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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Integrated Community Farming in Thailand

News from WISIONS posted on November 24th, 2016

One of our recent SEPS projects aimed to develop and demonstrate a community farming system on the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) campus in Pathum Thani, Thailand, utilising renewable energy technologies to ensure the security of food, nutrition and energy. The project has now been successfully completed.Read moreMinimize

The AIT campus is a residential campus for postgraduate students, staff and faculty from more than 30 countries. 73 community members were involved in this farming venture, carrying out the gardening, farming and fishing activities. The total land available for this project was about 550 m2. The first six months of the project period were used to develop the concept, motivate the community, and design and install the system. The remaining time was used to conduct training sessions and to plant and cultivate the crops. 

Solar PV panels produced electricity to pump water, which was distributed through a network of pipes to drip sprinklers, which watered the plants. A solar drier was used for drying some of the vegetables produced.

This project brought the community together regardless of age, gender or other social factors, and made an important contribution to sustainability on the AIT campus. The use of solar panels as a power source saved money and labour and reduced emissions compared to other sources of electricity generation. In addition, the use of organic fertilisers maintained the soil quality and the drip irrigation system was introduced to limit water use.

Having completed the initial project, some of the participants have already expressed serious interest in continuing with the farming activities.

Project photos are available on our Facebook page and more general information can be found on our SEPS Project Page: Renewable Energy Technologies for Integrated Community Farming Systems.

AIT also features detailed project information on their own website.

SEPS Call 2016 on Knowledge Exchanges Completed!

News from WISIONS posted on October 17th, 2016

We have closed our recent SEPS call for applications and would like to thank all participants for their submissions. We will inform all participants about the status of the selection process by mid of December 2016.Read moreMinimize

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Modular Power to the People

News from WISIONS posted on October 15th, 2016

One of our SEPS exchange activities aims to create an open-source power converter that can be used in the implementation of self-built wind turbines as well as for other technologies. The activities are carried out in different regions of Latin America.Read moreMinimize

Over the last months, various training sessions and feasibility discussions on power converter based systems have been carried out. The main outcome of this phase was to prepare the following working steps, which aimed to specify the design of a certain power converter. French students worked with the local organisations WindAid (Peru) and QMax (Argentina) and contributed new ideas and inspirations to their systems and overall efforts.

Consequently, the project proceeded to final assembly, testing and validation of the specific power converter system. This phase took place on the shape of a knowledge exchange where an engineering student from the University of Grenoble (representing ACE) went to the South of Argentina to work at L&R Ingeniería / INTI, with auxiliary testing done at the University (UNPA). 

One of the most important deliverables of this project is the personal and professional bonds that were shaped among its members. Despite the short time, the Wind Empowerment Working Group managed to build a deliverable, host students, exchange information and improve its overall power electronics knowledge. 

The project has advanced up to the prototype level. It is now time to assemble copies of these prototypes and test them in field conditions for different types of energy sources and loads.

More general information on this SEPS exchange activity is available here: Modular Power to the People: Democratising Energy Access through Modular Power Electronics Systems

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