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7th annual RedBioLAC Conference in Santiago de Chile

News from WISIONS posted on December 1st, 2015

This year marked the 7th RedBioLAC annual conference, which took place from 9th to 13th November 2015 at the University of Chile in Santiago de Chile. More than 100 participants attended the event, which was supported by WISIONS.Read moreMinimize

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

One of our research articles entitled "A cross-sectional review: Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries", which has been published in "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews", is among the Top 10 most downloaded articles published by Germany-based authors since 1 January 2014!Read moreMinimize

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 (solarwindbiomasshydro), user needs (electricityfood 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

Our second SEPS call in 2015 is open! This time we focus on the introduction of small-scale renewable energy technologies and knowledge exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean.Read moreMinimize

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.

All further information on the call and what kind of applications are welcome is available at SEPS Energy Projects (including application forms). Our selection criteria are available here.

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


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