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.

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New Project: Strengthening Open Source ELC Development In Southeast Asia

News from WISIONS posted on August 27th, 2018

Electronic load controllers (ELCs) are one of the most crucial and complex components of micro-hydro systems. One of our new exchange activities in cooperation with Green Empowerment aims to improve an existing open source ELC design and to provide specific and in-depth training to practitioners for ELCs to be correctly installed and maintained throughout Southeast Asia.Read moreMinimize

Electronic load controllers are important in micro-hydro systems because they maintain the electrical specification within safe parameters through monitoring variable consumer demand and balancing it with the power generated by a turbine. While micro-hydro civil works, turbines, generators and transmission lines can be installed using locally available technical skillsets, ELCs require more specific and in-depth training to be correctly installed and maintained.

This SEPS exchange activity in cooperation with Green Empowerment, Tonibung and Sibat has two specific objectives: (1) to continue to build and strengthen local capacities around ELC installation and development; and (2) to further improve an existing open-source ELC design.

Read more details about the foreseen activites on our project website: Exchange: Strengthening Open-Source ELC Development in Southeast Asia.

New Article: Productive Use Of Energy – Pathway To Development?

News from WISIONS posted on August 20th, 2018

The WISIONS team has published a new article entitled "Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development? Reviewing the Outcomes and Impacts of Small-Scale Energy Projects in the Global South" in the journal "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews". Read or download it here (free open access until 26 September 2018).Read moreMinimize

It is widely recognised that access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty and enhancing development. Accordingly, various positive effects beyond simple access to energy are associated with the implementation of sustainable energy projects. One of these assumed positive outcomes is the productive use of energy, which is expected to create value – for example in the form of increased local availability of goods or higher incomes – thereby having a positive impact on local livelihoods.

Many projects and programmes are based on such expectations regarding the productive use of energy but systematic evidence of these outcomes and impacts is still limited.

This study analyses the results of an impact evaluation of 30 small-scale energy development projects to better understand whether and how the supply of sustainable energy services supports productive use activities and whether these activities have the expected positive impacts on local livelihoods. A contribution analysis is applied to systematically evaluate the impact pathways for the productive use of energy.

The results show that access to sustainable energy does not automatically result in productive activities and that energy is only one of the input factors required to foster socio-economic development. Furthermore, the results demonstrate that activities, materials and information to support the productive use of energy – such as training, equipment or market research – need to be an integrated part of the energy project itself to allow for productive activities to develop on a wider scale.

Read or download (free open access until 26 September, 2018): Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development?

2nd National Meeting Of RedBioEc, The Ecuadorian Biodigester Network

News from WISIONS posted on August 15th, 2018

The Second National Meeting of RedBioEc, the Ecuadorian Biodigester Network, will take place from 13th - 14th September at the UTA Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias Querochaca of the Universidad Técnica de Ambato in Ecuador. WISIONS is supporting this event and our team will be in Ecuador to participate.Read moreMinimize

The purpose of this meeting is to share progress and lessons learned and to strengthen networking and exchange among biodigester practitioners in Ecuador.

You may still register for the event until 31 August 2018, which will take place at the UTA Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias Querochaca of the Universidad Técnica de Ambato.

Read more about the network's recent activities (as part of one of WISIONS' SEPS projects): RedBioEc, The Ecuadorian Biodigester Network (July 17th, 2018).

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