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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Meet the WISIONS Team at the IOREC Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

News from WISIONS posted on September 26th, 2016

This year's International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30th September and 1st October 2016. The Conference is being organized by IRENA in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). As WISIONS is a member of ARE, we will participate in this event!Read moreMinimize

IOREC is the global platform for sharing experiences and best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. The first edition of IOREC was organised in Accra, Ghana in 2012 and the second in Manila, Philippines, in 2014.

The 2016 conference will take place back-to-back with the SEED Africa Symposium (28 - 29 September), an international forum to stimulate growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship in Africa.

In parallel with the Conference, ARE will organise an exhibition to give the private sector an opportunity to showcase products/projects, and offer participants networking opportunities. We especially encourage the ARE members to participate, present its products and projects and showcase the technologies and know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables.


Meet the WISIONS Team at the Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids Conference

News from WISIONS posted on September 20th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the International Conference on "Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access" from 21st to 23rd September 2016 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany.Read moreMinimize

Due to the intermittency of solar radiation, solar energy technologies include storage functionalities in order to make energy available for 24 hours a day. There are a number of new developments in the pipeline and components on the market for storing solar thermal heat and renewable electricity.

Whereas solar heating is usually consumed where it is produced, autonomous solar electricity increasingly tends to be integrated as well into mini grids (also called micro grids). Hybrid PV Mini Grids are a cost-effective and a quicker alternative to grid extension or to unreliable grids for many villages.

Therefore, an intelligent mix of the above technologies and micro grids is capable of providing electricity and thermal comfort not only at household level, but also to entire villages, institutions, hotels, and businesses. This also opens the door to bottom up approaches to energy planning and development.

This year's event, organised by OTTI, will bring together academia, practitioners, industry and development institutions with the aim of sharing experiences and the latest technology developments, learning from each other and networking.

On Thursday (22nd September), the WISIONS team will participate in a session on rural electricity and present a study entitled "Does Access to Energy Lead to Sustainable Development? – Evidence from Small Community-Based Projects". The full conference programme is available here.


7th International Sustainability Transitions Conference in Wuppertal, Germany

News from WISIONS posted on September 6th, 2016

The 7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference will take place in Wuppertal from 6th - 9th September 2016. The IST Conference will be hosted by the Wuppertal Institute, in cooperation with the Center for Transformation Research and Sustainability (TransZent) at the University of Wuppertal.Read moreMinimize

The conference is the annual opportunity to share theoretical, empirical and practical advances in the field of sustainability transitions. The conference is part of the activities of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) and is linked to the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (EIST).

Sustainability transitions are transformations of major socio-technical systems of provision and use in areas such as energy, water, mobility and food towards more sustainable societies. Sustainability transitions research is a multi-disciplinary field with inputs from economics, science and technology studies, geography, political science, management, sociology and history. It is also a transdisciplinary field in the sense that it focuses on “real-world problems”, is impact- and solution-oriented, and aims at fostering societal change towards sustainable development.

The theme for this year’s IST conference is “Exploring Transition Research as Transformative Science”. Contributions will focus on the conceptual and methodological challenges of transformative science, i.e. research that is actively involved in societal transformation processes. We want to reflect on the challenges and lessons learned in concrete research projects, on theoretical contributions advancing our understanding of transitions, and on the role of science and scientists involved in transitions to sustainability. We will also focus on the broad range of issues and debates in sustainability transitions research.

The WISIONS team, as member of the Wuppertal Institute, will actively participate in the conference.

More information on the IST is available here.


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