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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Practice-to-Policy Exchange for Grid Interconnected Micro and Mini Hydropower in South and Southeast Asia

News from WISIONS posted on March 1st, 2016

From 26th to 29th January 2016, Janathakshan hosted the HPNET Practice-to-Policy exchange focusing on the topic of grid interconnection of micro and mini hydropower installations in South and Southeast Asia. Despite MHP practitioners expressing a strong interest in grid interconnection, its development is still at an early stage and there is wide variability within the region. Currently, once main grid connectivity is established, MHP projects often become underutilised or abandoned. Read moreMinimize
In order to address this challenge, the practice-to-policy exchange in Colombo, Sri Lanka, offered the opportunity for project developers, government representatives and energy utility stakeholders from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Philippines to exchange know-how on policies, strategies and the potential of grid interconnectivity.

During the thematic sessions on the first day, the current state of grid interconnection in the different countries, as well as the technical, financial, regulatory and social challenges facing MHP projects seeking grid connectivity, were discussed. After this theoretical introduction, the field visits on the second and third day provided participants with the chance to experience at first hand examples of different sizes of grid interconnected hydro plants (12kW to 3MW). Following this practical experience, potential strategies for making progress in terms of grid interconnectivity were discussed in various small groups over the next two days of the event. The results of these discussions will be available shortly in the proceedings of the workshop. Further information is available on the HPNET website.

Meet the WISIONS Team at EURELECTRIC Conference

News from WISIONS posted on February 24th, 2016

"Access to Electricity for All: The role of the European power sector in the advancement of sustainable and climate resilient development“, Brussels, February 25, 2016. On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda entitled “Transforming our world – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Read moreMinimize

This includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an inter-governmentally agreed set of objectives relating to international development, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals once these expire at the end of 2015. To “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” is one of the agreed SDGs.

Electricity is a precondition for economic development. Yet today, 1.2 billion people in the world still have no access to electricity. Action is thus urgently needed. Improving access to low carbon electricity means bringing energy independence and security to vulnerable countries, while also providing an important tool in the battle against climate change. The European electricity sector is fully committed to fulfilling these fundamental development and environmental needs. As the world energy demand grows day by day, low carbon electricity will provide an important opportunity to satisfy such demand in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner.

Representatives from public and private sectors, as well as the EU institutions and NGOs, will be invited to EULECTRIC CONFERENCE to discuss and engage in frank discussions on the EU’s strategy and efforts with regard to providing access to electricity in developing countries, in the context of the outcome of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals. This will prove an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to exchange views on the role of the EU, the European electricity industry’s best practices as well as financing instruments.


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 of utilising biogas technology to further mechanise 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 the 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 used to meet the thermal energy demand at the farms (space heating for swine maternity areas, hot water for cleaning purposes and energy for cooking) and to generate electricity. In addition to the equipment for biogas production and use, all the systems comprise secondary water components that use aquatic and wetland plants in order to further treat the effluents of the biodigesters. This enables farmers to meet national water quality discharge standards. The economic benefits of these systems are calculated based on the value of energy and fertiliser produced per year; in this way a simple return on investment of less than three years is estimated for the demonstration projects.

In the second phase, the project aimed to demonstrate 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 five 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 by IRRI.

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

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