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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Where the Winds Meet – Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile

News from WISIONS posted on October 11th, 2017

One of our SEPS exchange activities aimed to create a local knowledge group for the self-construction of small-scale wind turbines in the south of Chile, through an international exchange of knowledge with Argentinian members of the Wind Empowerment network. Read moreMinimize

The activities were carried out in Puerto Natales, in the region of Magallanes in southern Chile, and seeked to build, strengthen and disseminate the local competences that are necessary to:

  • Construct, maintain and repair small wind turbines
  • Install small wind turbines for off-grid rural electrification
  • Measure small wind turbine performances and local wind resources
During a workshop in June 2017, the participants were guided through the construction of a 350W small wind turbine (1.8 m diameter), based on the widely adopted Piggott open-source design. The turbine is installed in Estancia La Fernanda, a family farm around 13 km from Puerto Natales. 

The farm has difficult access to electricity in the winter, when it mostly depends on a diesel generator. The family participated in the workshop, and is now responsible for the correct operation and maintenance of the system.

A detailed summary of the activities will soon be published on our SEPS project page: “Where the Winds Meet” – Local Construction of Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile.

More information is available on Wind Empowerment's blog.


WISIONS Supports the First Central American Micro-Hydro Conference in Nicaragua

News from WISIONS posted on October 3rd, 2017

One of our most recent SEPS exchange activities aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and sharing of experiences between practitioners involved in small-scale hydroelectric projects in Central America. To achieve this, the first Central American Conference of Small-Scale Hydroelectric Generators will take place from 11th – 13th October 2017 in Managua, Nicaragua.Read moreMinimize

Electrification in remote rural areas continues to be a challenge in Central America. Once micro-hydro projects are completed, many power plants are managed and administered by community entities. These entities work to guarantee access to energy at local level, but face a series of obstacles that threaten energy generation and limit the technical, economic, social and environmental sustainability of the micro-hydro plants.

In this context, Asociación Fénix, with the support of WISIONS, is promoting the First Central American Small Hydroelectric Conference: Sharing Experiences and Articulating Efforts for Efficient Management of Clean Energy Supply.

The conference will be held from 11th – 13th October 2017 at the Hotel Camino Real Convention Center in the city of Managua, Nicaragua. The WISIONS team will be in attendance, promoting our initiative.

The full conference programme is available here (in Spanish) [pdf]. More general information on this SEPS Exchange Activity is available here: First Central American Conference of Small-Scale Hydroelectric Generators: Sharing Experiences and Coordinating Efforts for Efficient Management in Providing Clean Energy


Rebuilding Infrastructure for Sustainable Energy Access in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on September 20th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects aimed to rebuild infrastructure that was destroyed by an earthquake in central Nepal during April and May 2015. The project was implemented in the Gorkha District of Nepal (the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and one of the most affected districts) and has now been successfully completed.Read moreMinimize

The 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks triggered landslides and other geo-hazards, causing massive destruction. This also affected micro-hydro power plants (MHPs) which had been installed by Practical Action in 2013 and 2014. All these MHPs were destroyed by the earthquake and became non-operational. Consequently, the 14 energy-based enterprises which had been established during the project period were no longer able to operate.

This project worked towards restoring access to electricity for lighting and for operating appliances at domestic level, as well as for powering enterprises and community services. It restored three micro-hydro plants in the Gorkha District, which power 585 households as well as ten enterprises and schools. They now feature an earthquake-resilient design. This initially posed a challenge to local manufacturers and contractors as it is still uncommon to construct aseismic buildings in Nepal.

Apart from the restoration of three MHPs, the activities of Practical Action and local partner Goreto Gorkha included the mobilisation of communities (labour and materials), capacity-building measures for MHP management committees and operators, and the provision of technical and operational monitoring.

More general information is available on our SEPS project page, where a detailed project summary will be published soon: RISE - Rebuilding Infrastructure for Sustainable Energy Access


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