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.

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Smart Grids for Small Grids

News from WISIONS posted on June 22nd, 2021

Do you remember the last time we reported about the importance of open source approaches for making progress on SDG7 (affordable and clean energy)? Well, WISIONS has recently started supporting a project co-ordinated by Green Empowerment that aims to develop open source mini-grid management tools for optimising the use of renewable power, enabling rural communities to power more electrical appliances. Read moreMinimize

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:

WISIONS is searching for a professional to redesign our website

News from WISIONS posted on June 18th, 2021

We are currently searching a professional to redesign our website. All details about the requirements and application procedure can be found in the attached link to the public ELVIS platform. Deadline for application: 17 July 2021. Direct URL-link to tendering platform ELVISRead moreMinimize
The WISIONS initiative of the Wuppertal Institute has existed for 15 years and is undergoing a "re-launch process" this year, the central component of which is a fundamental relaunch of the website www.wisions.net. The core topic of WISIONS is "sustainable energy solutions" at the local level in the Global South in the context of global development goals (SDG 7). Gathering experience in research and practice has accompanied the initiative's project work for 15 years in a large number of such projects in the Global South. This has resulted in a very high information content that needs to be reprocessed and communicated. A fundamental reorganisation of the website as well as the well thought-out communication of activities, contents and narratives are essential for this. For this purpose, a developer or agency with a focus on website development should be commissioned to relaunch the WISIONS website.

End of applications will be 17 July 2021. Please note that the application documents should be submitted in German. Details about salary and formal application procedures can be found in the documents attached to ELVIS. 

You can access the tendering platform ELVIS here: APPLY NOW

Kick-off of the RedBioLAC webinar series focuses on biodigestion in smallholder agriculture and livestock farming

News from WISIONS posted on June 18th, 2021

For the Spanish speakers of you: News from our regional partnership network RedBioLAC! The recently held webinar discusses the application of biogas in the agricultural and livestock sector on a domestic and productive scale that offers first hand insights on energy practitioners in Latin America and the local transition to sustainable energy in small-scale agriculture. At the same time, it introduces a series of digital panels that RedBioLac aims to accomplish this year. Read moreMinimize
The invited lecturers are Edmundo Rodríguez Alvarez from Peru and Claudio Moreno from Paraguay.

Mr. Rodríguez is a leading promotor of biodigestion in his country. As the manager for agriculture and biodigestion at the company Cidelsa, he has worked in the field for fourteen years now and is also very engaged in spreading his knowledge in conjunction with various experts from Latin America and Europe. He shares his experience in several biodigestion projects in rural areas and explains different systems as well as their functionalities. Pointing to the data of the Ministry for Agriculture and Irrigation, affirming that 70% of the agricultural and livestock sector production comes from small farms at risk of poverty, he finally underlines the high socio-economic relevance of biodigesters in this sector.

His Paraguayan counterpart, Mr. Moreno, is an engineer in human ecology and teaches at the Agricultural Faculty at the University of Asunción. His research focus lies in technology of the alimentation industry. Firstly, he presents data that might be surprising: Renewable energy confirms 70% of the Paraguayan energy mix, whereas globally it's only 17%. In the following, Mr. Moreno gives detailed and visual input about his academic projects on biodigestion as well as dehydration of plants - which is a very important practice in Paraguay - through biothermal energy.

To hear more about the experiences of the lecturers, don't miss the closing discussion moderated by the expert Joaquín (Costa Rica) that also elaborates on further questions, like the potential of biodigesters in cities.

-- Did you know? At WikiBiogas you can access more webinars and a full archive of their knowledge products!

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