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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WISIONS participates in the 5th World Summit for Small Wind

News from WISIONS posted on April 7th, 2014

The 5th World Summit for Small Wind took place at Husum – Northern Germany – on the 20th and 21st March 2014. The summit has become a global discussion platform for the small wind sector. Manufacturers, scientists, policy makers and an interested audience discussed the new trends and concerns that the sector faces.Read moreMinimize

At this year summit 22 speakers from 14 countries presented a unique overview of policies and markets, technological innovations, certification concepts and new standards.  

In general terms the presentations and discussions highlighted the fact that recent policy shifts in many countries do not really support the small wind turbine industry. Supportive mechanisms such as net metering, feed-in-tariffs and other instruments to promote investment and the adoption of the technology have either been reduced or even totally abandoned  in many countries. However on the positive side, the presentations also demonstrated that the sector is highly creative and innovative: some of the strategies that the industry is exploring in order to maintain or broaden the global market for small wind turbines include improved and cheaper designs, better integration with electronic components, new business models and integration with solar technologies. 

In this context WISIONS shared experiences gathered during the last 3 years through its Regional Partnership ‘WindWorks’, which is coordinated by GreenEmpowerment. The main lessons highlighted by WISIONS were:

  • Small Wind has competitive advantages vis-à-vis solar power only in a narrow niche in most Latin-American countries.
  • Small Wind offers advantages as an off-grid solution where there is a very strong wind resource and relatively low solar radiation during certain times of the year.
  • Secure long-term access to both technical support (i.e. know-how, skills and spare parts) and sufficient finances to fund this support are crucial for the sustainability of small wind off-grid solutions.
  • Many stakeholders in the region are interested in small wind for rural development and other niches.
  • Cooperation between WindWorks and the WindEmpowerment Network is anticipated in the future.  

Click here to access the WISIONS presentation.


Relaunch of our SEPS project pages

News from WISIONS posted on March 7th, 2014

Over the last weeks the WISIONS team has been busy updating the list of completed and ongoing SEPS projects. Each project now has its own web page with more information, pictures, interesting links and additional downloads. Read moreMinimize

Many of the new project pages contain detailed information regarding the operational, financial, social and environmental issues of each project, as well as additional photographs from the project sites.

The right hand column offers additional information about the project partners involved, links to our Technology Radar, a downloadable summary of the projects in pdf format, and a world map pinpointing the corresponding location.

We have also improved our world map above the SEPS project list and the filter criteria, meaning that you can now browse our projects by location, technology or energy-related need. 

Look at our new site here: SEPS Projects


SEPS Hydro Call 2013: Selected Projects

News from WISIONS posted on February 26th, 2014

Following our most recent call for proposals from Southern and South East Asia, which focused on pico and micro-hydro power technologies, we are pleased to advise that the following projects have been selected as being eligible for SEPS support:Read moreMinimize

Projects

Sustainable Micro-Hydro through Energizing Rural Enterprises and Livelihood
OrganizationPractical Action
Country: Nepal
Project’s aim: to improve the reliability of power production from MHPs through the rehabilitation of existing plants.

Implementation of Low Head Micro Hydro to Support Clean Water Supply for a Boarding School
OrganizationIndonesian Institute of Sciences - Research Center for Electrical Power and Mechatronics
Country: Indonesia
Project’s aim: to use renewable energy resources to generate the school’s electricity and clean water needs.

Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar
OrganizationGreen Empowerment
Country: Malaysia
Project’s aim: to provide the three villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan with access to clean water, renewable electricity and income generation opportunities.

Exchanges

South-Southeast Asia Concrete Pico-Hydro Turbine Technology Transfer
OrganizationGreen Empowerment
Country: Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia
Objective of the exchange: to transfer knowledge about a low-cost, easy-to-assemble pico-hydro turbine prototype, developed by the Sri Lankan organization Janathakshan, to other member organizations of the Micro-Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNet). 

Micro Hydro for Myanmar: Practice-to-Policy Dialogue with Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
OrganizationRenewable Energy Association of Myanmar (REAM)
Country: Myanmar
Objective of the exchange: to characterize demand and potential of micro-hydro power in Myanmar, offer expert exchange, and discuss possible implementation approaches for this technology in the future.

Comprehensive data base on Reliable Load Controllers for Hydro Projects
OrganizationJanathakshan (GTE) Ltd.
Country: Sri Lanka
Objective of the exchange: to develop a comprehensive database to address the lack of reliable information on the variety of types of load controllers and suppliers for micro-hydro projects.


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