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.
New Article: "The Role of Gender Concerns in the Planning of Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries"
News from WISIONS posted on April 27th, 2015
The book presents innovative approaches to improving energy access in underprivileged communities. A core theme is the use of previously underused or unrecognised resources that can be harnessed through synergies in supply and value innovation, novel financing methods and by using leapfrog technologies.
The contribution by the WISIONS team can be purchased as an individual chapter from the publisher, Springer, here.
A presentation of the article's topics is also available under Publications on our website.
Upscaling Strategy: Converting Banana Plant Waste to Cooking Fuel in India
News from WISIONS posted on April 20th, 2015
The first phase of this SEPS project was organised around the village of Gundigere, in the Ramanagara district of the state of Karnataka, India. The project had two major goals: to improve income opportunities and create access to clean energy for the local population. The project demonstrated the technical, economic and social viability of the applied concept. For more information on the final outcomes, visit: Value-addition to food crop processing: Converting banana plant-waste to cooking-fuel
After the successful implementation of the first project phase, WISIONS continues to support IEI in its aim to scale up the demonstrated concept in a second phase. The main objectives of the ongoing upscaling activities include:
- Replication of the project in other locations
- Demonstration that the benefits are replicable (e.g. increased harvests, increased income for farmers, use of a renewable energy source (biogas) and conservation of water use)
- Enabling access to clean fuel for small groups (families) in the rural population
Wind Datalogger Development Week in Toulouse, France
News from WISIONS posted on April 17th, 2015
The aim of this workshop, which is initiated by members of Wind Empowerment’s Measurement Working Group, is to build a logger to collect data from multiple sensors: an anemometer and wind vane to measure the wind speed and direction and a current/voltage transducer to measure the power produced by the turbine (for both on and off-grid systems). The data collected by this method will allow manufacturers, installers and users, as well as students, to better understand and improve the production of small wind turbines.
More information on the activities and events of the Development Week is available here: Wind Empowerment Development Week.
Details about the location of the workshop can be found here: Lîlegal.
There will also be a webinar on 24 April, where the team in Toulouse will summarise progress to date and answer any questions from the audience:
Friday, 24 April 2015, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT. You may join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone by following this link.
Alternatively, you may also dial in using your phone:
United States : +1 (872) 240-3412+1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 950-757-221