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The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Selected Projects & Exchange Activities– SEPS Call in Latin America and the Caribbean 2015

News from WISIONS posted on July 14th, 2016

Following our last SEPS call at the end of 2015, which was focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, we are pleased to communicate the list of the 5 projects and 3 knowledge exchange activities that have been selected for SEPS support:Read moreMinimize

Biogas from Slaughterhouse Waste Water Treatment for Heating Purposes
OrganisationCIMNE
Country: Ecuador
Project’s Aim: to demonstrate the potential for producing biogas from slaughterhouse wastewater treatment in Ecuador. 

Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina
OrganisationINTA
Country: Argentina
Project’s Aim: to tackle rural energy scarcity, exploit high volumes of biomass feedstock and address problems arising from waste disposal by installing an anaerobic biodigester in the region of Los Pinos, Balcarce.

An Integrated Biogas-Water System for Sustainable Water Heating and Food Production in Arid Environments
OrganisationUniversidad Icesi
Country: Colombia
Project’s Aim: to address the challenge of water scarcity in mountainous regions of Colombia by introducing an integrated biogas-water system in a local hotel.

Gasification and Biodigestion to Improve Small & Medium Scale Colombian Coffee Farms
OrganisationRedBioCOL
Country: Colombia
Project’s Aim: to implement a suite of three technologies: gasification-fuelled cookstoves, tubular plug-flow biodigesters and biogas-fuelled coffee dryers.

Validating a Novel Approach to the Productive Use of Biogas to Empower Medium Scale Dairy and Pig Farmers in Costa Rica
OrganisationViogaz
Country: Costa Rica
Project’s Aim: to validate the feasibility of an innovative approach to the productive use of biogas in dairy and pig farms in Costa Rica, avoiding the use of electrical generators.

Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technology Use in Sustainable Food Production and Water Management
OrganisationCENSAT Agua Viva
Country: Colombia
Exchange Activity’s Aim: a social alliance and collective learning process between NGOs and rural communities from three regions of Colombia (Santander, Córdoba and Antioquia).

“Where the Winds Meet” – Local Construction of Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile
OrganisationAsociación Ciudadana Última Esperanza
Country: Chile
Exchange Activity’s Aim: to create a local knowledge group for the self-construction of small-scale wind turbines in the south of Chile, through an international exchange of knowledge with Argentinian members of the WindEmpowerment network.

Modular Power to the People: Democratising Energy Access through Modular Power Electronics Systems
OrganisationWind Empowerment
Country: Latin America
Exchange Activity’s Aim: to create an open-source power converter that can be used in the implementation of self-built wind turbines as well as for other technologies.


Empowering Rural Entrepreneurs in India

News from WISIONS posted on July 11th, 2016

One of our SEPS projects in Bhamane village, India, aims to demonstrate the viability of a hybrid hydro power plant consisting of a hydrokinetic turbine and photovoltaic panels to power a local rice and flour mill, while also enhancing the population’s wellbeing. Project activities are currently in their third working phase.Read moreMinimize

The project is carried out by Smart Hydro Power GmbH, together with local partners Gram Oorja and Sanjeevani Seva Trust. Gram Oorja was responsible for importing the technology to India and transporting it to Bhamane, and also for installing the micro-grid at the project site, which was completed in March 2016. 

The system at Bhamane comprises of a 3 kWp solar PV system, a turbine, and an inverter cabinet. A distribution system is handling the electricity supply of 84 households through a so-called service wire. These households have been equipped with LED bulb holders, a socket and energy meters to measure consumption.

Furthermore, a rice mill (50 kg/hour) and flour mill (25 kg/hour) have been installed at Bhamane, relieving villagers from travelling 20 km for milling their produce. The supplier of these systems offered technical operation and maintenance training to two villagers who are now responsible for running both the micro grid (turbine, solar panels & distribution system) and the mills. 

This is the first time that local villagers in Bhamane will have access to reliable electricity supply and as such the excitement level of the villagers was palpable. They volunteered to help during offloading of materials at the site as well as installation of mounting structures, poles, turbine and dam structure. 

The direct impact of training activities on the level of education and the impacts on the ability to increase families’ economic wealth by the mills are obvious. A thorough analysis on how the electrification will impact the distribution of wealth and social structures in Bhamane in the longterm is still in progress.

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Empowering entrepreneurs in rural India in the un-electrified village of Bhamane


Low-Head Pico-Hydro Technology in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on July 4th, 2016

One of our current SEPS projects in Nepal recently completed its first phase of project activities. Our partner organisation "People, Energy and Environment Development Association (PEEDA)" is mobilising local communities to install low head propeller turbines in two communities, namely Toksel and Katunje, in the Terai region of Nepal. Read moreMinimize

The project was originally intended for the Madi municipality in the Chitwan District of Nepal, but a detailed feasibility study revealed that the local water flow rate in the that municipality was not sufficient for installation of the foreseen MHP capacity. Thus, the project team shifted activities to the Okhaldunga District. The two units, of 3kW (Toksel) and 1kW (Katunje) will provide electricity to 31 households in total.

The field visits which were carried out as part of the feasibility study gave insights into the required technical parameters and socio-economic and environmental conditions of the proposed locations. Both communities are positive about the project and are making financial and labour contributions to the implementation.

The next phase is focused on the construction of the water canals, power houses and transmission and distribution system generators. In addition, a field facilitator will conduct activities related to community mobilisation, and will support the local communities in the administrative processes. A “Village Electrification Committee” will be set up in each of the two participating communities, comprising a majority share of women.

More general information is available on our SEPS project page.


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