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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Meet The WISIONS Team At The UNESCO Tech4Dev Conference 2018 in Lausanne

News from WISIONS posted on June 25th, 2018

The WISIONS team will participate in this year’s edition of the 2018 International Tech4Dev Conference from 27 – 29 June 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland.Read moreMinimize

The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial flagship event of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development. The Conference focuses on the potential of technology solutions to advance inclusive social and economic development in the Global South. Tech4Dev 2018 puts the challenges and the potential of the Global South in the center of discussions reflected by its title Voices of the Global South.

Carmen Dienst, project coordinator of WISIONS of Sustainability, will actively participate in the session Access to Energy for All: Measuring Impact beyond kWh on Friday, 29 June 2018, 10:45 – 12:30. She will present the research paper "Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development? Reviewing the Impact of Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries".

Abstract: It is widely recognized that access to sustainable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty and enhancing development. One of the assumed positive outcomes is the productive use of energy, which is expected to create value thereby having a positive impact on local livelihoods. However, systematic evidence of these impacts is still limited. This study analyses the results of a post-evaluation of 30 small-scale energy development projects and reviews these in relation to existing literature to better understand how the supply of sustainable energy supports productive use activities, and whether these activities have the expected positive impacts.



Generating Biogas Energy From Wastewater In Barbados

News from WISIONS posted on June 21st, 2018

Barbados is a small island at a low elevation level and is considered to be vulnerable to the increasingly pronounced effects of climate change. To mitigate its carbon output, the Barbados Water Authority has started to generate its own electricity from solar photovoltaic technology. Furthermore, the Authority aims to demonstrate the potential of biogas as a form of renewable energy to further reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from its wastewater treatment plants.Read moreMinimize

This SEPS exchange activity will train six renewable energy community ambassadors to undertake the critical task of educating communities in Barbados. It will provide training for the ambassadors through classroom workshops, technical sessions and site visits. The ambassadors, by interacting with citizens at community level and delivering public seminars and presentations, will engage with a broad spectrum of communities.

The selected community ambassadors recently began their community outreach work in an effort to reach their proposed number of participants and educate them about the potential benefits of renewable energy. Prior to this, they participated in various training activities and site visits across the island:

  • A series of lectures on the principles of water and wastewater treatment
  • Training on community health and safety at work (based on the relevant laws)
  • Site visits to several wastewater treatment plants in Barbados to enhance their theoretical knowledge: Bowmanston and Golden Ridge Pumping Station; Bridgetown Sewage Treatment Plant and South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Training in public speaking, personal interaction and communication, deisgned to enable the community ambassadors to systematically target their audiences, focus on people’s needs and educational level and tailor the information povided accordingly

More general information on this SEPS exchange activity is available here: Using Community Ambassadors for Community Exchange on Renewable Biogas Energy Generation from Wastewater for Sustainable Development


Wind Empowerment 2018 International Conference: WEIndia2018

News from WISIONS posted on June 13th, 2018

The 4th Wind Empowerment International Conference, "WEIndia2018: Bringing Small Wind Turbines up to Scale", will take place in Kayathar, India from 1 - 14 December 2018. If you would like to participate, please register by 30 June (if you are applying for a travel scholarship) or by 31 August (if you do not require a travel scholarship).Read moreMinimize

The Wind Empowerment network invites you to apply for the 4th International Conference WEIndia2018.

The deadline for applications is 30 June (if you are applying for a travel scholarship) or 31 August (if you do not require a travel scholarship).

Sign-up form for WEIndia2018: "Bringing Small Wind Turbines Up To Scale"

This year’s conference is jointly organised by Wind Empowerment and the National Institute for Wind Energy (NIWE), India. It will be longer than previous conferences, spanning approximately two weeks: one week of training sessions and one week for the conference programme.

NIWE is offering full travel and conference scholarships to a limited number of international applicants who wish to participate in a one-month long course related to small wind rural electrification, which will include attendance at the WEIndia2018 conference.

The eligibility criteria for applying to NIWE’s scholarship are the following:

  • Applicants must be available to join the two-week pre-conference workshop events, as well as the two-week conference. This means being in India for one month, from 15 November - 15 December 2018
  • Applicants must have nationality from one of the eligible countries
  • Applicants must have a working knowledge of English sufficient to follow the course

Wind Empowerment will try to provide scholarships (at least partial) to participants who do not fulfill the prerequisites above. However, if you are eligible and able to join the one-month course and conference events, do not miss this chance to apply. Send an email to windempowerment.group@gmail.com.


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