WISIONS of Sustainability
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Register Now For The Second WISIONS Webinar On 19 April 2018
News from WISIONS posted on April 11th, 2018
Off-grid renewable energy projects sometimes remain off-grid in the long-term. But in some cases, the national electricity grids reach these areas, leaving communities, governments, and other stakeholders with major decisions to make.
In principle, off-grid mini-grids powered by micro-hydro, solar PV or by combination of renewable energy technologies (hybrid generation) can be connected to the national grid. However, many technical, regulatory, and management challenges remain.
For other solutions, such as solar home systems, the question is whether they are sustainable and might be a good and independent alternative to the grid – especially if the grid does not offer stable service.
In the worst case, however, the grid's arrival can lead to the abandonment of off-grid systems and a loss not only of the financial and resource investments, but possibly also of jobs, technical know-how, and autonomy.
What will become of these stand-alone renewable energy systems or micro-grid solutions? Will they sustain and survive? Can and shall they become connected to the grid? Which are preconditions and challenges? And how can communities with off-grid systems best plan and prepare for this possibility?
In this webinar, we will shed light on the experiences faced across the global south through several case studies and hear first-hand what happens when the grid arrives.
Register now and mark your calendar for 4 PM CEST on 19 April 2018!
Chris Greacen , Palang Thai
Rebecca Leaf, Association of Rural Development Workers
Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL, Nicaragua)
Junaed Tazdik, IDCOL Assistant Manager, SHS Program
Mafruda Rahman, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Molly Hurley Depret
More details on our webinar series: WISIONS Webinar Series
Workshop: A Country Level Market Assessment for Small Wind Turbines in Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on April 9th, 2018
Wind has historically struggled to find a place in rural electrification in Nepal, being often overshadowed by hugely successful micro-hydro power and a recent widespread use of solar photovoltaic systems. Meanwhile, the country does exhibit significant wind resources, especially in the immense mountaineous regions that dominate the north of the country.
This SEPS project aims to quantify the potential market in Nepal, while identifying the existing barriers and bottlenecks to growth. Once these barriers are identified KAPEG hopes to formulate and implement recommendations and guidelines to improve the enabling environment for small wind stakeholders.
The project is being conducted in three phases:
- Stakeholder interview campaign (identifying difficulties in planning, implementation and maintenance)
- Geospatial and techno-economic modelling (to quantify the market potential and identify suitable locations)
- Stakeholder engagement workshop (to draw on previous results to make final recommendations)
Recently, the project team has conducted the stakeholder interviews in Kathmandu; finished visiting six wind solar hybrid systems across Nepal while collecting data from the end users; and accumulated most of the data necessary for the market assessment (like available wind and solar resources, population data, etc.).
All the collected data are currently being analysed and will be presented at a final market assessment workshop on 18th April 2018 from 9:30am to 3:10pm (Nepal time) at Yalamaya Kendra, Patandhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal. If you would like to attend, please register here.
Wind Empowerment Webinar: "An Improved Modular Wooden Tower Design"
News from WISIONS posted on April 4th, 2018
Wind Empowerment will be hosting Marco Ogno, Adam Lord and Giacomo Senatore, who will present their improved design of a modular lattice wooden tower for small wind turbines. They have constructed one of these towers during a project in 2015; it has a modular lattice structure and is 12 meters tall, with a wind turbine installed on top for local electricity production.
This webinar will be an opportunity to present the enhanced modular wooden tower design and compare it to towers made of metal.
Marco Ogno, MSc in Mechanical Engineer, currently works for Rolls-Royce plc as Production Manager of gas turbine blades. He has been volunteering for I Love Wind Power (ILWP) since 2013, and he has organised three workshops in Brazil since then.
Adam Lord is a mechanical engineer working for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, in the tower department. His day job is to design the tower internals for one of the worlds' highest wind turbine towers. He has volunteered for I Love Wind Power since 2014, and joined the team for the first time in Brazil in 2017.
Giacomo Senatore, MSc in Space Engineering, currently works for GE Aviation as R&TD programme manager. He joint the I Love Wind Power Brazil team in 2017, volunteering for the workshop in Montes Claros.
Read more and register on Wind Empowerment's website.