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 Biogas Demonstration Unit For Los Pinos, Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on September 3rd, 2018

One of our recent SEPS projects aims to tackle the issues of rural energy scarcity, high volumes of biomass feedstock and problems associated with waste disposal by installing an anaerobic biodigester in the region of Los Pinos, Balcarce, Argentina.Read moreMinimize

As in other countries, small rural communities in Argentina have a scarce supply of energy but have the potential to harness high volumes of biomass feedstock from their agricultural and livestock activities for bioenergy generation. In addition to emissions produced by using fossil fuels, waste disposal related to poor waste management practices is an associated environmental challenge.

The project is being led by INTA and CONICET, organisations devoted to developing sustainable innovation and transformation, together with FCA–UNMdP.

Recently, the project team has successfully carried out the following activities:

  • The "Cooperative of Supply of Services and Consumption Los Pinos Ltd." was established which will, among others, produce, acquire, commercialise, transport, and distribute feedstock for biogas production and provide other services for the successful implementation of a biogas demonstration unit (BDU). Especially local women were elected to occupy key positions in the cooperative’s board
  • The selection and training of personnel to operate, maintain and manage the BDU
  • The design and installation of a 25 kW demonstration biogas plant and associated gas pipeline mini-grid
  • Discussions on waste classification and how households and municipal authorities can properly sort and add value to their waste
  • The acquisition of feedstock for initial biogas production at the BDU, which will come from residues by a pig rearing facility (Lanpu S.A.) and a poultry farm (Por la Huella S.A.)

More general information on this SEPS project is available here: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina

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New Project: Strengthening Open Source ELC Development In Southeast Asia

News from WISIONS posted on August 27th, 2018

Electronic load controllers (ELCs) are one of the most crucial and complex components of micro-hydro systems. One of our new exchange activities in cooperation with Green Empowerment aims to improve an existing open source ELC design and to provide specific and in-depth training to practitioners for ELCs to be correctly installed and maintained throughout Southeast Asia.Read moreMinimize

Electronic load controllers are important in micro-hydro systems because they maintain the electrical specification within safe parameters through monitoring variable consumer demand and balancing it with the power generated by a turbine. While micro-hydro civil works, turbines, generators and transmission lines can be installed using locally available technical skillsets, ELCs require more specific and in-depth training to be correctly installed and maintained.

This SEPS exchange activity in cooperation with Green Empowerment, Tonibung and Sibat has two specific objectives: (1) to continue to build and strengthen local capacities around ELC installation and development; and (2) to further improve an existing open-source ELC design.

Read more details about the foreseen activites on our project website: Exchange: Strengthening Open-Source ELC Development in Southeast Asia.



New Article: Productive Use Of Energy – Pathway To Development?

News from WISIONS posted on August 20th, 2018

The WISIONS team has published a new article entitled "Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development? Reviewing the Outcomes and Impacts of Small-Scale Energy Projects in the Global South" in the journal "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews". Read or download it here (free open access until 26 September 2018).Read moreMinimize

It is widely recognised that access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty and enhancing development. Accordingly, various positive effects beyond simple access to energy are associated with the implementation of sustainable energy projects. One of these assumed positive outcomes is the productive use of energy, which is expected to create value – for example in the form of increased local availability of goods or higher incomes – thereby having a positive impact on local livelihoods.

Many projects and programmes are based on such expectations regarding the productive use of energy but systematic evidence of these outcomes and impacts is still limited.

This study analyses the results of an impact evaluation of 30 small-scale energy development projects to better understand whether and how the supply of sustainable energy services supports productive use activities and whether these activities have the expected positive impacts on local livelihoods. A contribution analysis is applied to systematically evaluate the impact pathways for the productive use of energy.

The results show that access to sustainable energy does not automatically result in productive activities and that energy is only one of the input factors required to foster socio-economic development. Furthermore, the results demonstrate that activities, materials and information to support the productive use of energy – such as training, equipment or market research – need to be an integrated part of the energy project itself to allow for productive activities to develop on a wider scale.

Read or download (free open access until 26 September, 2018): Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development?


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