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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Join The Hydro Empowerment Network's Side Event At IOREC 2018 In Singapore

News from WISIONS posted on October 25th, 2018

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will hold the 4th International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) in Singapore from 31st - 1st Nov 2018. Join the Hydro Empowerment Network's side event on 1st November!Read moreMinimize

The event is entitled Accelerating Financially Viable Hydro Mini-Grids: A Closer Look at Small-Scale Hydropower in S/SE Asia and will take place on 1st November from 12:45 until 14:00 at Level 4 of the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore. 

Panelists at this event will be:

Read more on Hydro Empowerment's website. Read more about IRENA's conference: IOREC 2018.

A Biogas Demonstration Unit For Los Pinos, Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on September 3rd, 2018

One of our recent SEPS projects aims to tackle the issues of rural energy scarcity, high volumes of biomass feedstock and problems associated with 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 have the potential to harness high volumes of biomass feedstock from their agricultural and livestock activities for bioenergy generation. In addition to emissions produced by using fossil fuels, waste disposal related to poor waste management practices is an associated environmental challenge.

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

Recently, the project team successfully carried out the following activities:

  • The "Cooperative of Supply of Services and Consumption Los Pinos Ltd." was established to produce, acquire, commercialise, transport and distribute feedstock for biogas production and provide other services for the successful implementation of a biogas demonstration unit (BDU). There was a particular focus on electing local women to occupy key positions on the cooperative’s board.
  • The selection and training of personnel to operate, maintain and manage the BDU.
  • The design and installation of a 25 kW demonstration biogas plant and associated gas pipeline mini-grid.
  • Discussions on waste classification and how households and municipal authorities can properly sort and add value to their waste.
  • The acquisition of feedstock for initial biogas production at the BDU, which will come from residues from a pig rearing facility (Lanpu S.A.) and a poultry farm (Por la Huella S.A.).

More general information on this SEPS project is available here: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina

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Practitioner Network Webinar: Grid Interconnection Of Mini-Grids

News from WISIONS posted on July 12th, 2018

The Energy Access Practitioner Network, in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center, is hosting a webinar on mini-grids and interconnection that will highlight the challenges and possible options for mini-grids after the main grid arrives. Join the webinar at 4 PM CEST on 18 July 2018.Read moreMinimize

Join this webinar to learn about various country-specific case studies from Asia and Africa, and to discuss the potential requirements – policy, technical, and commercial – needed to achieve a relatively seamless interconnection of mini-grids with the main grid.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

Speakers:
Chris Greacen, Palang Thai
Dipti Vaghela, Hydro Empowerment Network
Sam Slaughter, PowerGen Renewable Energy

Moderator:
Ruchi Soni, United Nations Foundation

Register here: Grid Interconnection Of Mini-Grids


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