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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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Efficient Use of Excess Energy from Micro Hydro Plants in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on May 30th, 2016

One of our SEPS projects in Nepal has been successfully concluded. The project aimed to improve the sustainability of the Nishi Dovan MHP by using excess energy for organic vegetable farming and, consequently, providing additional income generating activities for local communities.Read moreMinimize

Management Innovations and Technology Solutions (MIT) implemented an irrigation water lifting technology with energy sourced from under-utilised micro hydro power plants to irrigate mountainous regions of Nepal. The local Kumal community in Western Baglung, where this SEPS project took place, depends mainly on manual labour and fishing. Consequently, lift irrigation provides an appropriate solution for promoting vegetable farming activities, while simultaneously improving the livelihoods of farmers and their families and making micro hydro plants more economic and sustainable.

Several issues and challenges were faced during the project duration. Among these were the inclusion of minority groups, distrust and disparity regarding the managing cooperative, geological challenges, ongoing disputes regarding the construction of the plastic ponds and severe rainfall. However, the community’s commitment, skills and contributions to the project created a conducive working environment and helped solve obstacles and challenges. The project infrastructure (irrigation system) was handed over to the community at the end of the project period. Every household benefiting from the irrigation system has to pay a monthly fee to the managing cooperative, which should also be able to sustain itself (and the new technology) in the future.

This pilot project used only one micro hydro plant to power the lift irrigation systems. Currently, there are 90 micro hydro plants in the Baglung District of Nepal, with a total installed capacity of 2500 kW. 60% of the excess energy from all the plants could be used to power lift irrigation, which would result in a water capacity of 12,734 m3/day that could be lifted to a height of 150 metres, irrigating 600 ha of land. Large-scale implementation in Nepal would require close cooperation between government authorities, stakeholders and the ministry of irrigation, industry and commerce.

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Using excess energy from existing MHPs to create sustainable income generating activity in Nepal

Meet the WISIONS Team in Bonn and Berlin!

News from WISIONS posted on May 19th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the "Bonn Climate Change Conference" (16th to 26th May 2016 in Bonn, Germany) and the "Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Change" (23rd to 24th May in Berlin, Germany).Read moreMinimize

The 2016 UNFCCC climate change conference in Bonn brings together representatives of all member countries of the UNFCCC for specific meetings on implementation and other business related to climate change agreements. This year's conference will include the forty-fourth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement. Alongside the conference, many organisations organise side events intended to foster discussion and provide advice to policymakers attending the event. A list of the scheduled sessions is available here.

The 2016 Berlin Conference on Transformative Global Climate Governance “après Paris” is the 12th conference in the well established series of European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. The 2016 Berlin Conference was jointly initiated by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Universität Berlin in the context of DIE’s Klimalog project.

This year's edition discusses topics like how the Paris Agreement will affect the institutional landscape of global climate governance and which new priorities have emerged in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement and related decisions. The conference programme is available here.

Outcomes of the 2016 "Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking" Conference

News from WISIONS posted on May 12th, 2016

In April 2016, the coordinator of the RedBioLAC network, which is supported by WISIONS, participated in the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference. It was organised by Hivos, SNV and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia, in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.Read moreMinimize

The conference attracted around 140 participants and around 80% were from Africa. While biogas digestion systems for domestic use are widely established across Asia, the African continent still lacks the know-how and expertise regarding these technologies.

Recently, prefabricated fixed-dome biodigesters and different kinds of tubular digesters have been trialled but, to date, only 5% of the implementation potential for biogas plants in Africa has been realised. The main challenges include low initial investment capacities, limited knowledge (especially regarding the potential end uses of biogas and effluents) and poor quality systems.

During the conference, various sessions dealt with the potential and benefits of biogas use for cooking purposes, urban sanitation and communal usage. Further discussions included a market assessment of biodigesters, the question of financial accessibility and possible adaptions to international implementation models.

A more detailed report is available on the RedBioLAC website (in Spanish only).

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