project’s aim: to demonstrate the viability of an innovative business model for the bulk sale of energy produced by a micro hydro plant to nearby villages, which would contribute to the sustainability of the plant by providing increased finances from the sale of this excess energy.
Organisation: Smart Hydro Power GmbH
Country: Germany / India
Project's aim: to demonstrate the viability of a hybrid hydro power plant consisting of a hydrokinetic turbine and photovoltaic panels to power a local rice and flour mill, while also enhancing the population’s wellbeing (e.g. by improved lighting).
Organisation: Practical Action
Project’s aim: to contribute to the vision of “Building Back Better” to rebuild disaster-resilient communities by restoring sustainable energy access.
Grid-Connected Biomass Gasification Plants for Rural Energy Access in Sri Lanka
News from WISIONS posted on October 21st, 2015
One of the central goals of the project is to demonstrate the technical and economical feasibility of selling electricity from a community-based wood-gasification plant under a standardised power purchase agreement with the Ceylon Electricity Board (a state-owned utility). This project will help to build farmers’ confidence in the new technology and on the market for sustainably grown fuel wood; thereby creating an enabling environment for replicating this community-based model in about 10,000 rural villages in Sri Lanka.
After selecting the village of Batugammana, mobilising the local community and establishing business and management models, the implementing organization Energy Forum purchased and installed the "Power Pellet", an automated biomass gasifier which was success fully tested in Sri Lanka for the first time during this project. Several technical issues and regulatory obstacles has been successfully resolved during trials, as a result of which the plant was successfully commissioned in Batugammana.
Further recent project progress and achievements include
- The successful connection of the plant to the national grid
- The signing of a power purchase agreement with the Ceylon Electricity Board
- The establishment of a fuel wood supply chain
- The training and capacity building of plant operators
- The monitoring of the performance of the plant