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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WISIONS is searching for a communication expert

News from WISIONS posted on May 17th, 2021

We are currently searching a professional communication expert to develop a communications concept for WISIONS. All details about the requirements and application procedure can be found below or in the attached link to the public ELVIS platform. Deadline for application: 10 June 2021Direct URL-Link to tendering platform ELVISRead moreMinimize

Gathering experience in research and practice of the core topic "sustainable energy solutions" both on the local level and in the global South (in the context of global development goals such as SDG 7) has accompanied the project work of the Wisions Initiative for 15 years. Over the past years, WISIONS has been able to collect a considerable number of success stories in this field and to build up a global network of research and practice. This has resulted in a very high information content, which needs to be reprocessed and communicated so that these "success stories" are given greater prominence in external presentations (website, press releases, news, social media, webinars, etc.). Also, the amount of organizations  serving the topic from different perspectives has grown continuously, making the communications landscape more complex and intense. As part of a realignment of the initiative, a new communications concept is to be implemented that will create an expressive presence for the WISIONS initiative  in this changed landscape. 

For this purpose, we are searching for an experienced communications expert with excellent English language skills to develop a brand new communication concept for the WISIONS initiative as well as supporting the WISIONS team in the field of communications. We require the expert to have necessary references in at least one of the following fields: 

  1. Social Media communication 
  2. science or research communication 
  3. international cooperation, sustainability or energy access
End of applications will be 10 June 2021. Please note that the application documents should be submitted in German, except the project concept (Template 2) which should be submitted in English only. 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 

New video podcast edition from our Regional Partnership HPNET

News from WISIONS posted on May 11th, 2021

Have you already watched the new edition of HPNET's video podcast series StreamSide Chats about sustainable micro-hydro solutions in Nepal? It's worth a look!Read moreMinimize

StreamSide Chats aim to deepen the dialogue between international experts and local innovators in the field of sustainable hydro mini-grids. The new edition provides insights into the work of micro hydro practitioners and shares first hand experiences about sustainable off grid micro-hydro solutions.

After HPNET kick-started the series with a discussion about the role of energy access to an inclusive COVID-19 recovery in order to create resilience against the economic and social effects of the pandemic, this second episode takes a closer look at one of South East Asia’s best-case examples in micro hydro off-grid solutions: Nepal.

How come that Nepal is such an important driver in the field having one of the most dynamic micro hydro programs worldwide? Bikash Pandey, director of Clean Energy Winrock International, based in Washington D.C., an expert in renewable energy in the Global South who also co-founded the micro-hydro-sector in Nepal, gives us an insight into this process in an interview.

Meanwhile, Bir Bahadu Ghale, founder and director of Hydro Energy Concern Pvt. Ltd. (Kathmandu) awarded with the renowned Ashoka Fellowship award, shares his longstanding experiences and challenges he faced electrifying several thousand rural households under most difficult conditions, providing highly valuable insight on grassroots innovation in off-grid energy solutions. At 24, he developed his first hydro-mini-grid without any previous experience at his home town.

Finally, the two speakers elaborate on different types of ownership and how energy practitioners can boost energy access as well as sustainable energy solutions.

StreamSide Chats


Hydro Energy Concern Pvt. Ltd.

Clean Energy Winrock International

Upcoming webinar of RedbioLAC practical use of biogas for the agricultural sector

News from WISIONS posted on April 20th, 2021

Our partnership network RedBioLAC has just announced their first webinar for this year. The webinar with the title "Practical use of biogas for the agricultural sector on a domestic and productive scale" will be presented by two speakers from the field at will take place on 28th April at 14h (Costa Rica Time). Register here!Read moreMinimize

(english version)

Claudio Moreno will present a model of a solar food dehydrator with a complex heat conduction system that serves to dry all types of food products, especially those that need to maintain their sensory quality and protect their natural properties. This dehydrator has been adapted to work also with biogas, with the installation and adaptation to the system of a burner in the collector tray, which was prepared with two different compartments to capture the heat generated by the two types of energy source (solar and biogas), and a wind extractor, to facilitate the internal movement of air. 

Edmundo Rodriguez will make a presentation showing the development of the use of energy from biogas converted into energy for cooking, heating in the Andes and electricity in Peru, using biodigesters for family or domestic use.

(Versión en español)

En este webinar, dos ponentes presentarán la aplicación del biogás en el sector agrícola.
Claudio Moreno presentará un modelo de deshidratador solar de alimentos con un sistema de conducción de calor complejo lo que sirve para secar todo tipo de productos alimenticios, en especial aquellos que necesitan mantener su calidad sensorial y proteger sus propiedades naturales. Este deshidratador ha sido adaptado para funcionar también con biogás, con la instalación y adecuación al sistema de un quemador en la bandeja del colector, la que fue preparada con dos compartimientos diferenciados para captar el calor generado por los dos tipos de fuente de energía (solar y biogás), y de un extractor eólico, para facilitar el movimiento interno del aire.
Edmundo Rodriguez hará una exposicion que muestra el desarrollo del uso de la energía proveniente del biogás convertida en energía para cocina, calefacción en el Ande y energía eléctrica, en Perú, usando biodigestores de uso familiar o doméstico.

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