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Energy min. inaugurates 25 electricity, water projects

 Iranian energy minister Reza Ardakanian, on Tuesday, inaugurated 25 electricity and water projects.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Ardakanian hailed the efforts of Iranian engineers under US-sanctions. He informed that, as planned, the ministry could manage to inaugurate some 227 major electricity, water, and wastewater management projects across Iran, using 335.6 trillion rials (about $2.23 billion) of investments, in the current Iranian calendar year (to end on March 20, 2020).

Anti-solar cells: A photovoltaic cell that works at night

What if solar cells worked at night? That's no joke, according to Jeremy Munday, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis. In fact, a specially designed photovoltaic cell could generate up to 50 watts of power per square meter under ideal conditions at night, about a quarter of what a conventional solar panel can generate in the daytime, according to a concept paper by Munday and graduate student Tristan Deppe. The article was published in and featured on the cover of, the January 2020 issue of ACS Photonics.

IPCO unveils 1st all electric car RANA

 Irankhodro Powertrain Company (IPCO) unveiled its first all-electric car, named RANA, in a ceremony on Tuesday.

The ceremony was held on the sidelines of the 11th International Conference on Internal Combustion Engine and Oil in Tehran.

RANA comes with a 30-kilowatt-hour battery, which makes it able to run 220 kilometers non-stop on electricity. 

As reported, 50 percent of RANA's components are domestically manufactured.

The unveiled vehicle will go for mass production within two years, as predicted.

Iran-Iraq electricity MoU halted

 A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was inked between Iran and Iraq on electricity exchange, has currently been suspended, according to an official.

A part of the provision stipulated in the MoU has been implemented while the remaining parts have currently been halted due to the political-economic changes in Iraq.

Iran Self-Sufficient in Solar Power Plants

An Iranian deputy minister of energy said the country has achieved self-sufficiency in the construction of solar power plants.

In comments at the inauguration ceremony of a new power plant in the south of Tehran, Mohammad Sadeqzadeh said Iran has become self-sufficient in building solar power plants.

Factories manufacturing solar panels and the other solar energy accessories have already opened in Iran, he added.

Major energy expo underway on Kish Island

The 16th International Energy Exhibition, Iran’s second most important energy event, is currently underway on Kish Island off the southern coast of Iran in the Persian Gulf.

The exhibition, running through January 23, has gathered experts and those active in the Iranian oil industry with the participation of over 140 Iranian and foreign companies from China, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and South Korea, as well as associations and trade unions in the oil, gas, refining, petrochemical, electricity and energy sectors.

Solar power from 'the dark side' unlocked by a new formula

Most of today's solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to electricity only from the side facing the sky. If the dark underside of a solar panel could also convert sunlight reflected off the ground, even more electricity might be generated.

Double-sided solar cells are already enabling panels to sit vertically on land or rooftops and even horizontally as the canopy of a gas station, but it hasn't been known exactly how much electricity these panels could ultimately generate or the money they could save.

Larijani in Kermanshah to inaugurate several projects

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani arrived in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah to officially inaugurate a number of energy projects.

Accompanied by Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian, the Parliament speaker is scheduled to break ground and inaugurate six projects, with a total value of 4.6 trillion rials (around $110 million).

The projects include bolstering Islamabad-e Gharb Power Plant, a major water treatment facility and several other water distribution networks throughout the province.

Iran’s Biggest Wind Farm to Be Launched in NW City

 Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said the country’s biggest wind warm is slated to be inaugurated in the northwestern city of Mianeh, East Azarbaijan Province, during President Hassan Rouhani’s ongoing visit to the province.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet session in Tehran on Wednesday, Ardakanian said during the president’s trip to East Azarbaijan Province, the country’s largest wind farm, which consists of 20 turbines with a total capacity to produce 50 megawatts (MW) of electricity, will be inaugurated.

Power Grids of Iran Syria to Be Connected via Iraq

 Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said his ministry plans to connect the country’s national grid to Syria through Iraq as Tehran and Damascus signed a preliminary agreement in this regard.

Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Iranian Energy Ministry and the Syrian Electricity Ministry in Tehran on Saturday, Ardakanian pointed to the synchronization of the power grids of Iran and Iraq on Friday and said, “We intend to use the existing infrastructure to connect the Iranian and Syrian power grids via Iraq.”