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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Productive Uses For Wind Energy In Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on October 31st, 2018

Our project partners 500rpm and Wind Empowerment aim to identify productive uses for electricity generated by small wind turbines, and to implement three pilot systems in economic activities of three regions of Argentina.Read moreMinimize

The background that led our partners to think and implement this project is derived from previously executed projects where users of the Piggott wind turbine technology began to inquire about the possibility of applying electrical energy to local economic activities.

The selected regions and activities in this SEPS project are:

  • Los Gigantes-Còrdoba: rural tourism

  • Cholila-Chubut: small-scale livestock production and horticulture
  • Corralito-Rìo Negro: poultry production

  • Tonco-Salta: production of leather crafts


The following were considered for the selection: the demands coming from the territory, the long-term sustainability of the pilot tests to be implemented, research analysis on rural economies, the potential of replication and multiplication of experiences.

Recently, the following goals and activities have been achieved/completed:

  • The characterisation of the local economic activities to be enhanced with the application of wind power in productive processes
  • The identification and articulation of local actors that can contribute to the sustainability of the project
  • A socio-technical analysis of potential direct beneficiaries

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Productive Use of Wind in Argentina - Developing Rural Areas with an Abundant Resource


Improving The Sustainability Of Micro-Hydro Projects Through Knowledge-Sharing Tools

News from WISIONS posted on October 23rd, 2018

One of our recent SEPS exchange activities aims to increase the technical and economical sustainability of micro-hydro projects by designing and offering micro-hydro practitioners a set of tools, including quality standards, accessibility to adequate technology, and community-led load management.Read moreMinimize

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

One of our SEPS exchange activities resulted in a comprehensive market assessment for wind/solar hybrid systems in Nepal, intended to directly address the existing uncertainties surrounding the technology and reach a consensus among stakeholders. Read moreMinimize

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


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