WISIONS of Sustainability

Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Grid-Connected Biomass Gasification Plants for Rural Energy Access in Sri Lanka

News from WISIONS posted on October 21st, 2015

One of our SEPS projects in Sri Lanka aims to create an integrated development plan for increasing the income level of the low-income farming communities living in the country’s dry region. The objective is to establish the first ever community-based on-grid wood-gasification power plant in Batagummana, Sri Lanka.Read moreMinimize

One of the central goals of the project is to demonstrate the technical and economical feasibility of selling electricity from a community-based wood-gasification plant under a standardised power purchase agreement with the Ceylon Electricity Board (a state-owned utility). This project will help to build farmers’ confidence in the new technology and on the market for sustainably grown fuel wood; thereby creating an enabling environment for replicating this community-based model in about 10,000 rural villages in Sri Lanka.

After selecting the village of Batugammana, mobilising the local community and establishing business and management models, the implementing organization Energy Forum purchased and installed the "Power Pellet", an automated biomass gasifier which was success fully tested in Sri Lanka for the first time during this project. Several technical issues and regulatory obstacles has been successfully resolved during trials, as a result of which the plant was successfully commissioned in Batugammana. 

Further recent project progress and achievements include 

  • The successful connection of the plant to the national grid
  • The signing of a power purchase agreement with the Ceylon Electricity Board
  • The establishment of a fuel wood supply chain
  • The training and capacity building of plant operators
  • The monitoring of the performance of the plant
The operation of the whole concept (from the biomass supply up to electricity generation and selling) is being monitored. The project is expected to be officially concluded begining of 2016.


Delivery Models for Sustainable Energy Access in the Developing World

News from WISIONS posted on September 29th, 2015

At the beginning of September, the WISIONS team participated in the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society and the IBG in Exeter, United Kingdom. Together with the network’s coordinator, we discussed delivery models for sustainable energy access and showcased the Wind Empowerment Network, which is supported by our initiative, to a global audience.Read moreMinimize

The WISIONS team, together with Jon Sumanik-Leary from Wind Empowerment and LCEDN convened a session addressing the question "What are Appropriate Delivery Models for Sustainable Energy Access in the Developing World?". A summary of the topics discussed is available online at LCEDN here: Part 1 and Part 2.

Furthermore, we gave a presentation entitled "Facilitating Knowledge Exchange Between Practitioners in the Global South – a Pathway to Achieving Fairness and Social Justice for Rural Communities?". 

For more information and photos of the event, please visit Wind Empowerment’s Blog.


WISIONS at the SDEWES Conference 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia

News from WISIONS posted on September 28th, 2015

The WISIONS team participated in the 10th "Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems" from 27 September until 2 October 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Read moreMinimize

The 10th "Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – SDEWES" was dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars, as well as methods for assessing and measuring sustainability of development, regarding energy, transport, water, environment and food production systems and their many combinations.

At this year’s edition, the WISIONS team presented a poster entitled "Delivery and Business Models for Small-Scale Renewable Energy Technologies – Analysis of Successful Approaches", and chaired a session on "Practitioners Networks on Sustainable Energy Technologies – How Can Active Exchanges Foster the Transition Process in Developing Regions?". In addition, we also offered a panel presentation entitled "What are Challenges for the Scientific Community and Politics on a Global Scale to Unfold the Research Potential?".

More information on the conference is available at SDEWES’ homepage, where you can also find the conference programme.


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