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Project Evaluation: Milk Chilling Units in Pakistan

News from WISIONS posted on May 20th, 2015

In one of our SEPS projects in Pakistan, Winrock International installed four biogas plants as a sustainable solution for powering milk refrigeration and processing units at dairy farms. Further to a follow-up phase supported by WISIONS, the outcomes of the project implementation have now been evaluated.Read moreMinimize

A field study carried out in December 2014 aimed to deliver information about the operational performance of the installed biogas plants in Pakistan, successful practices and possible challenges, the sustainability impact and overall lessons learned during the project activities.

Among the lessons learned during the evaluation were the following aspects:

  • The applied designs proved technically adequate for the conditions of the targeted dairy farms
  • A significant share of diesel and LPG consumption can be displaced by the new technology, which leads to monetary savings ranging from 300,000 to 640,000 PKK per year, depending on the digester size

There are still some issues that could be improved, for example

  • The identification of measures required to ensure that transportation tasks (manure, water, bio-slurry) can be adequately fulfilled on a daily basis
  • The quality and appropriate installation of monitoring devices, particularly gas flow meters

More information, including other results of the evaluation survey, are available on our corresponding project page: Powering milk chilling units with biogas.

Selected Projects: SEPS Call in Southern and South East Asia

News from WISIONS posted on May 18th, 2015

Following our most recent SEPS call, which was for project proposals in Southern and South East Asia focusing on the application of (small-scale) renewable energy technologies to improve the productivity, environmental performance and social integration of food value chains, we are pleased to advise that the following projects have been selected as being eligible for SEPS support:Read moreMinimize

Setting Up an Innovative Jaggery Processing Cluster Level CFC Model through a Thermal Biomass Gasifier System in the State of Karnataka

OrganisationTERI India
Country: India
Project's aimto integrate thermal biomass gasifiers in jaggery processing units for heating, making the production process more energy efficient and user friendly, as well as improving the working environment and the quality of the produce.

Community Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain

OrganisationPractical Action
Country: Nepal
Project's aimto demonstrate the viability of a community managed irrigation system in rural Nepal, using a photovoltaic pumping system to increase production levels and also enhance the quality of the vegetables produced.

Renewable Energy Technologies for Integrated Community Farming Systems

OrganisationAsian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Country: Thailand
Project's aimto develop a model of an integrated Community Farming System on the AIT Campus utilising renewable energy technologies to ensure the security of food, nutrition and energy.

Biogas Generation through Biomass Production in a "Smart School" in the Lower Northern Region of Thailand

OrganisationSchool of Renewable Energy Technology (SERT)
Country: Thailand
Project's aimto use food and agricultural waste, as well as animal dung, to generate biogas energy for producing/cooking school lunches at six schools in Thailand.

Solar Powered Central Landing Area for Night Fishing in the Lagonoy Gulf, Philippines

OrganisationWWF Philippines
Country: Philippines
Project's aimto improve the value chain of tuna handline fisheries by establishing a solar-powered central landing site for night fishing activities.

Meet the WISIONS Team at the SE4All Forum in New York City

News from WISIONS posted on May 12th, 2015

The WISIONS team will participate in the second Sustainable Energy For All Forum from 18 - 21 May 2015 in New York City, USA. Last year's forum officially launched the United Nations "Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024", as declared by the UN General Assembly, and brought together nearly 1000 participants from government, international organizations, business and civil society.Read moreMinimize

The theme of this year’s Forum is “Financing Sustainable Energy for All”, including the launch of a new "Global Sustainable Energy for All Commitment Platform". Moreover, the Forum will also feature the first Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the United Nations, in order to reaffirm the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality”, and an Advisory Board meeting, co-convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. 

In focusing on how to act, the Forum will include a range of solution-oriented multi-stakeholder sessions for SE4ALL partners from all over the world, and from a variety of sectors. It will also offer new approaches to track progress towards 2030 based on the 2nd biennial Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework.

More information on the programme and sessions is available in this Agenda. If you would like to attend, you may still register here.

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