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.
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).
Waste to Wisdom – Supporting Biodigester Practitioners in Southeast Asia
News from WISIONS posted on March 7th, 2018
Eighty percent of rural households in Malaysia's North Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak still rely on firewood for cooking, which contributes to lung disease and, in some cases, deforestation. Green Empowerment and our partners aim to address this challenge through the knowledge exchange and follow up work with communities to deliver a cooking fuel alternative, while encouraging these communities to think about waste more creatively.
This SEPS knowledge exchange includes a two-week training course in Sri Lanka with additional training in Malaysian Borneo. While in Sri Lanka, the participants will learn in a classroom setting and visit a number of project sites, as well as participating in the construction of a biodigester. Green Empowerment and Janathakshan aim for the participants to leave the exchange with the ability to design, install and manage low-cost biogas digester systems. They are also expected to be able to teach these skills to their colleagues and to promote the dissemination of biodigester technology within their home regions.
The exchange event in Sri Lanka will take place from 10 – 22 March 2018.