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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Enhancing Productive Biogas Use in Mexico

News from WISIONS posted on February 4th, 2016

Our SEPS project "Removing barriers to Greenhouse Gas mitigation in medium scale agricultural livestock activities within Mexico" has been successfully concluded. It was implemented by the International Renewable Resources Institute of Mexico (IRRI) with the main aim of demonstrating the feasibility to utilize biogas technology to further mechanize more than one million medium scale farms in Mexico, improve their productivity and efficiency and reduce their environmental burden.Read moreMinimize

The project comprised two main phases. In a first phase, complete productive biogas and water treatment systems were installed at four medium scale livestock farms (two swine farms and two dairy farms). The biogas is being used to cover thermal energy demands in the farms (space heating for swine maternity areas, hot water for cleaning purposes, cooking) and generating electricity. Besides the equipment for biogas production and utilization, all the systems comprise secondary water components applying aquatic and wetland plants in order to further treat the effluents of the biodigesters. In this way farmers can now meet national water quality discharge standards. The economic benefits of these systems are calculated based on the value of energy and fertilizer produced per year, in this way a simple return on investment of less than three years is estimated for the demonstration projects.

In a second phase the project aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of adapting and applying commercial gasoline motors available in the Mexican market in order to provide mechanical and/or electric power to small and medium farmers by using their biogas. In this phase, there were four significant areas of work: biogas filtration, matching energy production and use, motor sizing and design, grid interconnection, and training and maintenance. Sixteen motors have been adapted and installed. 

The project already led to significant advances in the application of biogas for electric power at small scale (between 5 to 10 kW) and opened the door for further development of the technology. All installed motors are currently under monitoring and maintenance regime for the next 12 months to improve data on the operating parameters and benefits of these systems.


Biomass Energy for Sugar Production in Karnataka, India

News from WISIONS posted on January 26th, 2016

One of our current SEPS projects in India aims to integrate thermal biomass gasifiers into the jaggery (unrefined sugar) production chain. This project, executed by the well-established partner organisation TERI India, aims to replace current heating furnaces with biomass gasifiers and, consequently, to improve the working environment and reduce the emission of pollutants. Read moreMinimize

During the first phase, a location for the project was selected in Belgaum district, Karnataka, which is one of the most important sugar cane growing districts in India with many entrepreneurs. Following a feasibility study, TERI raised awareness and sought interaction with farmers regarding the proposed project approach before choosing four entrepreneurs who will now jointly adopt the biomass gasification technology at one production unit. 

A so-called “Common Facility Centre” will be formed: one of the four entrepreneurs will be the lead entrepreneur, providing his jaggery production site for the implementation of the project, and the other three will jointly operate and manage the plant and also contribute technical equipment. Technical aspects of the new facility are currently being worked on by the four partners in cooperation with local partner Phoenix Products

Overall, the project aims to foster confidence among local jaggery producers in this new technology, which will not only improve the working environment but also result in financial gains. 

Further general information is available on our SEPS project page and photographs illustrating the current progress of the project are on the WISIONS Facebook page.


Practice-to-Policy Exchange in Sri Lanka

News from WISIONS posted on January 19th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the Practice-to-Policy Exchange for Grid Interconnected Micro and Mini Hydropower in South and Southeast Asia, which will take place from 26 to January 29 January 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.Read moreMinimize

This workshop is one of our SEPS exchange activities and aims to nurture knowledge exchange between multi-actors for grid-connected micro hydro technology across the region of South and Southeast Asia and to enable members of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) to operate renewable energy technologies independently of the national grid.

Despite MHP practitioners expressing a strong interest in grid interconnection, its development is at a nascent stage with wide variability across the region. India, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka have installed grid interconnected MHP with some success, while developers in Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Philippines demonstrate strong interest but currently have no interconnected projects. Optimal grid interconnection policy requires productive collaboration between developers, government agencies and utility companies. 

To address this gap between practitioners and policies, HPNET member Janathakshan will host an exchange connecting developers, government representatives and utility providers from the above-listed countries in order to facilitate a regional understanding and strategy for grid interconnectivity, based on current policies and actual experiences from the field. The event will include themed sessions, field visits and strategy-building workshops focusing on the specific local contexts of the participants.

Further information is available on the HPNET website.


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