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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Follow-Up: Solar Mobility in the Andean Highlands of Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on January 30th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in Argentina aimed to introduce and test electric bikes and electric motorcycles as mobility options for short and medium distances in the Puna region (in the Andean highlands, 3,700 metres above sea level) and San Salvador (the capital of the province of Jujuy). During a recent follow-up phase, from April to December 2016, maintenance work and wider dissemination of the idea was undertaken. Read moreMinimize

One of our SEPS projects in Argentina aimed to introduce and test electric bikes and electric motorcycles as mobility options for short and medium distances in the Puna region (in the Andean highlands, 3,700 metres above sea level) and San Salvador (the capital of the province of Jujuy). During a recent follow-up phase, from April to December 2016, maintenance work and wider dissemination of the idea was undertaken. 

Since the main project phase (2014-2015), a total of twenty e-bikes have been in use by farmers and other villagers. Due to the rough road conditions, the bikes were in need of repair – the follow-up phase allowed for extensive technical maintenance to be carried out by trained technicians.

Additionally, Fundación EcoAndina was able to expand the Andean Solar Mobility concept and promote their ideas to a wider public at different fairs and festivals. Even the local government acquired e-bikes for their employees.

The initial success of the project resulted in the installation of a small-scale e-bike production unit in Jujuy, which offers the assembly of e-bikes on demand. However, even with the high level of interest shown by local people, the main obstacle for broader e-bike usage is still the elevated price tag.

Read more about the project on our SEPS project page: Solar Mobility in the Andean Highlands of Argentina


Handbook on Biogas Integration into Sustainable Farming Systems

News from WISIONS posted on January 9th, 2017

IEI Asia, a SEPS project partner in India, aimed to provide clean cooking fuel at village level in the south east of Karnataka state. As part of an upscaling phase of the project supported by WISIONS, an extensive handbook focusing on sustainable farming systems integrated with energy from waste was produced.Read moreMinimize

Biogas generation through the anaerobic digestion of biomass has been carried out successfully in India and other parts of the world for decades. In this SEPS project, biogas was produced mainly from banana stem-waste at small rural banana plantations and then distributed to more than 70 households in the village of Gundigere for cooking purposes. The project has demonstrated that a biogas system can be based solely on stem waste from banana plantations, although the methane generation potential of these parts of the plant is much lower than that of fruit and peel.

IEI’s in-depth handbook offers potential users information on:

  • Integrated banana cultivation, biogas generation and stove-fuel delivery
  • Operation at family/community/village level rather than industrial scale
  • Actual implementation and operation in India
  • Background information on technologies and resources
Download the manual here: IEI Handbook - Sustainable Farming Systems [PDF, 6 MB]


Video: Promoting the Long-Term Use of Micro Hydro Systems in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on December 19th, 2016

One of our SEPS projects in Nepal aimed to ensure the sustained operation of existing micro-hydro plants through rehabilitation, optimisation, increased financial stability, capacity-building and management support. Practical Action has now completed the project activities and has created an informative video overview – watch it here.Read moreMinimize

Practical Action aimed to promote the long-term use of certain existing MHPs via a holistic approach called Participatory Market System Development (PMSD). This approach emphasises stakeholder participation in creating sustainable rural enterprises and empowering marginalised market actors.

Five existing micro-hydro projects (three in Nepal and two in Odisha state, India) ranging from 14 kW to 100 kW in capacity, saw their MHPs serviced and refurbished. Moreover, additional demand for power was created by establishing 21 new enterprises, ranging from mills for rice and wheat to construction businesses.

Read the full project summary here: Promoting the Long-Term Use of Micro-Hydro Systems by Providing Energy to Rural Enterprises in Nepal and India

Watch Practical Action's video summary here:


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