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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WISIONS Side Event at COP23 in Bonn, 16th November

News from WISIONS posted on November 2nd, 2017

COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 will take place from 6th - 17th November under Presidency of the Government of Fiji in Bonn, Germany. The WISIONS team will participate in the conference and also host a side event on 16th November 2017.Read moreMinimize

On 16th November 2017, WISIONS is hosting a side-event in Bonn, which will take place in the Post Tower, directly next to the Bonn Zone, the event is entitled:

From Paris to Action at Local Level in the Global South – What Role Can Local Energy Practitioners and Existing Knowledge Networks Play?

Following the adoption of the Paris agreement and the SDG Agenda 2030, the focus of debate is shifting towards (a) how to connect the implementation of both agendas and find synergies; and (b) how to involve and strengthen activities of non-state actors at local level.

Energy practitioners are key actors on the frontline of efforts to provide energy services to unelectrified and under-served areas, thereby contributing to several SDGs simultaneously. 

At the same time, energy practitioner knowledge networks have proven to be successful in strengthening capacities and exchange of know-how. 

Despite this background, the role of energy practitioners as change agents is often not recognised by themselves, nor reflected in the debates on the SDGs and climate action.

In this panel discussion and two following workshops we would like to discuss these aspects with experts from different fields in the climate, energy and development contexts and with practitioners from Latin America and Asia.

Details on the event's panelists, programme and venue can be found here.

You can follow us on Twitter during the COP23 @wisions or our Wuppertal colleagues @wupperinst under the hashtag #MakingParisPossible


9th Annual Conference of the RedBioLAC Network in Buenos Aires, Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on November 1st, 2017

WISIONS is supporting and participating in the 9th Annual Conference of the Latin American Biogas Network (RedBioLAC), which takes place from 6th – 10th November 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Read moreMinimize

RedBioLAC is a network of institutions involved in the applied research and advocacy of biodigesters for the treatment and management of organic waste, as a strategy for improving the wellbeing of the Latin American and Caribbean people. Since its inception in 2009, the network has become a lively platform for knowledge exchange between more than 300 participants. 

Eight conferences have so far taken place. This annual opportunity to meet and interact intensively with experts from across the region is a central component for sustaining the impetus of the knowledge sharing process. Most of the presentations and memories from the conferences are available in the network's online library. Various photos of RedBioLAC's annual conferences are available on Facebook here.

This year’s conference programme is available online here (Spanish only).


Modular Power to the People

News from WISIONS posted on October 24th, 2017

One of our SEPS exchange activities aims to create an open-source power converter that can be used in the implementation of self-built wind turbines as well as for other technologies. The activities are carried out in different regions of Latin America.Read moreMinimize

Over the last months, various hard- and software developments as well as training sessions for people not involved in the project activities have taken place. 

These include:

  • Successful development of a controller and a PV power module
  • Successful development of a wind power module, which is currently undergoing testing
  • Testing activities with people not involved in the project: Will they be able to assemble the different hardware components?
Future steps include:

  • The assembly of experiences and development of a manual for the different hard-/software modules
  • Development of diffusion strategies, including a webinar
  • The shipment of components and manual to Peru and India 

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Modular Power to the People: Democratising Energy Access through Modular Power Electronics Systems

This project is being led by Wind Empowerment.


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