€39.47mn of foreign investments attracted to S. Khorasan energy projects

An official from finance ministry department in South Khorasan province announced on Sunday that four foreign countries have invested €39.47 million in this province to generate electricity from solar radiation.

According to Mohammad Behrouzi, in the past three years, three solar power plants have been inaugurated in the eastern province of South Khorasan.

The projects have been run using  €25.21 million of investments funded by South Africa, Germany, and China, the official informed. 

Iran Signs 2-Year Electricity Export Deal with Iraq

Iran signed an agreement on exports of electricity to neighboring Iraq, covering 2020 and 2021.

The two sides signed the agreement during a visit to Baghdad by Iran’s Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian, stressing their determination to broaden cooperation in the energy sector, despite American pressure on the Iraqi government to reduce economic ties with its neighbor.

Iran,Turkey to cooperate on manufacturing wind turbine blades

 Head of Iran's Materials and Energy Center (MERC) announced on Sunday that Iran and Turkey are to jointly start designing, manufacturing and testing of new wind turbine blades.

As Alireza Khavandi said, under the framework of Iran-Turkey research projects, titled as TUBITAK-MSRT Joint Call 2020, and out of 164 proposed projects, the two sides are to cooperate on 22 joint projects within the next two years, among which stands manufacturing of wind turbine blades.

Sarakhs SEZ planned to become energy hub

Sarakhs Special Economic Zone, located in Iran’s northeastern Khorasan Razavi province, is planned to turn into an energy hub due to its suitable position on the international transit route, a senior official said.

Mohammad-Reza Rajabi, Sarakhs Governor, said that “Sarakhs Special Economic Zone enjoys well-established infrastructures for goods transit and trades with the Central Asian countries, which can turn it into a hub for energy swap in the region.”

US extends Iraq’s sanctions waiver to import electricity from Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thu. that Iraq’s sanctions waiver for importing electricity from the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue for another four months.

The United States will extend Iraq’s sanctions waiver to import electricity from Iran for another 120 days, Pompeo added.

He emphasized that this move was aimed at helping new Iraqi government and also the newly appointed Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa al-Kazemi.

Power transmission project between Iran, Armenia

 Armenia's Ambassador to Iran Artashes Toumanian said on Tuesday that the two countries’ joint electricity transmission project is underway despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“Iran-Armenia joint projects have not been shut down, and preparations have been underway to dispatch 60 people to Armenia for working on the third power transmission line between the two countries,” Toumanian said in an online meeting on the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.

Iran needs €5bn investment in power plant industry annually

Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of Iran Electricity Industry Syndicate Payam Bagheri said that the Islamic Republic of Iran requires €5 billion worth of investment in its power plant’s industry per annum.

He made the remarks on Sun. and added, “accordingly, 5,000 megawatt electricity should be added to the electricity generation capacity of the country and this huge volume of electricity needs €5 billion investment.”

Iran’s envoy emphasizes expansion of economic coop. with Turkmenistan

Iranian Ambassador to Turkmenistan stressed strengthening and expanding economic cooperation with Turkmenistan, focusing on transit.

In a meeting with members of Border Points Committee of Khorasan Razavi province in Mashhad on Thursday, Gholam-Abbas Arbab-Khales said that expanding relations and enhancing transit cooperation between Iran and Turkmenistan in rail and road sectors as well as removing limitation is ‘necessary’.

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.