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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Wind Datalogger Development Week in Toulouse, France

News from WISIONS posted on April 17th, 2015

Wind Empowerment is organising a "Wind Datalogger Development Week" to advance the development of a data logger for small wind turbines from 20 – 25 April 2015 in Toulouse, France.Read moreMinimize

The aim of this workshop, which is initiated by members of Wind Empowerment’s Measurement Working Group, is to build a logger to collect data from multiple sensors: an anemometer and wind vane to measure the wind speed and direction and a current/voltage transducer to measure the power produced by the turbine (for both on and off-grid systems). The data collected by this method will allow manufacturers, installers and users, as well as students, to better understand and improve the production of small wind turbines.

More information on the activities and events of the Development Week is available here: Wind Empowerment Development Week.

Details about the location of the workshop can be found here: Lîlegal.

There will also be a webinar on 24 April, where the team in Toulouse will summarise progress to date and answer any questions from the audience:

Friday, 24 April 2015, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT. You may join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone by following this link.

Alternatively, you may also dial in using your phone:
United States : +1 (872) 240-3412+1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 950-757-221

Meet the WISIONS Team at the Biogas Workshop 2015 in Oldenburg

News from WISIONS posted on April 13th, 2015

The WISIONS team will participate in the international workshop on "Mass Dissemination of Domestic Biodigesters in Developing Countries – from Technology to National Programmes", which takes place from 15 - 18 April 2015 at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Read moreMinimize

The Master Course Postgraduate Programme "Renewable Energy" at the University of Oldenburg will be holding its annual workshop on mass dissemination of domestic biodigesters in developing countries.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • The biochemical anaerobic fermentation process
  • Biogas for development and domestic biogas
  • Biogas Plant Designs
  • Plant functioning, dimensioning and proper sizing
  • Appliances for domestic biogas (stoves, lamps and household use)
  • Practical implications and lessons learned
  • Programme functions, instutional framework and cost analysis (Investment & Revenue)
  • Biogas in Carbon offset projects and GHG emissions
Please visit this link to find out more about the workshop. The full programme is available here.

SEPS Exchange – Energy for Food Production in Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on April 7th, 2015

One of our recent SEPS Exchanges, entitled "Exchange and capacity building in energy alternatives for food production", was successfully concluded. The main objective of this exchange was to link the concepts of food sovereignty and energy sovereignty through joint capacity-building, networking and hands-on training in energy alternatives for local food production between six organisations in Colombia.Read moreMinimize

This exchange involved a social alliance and collective learning process between NGOs, civil-society organisations (Censat Agua Viva and others) and rural communities from three regions of Colombia.

Local food production in rural Colombian regions (Santander, Córdoba and Antioquia) still depends on the combustion of firewood and obsolete technologies, which consume high levels of energy and emit harmful pollutants. Over the course of this SEPS Exchange, local communities gained technical skills, regional knowledge networks were formed and energy alternatives, including biodigesters, solar dehydration units, solar panels and energy efficient wood stoves, were installed. 

All of these achievements were made possible by the education, participation and self-determination of local communities. The new cooking stoves use 40% less firewood and, subsequently, emit less particles, resulting in cleaner working conditions. Solar dehydration units are used for drying plants, herbs and fruits to sell at local markets, while solar panels power water pumps used for irrigation and drinking water supply. 

A video documentary of the project is available on YouTube: "Energy to Share, Energy for Good Living" and a photo album is available on our Facebook page.

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