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.
New: The WISIONS YouTube Channel
News from WISIONS posted on August 17th, 2015
Over the course of the last few years, many of our project partners have documented their work and achievements in the form of videos to accompany their written reports. While some of our partners maintain their own YouTube channels, many of these videos have not yet been published.
These videos will now be shared on the WISIONS YouTube channel. Around six videos from different projects are already online, and we will constantly update our library with new submissions.
To watch and subscribe to our channel, please visit WISIONS of Sustainability on YouTube.
Meet the WISIONS Team at the RGS-IGB Annual Conference 2015 in Exeter
News from WISIONS posted on August 12th, 2015
It has been claimed that the Anthropocene heralds a new geological epoch in which human society is acknowledged as having become the greatest force shaping planet earth. Although its recognition as a new age in geological history remains provisional, the idea of the Anthropocene has already captured the public imagination and that of scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars, who have initiated a variety of new projects, agendas and critiques on the subject.
This annual conference theme aims to bring all areas of the discipline to the table, including the physical geography and climate science communities, to explore the rich array of geographical work relating to this powerful idea and its consequences.
The WISIONS presentation "Facilitating Knowledge Exchange Between Practitioners in the Global South – a Pathway to Achieving Fairness and Social Justice for Rural Communities?" is part of the session "Fairness and Social Justice for Rural Communities" on Wednesday 2nd September. The WISIONS team will also be chairing the session "What are Appropriate Delivery Models for Sustainable Energy Access in the Developing World?" on Friday 4th September.
Visit the Royal Geographical Society's website to read more about the Annual International Conference 2015 and to access the Conference Programme.
SEPS Project: Small Wind Energy System in Odisha, India
News from WISIONS posted on July 29th, 2015
In addition to installing two wind-solar hybrid energy systems to demonstrate the potential of the technology as a reliable energy source in the region, a diverse range of capacity building and hands-on training activities were undertaken to ensure the long-term operation of the system.
The energy produced by the wind-solar hybrid system is made available to the communities through a community charging station and a local electricity distribution line. Sixty households in two remote villages (Kamalaguda and Tijmali) now have reliable access to electricity. They are provided with lighting and charging points for mobile phones and other electrical devices. A local energy management system, as well as an operations and maintenance crew, have been trained to ensure the sustainability of the system.
Overall, the project successfully demonstrated the hybrid system as a viable option for rural electrification in remote off-grid areas in the Kalahandi District of Odisha, India. This was the first project of its kind in the region and as 25% of local villages still lack access to electricity, the potential for replication is huge.