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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:


Upcoming Webinar from RedBioLAC

News from WISIONS posted on November 7th, 2019

As the year slowly approaches its end, RedBioLAC announceda new edition of their very own webinar series, taking place on 13 November 2019 at 8 A.M. Costa Rica Time (3 P.M. CET). This time the webinar will be about insights and advances during a WISIONS SEPS Exchange Project in Costa Rica. Register here nowRead moreMinimize

English Version:

Since approximately thirty years biodigestion technology has been applied by the agricultural sector in Costa Rica. However, the current progress is mostly based on the implementation of small-scale agriculture and generally linked to specific government programs, which are generally dispersed and disjointed.

Based on this experience the Asociación Costarricense de Biogás and the WISIONS collaborate in order to develop strategies to consolidate biodigestion technology as a tool to improve agricultural production in Costa Rica. This project is accounted as the WISIONS SEPS Exchange project  "Exchange: Consolidating the Adoption of Small and Medium-Scale Biogas Technology by Livestock Farmers in Costa Rica (SEPS16).

Main milestone in this exchange project consisted of a two day workshop for Biogas Consolidation in July 2019, gathering farmers, government officials, biodigester suppliers and researcher in order to address current challenges for bringing biodigester technology forward in Costa Rica. WISIONS team collaborator  Dr. Willington Ortiz participated in this workshop and gave some reports from it. (WISIONS & Asobiogás Workshop in Costa Rica, WISIONS News 19 July 2019).

In the upcoming webinar, Asobiogas will present current developments from the exchange project with distinct focus on the findings of the workshop from July. The webinar will take place on 13 November 2019 at 8 A.M. Costa Rica Time (3 P.M. CET).

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Versión en español:

Desde hace aproximadamente treinta años la tecnología de biodigestión ha sido aplicada por el sector agrícola en Costa Rica. Sin embargo, el progreso actual se basa principalmente en la implementación de la agricultura en pequeña escala y generalmente vinculada a programas gubernamentales específicos, que generalmente están dispersos y desarticulados.
Con base en esta experiencia, la Asociación Costarricense de Biogás y WISIONS colaboran en el desarrollo de estrategias para consolidar la tecnología de biodigestión como una herramienta para mejorar la producción agrícola en Costa Rica. Este proyecto se contabiliza como el proyecto WISIONS SEPS Exchange "Exchange: Consolidating the Adoption of Small and Medium-Scale Biogas Technology by Livestock Farmers in Costa Rica (SEPS16).
El hito principal en este proyecto de intercambio consistió en un taller de dos días para la consolidación del biogás en julio de 2019, que reunió a agricultores, funcionarios gubernamentales, proveedores de biodigestores e investigadores con el fin de abordar los desafíos actuales para hacer avanzar la tecnología de biodigestores en Costa Rica. El Dr. Willington Ortiz, colaborador del equipo de WISIONS, participó en este taller y presentó algunos informes al respecto. (WISIONS & Asobiogás Workshop in Costa Rica, WISIONS News 19 July 2019).
En el próximo webinar, Asobiogas presentará los desarrollos actuales del proyecto de intercambio con especial atención a los resultados del taller de julio. El webinar tendrá lugar el 13 de noviembre de 2019 a las 8 de la mañana, hora de Costa Rica (15.00 horas CET).

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Impact Testimonials from rural Indonesia

News from WISIONS posted on October 31st, 2019

Sustainable Energy Projects are always a success? Unfortunately not, as the premise of "one size fits all" does not apply to remote rural areas with very different socioeconomic and -cultural conditions than urban areas. Our SEPS-Exchange identifies these conditions, adjusts them and recently published testimonials from project participants. Read moreMinimize

The SEPS Energy Exchange project in collaboration with IESR and their partners CAFOD and IIED approaches since 2014 the question, why sustainable energy projects in remote areas fail in many cases. Insufficient attention to long-term costs of operation and maintenance, local realities socio-cultural factors including gender issues, lack of attention on how an energy project is actually going to have a development impact and eventually lack of participation of local stakeholders. These are only some of the reasons why some energy services in remote areas fail.

With special focus on remote areas in Southeast Asia, they created a participatory model in order to : the Energy Delivery Model (EDM). This EDM model included countries, such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar but essentially relates to an issue concening most of sustainable energy development projects. In the case of Indonesia, the exchange project approached the local community of Boafoa and piloted the EDM model. By including local practitioners and stakeholders from different contexts (education and coffee production), the project came into application. The introduction of solar systems for schools and a coffee production plant has been assessed and two participants now reported their experiences so far with the model:

Find more information about the project here: Exchange: Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange on the EDM Participatory Approach to Designing Energy Services in Indonesia (SEPS16)

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