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.
Next Webinar: Beyond Cooking: Biodigesters For Family Farming In The Global South
News from WISIONS posted on May 18th, 2018
Biodigesters are best known for cooking and several national programmes have successfully promoted it for this purpose. But biodigesters are more than that. They can help to improve the livelihoods of rural households in the Global South by treating organic waste, improving management of soil nutrients, providing clean energy and organic fertilizer, to name just a few of their advantages.
In this webinar, we will discuss how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing. Are the benefits of biogas and biodigesters being deployed by farmers? If so, where is this happening? Which gaps/missing links can hinder the uptake of this technology? Lastly, how can family farmers be better supported to take advantage of biogas and biodigesters?
Molly Hurley Depret
Read more on our webinar series: WISIONS Webinar Series
Biogas Demonstration Unit For Sustainable Rural Energy Development in Argentina
News from WISIONS posted on May 7th, 2018
As in other countries, small rural communities in Argentina have a scarce supply of energy but possess potential to harness high volumes of biomass feedstock for bioenergy generation through their agricultural and livestock activities. In addition to emissions produced by the use of fossil fuels, waste disposal related to poor waste management practices is an associated environmental challenge.
Recently, they have successfully carried out the following activities:
- The formation of a cooperative: “Cooperativa de Servicios y Consumo Los Pinos Ltda." (e.g. responsible for waste classification)
- The training of people for technical operation and maintenance of the biogas plant
- Design of feedstock management and storage (including construction of a predigestion chamber)
- The installation of a biogas plant with a potential power generation of 25 kW, as well as gas pipelines
Find more general information on this project on our SEPS project page: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina
Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia: Insights From Practitioners
News from WISIONS posted on May 2nd, 2018
This knowledge exchange activity aimed to explore and share successful financial models, as well as identify the specific factors that make different models relevant and replicable in their context. The following are the main insights and lessons learned during the event.
Renewable energy entrepreneurs and financiers greatly appreciated the workshop as it provided a unique opportunity to exchange insights and experiences with other stakeholders in the sector. The workshop was uniquely designed to cater to the attendees. The discussions and events specifically focused on identifying gaps in existing financial tools and specific barriers experienced that limit access to finance in the region.
Several trends throughout the region were discussed during the conference. From the entrepreneur perspective, challenges to accessing finance are often linked to the lack of flexibility from traditional financiers and the limited suitability of products offered. Entrepreneurs also identified not being aware of or understanding existing financial options. From the investor perspective, the main barriers to providing finance to entrepreneurs include the lack of financial literacy and a misalignment of risk and return expectations.
Overall, the attendees were generally optimistic towards seeing more financing options in the region. There have been several successful and innovative financing schemes developed that can serve as
a model to be replicated in new geographies and sectors. These schemes and any new ones would still have to be tailored to geography and sector due to the inherent uncertainty in most developing regions. In any regards, additional capital is needed to continue supporting the work of energy entrepreneurs.
Following the event success, Nexus will continue to create opportunities for dialogue to foster mutual understanding and improved collaboration among like-minded entrepreneurs and financiers. Nexus will continue mapping and monitoring financing schemes for clean energy in the region, and hopes to inspire innovation and ultimately increase investments for the benefit of energy entrepreneurs working for the sustainable development of Southeast Asia.