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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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Project Progress: Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ulu Papar Rainforest, Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 22nd, 2015

One of our SEPS projects, which aims to improve socioeconomic and environmental wellbeing in the villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan in Malaysia, is making progress while undergoing a few changes to the activities that were originally proposed.Read moreMinimize

The aim of this project is to provide three villages situated in a remote rainforest region of Malaysia with access to clean water, renewable electricity and income generation opportunities. 

Recently, the decision was taken to develop a smaller system in Lokogungan using concrete turbine technology from Sri Lanka, instead of constructing three micro-hydro plants. This was due to logistical difficulties in sourcing the turbine technology. The new pico-hydro system will power public buildings: the village school, church and a community hall. It will also include charging stations, where village residents can charge lamps and cell phones for use in their homes. Additionally, an on-site workshop will be held in Lokogungan to train community members and practitioners in the concrete turbine process.

The micro-hydro plant in Pongobonon is almost complete and the turbine is currently undergoing testing. Local villagers are enjoying the benefits of lighting for the first time.

Construction in Kalangaan is nearly complete, with all major civil structures now finalised. However, the transportation of the pipes and the cement has been very slow, and some pipes and several loads of cement still need to be transported to the site.

More information on this SEPS project is available on our project page: Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar

Upscaling Strategy: Biogas Systems in Guatemala

News from WISIONS posted on July 6th, 2015

Our partner organisation, Alterna, supported under the WISIONS SEPS scheme, successfully implemented 25 small scale biodigester systems in Guatemala from 2012 to 2013. During an upscaling phase in 2013 and 2014, Alterna aimed to develop effective business models and suitable financing mechanisms with selected NGOs to replicate the success of the small scale biodigester systems within these organisations through sustainable self-financing schemes.Read moreMinimize

Some of the achievements during the upscaling phase include:

  • The creation by Alterna of an integrated communication plan to present to relevant stakeholders (i.e. potential NGOs, funders, local governments etc.). The plan includes a biodigester outreach programme in which Alterna participates in events and fairs, increasing its presence as an alternative energy option.
  • As a result, new partner organisations to provide biodigesters to more users have been identified (CEIPA, FEDEPMA, ACGJ, COPROLECHE, CHIVALAC).
  • Together with financing specialists, Alterna created upscaling and financing plans with the partner organisations by using insights gained from the initial project phase.
  • Working plans with banks, microfinance institutions etc. have been prepared to finance biodigester expansion in Guatemala.
  • By systemising information processes and accumulating know-how and lessons learned, Alterna has drawn up detailed guidelines for designing the most appropriate technical, economic and financial solutions for biodigester implementation.

  • Since mid-2014, Alterna and Viogaz S.A., an organisation originally from Costa Rica, have come together in a social venture and are working as strategic allies. They are the first socially and environmentally responsible company specialising in biodigestion technology, biogas and bioslurry in Guatemala.
More information on this SEPS project is available on our SEPS project page: Biodigestion systems for small-scale ventures: Enhancing low-carbon food value chains

SEPS Project – Biomass Gasification in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on June 17th, 2015

Our SEPS project partners at WINROCK are installing a biomass gasification unit in the Dang district of Nepal to generate electricity to serve around 82 off-grid rural households and potential enterprises in the region. Read moreMinimize

WINROCK International is implementing this project to pilot biomass gasification for rural electrification by installing an 11 kW gasification unit. The use of at least 500 litres of kerosene and 1000 litres of diesel will be avoided annually by the installation of the new technology, resulting in enhanced livelihoods and energy for lighting and other productive end-use applications.

As of June 2015, the transmission and distribution systems, including a power house accommodating the gasification system, have been successfully installed. On-site operators and managers have received intensive training on how to use and maintain the facilities.

However, a few adjustments had to be made to the scheduled project implementation. As the project site initially identified for the pilot (the Tanahun district) was recently connected to the national grid, a new location in Nepal’s Dang district was selected after a feasibility study. Furthermore, the monsoon season resulted in landslides and road flooding, hindering project activities. As a result, some capacity building activities and information collection for future productive end-use will now be carried out over the course of the next few months, extending the overall project period to the end of 2015.

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