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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Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Micro Hydro Plants in the Philippines

News from WISIONS posted on December 11th, 2017

Since 1995, several micro-hydro plants have been installed in the province of Abra in the Philippines. However, many of them are now suffering from technical, organisational and financial difficulties. One of our SEPS projects (LINK) aimed to restore and upgrade the Adugao MHP as a demonstration project and to develop a working plan to rehabilitate other power plants in the region.Read moreMinimize

The Adugao power plant is a small 7.5 KW power system in a remote area in northern Luzon, the Philippines. Before its construction in 2000, neighbouring indigenous communities relied solely on firewood for lighting purposes and had never experienced electric power. 13 years later, the system had started to show major signs of wear and poor maintenance.

In 2015, local partner SIBAT with funding from WISIONS started a rehabilitation programme aiming to restore the potential of the Adugao MHP. Over the last two years, SIBAT has:

  • fully restored the power plant, which now operates 24/7
  • avoided system downtime by providing a constant water flow
  • installed a load controller and constructed a reliable concrete canal

Furthermore, a tariff system suited to the local economic context has been established. For example, people in need can pay for the service by in-kind payments of rice, which follows the local tradition of sharing. A potentially self-sustaining maintenance and management team has also been put in place.

The successful project development demonstrates that access to energy can be acquired and sustained through a community-based approach in which the local population formulates and enforces policies to manage and care for an energy system.

More general information on this project is available here: Rehabilitation and Upgrading of an Existing Micro Hydro Power Project in the Province of Abra, the Philippines

WISONS Supports Workshop on Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia

News from WISIONS posted on November 27th, 2017

The workshop takes place on 5th December in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and will bring together practitioners to exchange knowledge and lessons learned about various funding schemes in clean energy and water. The goal is to share experiences about financial models for clean energy adoption in Southeast Asia.Read moreMinimize

Energy entrepreneurs throughout Asia provide a range of technological solutions to address the growing demand for sustainable energy services in the region. These local entrepreneurs service low-income rural populations including farmers, small businesses and households with affordable energy access. However, these enterprises often face a serious constraint that limits their ability to grow: access to affordable capital.  

The interactive workshop “Financing renewable energy in South East Asia”  is organized by Nexus for Development in cooperation with GERES and S3IDF and with support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and WISIONS. A total of 50-70 energy entrepreneurs, financiers, and other relevant stakeholders are expected to participate on 5th December 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

The workshop will include new research on the financing landscape, an interactive roundtable discussion, a practitioner’s showcasing session, and experts sharing learnings from their successes and failures.

For more information please follow this link: Workshop "Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia"

WISIONS Team Will Participate in "Travelling Conferences" in South East Asia

News from WISIONS posted on November 26th, 2017

The WISIONS team as representative of Wuppertal Institute will participate in a series of "Travelling Conferences" hosted by Reiner Lemoire Institute in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia from 27 November – 5 December 2017.Read moreMinimize

The Travelling Conferences belong to a series of events funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in which German experts and early-career researchers in other countries present current research topics. These events are meant to provide platforms for the development of international cooperation.

The Reiner Lemoire Institute will host one of the Travelling Conferences on the use of renewable energy for sustainable energy provision on Southeast Asian islands. Together with research and professional partners, the project team will travel to Bangkok, Singapore, and Jakarta from 27 November – 5 December 2017 in order to delve into and discuss the need for research and collaborative potential with local research institutions in this area. They have chosen specific institutions in those three countries, which are already researching this issue in order to identify overlapping interests and points of contact within the dialog. In the long term, they hope to initiate and develop partnerships for joint project development.

The WISIONS team as representative of Wuppertal Institute will participate in these Travelling Conferences and introduce the Wuppertal Institute and its fields of research during university workshops in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

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