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Wind Empowerment Online Conference

News from WISIONS posted on June 3rd, 2020

As previously announced, Wind Empowerment cancelled their conference in Tanzania due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, instead the organizers plan to conduct an online conference and are currently collecting opinions, input and ideas through a survey to make this project work. Online SurveyRead moreMinimize

Origal letter by Wind Empowerment:

Dear Wind Empowerment members and wind enthusiasts,

As you know our biennial conference has been postponed due to the global COVID outbreak. We would like to take this unfortunate major crisis as an opportunity to tackle the challenge of both reinforcing our online collaboration and meeting altogether without flying around the globe.

In this perspective we would like to organize an online conference this fall.

In order to collect your views and thoughts about this plan, we kindly invite you to fill the survey below.


This survey is really important to get your feeling about the event and the content you eventually want to propose for a session !

You will notice that few messages inside the form are in French. This is because we have used a french platform to build the form. Just make sure you click on 'Page suivante' to go to the next page!

We will appreciate if you can send us your feedback until 20 June 2020.

WEOnline2020 will be about

Presenting all the great projects we've been working over the last 2 years since WEIndia2018
Tell us soon what you will be presenting ! You will be able to share your screen to everyone in order to show your presentation slides. Digital rooms will be created so that you can attend the sessions you are interested in.

The content will be recorded to be accessible for everyone that cannot join live because of possible incompatible time zones
Working together on specifically identified practical case studies with the help of powerful collaborative tools
We would like to introduce this novel format. The idea is to collectively solve a specific problem in few hours. For that purpose, a session will be organized to describe the problem boundaries and giving the input necessary to find a solution. Then small groups of 5 or 6 peoples will be created to define a possible solution. Groups will be able discuss with videoconferencing tools, and will have access to collaborative editing tools to create documents, tables, and presentations.

After a given time, groups will have a short time to present their solution, and to compare it with other groups solutions. It will be time to collect the feedback, and to possibly iterate to define the best option.

These working session could also be "community sessions" were we collectively commit in creating content to share on our website or find innovative solutions to WE problems.
Discussing in group or individually
During the all conference duration, we will be interacting with the panelists and between us. For that purpose we will be able to create our own chatroom, with videoconferencing capabilities to have both public and private discussions rooms.
Sharing content, ideas and contacts
A possible great outcome of this proposed online conference is to structure an online space for WindEmpowerment, where we will be able to share our thoughts, work, pictures and videos. We strongly believe it will permit us to reinforce our online community and increase our collective momentum toward more great wind projects !

Few words about the digital toolset

We are currently investigating to find the best option to host such an online event. We are looking for Open Source tools that will be perennial and will remain after the event so that we can keep this online node for the network exchanges.

We would greatly appreciate your feedback on the conference planning, please remember to fill the form


With Wind,

WE online conference taskforce

Recording of latest RedbioLAC webinar is now online!

News from WISIONS posted on May 27th, 2020

RedbioLAC hold recently conducted a webinar on "Biodigestor para tratamiento de aguas del procesamiento del café" (engl. Biodigester for coffee processing water treatment"). Presenter Osmer Ponce explained in this webinar how much great opportunities biodigester technology can provide in the production process of cafe in Latin America. Read moreMinimize

The production of coffee is one of the main economic and agricultural cornerstones of South American economies and follows a long tradition in means of production and processes. But in particular this production has enormous environmental impact because of the intensive use of water during the production process, conseqently resultiung in high amounts of untreated wastewater. More than 80% of the coffee bean dissolves in the wastewater, which actually makes it a highly polluting crop for the environment. However, the opportunity to use this untreated wastewater has been considered by the speaker Osmer Ponce (Universidad Catolica de Honduras) as an highly promising source of anaerobic digestion and the following production of renewable energy in biodigestor technology. In this webinar Osmer Ponce presents more infomation about the potential of biodigestor technology in the coffee production processs! Listen and watch here! 

New study on organic waste to energy state-of-the-art in Latin America and Carribean

News from WISIONS posted on May 14th, 2020

WISIONS team member Willington Ortiz contributed with his expertise to an extensive research article on the state-of-the-art of organic waste to energy (OWtE) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), which was published recently in the Renewable Energy Journal. This research article aimed to provide an overview of the current situation of OWtE in the region and highlights the challenges and opportunities for further implementation of the technology. Access the study hereRead moreMinimize

Organic Waste-to-Energy (OWtE) technologies are considered to provide a simple and sustainable source for renewable energy in forms of electricity or heat from processing of biomass waste into fuel. Therefore, this type of energy production has great potential for energy access and actually reducing carbon emissions due to the substitution of carbon fuels. Regardless of the developmental advantages of the technology in the energy access context, the application of it is significantly underrepresented even though progress has been made. The research team of Silva-Martines, Sanches-Pereira, Gomez Galindo and Coelho have been supported by WISIONS team member Willington Ortiz and collectively they conducted the presented study in order to evaluate the current state-of-the-art of OWtE in the LAC region. By taking a closer look on the situation in the region, which is experiencing an increasing demand of technology and simultaneously meeting carbon emission goals, they aimed to analyse current challenges and concluding opportunities for the application of OWtE technologies in the region. Subsequently, they found out that the potential and impact of such technologies would generally have social and economic benefits, but also substantially contribute to improve waste and energy systems for sustainable development. The study concludes with important key findings for further analysis on the topic and could contribute to improve the dissemination of OWtE technologies in the LAC region.

The presented study can be accessed by following this URL-Link

Find out more about biodigestor technology in our latest webinar edition : 8. Development and application of biodigester technology - Advances from Latin America and Caribbean

More detailed information about the situation in LAC from our practitioner network RedBioLAC

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