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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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Handbook on Biogas Integration into Sustainable Farming Systems

News from WISIONS posted on January 9th, 2017

IEI Asia, a SEPS project partner in India, aimed to provide clean cooking fuel at village level in the south east of Karnataka state. As part of an upscaling phase of the project supported by WISIONS, an extensive handbook focusing on sustainable farming systems integrated with energy from waste was produced.Read moreMinimize

Biogas generation through the anaerobic digestion of biomass has been carried out successfully in India and other parts of the world for decades. In this SEPS project, biogas was produced mainly from banana stem-waste at small rural banana plantations and then distributed to more than 70 households in the village of Gundigere for cooking purposes. The project has demonstrated that a biogas system can be based solely on stem waste from banana plantations, although the methane generation potential of these parts of the plant is much lower than that of fruit and peel.

IEI’s in-depth handbook offers potential users information on:

  • Integrated banana cultivation, biogas generation and stove-fuel delivery
  • Operation at family/community/village level rather than industrial scale
  • Actual implementation and operation in India
  • Background information on technologies and resources
Download the manual here: IEI Handbook - Sustainable Farming Systems [PDF, 6 MB]


"Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews": New Article by the WISIONS Team

News from WISIONS posted on January 2nd, 2017

A new scientific paper by the WISIONS team was recently accepted for publication in "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews". It is already available online.Read moreMinimize

The aim of our study is to develop a systematic account of the factors that influence the diffusion of domestic biogas technologies, as accelerating this diffusion is considered to be a promising option for reaching the goal of universal access to energy by 2030, particularly for the provision of cooking energy for rural populations in developing countries.

The full article, entitled "Understanding the Diffusion of Domestic Biogas Technologies. Systematic Conceptualisation of Existing Evidence from Developing and Emerging Countries", was accepted for publication in November 2016 and can be accessed online here.


Review: WEPatagonia2016

News from WISIONS posted on December 29th, 2016

Last month saw Wind Empowerment's successful third annual Conference in Cutral-Có and Bariloche in the south of Argentina. Read moreMinimize

Wind Empowerment's third annual conference was organised by the municipality of Cutral-Có together with INTI. It consisted of various working group sessions, during which innovative projects and new ideas were demonstrated and discussed. The second part of the event comprised a field visit to several small wind turbines installed near Bariloche.

A detailed review (including numerous photos) is available on Wind Empowerment's website. A comprehensive conference documentation is now available here.



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