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.
3rd RedBioLAC webinar in 2021
News from WISIONS posted on July 20th, 2021
Mariela Pino ( Chile) is an agricultural engineer and ordinator coordinated the RedBioLAC for 7 years. Since 2009 she has worked as a consultant for biodigestion, waste management, environmental education and sustainability gaining professional experience in this field in Latin America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Currently she is working on the book “State of the art of biodigesters in Latin America”.
Luis Santisteban ( Peru) is a biotechnologist, specialized in industrial processes and future energy systems. He has taught at the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering of the Universidad Católica and is currently working as a project manager at the company TereoSolutions.
The webinar will be moderated by Santiago Gutiérrez ( Mexico) who has worked since 2008 in biodigestion, mostly in Mexico. He has won 31 prizes for adapting Raul Botero’s model to Mexican conditions. Moreover, he published 39 energy-related papers.
The event will be held online on 21st of July at 8am Costa Rican time, but will be available afterwards. Please note that the webinar will be held in Spanish.
Smart Grids for Small Grids
News from WISIONS posted on June 22nd, 2021
Green Empowerment is collaborating in this project with regional partners SIBAT (the Philippines) and TONIBUNG (Malaysia) to develop and test open source tools that make renewable energy mini-grids smarter and more reliable. The project derives from and builds on previous successful experiences leading to the development of open source Electronic Load Controllers.
ELCs are devices that stabilise the energy supply by enabling turbines to run at a constant power output, with excess power diverted to artificial loads (ballast). To avoid this unused energy being wasted, the new open source tools will enable useful, but not crucial, appliances to be powered when electricity demand across the whole mini-grid is lower than the amount of electricity generated. Equally, these non-essential appliances will be automatically switched off when all the energy in the mini-grid is required to power primary appliances. For example, a community could establish a laundrette service with pay per use washing machine(s) that are only activated when the grid has available capacity, either by queuing the washing machines or by prohibiting their use at certain times of the day. This would allow the available energy to be used with maximum efficiency, directly improving socio-economic conditions in remote communities.
This project uses a similar approach to the previous project (which led to the development and dissemination of the open source ELC). The project is being implemented in close cooperation with practitioners working in the communities and will ensure full access to the technology: all the knowledge and design materials will be made available online, as per the establishment of ELC Wiki. The provision of the open source ELC data has already yielded good results, allowing remote communities to design and repair their ELCs together with local practitioners and avoid high costs.
In other words, soon you’ll be able to complement your self-built ELCs with a home-produced load management system!
Watch the webinar for further information about the project: