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 Use of Biogas at Dairy and Pig Farms in Costa Rica

News from WISIONS posted on June 2nd, 2017

One of our SEPS projects takes an innovative approach to the productive use of biogas at dairy and pig farms in Costa Rica. It aims to replace electric motors with biogas-powered engines to operate milking machines and forage choppers, and provide heat from biogas-fired heating lamps for the piglets.Read moreMinimize

This project is led by local partners Viogaz. Their recent work includes the successful identification of farmers aiming to participate in the programme and the assessment of farms to serve as pilot project sites. Via surveys and other analyses, the farmers’ needs for biodigesters could be determined, as well as their potential applications of the new technology.

As Viogaz is a partner of Kiva Microfunds, an organisation which allows people to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs, they were able to offer a financing option to the selected farmers, helping them implement the anaerobic technology (biodigesters).

Furthermore, Viogaz designed the appropriate biodigestion system for each user, taking a variety of factors into consideration. Most of the systems have already been installed, and all the installed digesters have started operating. All the users have been trained on how to run and maintain the biodigesters.

The next working steps of this project include monitoring the systems and connecting the technology to its designated end uses, as well as further testing, validation and training sessions.

More general information on this project is available here: Validating a Novel Approach to the Productive Use of Biogas to Empower Medium Scale Dairy and Pig Farmers in Costa Rica


Upgrading Watermills in Uttarakhand, India

News from WISIONS posted on May 24th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in India aims to improve traditional watermills by replacing wooden equipment to make them more efficient and to demonstrate the importance of this technology in Uttarakhand, a mountainous region of the country.Read moreMinimize

Currently only around 65% of 15,000 traditional watermills in Uttarakhand remain in operation – despite abundant rivers and streams fed directly by the surrounding Himalayan peaks. In addition to repairing and upgrading non-operational mills, our project partners at the Institute for Development Support aim to offer capacity-building and hands-on training to mill operators and establish new marketing opportunities for processed products, which will in turn generate revenue for local communities.

Over recent months, a number of working steps have been successfully completed. These include:

  • A detailed baseline survey (socioeconomic data) and technical feasibility study
  • Raising awareness and mobilising local communities (particularly motivating women to participate)
  • Technical training for water mill owners / operators 
  • Formation and strengthening of self-help working groups at community-level (around 600 participants)
  • Administration, accounting and management training for members of self-help groups
  • Identification of potential products for production (including wheat, maize and amaranth flours)
Next steps will include the technical upgrades of the water mills, which should start by the end of June 2017.

For more general information on this SEPS project, please visit Establishment of Demand-Driven Sustainable Improved Watermill Cluster in the State of Uttarakhand, India


New SEPS Call 2017 for Projects and Exchange Activities

News from WISIONS posted on May 18th, 2017

The first SEPS call of 2017 is open! Our aim this time is on both our focus regions, Latin America and the Caribbean and South and South East Asia. Read moreMinimize

The countries considered for this call are those within the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Southern and South East Asia, according to UN definition.

We are offering support for the introduction of small-scale renewable energy technologies as well as for knowledge exchange activities.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 23 June 2017, 4 PM GMT.

What type of PROJECTS are we looking for?

This call is open to projects that demonstrate the application of sustainable energy technologies in different contexts: for example, projects might aim to meet energy needs for reliable electricity or heat supply, for food processing and conservation, or for water pumping and treatment. The target groups could be small individual farmers, agro-businesses or small companies, as well as the wider community or municipality.

According to the technical focus of our supported practitioner networks in the target regions, we would be particularly interested in projects that focus on biogas, pico or micro-hydro power and small wind technologies. We are also receptive to projects that demonstrate the application of other renewable energy technologies or hybrid approaches. 

See details on criteria and SEPS project application procedure: SEPS Projects.

What type of EXCHANGE ACTIVITIES are we looking for?

The proposed SEPS Knowledge Exchanges should allow for interaction between practitioners with significant experience in the implementation of decentralised renewable energy solutions in the target region(s).

SEPS Knowledge Exchange activities should relate to one or more of the following focus areas: 

  • Capacity-building South-South
  • Mutual learning
  • Practice-to-policy exchange
  • Avocacy and awareness-raising activities

See details on criteria and SEPS exchange activities application procedure: SEPS Exchange Activities.

What has been supported so far?

To date, SEPS has supported 110 projects and exchanges across the world and these are all featured on our website, illustrating the lessons learned in the field: SEPS – Project List.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 23 June 2017, 4 PM GMT.

The application forms and supporting documents must be submitted in English. Applications written in other languages will not be considered. 


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