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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Playing the "Minigrid Game" in Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 10th, 2017

One of our most recent SEPS Knowledge Exchange Activities aims to demonstrate a novel approach to building community energy systems in the form of a new minigrid planning tool and process entitled "The Minigrid Game". Read moreMinimize

The "Minigrid Game" is a role-playing game built around a representation of a community minigrid system. In the game, players come together to find out their household consumption and make critical energy-related decisions, such as purchasing appliances, managing finances to pay electricity bills on time, setting energy tariffs, and developing a healthy community fund. The game’s software uses networked computers to simulate households, and players interact with the software through a digital user interface.

The first part of this exchange activity led by ENACT is a series of three minigrid planning workshops held in rural villages in Eastern Malaysia, where local residents will play and use the "Minigrid Game". 

These will take place on 17 July in Terian (20 participants), on 18 July in Buayan (30 participants), and on 19 July in Timpaysa (10 participants). 

Find more general information on our SEPS project page: Exchange: A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement


Rural Energy Development in Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on June 12th, 2017

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.Read moreMinimize

Around 80% of the populated areas in Argentina are rural communities with less than 2000 inhabitants, while 60% of the country’s population lives in the 17 biggest cities. Especially in the Humid Pampas region, many small towns lack power supply and waste management facilities, which makes access to energy difficult, expensive and unsustainable. In these areas the national grid is often unreliable.

Los Pinos, the site of this project led by INTA, is located around 400 km from Buenos Aires. It currently numbers 190 households with a population of around 350 people. The energy demand of Los Pinos was determined during the first working phase of the project.

Further successfully implemented activities include:

  • The permission and approval of project activities by local authorities;
  • The signing of an agreement by producers to ensure feedstock supply to a biogas demonstration unit;
  • The formation of a “Public Services Cooperative” to ensure management and operation of the plant; and
  • The completion of socioeconomic and environmental baseline surveys to measure the impact of the installation once it is in operation 

In the coming months, the project team will work on the installation of the biogas plant, the training of the operators, and the optimisation of ongoing processes.

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


Productive Use of Biogas at Dairy and Pig Farms in Costa Rica

News from WISIONS posted on June 2nd, 2017

One of our SEPS projects takes an innovative approach to the productive use of biogas at dairy and pig farms in Costa Rica. It aims to replace electric motors with biogas-powered engines to operate milking machines and forage choppers, and provide heat from biogas-fired heating lamps for the piglets.Read moreMinimize

This project is led by local partners Viogaz. Their recent work includes the successful identification of farmers aiming to participate in the programme and the assessment of farms to serve as pilot project sites. Via surveys and other analyses, the farmers’ needs for biodigesters could be determined, as well as their potential applications of the new technology.

As Viogaz is a partner of Kiva Microfunds, an organisation which allows people to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs, they were able to offer a financing option to the selected farmers, helping them implement the anaerobic technology (biodigesters).

Furthermore, Viogaz designed the appropriate biodigestion system for each user, taking a variety of factors into consideration. Most of the systems have already been installed, and all the installed digesters have started operating. All the users have been trained on how to run and maintain the biodigesters.

The next working steps of this project include monitoring the systems and connecting the technology to its designated end uses, as well as further testing, validation and training sessions.

More general information on this project is available here: Validating a Novel Approach to the Productive Use of Biogas to Empower Medium Scale Dairy and Pig Farmers in Costa Rica


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