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.
Enhancing Productive Biogas Use in Mexico
News from WISIONS posted on February 4th, 2016
In the second phase, the project aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of adapting and applying commercial gasoline motors available in the Mexican market in order to provide mechanical and/or electric power to small and medium farmers by using their biogas. In this phase, there were five significant areas of work: biogas filtration, matching energy production and use, motor sizing and design, grid interconnection, and training and maintenance. Sixteen motors have been adapted and installed by IRRI.
The project has already led to significant advances in the application of biogas for small scale electric power (between 5 and 10 kW) and has opened the door to the further development of the technology. All the installed motors are currently under a monitoring and maintenance regime for the next 12 months to improve data on the operating parameters and benefits of these systems.
Biomass Energy for Sugar Production in Karnataka, India
News from WISIONS posted on January 26th, 2016
During the first phase, a location for the project was selected in Belgaum district, Karnataka, which is one of the most important sugar cane growing districts in India with many entrepreneurs. Following a feasibility study, TERI raised awareness and sought interaction with farmers regarding the proposed project approach before choosing four entrepreneurs who will now jointly adopt the biomass gasification technology at one production unit.
A so-called “Common Facility Centre” will be formed: one of the four entrepreneurs will be the lead entrepreneur, providing his jaggery production site for the implementation of the project, and the other three will jointly operate and manage the plant and also contribute technical equipment. Technical aspects of the new facility are currently being worked on by the four partners in cooperation with local partner Phoenix Products.
Overall, the project aims to foster confidence among local jaggery producers in this new technology, which will not only improve the working environment but also result in financial gains.
Practice-to-Policy Exchange in Sri Lanka
News from WISIONS posted on January 19th, 2016
This workshop is one of our SEPS exchange activities and aims to nurture knowledge exchange between multi-actors for grid-connected micro hydro technology across the region of South and Southeast Asia and to enable members of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) to operate renewable energy technologies independently of the national grid.
Despite MHP practitioners expressing a strong interest in grid interconnection, its development is at a nascent stage with wide variability across the region. India, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka have installed grid interconnected MHP with some success, while developers in Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Philippines demonstrate strong interest but currently have no interconnected projects. Optimal grid interconnection policy requires productive collaboration between developers, government agencies and utility companies.
To address this gap between practitioners and policies, HPNET member Janathakshan will host an exchange connecting developers, government representatives and utility providers from the above-listed countries in order to facilitate a regional understanding and strategy for grid interconnectivity, based on current policies and actual experiences from the field. The event will include themed sessions, field visits and strategy-building workshops focusing on the specific local contexts of the participants.
Further information is available on the HPNET website.