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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SEPS Project – Biomass Gasification in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on June 17th, 2015

Our SEPS project partners at WINROCK are installing a biomass gasification unit in the Dang district, Nepal to generate electricity serving around 82 off-grid rural households and potential enterprises in the region. Read moreMinimize

WINROCK International is implementing this project to pilot biomass gasification for rural electrification by installing an 11 kW gasification unit. At least 500 liters of kerosene and 1000 liters of diesel shall be replaced annually by the new technology, resulting in enhanced livelihood and energy for lighting and other productive end-use applications.

As of June 2015, the transmission and distribution system, including a power house holding the gasification system, are successfully installed. On-site operators and managers have received intensive training on how to use and maintain the facilities. 

However, a few adjustments had to be made to the scheduled project implementation. As the formerly projected project site (Tanahun district) recently got electrified by the national grid, a new location in Nepal’s Dang district was selected after a feasibility study. Furthermore, the monsoon season made for landslides and floods along the roads, hindering project activities. As a result, some capacity building activities and information collection for future productive end uses will now be carried out over the course of the next months, extending the overall project period until the end of 2015.

The Second Annual UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum

News from WISIONS posted on June 3rd, 2015

With some of our partners (Practical Action, IRRI México, TERI and a coordinating member of the Hydro Empowerment Network), the WISIONS team participated in the Second Sustainable Energy For All Forum from 18 - 21 May 2015 in New York City, USA.Read moreMinimize

The Second SE4All Forum addressed the overarching theme of "Financing Sustainable Energy for All", and included the launch of a new Global SE4All Commitment Platform and the first Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the UN.

More than 2500 participants attended the forum, collaborating in a diverse programme structured in line with these following four objectives: networking and outreach activities; parallel multi-stakeholder sessions; the Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue; and a closing session focusing on actions and commitments.

During the last session of the conference, more than 80 high-level representatives from energy ministries, business, civil society, multilateral agencies and international organisations, including the WISIONS initiative, outlined their leadership and action commitments aimed at achieving the SE4All objectives.

Full coverage of the whole programme and activities is available online at: Highlights of the SE4All Forum.

Solar-Powered LED Lighting for Tuna Landing Site in San Jose, Philippines

News from WISIONS posted on June 1st, 2015

The inauguration of one of our recently selected SEPS projects, which aims to improve the value chain of tuna handline fisheries by establishing a solar-powered central landing site for night fishing activities in the Philippines, was featured in the Manila Times.Read moreMinimize

Together with WWF Philippines, the Municipality of San Jose and the company Philips, the WISIONS initiative will support the nocturnal illumination of San Jose Port, a tuna landing site, using solar-powered LED lighting. 

Presently, small-scale fisherfolk land their catch indiscriminately in varying locations, sometimes on unsanitary beaching areas. By addressing this issue, WWF will not only encourage more sustainable fishing activities, but also foster hygienic practices and improve the monitoring of the catch.

The full article on the initiation of the project is available online at The Manila Times

To read about the project on our SEPS webpages, please visit Solar Powered Central Landing Area for Night Fishing in the Lagonoy Gulf, Philippines.

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