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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Selected SEPS Exchange Activities – SEPS Call 2016: Energising Development Through Knowledge Exchange

News from WISIONS posted on April 24th, 2017

Following our last SEPS call at the end of 2016, which was focused on Exchange Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as South/South East Asia, we are pleased to communicate which knowledge exchange activities have been selected for SEPS support.Read moreMinimize

Online Design Tools for Locally Manufactured Small Wind Turbines

OrganisationSchool of the Earth / Nea GuineaKAPEG

Country: Nepal

Project's aim: to increase technical knowledge of small wind turbines by creating a free online resource and mutual learning opportunities


A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement

OrganisationEnergy Action Partners Malaysia (ENACT)

Country: Malaysia

Project's aim: to increase community understanding of mini-grid design, management and operation


Sharing Learning Across Projects: Operating Micro Hydro Plants (MHP) as Commercially Viable Enterprises

OrganisationWinrock International

Country: Nepal

Project's aim: to expand the knowledge base among technically sound, but managerially and financially weak, MHPs to ensure their sustainable commercial operation



OrganisationAsociación Fenix

Country: Nicaragua

Project's aim: to promote the exchange of knowledge and sharing of experiences between practitioners involved in small-scale hydroelectric projects


Grid-Connected Biomass Gasification in Sri Lanka

News from WISIONS posted on April 12th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in Sri Lanka established a pilot community-based grid-connected wood gasification power plant (20 kW) in the village of Batugammana. It serves as an environmentally friendly income-generating opportunity for the rural population in Sri Lanka. Farmers living in the village supply sustainably grown fuel wood to power the plant, which in turn generates power that is eventually sold to the national grid.Read moreMinimize
Biomass energy has the potential to generate income for rural farmers as there is an attractive feed-in tariff for biomass power in Sri Lanka. This project, which has recently been successfully completed, mobilised the farmers in the village, formed a community-based company, conducted feasibility studies and obtained an energy permit from the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority for the grid-connected biomass power project.

A 20 kW power pellet (wood) gasifier and engine was purchased, together with an induction generator. The team designed and manufactured a suitable woodcutter and constructed a power house. Subsequently, they signed the "Standardised Power Purchase Agreement" with the Ceylon Electricity Board, which permits the energy produced to be sold to the grid. As a last step, the power plant was connected to the national grid. To ensure sustainability, a wood supply chain was established with the farmers, plant operators were trained and a 20 year power purchase agreement was signed.

Monitoring of the plant’s performance is still on-going. For more general information on this SEPS project, please visit our project page: Introducing grid-connected biomass gasification units for rural energy access and community development.


Article “Small-Scale Energy Projects in the Global South” Published in New LCS-RNet Brochure

News from WISIONS posted on April 10th, 2017

The publication “Realising long-term transitions towards low carbon societies” features 24 articles based on presentations made at the Annual Meeting of the Low Carbon Society Research Network (LCS-RNet), which was hosted by the Wuppertal Institute in September 2016. Read moreMinimize

The LCS-RNet acts as a forum aimed at fostering research and policymaking to jointly achieve decarbonised energy systems in countries around the world.  

Published as a "Wuppertal Spezial" (No. 53), the brochure covers topics such as governance for the long-term transition towards low carbon economies, policy instruments for financing decarbonisation and the provision of integrated strategies for achieving long-term sustainability.

As part of the network, the WISIONS of sustainability initiative and its supporting scheme SEPS (Sustainable Energy Project Support) have been making a valuable contribution to these goals for over a decade. Representatives from WISIONS gave a presentation at the meeting and contributed an article, “Small-scale energy projects in the global south”, to the LCS-RNet brochure (p. 30-32).

Download your free copy of the brochure here.


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