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New project footage of Wind Empowerment in Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on May 5th, 2020

Our collaborative project partner Wind Empowerment recently published some video footage about their work in the rural areas of Argentina and it become quite apparent to see here: They had great joy in setting up their self-constructed wind-water turbines! Take a look for yourself, watch this informative video about small wind turbines and their impact on rural areas and learn more about our projects with Wind Empowerment!Wind Empowerment BlogRead moreMinimize
 
Video description by Wind Empowerment:  
During 2019 we implemented the Project: “Improvement and diffusion of the water pumping system with wind energy and electronic control. Solutions for rural residents of the Patagonian steppe of Argentina.” The objective that we share between Fundación 500RPM and LCA-UNSL (Laboratory of Automatic Control of the National University of San Luis), is to develop a robust, effective, efficient and accessible pumping system for rural residents of Argentina and the world. The developed system consists of: a 350W Piggott wind turbine; a diaphragm pump (popularly known as a “toad pump”); an electronic system consisting of a small bicycle motor and an electronic board (this allows the system to be operated without the use of batteries).

Wind Empowerment Conference Tanzania postponed!

News from WISIONS posted on May 4th, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a precautionary measure, the board members of Wind Empowerment have decided to postpone the planned Annual General Meeting in Dodoma (Tanzania) to 2021! The place will remain the same and Wind Empowerment will inform all interested participants well in advance. Please follow updates on the website of Wind Empowerment. Wind Empowerment Blog

Webinar by Wind Empowerment on experiences of two WISIONS SEPS-Projects

News from WISIONS posted on April 14th, 2020

Wind Empowerment hold a webinar on 7 April, presenting experiences and insights into two collaborative knowledge exchange projects between WISIONS and Wind Empowerment which aimed to improve the productive use and application of wind-water systems in rural contexts. You can find the recording and the according slides of the webinar here!Wind Empowerment BlogRead moreMinimize

This webinar presents an overview of the ongoing knowledge exchange activities taking place under the SEPS project “Exchange: Wind Water Pumping Systems, as well as the SEPS project “Productive Use of Wind in Argentina - Developing Rural Areas with an Abundant Resource. A general presentation of the project objectives, methodology and findings are presented by Jean Alinei. Two case studies then are presented by Jorge Ayarza and Esteban van Dam. They respectively present the socio-technical wind water pumping solutions to be deployed in the rural regions of their respective countries. The panelists take the opportunity of these practical examples to discuss the capabilities of small wind to permit and enable small entrepreneurship for rural communities and the benefits of these productive uses of wind energy for the local development.

The slides of the webinar can be downloaded here: Click here!

For the source-code of the power converters presented by Jean, check the repo: Click here!


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