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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Biogas Demonstration Unit For Sustainable Rural Energy Development in Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on May 7th, 2018

One of our recent SEPS projects aims to tackle the issues of rural energy scarcity, high volumes of biomass feedstock and problems of waste disposal by installing an anaerobic biodigester in the region of Los Pinos, Balcarce, Argentina.Read moreMinimize

As in other countries, small rural communities in Argentina have a scarce supply of energy but possess potential to harness high volumes of biomass feedstock for bioenergy generation through their agricultural and livestock activities. In addition to emissions produced by the use of fossil fuels, waste disposal related to poor waste management practices is an associated environmental challenge.

The project is being led by INTA and CONICET, which are devoted to developing sustainable innovation and transformation, together with FCA–UNMdP.

Recently, they have successfully carried out the following activities:

  • The formation of a cooperative: “Cooperativa de Servicios y Consumo Los Pinos Ltda." (e.g. responsible for waste classification)
  • The training of people for technical operation and maintenance of the biogas plant
  • Design of feedstock management and storage (including construction of a predigestion chamber)
  • The installation of a biogas plant with a potential power generation of 25 kW, as well as gas pipelines

Find more general information on this project on our SEPS project page: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina


What If The Grid Arrives? How Off-Grid Renewable Energy Projects Have Adapted To Grid Arrival

News from WISIONS posted on April 24th, 2018

Off-grid renewable energy projects sometimes remain off-grid in the long-term. But in some cases, the national electricity grids reach these areas, leaving communities, governments, and other stakeholders with major decisions to make. In this webinar, we have shed light on the experiences faced across the global south through case studies and heard first-hand what happens when the grid arrives.Read moreMinimize
Moderator: Molly Hurley Depret

Speakers:
Chris Greacen, Palang Thai (further links to his books, see below)
Rebecca Leaf, Association of Rural Development Workers Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL, Nicaragua)
Junaed Tazdik, IDCOL Assistant Manager, SHS Program
Mafruda Rahman, Green Climate Fund (GCF) unit of IDCOL

You can find the recorded webinar below and all the individual slides of the recording above are also available here: WISIONS Webinar GridArrival All ppts190418light

How can small-scale renewable energy projects adapt and plan for national grid expansion? What will become of these stand-alone renewable energy systems or micro-grid solutions? Will they sustain and survive? Can and shall they become connected to the grid? What are preconditions and challenges? And how can communities with off-grid systems best plan and prepare for this possibility?

In principle, off-grid mini-grids powered by micro-hydro, solar PV or by combination of renewable energy technologies (hybrid generation) can be connected to the national grid. However, many technical, regulatory, and management challenges remain. For other solutions, such as solar home systems, the question is whether they are sustainable and might be a good and independent alternative to the grid – especially if the grid does not offer stable service. In the worst case, however, the grid's arrival can lead to the abandonment of off-grid systems and a loss not only of the financial and resource investments, but possibly also of jobs, technical know-how, and autonomy.

What will become of these stand-alone renewable energy systems or micro-grid solutions? Will they sustain and survive? Can and shall they become connected to the grid? What are preconditions and challenges? And how can communities with off-grid systems best plan and prepare for this possibility?

Links to linked literature:

http://tiny.cc/BottomUp
http://tiny.cc/gridarrival


Meet the WISIONS Team at the ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum 2016

News from WISIONS posted on April 5th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum, which will take place from 12th to 13th April 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is part of a series of events which the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) are co-hosting free-of-costs to promote decentralised renewable energy technologies and cooperation.Read moreMinimize

ARE is hosting a one-day Energy Access Investment Summit at ING headquarters to bring together key decision makers as well as institutional and business representatives to develop business strategies.

This event aims to discuss market conditions and key policy and financial initiatives on existing and upcoming rural electrification business opportunities in developing and emerging markets. It offers a chance for interested participants to understand where the opportunities lie and how you can take advantage of them, while also creating the appropriate networks to get engaged.

The summit is open to the private sector, financiers, the (inter)national and European public sector representatives, business networks and CSO that would like

  • to meet ARE members and partners; and 
  • to venture or to expand investment and operations in rural electrification and renewable energy markets.
More information on the event, including a detailed list of speakers is available at ARE's website here.