WISIONS of Sustainability
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7th annual RedBioLAC Conference in Santiago de Chile
News from WISIONS posted on December 1st, 2015
The event started with an introductory course on anaerobic digestion and its small and medium scale applications. The course was attended by more than 70 people from different sectors, ranging from government officials and private entrepreneurs to NGO practitioners and students. Over two intensive working days, RedBioLAC experts guided the participants through the principles of anaerobic digestion and the crucial aspects to consider in its application, as well as imparting wide-ranging practical knowledge on specific applications, such as the treatment of domestic wastewater and organic solid waste and the integration of anaerobic digestion into agricultural production systems. On the third day the participants had the opportunity to visit two project sites and interact with developers and operators of biogas plants installed near Santiago.
Over the last two days of the conference, scientists and practitioners presented up-to-date developments in the application of anaerobic digestion in Latin America and the Caribbean. The presentations covered technical issues (e.g. substrate characterisation, management of effluents and uses of biogas) and case studies on specific applications (e.g. treatment of organic solid waste and waste water), as well as conditions for biogas sector development (e.g. regulations, national networks and promotional programmes). Particularly interesting were the contributions from several Chilean speakers, which illustrated how the still nascent but already dynamic Chilean biogas sector is targeting the application of the technology on a small and medium scale.
The complete documentation of the event (course materials and presentations) will soon be available at Energypedia (the event's media partner) and also on RedBioLAC's website. A photo album of the conference is available on Facebook here.
WISIONS article among recent most popular "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews" articles
News from WISIONS posted on November 14th, 2015
Access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty in developing countries. In particular, small-scale and community-based renewable energy projects are recognized as important forms of development assistance for reaching the energy poor. However, to date only a few empirical evaluations exist which analyze and compare the impact of these projects on local living conditions and their sustainability ex-post implementation.
To better understand the impacts and the conditions that influence sustainability of these projects, the research presented in this paper evaluated 23 local development projects post implementation. By applying an standardized evaluation design to a cross-sectional sample in terms of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biomass, hydro), user needs (electricity, food preparation, lighting, productive uses), community management models, finance mechanisms and geographical locations, the review results provide valuable insights on the underlying conditions that influence the success or failure of these small-scale local energy interventions.
The article is available for free download until 15th January 2016 at ScienceDirect.
SEPS Call for Proposals in Latin America and the Caribbean
News from WISIONS posted on October 30th, 2015
This SEPS call is looking for project concepts that demonstrate the application of small-scale renewable energy technologies to meet energy-related needs and improve energy access in Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, projects might aim to meet energy needs for reliable electricity or heat supply, for food processing and conservation, or for water pumping and treatment.
As in previous calls, in addition to supporting technical project implementation, SEPS will also support knowledge exchanges within the target region that address the capacity-building needs of actors and organisations working in the field.
The deadline for the submission of applications is 21st December 2015, 4pm GMT.
Please note: application forms and further documents have to be submitted in English. Applications written in Spanish will not be considered.