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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Micro-Hydro Power Resource & Services Centre in Pakistan

News from WISIONS posted on January 24th, 2018

One of our SEPS projects (LINK) aims to improve the reliability and sustainability of micro-hydro power plants in Chitral, Pakistan. A "Resource & Service Centre", established by our partners GFA Entec, is providing servicing and training infrastructure to local communities operating micro-hydro plants.Read moreMinimize

International experience has shown that it is almost impossible to operate technical infrastructure in rural areas on a sustainable basis without the support of regular and effective maintenance and repair services. This is the case in Chitral, a landlocked district in Pakistan, where many of the micro-hydro power plants were built prior to 2009, are poorly designed and are operated by inadequately trained personnel.

The Micro-Hydro Resource & Service Centre (MRSC) specifically aims to improve the sustainable operation of micro-hydro plants by providing economically sustainable maintenance and repair services. Therefore, the MRSC is managed in a business-like manner and provides its services on a commercial basis. Communities operating micro-hydro plants have to pay appropriate fees for training and product servicing.

The MRSC was launched in October 2017 with a number of introductory and promotional workshops. The centre consists of a fully equipped workshop suitable for making major repairs and overhauling micro-hydro equipment. The MRSC also hosts training facilities for regular operator training sessions and refresher courses. The key feature is the servicing infrastructure, which is maintained by well-trained service technicians working both at the MRSC and at a number of remote servicing points throughout the Chitral district. The remote servicing point technicians provide preventive maintenance and basic repair services in a defined servicing zone consisting of around 20 micro-hydro plants.

The concept is not technology specific and could be replicated in virtually any rural infrastructure context.

More general information is available on our SEPS Project page: Micro Hydro Power Resource & Services Centre in Chitral, Pakistan


Selected Projects and Exchanges of our 2017 Call for Proposals

News from WISIONS posted on January 10th, 2018

Following our last SEPS call in 2017, which was focused on Projects and Exchange Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in South/South East Asia, we are pleased to announce the projects and knowledge exchange activities we have selected for SEPS support.Read moreMinimize

Capacity-Building, Democratisation of Technology and Local Advocacy through the Ecuadorian Biodigester Network (RedBioEc)

OrganisationGreen Empowerment

Country: Ecuador


Affordable Finance for Sustainable Energy: Sharing Successful Models in South East Asia

OrganisationNexus for Development

Country: Cambodia


Waste to Wisdom: Supporting Biodigester Practitioners in South East Asia

OrganisationGreen Empowerment

Country: Malaysia / Sri Lanka / Philippines


A Country Level Market Assessment for Small Wind Turbines

Organisation:KAPEG

Country: Nepal


"Biogas for Energy" – E-Learning Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean

OrganisationCIBiogás

Country: Brazil


Wind Water Pumping Systems

OrganisationWind Empowerment

Country: Worldwide


Using Community Ambassadors for Community Exchange on Renewable Biogas Energy Generation from Wastewater for Sustainable Development

OrganisationBarbados Water Authority

Country: Barbados


Improving the Sustainability of Micro-Hydropower Projects: Development of Knowledge-Sharing Tools

OrganisationTONIBUNG CREATE

Country: Malaysia


Unlocking Credit to Promote the use of Commercial Biogas in the Poultry Industry

OrganisationWinrock Nepal

Country: Nepal


Improving Agricultural Profitability for Smallholder Farms by introducing Solar Powered Mobile Cold Storage

Organisation: PEEDA

Country: Nepal


Productive Use of Wind in Argentina - Developing Rural Areas with an Abundant Resource

OrganisationWind Empowerment

Country: Argentina


Community Energy Center and Eco Sustainability Park in the Municipality of Independencia

OrganisationMunicipality of Independencia

Country: Chile


Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Micro Hydro Plants in the Philippines

News from WISIONS posted on December 11th, 2017

Since 1995, several micro-hydro plants have been installed in the province of Abra in the Philippines. However, many of them are now suffering from technical, organisational and financial difficulties. One of our SEPS projects (LINK) aimed to restore and upgrade the Adugao MHP as a demonstration project and to develop a working plan to rehabilitate other power plants in the region.Read moreMinimize

The Adugao power plant is a small 7.5 KW power system in a remote area in northern Luzon, the Philippines. Before its construction in 2000, neighbouring indigenous communities relied solely on firewood for lighting purposes and had never experienced electric power. 13 years later, the system had started to show major signs of wear and poor maintenance.

In 2015, local partner SIBAT with funding from WISIONS started a rehabilitation programme aiming to restore the potential of the Adugao MHP. Over the last two years, SIBAT has:

  • fully restored the power plant, which now operates 24/7
  • avoided system downtime by providing a constant water flow
  • installed a load controller and constructed a reliable concrete canal

Furthermore, a tariff system suited to the local economic context has been established. For example, people in need can pay for the service by in-kind payments of rice, which follows the local tradition of sharing. A potentially self-sustaining maintenance and management team has also been put in place.

The successful project development demonstrates that access to energy can be acquired and sustained through a community-based approach in which the local population formulates and enforces policies to manage and care for an energy system.

More general information on this project is available here: Rehabilitation and Upgrading of an Existing Micro Hydro Power Project in the Province of Abra, the Philippines


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