Iran hosts first wind energy conference, exhibition

Iran’s Niroo [Energy] Research Institute (NRI) has hosted the first national conference and exhibition on wind energy in the capital, Tehran.

The conference focused on the Islamic Republic’s achievements in the field of energy.

Among the participants of the event were Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a number of his administration officials, experts and students from 80 universities throughout the country.

During the conference, Vice President for Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah talked about Iran’s advancements in the field of Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

“Today, Iran can produce up to 10 kilowatts of CHP and is looking to increase that figure to 32 kilowatts in the future. Today, we can also manufacture wind turbine propellers which can produce up to 660 kilowatts of electricity,” Soltankhah said.
CHP is a system for simultaneous production of electricity and heat, which uses the heat from turbines to produce steam or hot water and increase the output of turbines from 30-35 percent to over 70-80 percent.

Iranian Minister of Energy Majid Namjou also elaborated on the Islamic Republic’s upcoming energy projects.

Namjou said Iran is a manufacturer of 20-kilowatt hydroelectric microturbines and plans to increase the capacity to 50 kilowatts. The country is also working to develop 100-kilowatt thermal microturbines, he added.

Iran ranks 14 in the world in terms of electricity generation. The country provides electricity to neighboring countries such as Turkmenistan, Armenia, Iraq and Pakistan.

The Iranian Ministry of Energy currently spends 15 percent of its budget to invest in wind and solar energy.