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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WISIONS & Wind Empowerment Webinar: Small wind for powering off-grid communities: Market assessment methodology and cases from Peru”

News from WISIONS posted on July 18th, 2020

We invite you to join our webinar “Small wind for powering off-grid communities: Market assessment methodology and cases from Peru” on August 5 ! We will be hosting rural energy practitioners and experts from Wind Empowerment and Peruvian member organizations, WindAid and CERC, who will explore the potential of small wind to power off-grid communities, through discussing Wind Empowerment’s Market Assessment methodology and case studies from Peru. There will be time for discussion at the end of these presentations and we look forward to a lively discussion. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 at 17:00 British Summer Time (GMT+1) and the presentation will be in English. More information and the link to join the webinar may be found below.REGISTER HERERead moreMinimize

Off-grid electrification solutions powered by renewable energy technologies are increasingly recognized as the most suitable alternative for reaching a great portion of the 800 million people lacking access to electricity today. In regions with suitable wind resources, and with appropriate planning, off-grid small wind turbines can provide significant contributions to closing the energy access gap.

  • How can the potential contribution of small wind for electrification schemes be assessed?
  • What should be considered in order to ensure that small wind turbines effectively contribute to close the energy access gap?
  • How can the benefits of small wind power be maximised?

Agenda (90 minutes)

  • 1st part: WE Market Assessment methodology (20 minutes)
  • 2nd part: CERC presentation of current experiences and proposed microgrid project in Peru (20 minutes)
  • 3rd part: WindAid presentation on small wind experiences in Peru (20 minutes)
  • Discussion (30 minutes)

About the presenters

Alfie Alsop is a PhD Candidate at Strathclyde University’s Wind and Marine Energy Centre for Doctoral Training, Glasgow, UK. His research involves integrating decision analysis and GIS techniques into market assessment methodologies for small wind turbines in a rural electrification context, building upon previous Wind Empowerment projects to assist policymakers and stakeholders in developing countries in making energy and planning decisions. Alfie joined Wind Empowerment in 2016, assisting the Market Assessment Working Group with the Global Market Assessment for Small Wind Turbines, and has been Treasurer of the Executive Board since the WEPatagonia 2016 conference.

Heduardo Vargas is a Peruvian professional in environmental sciences dedicated and committed to real sustainable development through concise and impactful actions. For the last five years, he has worked in the energy sector towards a greener energy future. He is the co-founder of the newest research group Microgrids for Sustainability and works as a project engineer in Peruvian company Waira Energía. He is in charge of designing photovoltaic, wind, and hybrid energy systems for projects in the whole country, considering technical, economic, environmental, and social aspects in the development. His teamwork and commitment have allowed him to represent his company in several conferences and training courses as both speaker and attendee, both nationally and internationally.

José Armando Gastelo-Roque believes energy transition is the pivotal issue to achieve sustainable development. He was born in Lambayeque-Perú and he holds a degree in Mechanical Electrical Engineering in Perú and Mexico. He is co-founder of the newly formed organization “Microgrids for Sustainability”, which seeks to provide energy access and to promote the energy transition through the implementation of renewable energy microgrids in Perú and Latin America. He is also a Development Engineer at Engie Peru, where he is dedicated to develop and to implement renewable energy projects. José Armando is passionate about science, his thesis focused on new hybrid metal-organic materials for solar cells. He has done research stays at the MIT in the United States and at the Balseiro Institute in Argentina. And he has participated in several international events, including the Wind Empowerment Conference 2018 in India, the Student Energy Summit 2019 in London and the IRENA Youth Forum 2020 in the United Arab Emirates

Kimon Silwal is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer graduate from Kathmandu University. He joined KAPEG in 2010 in the position of research staff and is currently working as the company manager. He has worked as an activity leader and project leader in numerous research and development projects until now with locally manufactured small wind technologies, solar-wind hybrid systems, low head pico-hydro turbines and control system, electric cooking stoves and water purification systems for off-grid applications in collaborations with national and international universities and government organization. Currently, his involvement has been focused towards developing effective standards, guidelines, and delivery models for the small wind turbines in Nepal while consolidating various areas for the further development of the off-grid solar and wind hybrid sector in Nepal.

Gandhi Alva was born in Trujillo Peru. He studied Anthropology at the National University of Trujillo. Working with many different Peruvian communities around the country doing social studies and social projects in order to benefit the locals. Additionally he has worked nationally and internationally with the Peruvian government and private organizations doing social projects ranging from: environmental, educational, female empowerment, construction and cultural heritage. With WindAid, as the Head of Community Project Development he has had the chance to develop social projects via researching the local populace and their interaction with the electricity provided by WindAid wind turbines and other activities in his area such as basic training of the WindAid turbine system or environmental education workshops. After an exceptional internship Gandhi was the first permanent Communities Employee for WindAid managing teams from all over the world to work directly with rural populations in over a dozen Peruvian communities understanding the impact of the wind turbines WindAid creates and creating more project opportunities with better refined planning and impact analysis.


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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).