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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Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar (Malaysia)

News from WISIONS posted on September 23rd, 2016

One of our SEPS projects in Malaysia aimed to bring a reliable and sustainable supply of clean energy and water to private homes and schools in three communities of Ulu Papar, in the Malaysian state of Sabah. The project is currently in its final stages – read about the achievements of our partners Green Empowerment here!Read moreMinimize

Since 2014, Green Empowerment and Tonibung have been providing the villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan with access to clean water and renewable electricity. These villages are located in the forests of Ulu Papar, within the Malaysian state of Sabah’s Crocker Range. As a community-based project, the initiative relied on the indigenous Dusun residents themselves to act as the main driving force, with technical and administrative support from Green Empowerment and Tonibung.

The aim was to construct three micro-hydro power systems in the villages. From a technical perspective, each system posed unique design challenges: Pongobonon’s watersource consisted of large, immovable boulders, necessitating the use of a coanda intake. In Kalangaan, the team was forced to innovate in its design and construction approach due to the location being inaccessible by vehicles. Locally available construction materials were favoured in order to minimise the need to carry in steel and cement. Several challenges were also faced in Longkogungan; for example, its remote location posed signifcant logistical challenges, but offered an ideal site for Janathakshan’s concrete turbine. 


The final stages in this SEPS project are: 

  • To complete the installation of the Longkogungan micro-hydro system, and the 
concrete turbine training sessions at the site
  • To complete the installation of the pre-paid meters, as well as the training sessions for credit vendors in all three villages
  • To complete the installation of water filters in Kalangaan and Longkogungan
  • To hold official handover ceremonies in each village
More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar


SEPS CALL: Energising Development Through Knowledge Exchange

News from WISIONS posted on August 31st, 2016

With its 'SEPS Knowledge Exchange' scheme, WISIONS facilitates the mobilisation of knowledge and expertise among energy practitioners and other stakeholders in the field of sustainable energy technologies in the 'Global South'. The call for proposals is now open. Deadline for submission of applications is 17th October 2016, 16:00 (CET). Read moreMinimize

New Call for SEPS Knowledge Exchange proposals 2016 aiming to mobilise knowledge and expertise for decentralised renewable energy solutions.

This new call for proposals addresses both focus regions of WISIONS – Latin America and the Caribbean, and South/South East Asia. Proposals for SEPS Knowledge Exchange 2016 – LAC & SE/S Asia 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
  • Advocacy and awareness-raising activities
  • Other 
The submitted SEPS Knowledge Exchange proposals should meet a set of criteria (see full list of criteria and application procedure here). Only those proposals that follow the proposed application procedure will be considered in the validation process.

Deadline for submission of applications is 17th October 2016, 16:00 (CET).

More information is available here: SEPS Call: Knowledge Exchange Proposals 2016


Meet the WISIONS Team at the 4s/EASST Conference 2016 in Barcelona

News from WISIONS posted on August 30th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in this year’s 4S/EASST conference, held in Barcelona from 31st August until 3rd September 2016. The conference aims to explore the ways in which science and technology are increasingly performed ‘by other means’, in a variety of activities that include the articulation of collectives that do not fit with the traditional actors in science and technology, or in ways that question the established value systems involved in the production of knowledge and technologies.Read moreMinimize

The WISIONS team will be part of the session "Energy Experiments" with a study entitled "Energy Experiments in Off-Grid Regions - Practitioners Roles and Social Impacts". 

Today it is widely accepted that non-technical aspects (or "other means") are highly relevant for the success of decentralised renewable energy projects. Especially in regions with no or low energy access these projects can be understood as interventions that trigger and accompany transformative processes – in that sense they can be seen as energy experiments. 

The practitioners, such as implementing organisations or individual experts, can be seen as the facilitators of transformation. They possess accumulated know-how not only in terms of technical expertise and on-site troubleshooting, but as well as in the appropriate ways of achieving sound and long-term success.

The results we will present in this session are based on insights from a) a post-evaluation of 30 SEPS projects 2-8 years after implementation; b) the analysis of practitioners networks, like RedBioLAC and the HydroEmpowerment network; c) lessons learned during ten years of monitoring small-scale energy projects supported under the WISIONS initiative.

More information on the conference is available here, along with a full programme.


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