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Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Meet the WISIONS Team at the RGS-IGB Annual Conference 2015 in Exeter

News from WISIONS posted on August 12th, 2015

The WISIONS team will be participating in the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society and the IBG from 1st – 4th September 2015 in Exeter, United Kingdom. This year's conference theme is "Geographies of the Anthropocene".Read moreMinimize

It has been claimed that the Anthropocene heralds a new geological epoch in which human society is acknowledged as having become the greatest force shaping planet earth. Although its recognition as a new age in geological history remains provisional, the idea of the Anthropocene has already captured the public imagination and that of scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars, who have initiated a variety of new projects, agendas and critiques on the subject.

This annual conference theme aims to bring all areas of the discipline to the table, including the physical geography and climate science communities, to explore the rich array of geographical work relating to this powerful idea and its consequences.

The WISIONS presentation "Facilitating Knowledge Exchange Between Practitioners in the Global South – a Pathway to Achieving Fairness and Social Justice for Rural Communities?" is part of the session "Fairness and Social Justice for Rural Communities" on Wednesday 2nd September. The WISIONS team will also be chairing the session "What are Appropriate Delivery Models for Sustainable Energy Access in the Developing World?" on Friday 4th September.

Visit the Royal Geographical Society's website to read more about the Annual International Conference 2015 and to access the Conference Programme.


SEPS Project: Small Wind Energy System in Odisha, India

News from WISIONS posted on July 29th, 2015

One of our SEPS projects, which aimed to provide rural villages in the Kalahandi district of India with reliable energy produced by a small wind-hydro hybrid system, has been successfully concluded. Implementation partners were Practical Action and Gram Vikas.Read moreMinimize

In addition to installing two wind-solar hybrid energy systems to demonstrate the potential of the technology as a reliable energy source in the region, a diverse range of capacity building and hands-on training activities were undertaken to ensure the long-term operation of the system.

The energy produced by the wind-solar hybrid system is made available to the communities through a community charging station and a local electricity distribution line. Sixty households in two remote villages (Kamalaguda and Tijmali) now have reliable access to electricity. They are provided with lighting and charging points for mobile phones and other electrical devices. A local energy management system, as well as an operations and maintenance crew, have been trained to ensure the sustainability of the system.

Overall, the project successfully demonstrated the hybrid system as a viable option for rural electrification in remote off-grid areas in the Kalahandi District of Odisha, India. This was the first project of its kind in the region and as 25% of local villages still lack access to electricity, the potential for replication is huge.


Project Progress: Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ulu Papar Rainforest, Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 22nd, 2015

One of our SEPS projects, which aims to improve socioeconomic and environmental wellbeing in the villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan in Malaysia, is making progress while undergoing a few changes to the activities that were originally proposed.Read moreMinimize

The aim of this project is to provide three villages situated in a remote rainforest region of Malaysia with access to clean water, renewable electricity and income generation opportunities. 

Recently, the decision was taken to develop a smaller system in Lokogungan using concrete turbine technology from Sri Lanka, instead of constructing three micro-hydro plants. This was due to logistical difficulties in sourcing the turbine technology. The new pico-hydro system will power public buildings: the village school, church and a community hall. It will also include charging stations, where village residents can charge lamps and cell phones for use in their homes. Additionally, an on-site workshop will be held in Lokogungan to train community members and practitioners in the concrete turbine process.

The micro-hydro plant in Pongobonon is almost complete and the turbine is currently undergoing testing. Local villagers are enjoying the benefits of lighting for the first time.

Construction in Kalangaan is nearly complete, with all major civil structures now finalised. However, the transportation of the pipes and the cement has been very slow, and some pipes and several loads of cement still need to be transported to the site.

More information on this SEPS project is available on our project page: Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar


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