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.
Selected Projects & Exchange Activities– SEPS Call in Southern and Southeast Asia 2015
News from WISIONS posted on October 27th, 2015
Organisation: Janathakshan & 5 partner organisations
Country: Sri Lanka
Exchange activity’s aim: to nurture knowledge exchange between multi-actors for grid-connected micro hydro technology across the region of South and Southeast Asia and to empower members of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) to operate renewable energy technologies apart from the national grid.
Organisation: Asosiasi Hidro Bandung & 5 partner organisations
Exchange activity’s aim: to develop local capacity for electronic load controller trouble-shooting and development. The activities include a capacity building programme for the operators of load controllers, as well as the creation of a ‘toolkit’ to be used in implementation and operation practices.
Organisation: Practical Action & 3 partner organisations
Exchange activity’s aim: to contribute to the sustainability of micro hydro plants in Southern and Southeast Asia by increasing the load factors and financial bases through the implementation of proven best practices for productive end uses.
Organisation: Green Empowerment & 2 partner organisations
Country: USA / Philippines
Exchange activity’s aim: to encourage the community organisers of existing micro hydro programmes to advocate the replication of successful micro hydro power projects in Southeast Asia.
Organisation: Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya
Project’s aim: to restore and upgrade one of the micro hydro plants (the Adugao micro hydro power plant) as a demonstration project and to develop a plan to restore the other MHPs in the region.
Organisation: Institute for Development Support
Project’s aim: to improve the traditional water mills by replacing wooden equipment in order to make them more efficient and to demonstrate the importance of the technology in the mountainous region.
Project’s aim: to use micro hydro power generated by a low head propeller turbine to demonstrate the feasibility of this clean energy technology in the Terai region of Nepal.
Organisation: Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective
Project’s aim: to integrate an existing micro hydro power unit into the national grid to prevent it from becoming non-operational and to demonstrate the potential of a grid-connected micro hydro solar hybrid system.
Project’s aim: to demonstrate the viability of an innovative business model for the bulk sale of energy produced by a micro hydro plant to nearby villages, which would contribute to the sustainability of the plant by providing increased finances from the sale of this excess energy.
Organisation: Smart Hydro Power GmbH
Country: Germany / India
Project's aim: to demonstrate the viability of a hybrid hydro power plant consisting of a hydrokinetic turbine and photovoltaic panels to power a local rice and flour mill, while also enhancing the population’s wellbeing (e.g. by improved lighting).
Organisation: Practical Action
Project’s aim: to contribute to the vision of “Building Back Better” to rebuild disaster-resilient communities by restoring sustainable energy access.
Grid-Connected Biomass Gasification Plants for Rural Energy Access in Sri Lanka
News from WISIONS posted on October 21st, 2015
One of the central goals of the project is to demonstrate the technical and economical feasibility of selling electricity from a community-based wood-gasification plant under a standardised power purchase agreement with the Ceylon Electricity Board (a state-owned utility). This project will help to build farmers’ confidence in the new technology and on the market for sustainably grown fuel wood; thereby creating an enabling environment for replicating this community-based model in about 10,000 rural villages in Sri Lanka.
After selecting the village of Batugammana, mobilising the local community and establishing business and management models, the implementing organization Energy Forum purchased and installed the "Power Pellet", an automated biomass gasifier which was success fully tested in Sri Lanka for the first time during this project. Several technical issues and regulatory obstacles has been successfully resolved during trials, as a result of which the plant was successfully commissioned in Batugammana.
Further recent project progress and achievements include
- The successful connection of the plant to the national grid
- The signing of a power purchase agreement with the Ceylon Electricity Board
- The establishment of a fuel wood supply chain
- The training and capacity building of plant operators
- The monitoring of the performance of the plant
Delivery Models for Sustainable Energy Access in the Developing World
News from WISIONS posted on September 29th, 2015
The WISIONS team, together with Jon Sumanik-Leary from Wind Empowerment and LCEDN convened a session addressing the question "What are Appropriate Delivery Models for Sustainable Energy Access in the Developing World?". A summary of the topics discussed is available online at LCEDN here: Part 1 and Part 2.
Furthermore, we gave a presentation entitled "Facilitating Knowledge Exchange Between Practitioners in the Global South – a Pathway to Achieving Fairness and Social Justice for Rural Communities?".
For more information and photos of the event, please visit Wind Empowerment’s Blog.