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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.

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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 WISIONS team has published a new article entitled "The Role of Gender Concerns in the Planning of Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries". The article is based on the experiences and lessons learned from some of the projects supported under our SEPS initiative and has been published in the book "Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies".Read moreMinimize

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

One of our completed SEPS projects, entitled “Value-Addition to Food Crop Processing: Converting Banana Plant Waste to Cooking Fuel”, is currently undergoing an upscaling phase supported by WISIONS. Our partners at IEI India have recently submitted a progress report documenting their work.Read moreMinimize

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
To date, four drip-irrigation systems have been completed as planned and are in operation at the corresponding banana plantations. Two out of four biogas plants have been constructed and one out of four gas distribution systems is up and running, supplying rural homes with biogas. All the villagers involved have received intensive training in technical and managerial issues, which are key to ensure the proper operation of the whole system.

Wind Datalogger Development Week in Toulouse, France

News from WISIONS posted on April 17th, 2015

Wind Empowerment is organising a "Wind Datalogger Development Week" to advance the development of a data logger for small wind turbines from 20 – 25 April 2015 in Toulouse, France.Read moreMinimize

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

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