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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Successful project: Powering milk chilling units with biogas

News from WISIONS posted on August 12th, 2013

The SEPS project "Powering milk chilling units with biogas“, conducted by Winrock International in Pakistan, came to a successful end. In order to share experiences, success stories and future initiatives, Winrock organized a workshop in Lahore, Pakistan last month.Read moreMinimize

The participants included dairy farmers, representatives of biogas plant construction companies, milk marketing companies like Nestlé and Engro, microfinance and agricultural finance banks, media personnel, government officials and many more.

Mr. Qamaruddin, the project coordinator, thanked all the participants and emphasized the importance of the contributions by the WISIONS initiative. He also informed the audience about biogas technology for electricity generation. Project objectives, achievements and financial analysis were presented. Two case studies were presented by the farmers enjoying the benefits of biogas based power generation. Nestlé and financial institutions presented their plans for fostering the future up scaling of the initiative. Additionally, an exhibition was displayed parallel to the conference, where local organizations and enterprises active in the promotion, design and construction of biogas technologies presented their products and services.

In May 2013, before the final conference, a number of financial institutions and milk marketing companies met in Lahore to discuss about future financing options for biogas plants. It was mutually agreed that the financial institution would cover up to 80% of the plant cost, Nestlé would provide milk chilling costs and a biogas incentive along with the cost of milk to the farmers. The milk chilling cost and the biogas incentive would be used to pay the installment of a loan. In addition, Nestlé would also provide a milk chiller and electricity generator on loan to the farmers.

More about this project: Powering milk chilling units with biogas (SEPS 7)


SEPS Call 2013 on Pico and Micro Hydro Power in S/SE Asia

News from WISIONS posted on July 29th, 2013

Starting this year, WISIONS initiative is introducing a new structure to SEPS, its supporting scheme. From 2013 onwards, SEPS calls will target specific regions and specific technologies. This will align SEPS with the WISIONS regional partnerships and networks. As a result of this change, instead of one annual global call, SEPS will now launch 2 to 3 regional and technology-specific calls per year. Read moreMinimize

In addition to supporting technical project implementation, SEPS also supports knowledge exchanges within the target region.
The first SEPS call in 2013 focuses on the region of Southern Asia and South East Asia and on pico and micro hydro power (P/MHP) technologies.
The deadline for submission of applications is 14th October 2013, 4pm GMT.
Find more information on the application process, background and criteria here: SEPS Energy Projects


Solar energy for fish refrigeration in Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on July 9th, 2013

Fishing is one of the main economic activities of the Wayuu communities living on the shores of the Caribbean Sea in the High Guajira in Colombia. One month ago, Solaris had their first approach towards the community and local authorities, introducing their fish refrigeration project.Read moreMinimize

They conducted a survey about fishing techniques and the amount of fish that local people are gathering on a regular basis. As this survey proved to be of no real use, Solaris decided to accompany local fishermen the next day on their fishing boat.
They laid out the fishing nets and collected around 20 fish later, of which they sold the large ones and gave the medium ones to the fishing community, thus avoiding waste.
Subsequently, Solaris prospected for a possible site that would suit best the installation of refrigerators and solar panels.

Find out more about this project: Installation of PV solar system to power refrigeration and water distillation in Kamusuchiwo, High Guajira, Colombia. (SEPS 8)


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