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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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3rd RedBioLAC webinar in 2021

News from WISIONS posted on July 20th, 2021

What are the major barriers to diffuse and adapt biodigester technologies in developing projects? By underlining the environmental and economic advantages and encouraging further investment projects in biogas plants, major challenges and potentials must be identified. For this purpose, RedBioLAC invited Marirela Pino and Luis Santisteban to share their knowledge and experience in biodigestion at small, medium and large scale.Register hereRead moreMinimize

Mariela Pino ( Chile) is an agricultural engineer and ordinator coordinated the RedBioLAC for 7 years. Since 2009 she has worked as a consultant for biodigestion, waste management, environmental education and sustainability gaining professional experience in this field in Latin America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Currently she is working on the book “State of the art of biodigesters in Latin America”.

Luis Santisteban ( Peru) is a biotechnologist, specialized in industrial processes and future energy systems. He has taught at the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering of the Universidad Católica and is currently working as a project manager at the company TereoSolutions.

The webinar will be moderated by Santiago Gutiérrez ( Mexico) who has worked since 2008 in biodigestion, mostly in Mexico. He has won 31 prizes for adapting Raul Botero’s model to Mexican conditions. Moreover, he published 39 energy-related papers.

The event will be held online on 21st of July at 8am Costa Rican time, but will be available afterwards. Please note that the webinar will be held in Spanish.


Smart Grids for Small Grids

News from WISIONS posted on June 22nd, 2021

Do you remember the last time we reported about the importance of open source approaches for making progress on SDG7 (affordable and clean energy)? Well, WISIONS has recently started supporting a project co-ordinated by Green Empowerment that aims to develop open source mini-grid management tools for optimising the use of renewable power, enabling rural communities to power more electrical appliances. Read moreMinimize

Green Empowerment is collaborating in this project with regional partners SIBAT (the Philippines) and TONIBUNG (Malaysia) to develop and test open source tools that make renewable energy mini-grids smarter and more reliable. The project derives from and builds on previous successful experiences leading to the development of open source Electronic Load Controllers.

ELCs are devices that stabilise the energy supply by enabling turbines to run at a constant power output, with excess power diverted to artificial loads (ballast). To avoid this unused energy being wasted, the new open source tools will enable useful, but not crucial, appliances to be powered when electricity demand across the whole mini-grid is lower than the amount of electricity generated. Equally, these non-essential appliances will be automatically switched off when all the energy in the mini-grid is required to power primary appliances. For example, a community could establish a laundrette service with pay per use washing machine(s) that are only activated when the grid has available capacity, either by queuing the washing machines or by prohibiting their use at certain times of the day. This would allow the available energy to be used with maximum efficiency, directly improving socio-economic conditions in remote communities.

This project uses a similar approach to the previous project (which led to the development and dissemination of the open source ELC). The project is being implemented in close cooperation with practitioners working in the communities and will ensure full access to the technology: all the knowledge and design materials will be made available online, as per the establishment of ELC Wiki. The provision of the open source ELC data has already yielded good results, allowing remote communities to design and repair their ELCs together with local practitioners and avoid high costs.

In other words, soon you’ll be able to complement your self-built ELCs with a home-produced load management system!

Watch the webinar for further information about the project:


WISIONS is searching for a professional to redesign our website

News from WISIONS posted on June 18th, 2021

We are currently searching a professional to redesign our website. All details about the requirements and application procedure can be found in the attached link to the public ELVIS platform. Deadline for application: 17 July 2021. Direct URL-link to tendering platform ELVISRead moreMinimize
The WISIONS initiative of the Wuppertal Institute has existed for 15 years and is undergoing a "re-launch process" this year, the central component of which is a fundamental relaunch of the website www.wisions.net. The core topic of WISIONS is "sustainable energy solutions" at the local level in the Global South in the context of global development goals (SDG 7). Gathering experience in research and practice has accompanied the initiative's project work for 15 years in a large number of such projects in the Global South. This has resulted in a very high information content that needs to be reprocessed and communicated. A fundamental reorganisation of the website as well as the well thought-out communication of activities, contents and narratives are essential for this. For this purpose, a developer or agency with a focus on website development should be commissioned to relaunch the WISIONS website.

End of applications will be 17 July 2021. Please note that the application documents should be submitted in German. Details about salary and formal application procedures can be found in the documents attached to ELVIS. 

You can access the tendering platform ELVIS here: APPLY NOW

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