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.
Improving The Sustainability Of Micro-Hydro Projects Through Knowledge-Sharing Tools
News from WISIONS posted on October 23rd, 2018
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
A National Market Assessment For Wind/Solar Hybrid Systems In Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on October 19th, 2018
Being one of the world’s most mountainous countries, grid extension in Nepal is economically unfeasible in many locations. As a result, off-grid electrification solutions will be required to provide or upgrade access to electricity in the most inaccessible regions of Nepal.
In cooperation with Wind Empowerment, our project partner KAPEG (the Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group) intended to assess the potential of wind/solar hybrid mini-grids for off-grid electrification in Nepal. Their activities resulted in a comprehensive analysis of the existing market for solar/wind hybrid systems in Nepal, including an analysis of the market size, the current regulatory environment, technical issues and the common delivery/business models used to establish and maintain off-grid solar/wind projects in Nepal.
The final assessment includes data collected from six wind/solar hybrid mini-grid sites, with an analysis of failure modes and frequency, along with a summary of a series of expert interviews and techno-economic and mapping efforts. Taken together, these sections are intended to provide actionable information and recommendations for the off-grid small-wind and solar sector in Nepal. The assessment details the current status of small wind in the country, wherein the country is most viable for the technology, what issues need to be addressed to optimize the enabling environment for the technology and what the estimated market size is in Nepal. Through this, our project partners might improve the utilisation of the indigenous wind resource and effectively employ small wind turbines as a solution for off-grid electrification in the rural regions of Nepal in the future.
Find more general information on this SEPS exchange activity here: A Country Level Market Assessment for Small Wind Turbines
Waste To Wisdom – Strengthening Biogas Practitioners In Southeast Asia
News from WISIONS posted on October 12th, 2018
The first part of this knowledge exchange took place over two weeks in Sri Lanka in March 2018 and involved both theoretical and practical components, using classroom lectures, site visits, and actual biodigester construction on site. The training was very successful and delivered significantly under budget, allowing Green Empowerment and local partner organisations to direct the funds to host additional trainings as well as install planned pilot projects in Malaysia.
After the knowledge exchange in Sri Lanka, our project partners and exchange attendees began discussing potential demonstration sites. Kivatu Nature Farm at PACOS Trust was chosen to be the site of first pilot project because it was deemed to have adequate waste from their kitchen to feed a biogas digester and a high volume of visitors to demonstrate the technology to, as well as availability of a training facility. Greeb Empowerment worked with Janathakshan, TONIBUNG, and PACOS Trust to develop a training program and materials that were tailored for the context of Malaysian Borneo. Staff from TONIBUNG and PACOS Trust who attended the knowledge exchange led the design and began construction of the biogas digesters.
The second training was held at the end of August with attendance from communities from several regions of Sabah. The participants from the Sri Lanka knowledge exchange led the training in Sabah and promoted the dissemination of biodigester technology within their home regions. Though the pilot project construction was not able to be completed during the training due to some delays, it is now ready to be tested.
Next steps include another training and pilot biogas digester installation in Malaysia in January 2019.