Iran unveils renewable energy achievements

TEHRAN, May 20 (MNA) – Iran unveiled five achievements in the field of renewable energy.

A raw materials production line for wind turbine blades, a 10-kilowatt fuel cell which is able to generate both electricity and heat, a crane for repairing wind turbines, a 2-megawatt wind turbine, and a 100-watt molten-carbonate fuel cell were unveiled in a ceremony in Tehran, which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended. 

The projects to design and manufacture the new production line and products were funded by the Energy Ministry and sponsored by the office of the vice president for scientific affairs.  

The president also unveiled the country’s roadmap for the development of the use of wind turbines. 

In his speech during the ceremony, Ahmadinejad said, “There are hands at work trying to prevent the countries that have oil and gas reserves from using renewable energy sources.” 

In May 2012, Ahmadinejad approved the allocation of €500 million for the implementation of renewable energy projects.

In April, Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said Iran has constructed twice as many power plants as the global average over the past decade.

And Iran’s power generation capacity has grown by 7 percent annually over the past 10 years, surpassing the world average of 3.5 percent, he stated.

The country’s power generation capacity is currently at 68.38 gigawatts, he added.

Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan (including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic), Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.

Iran is making efforts to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.

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