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.
Energy Switch In The Cambodian Garment Industry
News from WISIONS posted on December 12th, 2018
The Cambodian garment sector’s total consumption of firewood is estimated to be about 302,000 tonnes per year. Currently, most of the wood comes from Economic Land Concessions clearing, which has rendered the price of wood artificially low.
One promising alternative could be the use of rice husk briquettes, as Cambodia produces around 1.5 million tonnes of rice husk each year. In Vietnam, for instance, rice husk is already widely used as an alternative fuel source.
In order to select participants for the exchange activities who would most benefit from a study tour to Vietnam, GERES identified and mapped 33 of H&M’s suppliers in Cambodia. Following the mapping, GERES contacted large rice mills established near to the selected garment factories. Eventually, more than 20 rice millers, with an average annual rice husk production ranging from 3,000 tonnes to 50,000 tonnes, were identified. After an introduction to the project, they were interviewed about their activity, their use of rice husk and their potential interest in rice husk briquetting.
This mapping led to the development of a database listing H&M garment suppliers by average firewood consumption (based on data collected by H&M in 2017) and rice millers by average production capacity. Of the 20 rice millers identified, GERES selected 10 to participate in a study tour to Vietnam to visit rice husk briquetting machine suppliers and rice husk briquette producers.The study tour took place in September 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta Area. As well as getting to know different suppliers, the activities enabled the Cambodian rice millers to learn more about rice husk briquette production, its potential benefits and the necessary steps to take to implement the technology back home.
Next steps include a video of the study tour and other communication materials, as well as a study tour for representatives from the garment factories.
More general information on this SEPS exchange activity: Supporting the Energy Switch of the Garment Industry in Cambodia through Increased South-South Knowledge Exchange among the Value Chain Stakeholders
Promoting Commercial Biogas Use In The Nepalese Poultry Industry
News from WISIONS posted on November 29th, 2018
Currently, poultry farms often rely on diesel generators to meet their energy needs due to the unreliable supply of grid electricity. However, despite the perceived advantages, the implementation and upscaling of biogas technology in the commercial sector in Nepal faces several barriers. These include high investment costs, lack of credit from financial institutions, lack of confidence in the technology which has not been successfully demonstrated in Nepal, and inadequate information about the application of the technology and its potential benefits for poultry farm owners.
The major objectives of the first project phase (initiated in January 2018) were to effectively engage with local stakeholders, to create awareness about commercial biogas use in the poultry industry and to build capacity amongst poultry farmers.
The project team at Winrock Nepal was successful in engaging the stakeholders, as well as in creating awareness and building capacity amongst selected poultry farmers (from the Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, and Nawalparasi districts) on commercial biogas technology in Nepal.
A meeting with AEPC to kickstart the project was held in February 2018, followed by literature reviews and a consultation with experts from Bangladesh and Nepal to share best practice in biogas digester technology at poultry farms. Furthermore, Winrock was able to effectively engage with the Nepal Hatchery and Poultry Association, AEPC, as well as financial institutions such as NMB Bank.
Future updates will be published in our news blog. More general information on this SEPS project is available on our SEPS project page: Unlocking Credit to Promote the use of Commercial Biogas in the Poultry Industry
Wind Empowerment 2018 International Conference: WEIndia 2018
News from WISIONS posted on November 23rd, 2018
This year’s conference is jointly organised by Wind Empowerment and the National Institute for Wind Energy (NIWE), India. It will be longer than previous conferences, spanning approximately two weeks: one week of training sessions and one week for the conference programme.
The overarching theme "Bringing Small Wind Turbines up to Scale" is a key issue to the integration of small wind into an energy ecosystem where photovoltaic is ever cheaper and hybrid solutions are becoming mainstream ideas.
WEIndia2018 will be hosted at two locations in India, Chennai and Kayathar, both located within the state of Tamil Nadu:
- Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu state, at NIWE’s main offices
- Kayathar, a small town in the state of Tamil Nadu, very close to Madurai, at NIWE’s Wind Turbine Test Station (WTTS) & Wind Turbine Research Station (WTRS)
Pre-conference activities (9 days) will take place at NIWE’s facilities in Kayathar. On the 9th day, participants will be transferred by bus to Madurai airport (2-hour drive) and by plane to Chennai (1-hour flight), where the Main conference activities (5 days) will take place.
In Kayathar, NIWE’s warehouse areas will be used for the hands-on manufacturing workshops, where all parts of a wind turbine, from blades and generator to tower and electronics will be constructed. This equipment will be bench tested, assembled, installed and field tested at NIWE’s Wind Turbine Test Station. NIWE’s Wind Turbine Research Station will also be visited and used for parallel activities.
In Chennai, participants will visit NIWE’s training center and main office facilities.These can be used on the last day, which is focused on Wind Empowerment’s internal processes, so fewer local participants are expected. During days 10-13 however, Wind Empowerment expects to have more than 150 participants, i.e. multiple state government participants from rural development, renewable energy and poverty alleviation departments as well as NGOs, universities and private entrepreneurs involved in rural development issues.
The conference programme and all other relevant information is compiled over at WEIndia2018.