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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Progress report: "Using excess energy from micro hydropower plants"

News from WISIONS posted on May 7th, 2014

Our SEPS project "Using excess energy from existing MHPs to create sustainable income generating activity in Nepal“ has progressed. By using energy that was typically wasted, this project will empower the Kumal Community to sustain the long-term production and sale of organic vegetables and to increase revenue generation for the Nishi Dovan MHP in Nepal.Read moreMinimize

A recent field visit to the project site demonstrated the following achievements:

  • The pump has arrived from India and is ready for use
  • A pipe and other construction material has arrived and the pipe laying is currently in progress; this should take approximately one week to complete
  • The construction of the pump building is in progress
  • Young people from the local area have undertaken a field visit and can now share the knowledge they have gained with their local communities 
  • Instruction manuals about vegetable farming and the operation of the equipment have been provided to the community
  • There are approximately 70 villagers working on the construction site daily

You can find our SEPS project page here: Using excess energy from existing MHPs to create sustainable income generating activity in Nepal (SEPS 8).
Some new photographs from the field visit are available below:

SEPS Exchange: Technology transfer in South-East Asia

News from WISIONS posted on May 5th, 2014

The objective of this recent SEPS exchange is to transfer knowledge about a low-cost, easy-to-assemble pico-hydro turbine prototype, developed by the Sri Lankan organization Janathakshan, to other member organizations of the Micro-Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNet). Read moreMinimize

The pico-hydro turbine prototype was originally deployed in 45 Sri Lankan villages and over 85% of these are still functional. The turbine casing is made of concrete, while the runner is constructed from aluminum.

A workshop with members of the Hydro Empowerment Network, conducted by Green Empowerment started recently. This workshop includes on-site training in turbine design and manufacture, assembly and installation. One of the participants is keeping track of the daily progress in a blog that you can access here: Blog from the Sri Lanka workshop.

Second WindEmpowerment Conference in Athens, Greece

News from WISIONS posted on May 2nd, 2014

The second WindEmpowerment Conference will be taking place on 3-7 November 2014 at the NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) in Greece.Read moreMinimize

Kostas Latoufis and the NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) have kindly offered to host the event in Greece. They have a wealth of facilities, including classrooms/lecture theatres for presentations, laboratory equipment for demonstrations (wind tunnel, an electrical bench testing rig and a test site on the coast) and workshop space for other practical activities. The programme will include practical workshops, round table discussions, presentations, laboratory demonstrations, field trips and much more. The event follows on from the inaugural WindEmpowerment conference that took place in Dakar in 2011.

The format is designed to bring together people and organizations from around the world who work with small wind turbines in the field of rural electrification. Participants are able to meet new people, learn new skills and share experiences.

More information is available on the website of WindEmpowerment..

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