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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Biogas Generation at Colombian Coffee Farms

News from WISIONS posted on August 2nd, 2017

The UTA Foundation is leading an initiative to implement biogas technologies at small coffee farms in four departments of Colombia. The aim of this initiative is to improve the production processes at the plants, as well as enhancing economic, social and environmental aspects of the communities involved.Read moreMinimize

One of our recent SEPS projects under the framework of the Colombian Biomass Network – RedBioCOL – aims to take advantage of the organic waste generated by coffee cultivation and common practices in diversified production processes. Three technologies will be implemented to establish  the energy sovereignty of the farmer organisations: gasification-fuelled cookstoves, tubular plug-flow biodigesters and gasification-fuelled coffee dryers. 

Recent project activities include:

  • Six community networking activities at the different project demonstration sites
  • Surveys on coffee processing and potential biomass use
  • A workshop to exchange experiences on biomass gasification among the participating coffee farming organisations
  • Design of the renewable energy technologies to be implemented

The next working steps will include the implementation of the technologies, monitoring and evaluation activities, training programmes and the creation of promotional materials.


Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technologies in Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on July 24th, 2017

One of our SEPS exchange activities aims to create a social alliance and collective learning process between NGOs and rural communities from three regions of Colombia: Santander, Córdoba and Antioquia.Read moreMinimize

Our project partners Censat Agua Viva have just published two interesting videos illustrating the participatory learning and training processes and the design and implementation of energy alternatives within the local communities – these can be viewed below or on YouTube.

Further general information on this SEPS Exchange Activity is available here: Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technology Use in Sustainable Food Production and Water Management




Access to Energy and Clean Water in the Ulu Papar Rainforest, Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 19th, 2017

In February 2014, three communities in Ulu Papar, in the Malaysian state of Sabah, embarked on an initiative that would ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of clean energy and water for their homes and schools. This SEPS project has now been successfully concluded.Read moreMinimize

Green Empowerment and Tonibung played technical support and project management roles in the implementation of this SEPS project, utilising locally manufactured micro-hydro turbines and employing the skills of trained community technicians from Ulu Papar villages. 

Our partner organisations worked with the Orang Asal villages of Pongobonon, Kalangaan and Longkogungan to ensure the long-term sustainability of their electricity and water supply, the protection of the watersheds on which they depend, and the development and training of village technicians in the skills necessary to benefit communities like theirs in the years to come.

The villages of Pongobonon, Kalangaan and Longkogungan now enjoy access to 24-hour renewable energy from their micro-hydro systems, as well as clean water supply in their own homes. Six trainees from villages in Ulu Papar formed the backbone of the project implementation team, and all three villages use locally manufactured turbines.

The communities manage their systems through local committees and have developed watershed protection plans to ensure the continued preservation of the forested catchment areas on which these systems rely. Meters have been installed in Pongobonon and Kalangaan, but Longkogungan decided instead to use a flat-rate tariff system.


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