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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Outcomes of the 2016 International Tech4Dev Conference

News from WISIONS posted on June 21st, 2016

The 4th UNESCO International Conference on Technologies for Development, which took place from 2nd to 4th May 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland provided an opportunity for more than 400 researchers, representatives from NGOs, international organisations and the private sector from 65 countries to discuss how to go from technology innovation to social impact.Read moreMinimize

This is an important question, especially for sustainable energy projects as these often fall short to successfully translate into development impacts. The reasons for the limited impact are seldom exceptionally technical issues but can often be attributed to socio-cultural, institutional and/or economical aspects.

The contributions and discussions at the conference allowed to better understand the factors that support or hinder the effectiveness of local initiatives promoting decentralized renewable energy solutions to create social and economic impacts. Several presenters stressed the need to integrate the end-users more in order to meet their needs. It was pointed out that it is important to not only see them as passive receivers but to value their knowledge and capacities. Furthermore, it became evident that in order to measure and understand social impact a mixed-methods approach including quantitative as well as qualitative evaluation methods is necessary. While quantitative methods are helpful to address the question what happened as a result of the technical innovation, qualitative methods help to understand why and how social impact was or was not achieved.

For more information on the different breakout sessions and to download selected full papers please visit the Tech4DEV website.

Wind Empowerment Wind Turbine Workshop in Luxembourg

News from WISIONS posted on June 15th, 2016

Project Windmobile, a Wind Empowerment member organisation based in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg has celebrated its 10th Birthday in 2016. One special event was a DIY wind turbine building course, which has been held by PureSelfMade at the Lycée Technique d’Ettelbruck in Luxembourg.Read moreMinimize

Windmobile had put together a diverse programme to satisfy the guests of the corresponding conference as well as the students of the Lycée Technique d’Ettelbruck, where conference and wind turbine course took place. Network members spoke about the general work of Wind Empowerment, Small wind turbine building courses and their impacts, open source technology in the field of (power) electronics, and various other aspects.

During the course, participants were building a 2F Piggott turbine, which is similar to Hugh Piggott’s Recipe Book design but has 2 metres in diameter and uses Ferrite magnets in its axial flux alternator. The students in the course were between 13 and 16 years old and very ambitious; the Lycée Technique d’Ettelbruck is also very well equipped in regards to available hardware and technologies. 

To read the whole report of the workshop (including many photos), please visit pureselfmade.com.

SEPS Project Wins 2016 National Energy Globe Award for Ecuador

News from WISIONS posted on June 9th, 2016

One of our SEPS projects entitled "Growing Esmeraldas with Renewable Energy" (Creciendo Esmeraldas con Energía Renovable, or “CRECER”) has won the 2016 National Energy Globe Award for Ecuador!Read moreMinimize

The CRECER programme was developed by Green Empowerment and their partners Fundación Ecuatoriana de Tecnología Apropiada (FEDETA) and CorpoEsmeraldas to improve the lives and livelihoods of rural cacao farming families in Ecuador’s Esmeraldas Province, through the holistic implementation of renewable energy technologies, eco-agricultural training programmes, and improved social cohesion.

With funding provided by our SEPS programme, 42 local farmers completed an 80 hour course to improve their cacao cultivation through organic practices, 50 families received training on gender equity, conflict resolution and leadership techniques and 15 community members were trained as technicians/promoters. With the support of these newly trained local experts, 10 biogas digesters and 9 solar cacao dryers were installed. These technologies empower local families, improving cacao yield and quality by providing organic fertiliser and post-harvest processing of a consistent quality, while simultaneously protecting local watersheds, substituting renewable energy for fossil fuels and firewood, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

On June 5th, UN World Environment Day, the national winners of the Energy Globe Award were presented in a global online campaign under the patronage of UNESCO and in cooperation with UNEP. The Energy Globe Award includes 177 participating nations and is the largest and most renowned environmental prize worldwide.

Read the full article here: Green Empowerment Project Wins 2016 National Energy Globe Award for Ecuador

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