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.
Next Webinar: “Great Expectations – Productive Uses of Energy Off the Grid”
News from WISIONS posted on June 28th, 2018
Great expectations abound for the so-called “productive uses of energy”. These uses of energy go well beyond solar lamps and cell phone charging. They aim to fundamentally improve livelihoods for people living beyond the grid by powering computers, agricultural machinery, and more.
increasingly support energy projects and programmes that use energy
productively. The assumption is that using energy for productive uses
will enhance social and economic development and help reach the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
productive uses of energy could certainly help to reach these goals, as
many examples attest. However, systematic evidence of these outcomes
and impacts is still limited and questions remain:
complementary services are necessary to establish productive uses? Do
productive uses of energy contribute to social and economic development?
Why do many energy projects fall short to establish productive
activities? Is there a tipping point for the amount of energy that will
have the greatest impact? Which “productive” activities should be
supported, and who will benefit?
Join us in this webinar to discuss these important questions. You will also receive an overview of the current state of evidence on productive uses of energy and learn about pitfalls and successes along the way to improving livelihoods across the Global South.
Our experts this month include:
- David Lecoque, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
- Pooja Sharma, Practical Action
- Dr. Julia Terrapon-Pfaff, Wuppertal Institute
In the meantime watch our previous webinars: WISIONS Webinar Series
Biogas Demonstration Unit For Sustainable Rural Energy Development in Argentina
News from WISIONS posted on May 7th, 2018
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.
Recently, they have successfully carried out the following activities:
- Creation of a cooperative: “Cooperativa de Servicios y Consumo Los Pinos Ltda." (responsibilities include waste classification)
- Training of people for the technical operation and maintenance of the biogas plant
- Design of feedstock management and storage (including construction of a predigestion chamber)
- 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
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?
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