Wind Empowerment

Association for the development of locally-built small wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification


Wind Empowerment is a global association for the development of locally-manufactured small wind turbines (SWTs) for sustainable rural electrification. It aims to strengthen the capacity of its members through collaboration and knowledge exchange to promote and support small wind technology as a viable solution for rural electrification.

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Market Assessmemt of Solar-Wind Hybrid Systems in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on November 11th, 2019

Even though wind power has great potential for impact in Nepal, the actual application of the technology does not reflect it yet. This SEPS-Exchange project in Nepal is now presenting the results of the market assessment summarized and investigated for further use and development in Nepal. KAPEG Market Assessment WebsiteRead moreMinimize
Good research and assessment of the market situation in the field of practice can be considered as highly influential on the final success of projects, in particular accounting for sustainable energy projects. As a matter of fact, the level of electrification in Nepal is still stagnating despite great efforts in recent years and an official electrification rate of 85% in the rural regions and 2% growth annually. Connections to the national grid and also introduction of off-grid Micro-Hydropower as well as solar projects contributed highly to these achievements, but one has to consider some small detail: even small appliances such as a solar lantern already count into the statistic. Therefore, the reliability becomes unclear and further technologies need to be considered as well. However, the number of Solar-Wind Turbines is comparatively low, even though the country offers adequate conditions for application of the technology.

Based on this fact, WISIONS supported Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (KAPEG) in partnership with  Wind Empowerment (WE) in order to develop a market assessment for the implementation of small Solar-Wind Hybrid turbine systems in Nepal. Equipped with detailed local knowledge from KAPEG, a series of expert interviews and extensive techno-economic and mapping efforts the project partners successfully executed their fieldwork in spring 2018. The findings and results of this extensive and comprehensive assessment for the feasability of Solar-Wind Hybrid Systems in Nepal now provides policymakers and energy practicioners with a necessary framework of knowledge, facts and figures for the implementation of the technology in Nepal. All findings are now accessible on the website of KAPEG:

                                    


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Upcoming Events

The Wind Empowerment 2019-2020 Webinar series will begin soon! Past webinars are available on WE's YouTube channeland on their website.


Introduction

SWTs can offer viable off-grid power solutions where strong wind resources (4–7m/s and higher) are available and evenly distributed throughout the year, or in regions where the combination of small wind technology and solar PV can provide a reliable power supply.

Wind Empowerment was founded in 2011 at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. The aim was to bridge the geographical gap between its members by providing a global platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration. It has since consolidated and now represents dozens of member organisations, consisting of wind turbine manufacturers, NGOs, universities, social enterprises, cooperatives, training centres, as well as over 1,000 individual members across the world.



Mission & Goals 

Wind Empowerment supports the development of locally-built wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification by strengthening the capacity of its members globally through:

  • Building and sharing financial and human resource connections
  • Performing joint technical research, sharing technical information and collaborating on key vendor relationships
  • Strengthening understanding of business and social models for the effective implementation of small wind technology
  • Managing projects, offering consultancy services and developing/distributing products in line with the association’s guiding principles

Activities

Wind Empowerment acts as both a central knowledge bank and a facilitator of direct connections between its members (currently 39 organisations).

Conference

Wind Empowerment conferences take place every 2 years and are key in building and maintaining the relationships between individuals and organisations that form the basis of the network.

The most recent conference took place in Kayathar and Chennai, India in December 2018. You can find all the outcomes on on Wind Empowerment's Facebook page and on this detailed Review.

The previous conference took place from in November 2016 at two different venues in Patagonia, Argentina: WEPatagonia2016.


Online Platform
The webpage of Wind Empowerment is a rich source of information and serves as an exchange platform for the members, as well as for other people interested in the network and the technology. It covers not only recent news and event information, but also contains a library of resources. In addition, lively dialogue takes place in the discussion forum and the webinars offer background information on relevant current topics.

Working Groups
Six Working Groups (WGs) have been set up to actively address the key barriers facing the development of small wind technology for rural development:

In 2016 all six working groups started to develop so-called kick-starter projects to ensure intensive collaboration within clear targets..

Coordination & Support

Wind Empowerment is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and is supported by several organisations, one of which is WISIONS.

The coordinator is Jessica Rivas (left).