WISIONS of Sustainability
Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
Mini-Grids Webinar Series 2019
News from WISIONS posted on March 18th, 2019
Renewable energy mini-grids are a cost-effective and reliable solution for energy access. Within the technologies available for mini-grids, micro and mini hydropower has added advantages. Its techno-economic characteristics, such as lower levelised cost of electricity, per kilowatt cost, and no need for battery storage, make it economically viable for grid interconnection and productive end use applications.
Micro and mini hydropower (MHP) implementation involves technical expertise in hydrology, civil works, electro-mechanical, electrical, and electronics. Thanks to the pioneers of knowledge transfer for small-scale hydropower, comprehensive and frequent training was made available in the 1990s to practitioners in the global south. While such training is rare in the present-day scenario, the earlier efforts led to the creation of local experts who have since established local training centers. The Southeast Asia region particularly benefits from micro hydropower training centers.
This webinar – the first in a series of four webinars – will feature the following training centers that provide local capacity building for the development, operation, and maintenance of community-based micro hydro projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines:
Conference: Sustainable Energy For The Cambodian Garment Sector
News from WISIONS posted on March 13th, 2019
The conference will take place on 19 March 2019 at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Main objectives include:
- The presentation and discussion of project results
- The introduction of available solutions for sustainable thermal energy generation and production of biomass fuels through round table discussions with international professionals of the sector
- Networking between garment factory representatives, rice millers, investors, and other professionals of the biogas sector
Project Background: During the last decade, Cambodia has achieved an average GDP growth of 8%. This growth goes with a surge in energy demand, reached through primary solid biomass, which provides approximately 64% of the final energy demand. Although household cooking still drives most of this demand, forest wood demand from industries is on the rise, driven by urbanisation and industrialisation with the development of energy-intensive industries such as garment and bricks.
In this context, GERES with the support of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA), has first studied the potential of agricultural residues to replace unsustainable firewood in the manufacturing sector. In a second phase, with the support of CCCA, H&M Group and the WISIONS Initiative, GERES has worked closely with Cambodian garment factories and rice millers to support the emergence of a supply of a sustainable biomass fuels aimed at the garment sector for their thermal energy needs.
More general information on this SEPS project: Supporting the Energy Switch of the Garment Industry in Cambodia through Increased South-South Knowledge Exchange among the Value Chain Stakeholders
Meet The WISIONS Team In Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire This Week!
News from WISIONS posted on March 11th, 2019
The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in partnership with the African Development Bank and GET.invest (formely RECP), is hosting the 5th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from 13 - 14 March 2019.
The Forum convenes public, private and other stakeholders with the goal to boost clean energy access globally and in particular in Africa, where 588 million people still lack electricity. To intensify the exchange with players from and outside Africa, ARE will also hold its Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the Forum the day before.
Building on the success of previous editions, the event will showcase the latest off-grid political and funding initiatives, discuss trends and innovations, and build win-win partnerships through matchmaking.
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