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.
Selected Projects & Exchange Activities– SEPS Call in Latin America and the Caribbean 2015
News from WISIONS posted on July 14th, 2016
Biogas from Slaughterhouse Waste Water Treatment for Heating Purposes
Project’s Aim: to demonstrate the potential for producing biogas from slaughterhouse wastewater treatment in Ecuador.
Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina
Project’s Aim: to tackle rural energy scarcity, exploit high volumes of biomass feedstock and address problems arising from waste disposal by installing an anaerobic biodigester in the region of Los Pinos, Balcarce.
An Integrated Biogas-Water System for Sustainable Water Heating and Food Production in Arid Environments
Organisation: Universidad Icesi
Project’s Aim: to address the challenge of water scarcity in mountainous regions of Colombia by introducing an integrated biogas-water system in a local hotel.
Gasification and Biodigestion to Improve Small & Medium Scale Colombian Coffee Farms
Project’s Aim: to implement a suite of three technologies: gasification-fuelled cookstoves, tubular plug-flow biodigesters and biogas-fuelled coffee dryers.
Validating a Novel Approach to the Productive Use of Biogas to Empower Medium Scale Dairy and Pig Farmers in Costa Rica
Country: Costa Rica
Project’s Aim: to validate the feasibility of an innovative approach to the productive use of biogas in dairy and pig farms in Costa Rica, avoiding the use of electrical generators.
Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technology Use in Sustainable Food Production and Water Management
Organisation: CENSAT Agua Viva
Exchange Activity’s Aim: a social alliance and collective learning process between NGOs and rural communities from three regions of Colombia (Santander, Córdoba and Antioquia).
“Where the Winds Meet” – Local Construction of Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile
Organisation: Asociación Ciudadana Última Esperanza
Exchange Activity’s Aim: to create a local knowledge group for the self-construction of small-scale wind turbines in the south of Chile, through an international exchange of knowledge with Argentinian members of the WindEmpowerment network.
Modular Power to the People: Democratising Energy Access through Modular Power Electronics Systems
Organisation: Wind Empowerment
Country: Latin America
Exchange Activity’s Aim: 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.
Empowering Rural Entrepreneurs in India
News from WISIONS posted on July 11th, 2016
The project is carried out by Smart Hydro Power GmbH, together with local partners Gram Oorja and Sanjeevani Seva Trust. Gram Oorja was responsible for importing the technology to India and transporting it to Bhamane, as well as for installing the micro-grid at the project site, which was completed in March 2016.
The system at Bhamane comprises of a 3 kW solar PV system, a turbine and an inverter cabinet. A distribution system handles the electricity supply to 84 households through a so-called service wire. These households have been equipped with LED bulb holders, a socket and energy meters to measure consumption.
Furthermore, a rice mill (50 kg/hour) and flour mill (25 kg/hour) have been installed at Bhamane, meaning that villagers no longer need to travel 20km to mill their produce. The supplier of these systems offered technical operation and maintenance training to two villagers, who are now responsible for running both the micro grid (turbine, solar panels and distribution system) and the mills.
This is the first time that local villagers in Bhamane have had access to a reliable electricity supply and, as such, the excitement level of the villagers was palpable. They volunteered to help with the offloading of materials at the site, as well as with the installation of mounting structures, poles, the turbine and the dam structure.
The direct impact of the training activities on the level of education of the individuals and the positive effect of the mills on the families’ economic wealth are obvious. A thorough analysis of how the electrification will impact on the distribution of wealth and social structures in Bhamane in the long term is still in progress.
More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Empowering entrepreneurs in rural India in the un-electrified village of Bhamane
Low-Head Pico-Hydro Technology in Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on July 4th, 2016
The project was originally intended for the Madi municipality in the Chitwan District of Nepal, but a detailed feasibility study revealed that the local water flow rate in the that municipality was not sufficient for installation of the foreseen MHP capacity. Thus, the project team shifted activities to the Okhaldunga District. The two units, of 3kW (Toksel) and 1kW (Katunje) will provide electricity to 31 households in total.
The field visits which were carried out as part of the feasibility study gave insights into the required technical parameters and socio-economic and environmental conditions of the proposed locations. Both communities are positive about the project and are making financial and labour contributions to the implementation.
The next phase is focused on the construction of the water canals, power houses and transmission and distribution system generators. In addition, a field facilitator will conduct activities related to community mobilisation, and will support the local communities in the administrative processes. A “Village Electrification Committee” will be set up in each of the two participating communities, comprising a majority share of women.
More general information is available on our SEPS project page.