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.
SEPS Exchange: Technology transfer in South-East Asia
News from WISIONS posted on May 5th, 2014
The pico-hydro turbine prototype was originally deployed in 45 Sri Lankan villages and over 85% of these are still functional. The turbine casing is made of concrete, while the runner is constructed from aluminum.
A workshop with members of the Hydro Empowerment Network, conducted by Green Empowerment started recently. This workshop includes on-site training in turbine design and manufacture, assembly and installation. One of the participants is keeping track of the daily progress in a blog that you can access here: Blog from the Sri Lanka workshop.
Second WindEmpowerment Conference in Athens, Greece
News from WISIONS posted on May 2nd, 2014
Kostas Latoufis and the NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) have kindly offered to host the event in Greece. They have a wealth of facilities, including classrooms/lecture theatres for presentations, laboratory equipment for demonstrations (wind tunnel, an electrical bench testing rig and a test site on the coast) and workshop space for other practical activities. The programme will include practical workshops, round table discussions, presentations, laboratory demonstrations, field trips and much more. The event follows on from the inaugural WindEmpowerment conference that took place in Dakar in 2011.
The format is designed to bring together people and organizations from around the world who work with small wind turbines in the field of rural electrification. Participants are able to meet new people, learn new skills and share experiences.
More information is available on the website of WindEmpowerment..
WISIONS team participated in the BREG-MES 2014 Symposium
News from WISIONS posted on April 30th, 2014
The Symposium brought together practitioners and researchers to share experiences about innovative approaches for acheving equitable access to energy for the global poor and those on the margins of society. The programme combined keynote lectures, oral presentations of original research and case studies, poster presentations and panel discussions.
Over ten sessions some of the most relevant issues about decentralized energy alternatives were discussed in depth, such as the use of mini-grids for electric power, the provision of energy for cooking, demand assessment, project planning and governance, lighting services, microfinance and the productive use of energy.
Within this framework the WISIONS team had the opportunity to share and discuss insights from our recent research in two fields:
- The role of gender concerns in the planning of small-scale energy projects in developing countries
- The influence of the end users context on the dissemination of domestic biogas systems in developing countries
Some other presentations and further information on the event are also available on energypedia.