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.
The Minigrid Game – A Participatory Gaming Approach to Community Energy Planning
News from WISIONS posted on March 28th, 2018
This knowledge exchange programme led by ENACT targeted rural communities, energy access practitioners and the broader energy access community through a series of workshops in rural villages in East Malaysia, an online workshop with South and Southeast Asian energy practitioners, and an active online campaign publicising The Minigrid Game.
The community workshops were well received and the three selected communities found the gaming process novel, engaging, easy to use, and fun. Community members reported an improved understanding of their individual and collective electricity consumption and of the limitations of their minigrid’s capacity, as well as finding the game useful for practicing household energy budgeting and methods for improved system cost recovery.
Through preworkshop social mapping and game facilitation, the project team was able to observe how community members interacted with one another and how they made individual and collective decisions that represented or aligned with their community protocols or rules of conduct, value systems and existing governance structures and institutions.
The online practitioner workshop organised in cooperation with the Hydro Empowerment Network gave the project team and practitioners the opportunity to share experiences and exchange lessons learnt from community energy planning and engagement activities. For practitioners, the workshop also presented the opportunity to try the game for themselves.
The online campaign was conducted using a dedicated website with videos featuring the community workshops and social media feeds. The project team initially believed this campaign would snowball naturally and reach the target communities, but it became clear that the support of paid promotion and advertising was necessary. This was the team’s first attempt at running an online campaign of this nature and much knowledge on digital marketing and online campaigning was gained along the way.
More general information on this SEPS Exchange is available here: Exchange: A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement
OpenAFPM: An Open Source Software Tool for Designing Generators in Wind Power Systems
News from WISIONS posted on March 23rd, 2018
This series of design tools have been developed by the Rural Electrification Research Group (RurERG), which is part of the Smart RUE (Smart Grids Research Unit of the Electrical and Computer Engineering School) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in order to assist designers and practitioners involved with small scale wind electric systems.
The OpenAFPM tools series consists of three design tools named MagnAFPM, UserAFPM and OptiAFPM.
- MagnAFPM can be used for designing a generator for a specific set of rotor blades and a specific set of permanent magnet dimensions
- UserAFPM can be used to validate the performance of a generator of a specific geometric design
- OptiAFPM uses the particle swarm optimisation (PSO) to optimise the dimensions of the permanent magnets used in the generator design for a specific set of rotor blades, maximising the generator’s efficiency, whie minimising cost and/or mass
A corresponding webinar entitled Design of Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Generators for Small Wind Turbines using the Open AFPM online tools will take place on 19th April 2018, 3pm CEST.
The creation of this online user interface has been part of this SEPS Exchange Activity: Online Design Tools for Locally Manufactured Small Wind Turbines
Advocacy and Replication of Community Organisers in Southeast Asia
News from WISIONS posted on March 14th, 2018
Southeast Asian members of the Hydro Empowerment Network have expressed a strong need to strengthen the local human resources – the so-called community organisers – who are at the heart of their work, by providing them with better support and increasing their numbers. The suggested solution for meeting this need is to collectively engage the micro hydro community organisers in the regions.
This WISIONS exchange programme with Green Empowerment aimed to enhance the community organisers in documentation and media management, to identify processes to provide guidance and training to new community organisers, and to use the findings and videos developed to advocate for community-centred approaches to micro-hydro power.
These aims were achieved through:
- the implementation of media training and workshops to enable community organisers at both practitioner and community level to become creators of cultural content in a “media world”, with results to be shared online with a global community of stakeholders;
- the facilitation of a workshop with existing community organisers to determine how HPNET can strengthen their current work and establish new community organisers; and
- the implementation of a research initiative to identify the specific needs and opportunities of partner organisations with regards to their community programmes.
The exchange activities provided an opportunity to gain further insight into the unique community organising styles and philosophies of each of the organsations involved: IBEKA (Indonesia), Tonibung (Malaysia), REAM (Myanmar), SIBAT and Yamog (the Philippines).