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Open-Source courses on Electronic Load Controller in Southeast Asia

News from WISIONS posted on July 17th, 2019

This collaborative project with Green Empowerment, Tonibung and Sibat currently promotes capacity building and technology access to Southeast-East Asian micro-hydro practitioners. Recently they offered intensive 2-week courses on the technology of Electronic Load Controllers (ELC), which is the crucial component for well-functioning for micro-hydro systems. Read moreMinimize

Our three collaboration partners Green EmpowermentTonibung (Malaysia) and Sibat(Phillipines) further pursued their commitment to spread open source knowledge on the crucial technology of ELC systems for micro-hydro systems and offered an intensive 2-week course for the knowledge exchange. The organization and execution of the in-person exchange was held at Tonibung and GE's Centre for Renewable Energy and Technology (CREATE) and involved an impressive program for participants from different regions of Southeast Asia. 

The participants could learn in theory lessons about the design theory behind ELCs, together with hands-on built-out sessions of ELC technology, so that the participants received a complete insight into the technology. All of the participants showed commitment and enthusiasm to lean about ELC technology and maintained their motivation throughout more than 3 hours of theory lessons each morning and additionally 10-12 hours of practice sessions every day. 

After absolving this course the participants were equipped with complete knowledge of all necessary components and how to build devices off the shelf in any country. Also the participants discussed collaboration opportunities with academic institutions and research organizations in order to step forward and continuing innovations in this technology. Even one participant committed to establish a manufacturing branch in his home workshop dedicated to ELC development. Generally speaking, the participants found the knowledge exchange useful in ensuring that there was a balance between the theoretical and practical elements of ELC design, assembly, and troubleshooting. There was also appreciation that time was given to allowing participants to share about their experiences in their own countries. 

Find out more about the knowledge exchange her:  Exchange: Strengthening Open-Source ELC Development in Southeast Asia (SEPS16)

Biodigesters for Southeast Asia: Exchanging Knowledge

News from WISIONS posted on July 10th, 2019

There happened a lot since the last report from our partner GreenEmpowerment and their activities in Southeast Asia. After pitching their Biodigester technology in Sri Lanka in 2018 and conducting previous knowledge exchanges, they hosted practice trainings in Malaysia in order to train practitioners on biogas digester systems and showcasing it to local communities.Read moreMinimize

After holding trainings and workshops on biogas technology in Sri Lanka for participants from Malaysia and the Philippines (see News from March 2018 and News from October 2018 ), the third and final training on the technology hold place now in Nampasan Village (Sabah State, Malaysia).  The aim of this training was to design and install a tubular gas biogas digester based on already installed examples in Latin America. With slight improvements to the local conditions in Malaysia on the geomembrane , the biodigester got more durable and puncture resistant to the environmental circumstances.  Also the usage of kitchen waste for the biodigesters had to be considered, therefore improved geomembrane has been chosen to use. 


The trainers were practitioners from former trainings on biogas digester technology and were supposed to work with the local community members to install biogas digesters in the village.  The trainees included staff of KOPELPACOS Trust and TONIBUNG CREATE as well as from the local NGO CLEAR. The first day was focused on the theoretical knowledge transfer on the design of the digesters considered the amount of waste and the need for the created fuel. Following this, the theoretical knowledge got applied and both the trainers and trainees installed biogas digesters. For practical reasons the location was at the pig farm of CLEAR, where the biogas digester could directly showcase its capabilities. The results of this installed biogas digester are impressive: 230 liters of biol and 3.095 liters of biogas per day, which is enough to cook for 10 hours or to cook for 5 hours and burn 2 gas lamps for 6 hours each! 

Read more about the project here:  Exchange: Waste to Wisdom: Supporting Biodigester Practitioners in South East Asia (SEPS15)




Ashden Clean Cooking Award 2019 for Sistema.Bio!

News from WISIONS posted on July 8th, 2019

Great news from our partner SISTEMA.bio just received the Ashden Clean Cooking Award 2019 recognizing their work to bring clean energy to farmers all over the world by turning waste into energy! Direkt NewslinkRead moreMinimize

It is great to see that our partner SISTEMA.bio received this award, recognizing their extensive work in the field and also seeing the success of the efforts.  WISIONS collaborated with their mother company IRRI Mexico in projects, for example the SEPS-Project Removing Barriers to Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Medium-Scale Agricultural Livestock Activities in Mexico. The WISIONS Team congratulates and wishes all the best for the future and successful further cooperations. 

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