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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A Portrait Of The Wind Empowerment Network By UNESCO

News from WISIONS posted on June 11th, 2018

Wind Empowerment is an association for the development of locally manufactured small wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification. Recently, the UNESCO published a portrait of the network, which is supported by WISIONS.Read moreMinimize

Read the full article on the website of UNESCO: Poor Rural Communities Learn To Harness The Wind For A Sustainable Future

The Wind Empowerment network is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and is supported by several organisations, one of which is the WISIONS initiative.


Improving Agricultural Profitability By Introducing Solar Powered Mobile Cold Storage Options

News from WISIONS posted on June 4th, 2018

In the absence of cold storage and related cold supply chain facilities, many farmers in Nepal are forced to sell their produce immediately after harvest. This results in oversupply and low revenues. Providing access to cold supply chain infrastructure for fruit and vegetables could help to reduce harvest losses and increase cash income for poor rural communities while simultaneously helping to meet growing domestic demand.Read moreMinimize

One of our most recent SEPS projects aims to demonstrate the viability and benefits of mobile solar powered cold storage systems. The People, Energy and Environment Development Association (PEEDA) will implement the first system of its kind in Nepal in the rural municipality of Baiteshwor.

During the first phase of the project, PEEDA reached an agreement with local government authorities regarding the establishment of a solar cold storage system in the Baiteshwor municipality. They also carefully selected a provider of electro-mechanical equipment.

The project team discussed operational and maintenance issues, as well as financial management aspects, with the beneficiaries and decided to conduct training sessions after the completion of the installation and commissioning of the cold storage system.

The beneficiaries are willing to contribute free labour during the civil construction and installation phase, which will enhance the participatory nature of the project. Additionally, the local government has promised to provide support for the installation, commissioning and post-installation activities.

Updates on this project will be posted in our news blog. More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Improving Agricultural Profitability for Smallholder Farms by introducing Solar Powered Mobile Cold Storage


3rd Webinar: Beyond Cooking – Biodigesters For Family Farming In The Global South

News from WISIONS posted on May 23rd, 2018

Our latest WISIONS webinar took place on 28 May 2018! In this third edition of our webinar series, we discussed how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing.Read moreMinimize

Biodigesters are best known for cooking and several national programmes have successfully promoted it for this purpose. But biodigesters are more than that. They can help to improve the livelihoods of rural households in the Global South by treating organic waste, improving management of soil nutrients, providing clean energy and organic fertilizer, to name just a few of their advantages.

In this webinar, we discussed how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing. Are the benefits of biogas and biodigesters being deployed by farmers? If so, where is this happening? Which gaps/missing links can hinder the uptake of this technology? Lastly, how can family farmers be better supported to take advantage of biogas and biodigesters?

Speakers
Alex Eaton, Founder of SistemaBio 
Lylian Rodriguez, RedBioCOL
Willington Ortiz, WISIONS / Wuppertal Institute
Kevin Kinusu, Kenya Biogas Program

Moderator
Molly Hurley Depret

Watch the recording:

Download all individual slides from the presentations here: WISIONS Webinar Beyond Cooking All Slides 

Read more on our webinar series: WISIONS Webinar Series


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