WISIONS of Sustainability

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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Making Use of Excess Micro Hydro Power in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on December 1st, 2016

One of our SEPS projects in Nepal aims to demonstrate the viability of an innovative business model for the bulk sale of excess energy produced by a micro hydro plant to nearby villages, which would contribute to the sustainability of the plant by providing increased finances. Read moreMinimize

A few months ago, our partners at the Rural Development Service Centre (RDSC) – which is located in the Achham district of Nepal – completed the second working phase of the project. 

This included:

  • A field study regarding technical feasibility, socio-economic condition of Kalagaun village, availability of local financial institutions, end-use opportunities as well as design of the transmission and distribution lines
  • The supply and installation of the transmission and distribution lines from Darna MHP to Kalagaun village (still ongoing)
  • Technical training on operation, management and safety to operators of the local micro hydro power plant (Darna MHP)
  • Financial and management training sessions to managers and accountants of Darna MHP
  • Coordinating follow-up meetings with the involved partners
General background information on this project is available here: Extension of Micro Hydro Power for Sustainable Livelihoods

Practice-to-Policy Exchange: Grid Connected Micro Hydro Power in Sri Lanka

News from WISIONS posted on November 28th, 2016

One of our recent SEPS exchange activities aimed to nurture knowledge exchange between multi-actors for grid-connected micro hydro technology across the region of South and Southeast Asia and to enable members of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) to operate renewable energy technologies apart from the national grid. Read moreMinimize

The practice-to-policy exchange was a three-stage exchange process, where the first three months were dedicated to online information exchange, followed by a physical exchange activity and a four-day workshop held in Sri Lanka with 21 delegates representing eight countries and including ten other sector experts. 

The workshop helped delegates share experiences from their respective countries and observe operations of successful mini and micro hydro plants in Sri Lanka, which are connected to the grid.

The final step of this exchange process was to develop advocacy material to be used by members of the Hydro Empowerment Network to promote micro and mini hydro grid connections in their countries and for the whole of South and South East Asia, where the network's activites are located. 

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Practice-to-Policy Exchange for Grid-Connected Micro Hydro Power in South/Southeast Asia

One result of the exchange activity is this video on Smart Grids for Rural Electrification:

Integrated Community Farming in Thailand

News from WISIONS posted on November 24th, 2016

One of our recent SEPS projects aimed to develop and demonstrate a community farming system within the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) campus in Pathum Thani, Thailand, utilising renewable energy technologies to ensure the security of food, nutrition and energy. The project has now been successfully finalised!Read moreMinimize

The AIT campus is a residential campus for postgraduate students, staff and faculty from more than 30 countries. 73 community members were involved in this farming venture, carrying out the gardening, farming and fishing activities. The total land available for this project was about 550 m2. The first six months of the project period were used to develop the concept, motivate the community, and design and install the system. The remaining period of the project was used to conduct trainings, and for the actual vegetation and cultivation of the crops. 

Solar PV panels produced electricity to pump water, which was afterwards distributed through a piping network and eventually drip sprinklers were used to supply water to the plants. A solar drier was used to dry some of the vegetables grown.

This project brought the community together without any bias on age, gender and other social factors, and as a whole contributed as an initiative to sustainability within the AIT campus. The use of solar panels as a power source saved money and labour and reduced emissions compared to other sources of electricity generation. The quality of the soil was also not affected due to the use of organic fertilizers and the drip irrigation system was introduced to limit the exploitation of water. 

Some of the participants have already shown great interest to continue with the farming activities after completion of the initial project, which has been supported under the WISIONS SEPS scheme. 

Project photos are available on our Facebook page and more general information on our SEPS Project Page: Renewable Energy Technologies for Integrated Community Farming Systems

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