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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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Recording of RedBioLAC Webinar on SEPS-Exchange is online!

News from WISIONS posted on November 18th, 2019

RedBioLAC organized a webinar on 13th November, disclosing the experiences, insights and developments of an SEPS Exchange project on biogas in Costa Rica. The recording of the webinar is now online!Read moreMinimize

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Since approximately thirty years biodigestion technology has been applied by the agricultural sector in Costa Rica. However, the current progress is mostly based on the implementation of small-scale agriculture and generally linked to specific government programs, which are generally dispersed and disjointed.

Based on this experience the Asociación Costarricense de Biogás and the WISIONS collaborate in order to develop strategies to consolidate biodigestion technology as a tool to improve agricultural production in Costa Rica. This project is accounted as the WISIONS SEPS Exchange project  "Exchange: Consolidating the Adoption of Small and Medium-Scale Biogas Technology by Livestock Farmers in Costa Rica (SEPS16).

Main milestone in this exchange project consisted of a two day workshop for Biogas Consolidation in July 2019, gathering farmers, government officials, biodigester suppliers and researcher in order to address current challenges for bringing biodigester technology forward in Costa Rica. WISIONS team collaborator  Dr. Willington Ortiz participated in this workshop and gave some reports from it. (WISIONS & Asobiogás Workshop in Costa Rica, WISIONS News 19 July 2019).

Versión en español:

Desde hace aproximadamente treinta años la tecnología de biodigestión ha sido aplicada por el sector agrícola en Costa Rica. Sin embargo, el progreso actual se basa principalmente en la implementación de la agricultura en pequeña escala y generalmente vinculada a programas gubernamentales específicos, que generalmente están dispersos y desarticulados.
Con base en esta experiencia, la Asociación Costarricense de Biogás y WISIONS colaboran en el desarrollo de estrategias para consolidar la tecnología de biodigestión como una herramienta para mejorar la producción agrícola en Costa Rica. Este proyecto se contabiliza como el proyecto WISIONS SEPS Exchange "Exchange: Consolidating the Adoption of Small and Medium-Scale Biogas Technology by Livestock Farmers in Costa Rica (SEPS16).
El hito principal en este proyecto de intercambio consistió en un taller de dos días para la consolidación del biogás en julio de 2019, que reunió a agricultores, funcionarios gubernamentales, proveedores de biodigestores e investigadores con el fin de abordar los desafíos actuales para hacer avanzar la tecnología de biodigestores en Costa Rica. El Dr. Willington Ortiz, colaborador del equipo de WISIONS, participó en este taller y presentó algunos informes al respecto. (WISIONS & Asobiogás Workshop in Costa Rica, WISIONS News 19 July 2019).

CIBiogás Biodigester Online Courses

News from WISIONS posted on November 14th, 2019

There are many different ways to raise awareness and spreading knowledge about biodigester and how to apply the technology. Our SEPS-Exchange Project offers now a digital solution with a short-termed "Black Week Discount" to learn more about biodigesters and exchanging knowledge. cibiogaseducacion.eadbox.comRead moreMinimize
Biogas Systems signify a valuable sutainable solution for the production of clean energy and treating flows of organic waste at the same time. Even though the basic principle of biodigesters is not too complicated, the details of desgin, installation, operation and maintenance of such biogas system are definitely requiring specific previous knowledge. The opportunities of the application range from domestic homes and farms to agrar industries in Latin America and the Caribbean countries who could benefit from such technology but lack of this required knowledge inhibits a widepread diffusion. Therefore, our project partner CIBiogás established an online platform with e-learning courses to obtain this specific knowledge about biodigester knowledge.



Market Assessmemt of Solar-Wind Hybrid Systems in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on November 11th, 2019

Even though wind power has great potential for impact in Nepal, the actual application of the technology does not reflect it yet. This SEPS-Exchange project in Nepal is now presenting the results of the market assessment summarized and investigated for further use and development in Nepal. KAPEG Market Assessment WebsiteRead moreMinimize
Good research and assessment of the market situation in the field of practice can be considered as highly influential on the final success of projects, in particular accounting for sustainable energy projects. As a matter of fact, the level of electrification in Nepal is still stagnating despite great efforts in recent years and an official electrification rate of 85% in the rural regions and 2% growth annually. Connections to the national grid and also introduction of off-grid Micro-Hydropower as well as solar projects contributed highly to these achievements, but one has to consider some small detail: even small appliances such as a solar lantern already count into the statistic. Therefore, the reliability becomes unclear and further technologies need to be considered as well. However, the number of Solar-Wind Turbines is comparatively low, even though the country offers adequate conditions for application of the technology.

Based on this fact, WISIONS supported Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (KAPEG) in partnership with  Wind Empowerment (WE) in order to develop a market assessment for the implementation of small Solar-Wind Hybrid turbine systems in Nepal. Equipped with detailed local knowledge from KAPEG, a series of expert interviews and extensive techno-economic and mapping efforts the project partners successfully executed their fieldwork in spring 2018. The findings and results of this extensive and comprehensive assessment for the feasability of Solar-Wind Hybrid Systems in Nepal now provides policymakers and energy practicioners with a necessary framework of knowledge, facts and figures for the implementation of the technology in Nepal. All findings are now accessible on the website of KAPEG:

                                    


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