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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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.


7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference

News from WISIONS posted on January 14th, 2016

The 7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference will take place in Wuppertal, Germany from 6 to 9 September 2016. The IST Conference will be hosted by the Wuppertal Institute, in cooperation with the Center for Transformation Research and Sustainability (TransZent) at the University of Wuppertal. Read moreMinimize

The conference is the annual platform for sharing theoretical, empirical and practical advances in the field of sustainability transitions, covering a broad range of areas (e.g. energy, water, mobility, food systems) and disciplinary approaches.

The theme of IST 2016 is "Exploring Transitions Research as Transformative Science" and we aim to focus on impact and solution-oriented research approaches that enable transitions in practice. We invite contributions that address the following questions: 

  • How can we assess the societal impact of transitions research? 
  • What are the common challenges, best practice and future prospects in transdisciplinary research approaches, such as real-world laboratories, LivingLabs, transition experiments etc.?

We invite contributions focusing on key issues in the field of sustainability transitions research, such as urban transitions, the geography of transitions, the governance of transitions, business and entrepreneurship perspectives on transitions, innovation and institutional change and transition modeling – as well as all issues linked to the research agenda of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN).

For further information please see the attached Call for Papers, which can be downloaded from the conference website.

We want to make IST 2016 a very practical transition experience and we would be delighted to welcome you to Wuppertal and to our urban real-world lab with its many exciting projects and initiatives. We look forward to an engaging and impactful IST 2016.


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