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.
Integrated Community Farming in Thailand
News from WISIONS posted on November 24th, 2016
The AIT campus is a residential campus for postgraduate students, staff and faculty from more than 30 countries. 73 community members were involved in this farming venture, carrying out the gardening, farming and fishing activities. The total land available for this project was about 550 m2. The first six months of the project period were used to develop the concept, motivate the community, and design and install the system. The remaining time was used to conduct training sessions and to plant and cultivate the crops.
Solar PV panels produced electricity to pump water, which was distributed through a network of pipes to drip sprinklers, which watered the plants. A solar drier was used for drying some of the vegetables produced.
This project brought the community together regardless of age, gender or other social factors, and made an important contribution to sustainability on the AIT campus. The use of solar panels as a power source saved money and labour and reduced emissions compared to other sources of electricity generation. In addition, the use of organic fertilisers maintained the soil quality and the drip irrigation system was introduced to limit water use.
Having completed the initial project, some of the participants have already expressed serious interest in continuing with the farming activities.
Project photos are available on our Facebook page and more general information can be found on our SEPS Project Page: Renewable Energy Technologies for Integrated Community Farming Systems.
AIT also features detailed project information on their own website.
Third Annual Gathering of the Hydro Empowerment Network in Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on November 21st, 2016
This year’s event will take place at the Nepal Micro Hydropower Development Association (NMHDA) in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is a region long advanced in micro hydro but recently devastated by natural and political calamity. In addition to learning from Nepal's micro hydro advances, members have chosen Nepal for the next gathering as a show of solidarity and support for Nepal's rehabilitation.
The objectives of the network meeting are the following:
- Develop productive relationships and strategy-building among HPNET members, toward country-specific objectives for 2017
- Provide in-person working time for HPNET's Working Groups (on priorities for technology, policy, and socio-environment development)
- Identify limitations and solutions for improved operations and sustainability of HPNET for the next 3 – 5 years
- Provide an opportunity for HPNET members to better understand the sector in Nepal, including field visits and meeting fabricators and experts
- Provide an opportunity for HPNET members to exchange with international development agencies and alliances
Wind Empowerment’s Third Annual Conference in Argentina
News from WISIONS posted on November 10th, 2016
This conference aims to stimulate international exchange between actors working in the field of small wind for rural development by:
- Facilitating the sharing of specific skills and know-how between participants
- Determining how the collaborative experience of Wind Empowerment could be harnessed to promote small wind in Argentina
- Reviewing the progress of existing collaborative projects and encouraging broader involvement of the association’s membership
- Setting objectives for each working group for the next two-year period by defining new projects and participants
- Electing a new executive board and defining the network’s priorities for the next two years
- Monday (14) to Wednesday (16): Cutral-Co, Neuquén province, at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial’s (INTI, National Industrial Technology Institute) laboratory for small wind turbine testing
- Thursday (17) to Saturday (19): Bariloche, Rio Negro province, where the Administración de Parques Nacionales’ (APN, National Parks Administration) renewable energy team is based