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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New Project: Capacity Building And Knowledge Exchange – Designing Energy Services In Indonesia

News from WISIONS posted on November 7th, 2018

One of our most recent SEPS exchange activities aims to build an understanding of a participatory approach to designing energy services in Southeast Asia called the "Energy Delivery Model"(EDM).Read moreMinimize

Many energy services in remote areas targeting the “last mile” fail. This is for a variety of reasons, including insufficient attention to the long-term costs of operation and maintenance; use of a “one size fits all” approach which often fails to consider differing local realities and socio-cultural factors (including gender issues); lack of attention to how an energy service will deliver wider development impact; and lack of buy-in from local stakeholders.

Building on these insights, since 2014 IESR – with its partners CAFOD and IIED – has been co-developing a participatory approach to designing energy services in Southeast Asia called the Energy Delivery Model (EDM).

Over the course of six months, IESR aims to:

  • Prepare and host a four-day EDM Planning Workshop in Indonesia (inviting 15-20 participants from NGOs, social enterprises & local government), which will build an understanding of the participatory design of energy services, as well as capacity to use the existing EDM Toolkit; and
  • Create an updated Indonesian language version of the EDM Toolkit.

Productive Uses For Wind Energy In Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on October 31st, 2018

Our project partners 500rpm and Wind Empowerment aim to identify productive uses for electricity generated by small wind turbines, and to implement three pilot systems in economic activities of three regions of Argentina.Read moreMinimize

The background that led our partners to think and implement this project is derived from previously executed projects where users of the Piggott wind turbine technology began to inquire about the possibility of applying electrical energy to local economic activities.

The selected regions and activities in this SEPS project are:

  • Los Gigantes-Còrdoba: rural tourism

  • Cholila-Chubut: small-scale livestock production and horticulture
  • Corralito-Rìo Negro: poultry production

  • Tonco-Salta: production of leather crafts


The following were considered for the selection: the demands coming from the territory, the long-term sustainability of the pilot tests to be implemented, research analysis on rural economies, the potential of replication and multiplication of experiences.

Recently, the following goals and activities have been achieved/completed:

  • The characterisation of the local economic activities to be enhanced with the application of wind power in productive processes
  • The identification and articulation of local actors that can contribute to the sustainability of the project
  • A socio-technical analysis of potential direct beneficiaries

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Productive Use of Wind in Argentina - Developing Rural Areas with an Abundant Resource


Improving The Sustainability Of Micro-Hydro Projects Through Knowledge-Sharing Tools

News from WISIONS posted on October 23rd, 2018

One of our recent SEPS exchange activities aims to increase the technical and economical sustainability of micro-hydro projects by designing and offering micro-hydro practitioners a set of tools, including quality standards, accessibility to adequate technology, and community-led load management.Read moreMinimize

Over the last months, project activities generated the following progress:

  • Grid Code and Standards: Based on a comprehensive review of existing codes and their usability gaps, the project team around TONIBUNG developed a set of standards that will later be developed into a smart phone app.
  • Database of Service Providers: A list of MHP service providers in the region has been mostly developed and will go through one more review from Hydro Empowerment Network members to ensure all suppliers in the region are
included.
  • Load Indicator Device & Fabrication Manual: The aim is to create and document the design of a low-cost DIY load indicator device which MHP practitioners can provide to their communities. At this time, our project partners are assessing existing common devices and components to develop a custom device which any practitioner in the region could build at minimal cost.
  • Other tools which are currently being developed include an interactive visual tool on electronic load controllers

All tools will eventually be applied to several MHP communities which TONIBUNG/CREATE will then interconnect into one MHP system. 

Find more general information on this SEPS exchange activity here: Exchange: Improving the Sustainability of Micro-Hydropower Projects: Development of Knowledge-Sharing Tools


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