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.
Rural Energy Development in Argentina
News from WISIONS posted on June 12th, 2017
Around 80% of the populated areas in Argentina are rural communities with less than 2000 inhabitants, while 60% of the country’s population lives in the 17 biggest cities. Especially in the Humid Pampas region, many small towns lack power supply and waste management facilities, which makes access to energy difficult, expensive and unsustainable. In these areas the national grid is often unreliable.
Los Pinos, the site of this project led by INTA, is located around 400 km from Buenos Aires. It currently numbers 190 households with a population of around 350 people. The energy demand of Los Pinos was determined during the first working phase of the project.
Further successfully implemented activities include:
- The permission and approval of project activities by local authorities;
- The signing of an agreement by producers to ensure feedstock supply to a biogas demonstration unit;
- The formation of a “Public Services Cooperative” to ensure management and operation of the plant; and
- The completion of socioeconomic and environmental baseline surveys to measure the impact of the installation once it is in operation
In the coming months, the project team will work on the installation of the biogas plant, the training of the operators, and the optimisation of ongoing processes.
Find more general information about this project on our SEPS project site: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina
Productive Use of Biogas at Dairy and Pig Farms in Costa Rica
News from WISIONS posted on June 2nd, 2017
This project is led by local partners Viogaz. Their recent work includes the successful identification of farmers aiming to participate in the programme and the assessment of farms to serve as pilot project sites. Via surveys and other analyses, the farmers’ needs for biodigesters could be determined, as well as their potential applications of the new technology.
As Viogaz is a partner of Kiva Microfunds, an organisation which allows people to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs, they were able to offer a financing option to the selected farmers, helping them implement the anaerobic technology (biodigesters).
Furthermore, Viogaz designed the appropriate biodigestion system for each user, taking a variety of factors into consideration. Most of the systems have already been installed, and all the installed digesters have started operating. All the users have been trained on how to run and maintain the biodigesters.
The next working steps of this project include monitoring the systems and connecting the technology to its designated end uses, as well as further testing, validation and training sessions.
More general information on this project is available here: Validating a Novel Approach to the Productive Use of Biogas to Empower Medium Scale Dairy and Pig Farmers in Costa Rica
Upgrading Watermills in Uttarakhand, India
News from WISIONS posted on May 24th, 2017
Currently only around 65% of 15,000 traditional watermills in Uttarakhand remain in operation – despite abundant rivers and streams fed directly by the surrounding Himalayan peaks. In addition to repairing and upgrading non-operational mills, our project partners at the Institute for Development Support aim to offer capacity-building and hands-on training to mill operators and establish new marketing opportunities for processed products, which will in turn generate revenue for local communities.
Over recent months, a number of working steps have been successfully completed. These include:
- A detailed baseline survey (socioeconomic data) and technical feasibility study
- Raising awareness and mobilising local communities (particularly motivating women to participate)
- Technical training for water mill owners / operators
- Formation and strengthening of self-help working groups at community-level (around 600 participants)
- Administration, accounting and management training for members of self-help groups
- Identification of potential products for production (including wheat, maize and amaranth flours)
For more general information on this SEPS project, please visit Establishment of Demand-Driven Sustainable Improved Watermill Cluster in the State of Uttarakhand, India