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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Grid-Connected Biomass Gasification in Sri Lanka

News from WISIONS posted on April 12th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in Sri Lanka established a pilot community-based grid-connected wood gasification power plant (20 kW) in the village of Batugammana. It serves as an environmentally friendly income-generating opportunity for the rural population in Sri Lanka. Farmers living in the village supply sustainably grown fuel wood to power the plant, which in turn generates power that is eventually sold to the national grid.Read moreMinimize
Biomass energy has the potential to generate income for rural farmers as there is an attractive feed-in tariff for biomass power in Sri Lanka. This project, which has recently been successfully completed, mobilised the farmers in the village, formed a community-based company, conducted feasibility studies and obtained an energy permit from the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority for the grid-connected biomass power project.

A 20 kW power pellet (wood) gasifier and engine was purchased, together with an induction generator. The team designed and manufactured a suitable woodcutter and constructed a power house. Subsequently, they signed the "Standardised Power Purchase Agreement" with the Ceylon Electricity Board, which permits the energy produced to be sold to the grid. As a last step, the power plant was connected to the national grid. To ensure sustainability, a wood supply chain was established with the farmers, plant operators were trained and a 20 year power purchase agreement was signed.

Monitoring of the plant’s performance is still on-going. For more general information on this SEPS project, please visit our project page: Introducing grid-connected biomass gasification units for rural energy access and community development.


Article “Small-Scale Energy Projects in the Global South” Published in New LCS-RNet Brochure

News from WISIONS posted on April 10th, 2017

The publication “Realising long-term transitions towards low carbon societies” features 24 articles based on presentations made at the Annual Meeting of the Low Carbon Society Research Network (LCS-RNet), which was hosted by the Wuppertal Institute in September 2016. Read moreMinimize

The LCS-RNet acts as a forum aimed at fostering research and policymaking to jointly achieve decarbonised energy systems in countries around the world.  

Published as a "Wuppertal Spezial" (No. 53), the brochure covers topics such as governance for the long-term transition towards low carbon economies, policy instruments for financing decarbonisation and the provision of integrated strategies for achieving long-term sustainability.

As part of the network, the WISIONS of sustainability initiative and its supporting scheme SEPS (Sustainable Energy Project Support) have been making a valuable contribution to these goals for over a decade. Representatives from WISIONS gave a presentation at the meeting and contributed an article, “Small-scale energy projects in the global south”, to the LCS-RNet brochure (p. 30-32).

Download your free copy of the brochure here.


Community-Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain

News from WISIONS posted on April 7th, 2017

On many farms in Nepal surface irrigation systems are not feasible, as water sources are below ground level. In these locations farmers can only produce one crop due to the lack of year-round irrigation, resulting in low productivity and income. One of our SEPS projects aims to introduce photovoltaic pumping systems for irrigation, in order to increase both production levels and the variety of crops grown. Read moreMinimize
This project aims to establish an innovative business model consisting of impact investment and grants, to facilitate a community-managed irrigation system. During the recent project phase, detailed feasibility studies of three prospective sites were completed and two sites were eventually selected for installation of the pumping systems: Aarubastar, Salang VDC-09, Dhading; and Basan, Chatiwan VDC-02, Makwanpur.

The financing model was discussed and clarified between the communities and cooperatives and an agreement between the financer (SunFarmer), farmer groups and local cooperatives has been concluded. Furthermore, the most appropriate vegetables for cultivation at the project sites have been identified. The photovoltaic pumping systems are currently being installed in Dhading and Makwanpur, with the construction works monitored by Practical Action and other NGOs.

Read more about this project on our SEPS page: Community Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain.


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