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.
Alliance for Rural Electrification Features SEPS Project as "Best Practice" 2016
News from WISIONS posted on February 8th, 2017
The WISIONS SEPS project Introduction of innovative solar tunnels for food processing for 300 farmers in Mozambique, carried out by our project partners HUMANA, is portrayed in the publication compiled by the four members of the "Energy Access" work stream: The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the African Association for Rural Electrification (CLUB-ER), Practical Action and Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC).
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.
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
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