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 CALL: Energising Development Through Knowledge Exchange

News from WISIONS posted on August 31st, 2016

With its 'SEPS Knowledge Exchange' scheme, WISIONS facilitates the mobilisation of knowledge and expertise among energy practitioners and other stakeholders in the field of sustainable energy technologies in the 'Global South'. The call for proposals is now open. Deadline for submission of applications is 17th October 2016, 16:00 (CET). Read moreMinimize

New Call for SEPS Knowledge Exchange proposals 2016 aiming to mobilise knowledge and expertise for decentralised renewable energy solutions.

This new call for proposals addresses both focus regions of WISIONS – Latin America and the Caribbean, and South/South East Asia. Proposals for SEPS Knowledge Exchange 2016 – LAC & SE/S Asia should allow for interaction between practitioners with significant experience in the implementation of decentralised renewable energy solutions in the target region(s). 

SEPS Knowledge Exchange activities should relate to one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Capacity-building
  • South-South mutual learning
  • Practice-to-policy exchange
  • Advocacy and awareness-raising activities
  • Other 
The submitted SEPS Knowledge Exchange proposals should meet a set of criteria (see full list of criteria and application procedure here). Only those proposals that follow the proposed application procedure will be considered in the validation process.

Deadline for submission of applications is 17th October 2016, 16:00 (CET).

More information is available here: SEPS Call: Knowledge Exchange Proposals 2016


Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar (Malaysia)

News from WISIONS posted on September 23rd, 2016

One of our SEPS projects in Malaysia aimed to bring a reliable and sustainable supply of clean energy and water to private homes and schools in three communities of Ulu Papar, in the Malaysian state of Sabah. The project is currently in its final working steps – read about the achievements of our partners at Green Empowerment here!Read moreMinimize

Since 2014, Green Empowerment and Tonibung have been assisting the villages Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan in providing them with access to clean water and renewable electricity. These villages are located in the forests of Ulu Papar, within the Malaysian state of Sabah’s Crocker Range. As a community-based project, the initiative relied on the indigenous Dusun residents themselves to act as the main driving force, with technical and administrative support from Green Empowerment and Tonibung.

Their aim was to construct three micro-hydro power systems in the villages. From a technical perspective, each system posed unique design challenges: Pongobonon’s water source consisted of large, 
immovable boulders, necessitating the use of a coanda intake. In Kalangaan, the team was pressed to innovate in its design and construction approach due to its inaccessibility by vehicles. Locally available construction materials were favoured to minimise the need to carry in steel and cement. There have been several challenges in Longkogungan, for example its remoteness, which made for big logistical challenges, but an ideal location for Janathakshan’s concrete turbine. 


The final steps for this SEPS project are the following: 

  • To complete the installation of the Longkogungan micro-hydro system, and the 
concrete turbine training at the site
  • To complete the installation of pre-paid meters, as well as training for credit vendors in all three villages
  • To complete the installation of water filters in Kalangaan and Longkogungan
  • To hold official hand-over ceremonies in each village
More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar


Meet the WISIONS Team at the Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids Conference

News from WISIONS posted on September 20th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the International Conference on "Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access" from 21st to 23rd September 2016 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany.Read moreMinimize

Due to the intermittency of solar radiation, solar energy technologies include storage functionalities in order to make energy available for 24 hours a day. There are a number of new developments in the pipeline and components on the market for storing solar thermal heat and renewable electricity.

Whereas solar heating is usually consumed where it is produced, autonomous solar electricity increasingly tends to be integrated as well into mini grids (also called micro grids). Hybrid PV Mini Grids are a cost-effective and a quicker alternative to grid extension or to unreliable grids for many villages.

Therefore, an intelligent mix of the above technologies and micro grids is capable of providing electricity and thermal comfort not only at household level, but also to entire villages, institutions, hotels, and businesses. This also opens the door to bottom up approaches to energy planning and development.

This year's event, organised by OTTI, will bring together academia, practitioners, industry and development institutions with the aim of sharing experiences and the latest technology developments, learning from each other and networking.

On Thursday (22nd September), the WISIONS team will participate in a session on rural electricity and present a study entitled "Does Access to Energy Lead to Sustainable Development? – Evidence from Small Community-Based Projects". The full conference programme is available here.


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