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.
Improving Livelihoods in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
News from WISIONS posted on May 17th, 2017
The project’s initial objective was to improve cacao production and processing in ways that also restored the region’s fragile natural environment, improving lives and livelihoods while enhancing the resilience of rural communities in the face of climate change.
With the backing of our SEPS Energy Projects initiative, the project team installed passive solar dryers and biogas digester technologies to support smallholder cacao farmers. 18 months after successfully implementing the project, we continued to support the monitoring, evaluation and expansion activities.
The replication efforts (e.g. in Carchi and Manabí Provinces) focused both on building partner organisations’ technical capacity in biogas digesters and passive solar dryers, and on creating community interest in replicating these technologies and supporting associated agro-ecological training in the future.
Furthermore, the organisation of a national biodigester experience exchange event in September 2016 led to the creation of a national Ecuadorian biogas network (Red de Biodigestores del Ecuador, RedBioEc), which follows the principles of the neighbouring networks RedBioCOL and RedBioLAC.
More general information on the CRECER project is available on our SEPS project page: Improving Cacao Production and Processing While Meeting Cooking Fuel Demand in Ecuador (CRECER)
More photos can be found on Facebook here.
Biogas Production from Slaughterhouse Wastewater in Quito, Ecuador
News from WISIONS posted on April 27th, 2017
This project is led by CIMNE, who started implementing this technology in mid-2016. Over the last few months, several feasibility and measurement studies have been undertaken, including wastewater flow and characterisation, biogas potential, and the calculation of fuel/water consumption of a boiler used for heating and drying processes at the slaughterhouse.
After designing the biodigesters, four tubular units (100m3 each) were constructed on-site by a local manufacturer. It is estimated these will produce 157m3 of biogas per day from 72m3 of wastewater.
As well as monitoring the operation of the digesters, next steps include the installation of distribution lines transporting the biogas to its point of use: a new boiler to be powered by sustainable energy.
Photos of the project’s progress are available on our Facebook page, while more general information is available on our project page: Biogas from Slaughterhouse Waste Water Treatment for Heating Purposes
Selected SEPS Exchange Activities – SEPS Call 2016: Energising Development Through Knowledge Exchange
News from WISIONS posted on April 24th, 2017
Project's aim: to increase the technical knowledge of small wind turbines by creating a free online resource and mutual learning opportunities
Organisation: Energy Action Partners Malaysia (ENACT)
Project's aim: to increase community understanding of mini-grid design, management and operation
Organisation: Winrock International
Project's aim: to expand the knowledge base among technically sound, but managerially and financially weak, MHPs to ensure their sustainable commercial operation
Organisation: Asociación Fenix
Project's aim: to promote the exchange of knowledge and sharing of experiences between practitioners involved in small-scale hydroelectric projects