WISIONS of Sustainability

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 In Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire This Week!

News from WISIONS posted on March 11th, 2019

WISIONS is participating in the 5th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire this week. Meet us there!Read moreMinimize

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in partnership with the African Development Bank and GET.invest (formely RECP), is hosting the 5th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from 13 - 14 March 2019.

The Forum convenes public, private and other stakeholders with the goal to boost clean energy access globally and in particular in Africa, where 588 million people still lack electricity. To intensify the exchange with players from and outside Africa, ARE will also hold its Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the Forum the day before.

Building on the success of previous editions, the event will showcase the latest off-grid political and funding initiatives, discuss trends and innovations, and build win-win partnerships through matchmaking.

Follow our Twitter account for updates and insights into how practitioners in West Africa and around the world are transforming energy access!


Outcomes of the 2016 "Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking" Conference

News from WISIONS posted on May 12th, 2016

In April 2016, the coordinator of the RedBioLAC network, which is supported by WISIONS, participated in the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference. It was organised by Hivos, SNV and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia, in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.Read moreMinimize

The conference attracted around 140 participants and around 80% were from Africa. While biogas digestion systems for domestic use are widely established across Asia, the African continent still lacks the know-how and expertise regarding these technologies.

Recently, prefabricated fixed-dome biodigesters and different kinds of tubular digesters have been trialled but, to date, only 5% of the implementation potential for biogas plants in Africa has been realised. The main challenges include low initial investment capacities, limited knowledge (especially regarding the potential end uses of biogas and effluents) and poor quality systems.

During the conference, various sessions dealt with the potential and benefits of biogas use for cooking purposes, urban sanitation and communal usage. Further discussions included a market assessment of biodigesters, the question of financial accessibility and possible adaptions to international implementation models.

A more detailed report is available on the RedBioLAC website (in Spanish only).


Conference on Energy Access in Africa

News from WISIONS posted on April 26th, 2013

"Fostering Energy Access in Africa. Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Integration“ is the topic of this year's Potsdam Spring Dialogue 2013 hosted by the German Development and Peace Foundation (Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden, SEF). It is taking place in Potsdam on April 26-27, 2013 and WISIONS team is participating.Read moreMinimize

The focus of the conference lies on the political and economic framework needed for the uptake of renewable energies in Africa. The conference program states: „The potential afforded by clean, green – in other words, renewable – energies is especially high. Depending on the local geophysical conditions, windhydroand/or solar energy are available in abundance. And yet as much as 82 per cent of Africa's electricity is still generated from fossil fuels, compared with only 16 per cent from renewables. If this ratio is to change, the right political and economic adjustments must be made, for example through taxation, subsidies and incentive schemes, as well as feed-in tariffs and legislation. After all, private investors will only commit to this type of project, alongside public sector donors, if the conditions are right."

More information can be found on the conference website.