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.
Meet the WISIONS team at the conference „Energy and Water solutions in sub-Saharan Africa" at Lake Constance, Germany
News from WISIONS posted on October 9th, 2014
Today, 1.3 billion people worldwide are living without access to electric grid-based energy. In Africa alone, about 70% of the total population relies on fossil fuel based systems for lighting such as kerosene lamps and diesel generators. Rural areas of developing countries without a proper grid access also often lack access to other basic needs such as potable water and educational opportunities.
Against this background, the WISIONS team will present a keynote lecture on "Decentralised solutions for renewable energies and water in developing countries". The conference is being organized in the framework of the project "Solar Energy for rural Kenya" supported by the European Union. This project emerged from one of the projects supported by SEPS, which aimed to replace kerosene lights for night fishing by introducing energy hubs to power sustainable lighting systems at Lake Victoria, Kenya.
To download the conference programme, please follow this link [pdf].
Meet the WISIONS team at the "Progress in Biogas" International Conference in Stuttgart
News from WISIONS posted on August 25th, 2014
In a session at the practitioners' forum, which takes place during the conference, the WISIONS team will present a study entitled "Factors affecting dissemination of domestic biogas in developing countries".
In addition to the conference, there is the opportunity to take part in an agricultural field trip on 12 September as well as a study tour through Germany focusing on "Waste digestion" from 15-18 September.
For more information, including a detailed programme of all the presentations and posters, visit: International Conference: Progress in Biogas III
New article: "Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries"
News from WISIONS posted on August 12th, 2014
Access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty in developing countries. In particular, small-scale and community-based renewable energy projects are recognized as important forms of development assistance for reaching the energy poor. However, to date only a few empirical evaluations exist which analyze and compare the impact of these projects on local living conditions and their sustainability ex-post implementation.
To better understand the impacts and the conditions that influence sustainability of these projects, the research presented in this paper evaluated 23 local development projects post implementation. By applying an standardized evaluation design to a cross-sectional sample in terms of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biomass, hydro), user needs (electricity, food preparation, lighting, productive uses), community management models, finance mechanisms and geographical locations, the review results provide valuable insights on the underlying conditions that influence the success or failure of these small-scale local energy interventions.
You can access and download the full paper under an OpenAccess license on the ScienceDirect website.