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 Community Energy Centre And Eco Sustainability Park In Independencia, Chile

News from WISIONS posted on September 24th, 2018

The Municipality of Independencia, Chile, seeks to establish a Community Energy Centre in an Eco Sustainability Park in the city. This centre will provide an educational space for renewable energy for all local communities within the municipality and for other interested parties. Read moreMinimize

Independencia has a population of 800,000 living in an area of 7 km². A variety of initiatives are already in place to demonstrate renewable energy possibilities in the area; examples include the construction of solar kitchens and the installation of a hundred solar cookers.

It is envisaged that the Eco Sustainability Park will not only include the construction of the Community Energy Centre, but also a nursery school and a recycling centre. More than 10,000 inhabitants in the densely-populated local neighbourhood, primarily working-class, are expected to benefit from the services offered.

Recently, our local project partner (the Municipality of Independencia) carried out the following activities:

  • The definition of a detailed baseline survey on criteria, including local energy consumption, waste generation, commercial activities and population development.
  • The design of an innovative "Compact2" biodigester to be installed at the project site; once the system is up and running, training sessions on operation, maintenance and monitoring will be delivered.
  • The calculation and quantification of environmental and economic benefits of the biodigester at the Community Energy Centre.

The project team has also presented their project at three "Climate Change Academies" in the Los Lagos, Antofagasta and Valparaíso regions. Read more about this here (Spanish only).

Next project steps include the installation of the biogas system and training sessions for future users and the local community, as well as the design and delivery of educational materials to be used at schools and universities.

Find more general information on our SEPS project page: Community Energy Center and Eco Sustainability Park in the Municipality of Independencia


Local Capacity-Building through RedBioEc, the Ecuadorian Biodigester Network

News from WISIONS posted on February 28th, 2018

Building on the WISIONS-supported formation of the Ecuadorian Biodigester Network in 2016, one of our most recent SEPS exchanges seeks to further develop a strong base of biodigester practitioners within Ecuador and form linkages between actors with interest in the technology at local and national levels.Read moreMinimize

The exchange activities are centred around a series of practical capacity-building workshops, bringing together a range of actors from community groups and academia with the direct ability to replicate and promote the advancement of biodigester technology.

In addition, the exchange programme provides support for the creation of locally and regionally appropriate training materials, “field days” to promote biodigester implementation to potential users and public agencies, and a national-level event to share local experiences, raise awareness of the technology within public and international agencies, promote existing replication capacity created through the exchange, and strengthen the national level network.

Recently, the first out of three initial workshops was carried out in El Paraíso (Imbabura, Northern Sierra, 19 - 21 Feb). It focused on practical details of tubular plastic digester design/sizing, installation, and appropriate siting to ensure sustainability.

Participants represented rural community organisations, smallholders and local universities, and a significant number came from local government and agribusinesses, providing an opportunity to integrate additional viewpoints into discussions of biodigester application during the workshop. The vast majority of the participants aim to install and/or improve an existing biodigester within the next three months.

The following two workshops will take place in El Empalme (Guayas, South/Central Coast, 23 – 26 Mar) and Ayancay (Cañar, Southern Sierra, 26 – 28 Mar).


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.