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Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Webinar: How Can Open Source Accelerate Energy Access For People Off The Grid?

News from WISIONS posted on February 26th, 2019

Watch our latest webinar! This time, WISIONS examined how energy practitioners are applying the 'open source' approach to overcome concrete challenges to energy access. Read moreMinimize

Watch the recording on YouTube here.

Download the presentations: WISIONS Webinar Open Source Technologies Slides  

Open source, open innovation, open collaboration: most of us access information daily based on an ‘open’ approach. Open source technology – which emerged as a radical new approach to software – benefits from a collaborative and transparent approach. It allows people to adapt and improve technology according to their needs. An open source approach can progress more rapidly thanks to the crowd-based model that encourages experimentation. Open source technology is flexible, and it is sometimes even more reliable.

But how can this revolution in “openness” benefit people who need access to energy? In the case of energy access, open source technology allows people to adapt energy-related hardware, software, and data more easily to their local conditions, potentially saving both time, effort, and money in the process. The flexibility offered by open source technology means that people are not wedded to proprietary technology if they need to adapt to new conditions. Despite these benefits, obstacles to open source technology also exist.

In our recent webinar we learned how energy practitioners are applying open source to solve concrete challenges to energy access. We explored the possibilities and the difficulties of using open source technologies for advancing SDG7.

Specific Objectives:

  • To showcase how energy practitioners (and practitioners’ networks) are applying the open source model to SDG7
  • To understand the potential of open source technology for energy access
  • To identify the difficulties or limitations of deploying open source technology in the energy access space

Speakers:

Dan Frydman, Green Empowerment / Hydro Empowerment Network
Luiz Vila, Wind Empowerment
Vijay Bhopal, Connected Energy / Open Energy Access Alliance
Martin Jäger, Libre Solar / Open Energy Access Alliance

Moderator: Molly Hurley-Depret

Watch all our previous webinars: WISIONS Webinar Series


Meet The WISIONS Team In Myanmar Next Week!

News from WISIONS posted on February 19th, 2019

The WISIONS team will be in Myanmar next week to participate in several events by Nexus for Development, the Hydro Empowerment Network, and AVPN. Meet us there!Read moreMinimize

Carmen Dienst, project coordinator of WISIONS of Sustainability, will be in Myanmar next week to participate in the following events:

Nexus for Development's workshop "Leveraging Innovative Finance Together", which aims to accelerate entrepreneurship in clean energy and water solutions in Myanmar and across Asia. The workshop will take place in Yangon from 26 - 27 February 2019 and is supported by WISIONS (SEPS project: Demand-Side Solutions to Financing Sustainable Energy in Southeast Asia)

A round table dialogue by our partners Hydro Empowerment Network entitled "Strategizing Hydro Mini-Grids in Myanmar and S/SE Asia" which aims to explore how best to further strengthen Myanmar's indigenous small-scale hydro practitioners. This will take place on 25 February 2019 in downtown Yangon.

Furthermore, we will also participate in the AVPN Myanmar Social Investment Summit 2019 on 26 February, which will bring together a diverse group of funders and resource providers from Myanmar and the Asian region to discuss collaborative and outcome-focused social investment strategies and opportunities.


Learning About Solar Water Pumping Technology In Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on February 13th, 2019

Winrock International aims to make solar water pumping technology affordable to small farmers in Nepal. In order to share experiences and know-how among stakeholders, they recently hosted a knowledge exchange workshop in the country. Read all about it here!Read moreMinimize

This workshop was jointly organized by Winrock, NACCFL and the Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood Programme / Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC).

A total of 53 participants joined the workshop to discuss and work on the following objectives:

  • To expand the knowledge of board members of small farmer cooperatives on solar water pumping technologies
  • To share experiences, success stories and best practices from farmers who already utilise these technologies
  • To inform about product details, sizes, prices and other factors of the systems
  • To carry out a field visit to a small water pumping system installed at a fish and poultry farm for practical observation and interaction with local farmers

Overall, the participants found the workshop to be very informative and helpful. They learned not only about technological aspects, but also government subsidy programmes, financial background, and how the technology benefits other aspects of people’s lives.

For more impressions of the activities, visit our Facebook page!

Read more about this WISIONS SEPS project here: Knowledge Exchange to Make Solar Water Pumping (SWP) Systems Affordable for Small Farmers


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