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President Highlights Iran’s Progress in Energy Sector despite Sanctions, COVID-19

President Hassan Rouhani highlighted Iran’s major advances in the water treatment and electricity industries, saying the administration takes pride in launching new projects while the country is under the pressure of the US sanctions and the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

€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’s President Inaugurates Major Energy, Water Projects

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday launched a number of electricity and water projects in the country during a video conference event.

The projects were inaugurated in the southern province of Bushehr and northwestern province of West Azarbaijan.

They included the first steam unit of the Assaluyeh combined cycle power plant in Bushehr and the Oshnavieh Dam in West Azarbaijan.

Iran's dams 70% full

Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced on Saturday that thanks to the increase in precipitation, 70 percent of the total capacity of dams in Iran is full now.

Dams in the country can hold 50 billion cubic meters of water, of which 30 percent is currently kept empty as more rainfall is expected in the coming month, he said.

"Since the beginning of the current year (March 20, 2020), the country has registered over 300 millimeters of rainfall, which is 30 percent higher than the long-time average," Ardakanian added.

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.

Iran to inaugurate 11.9bn energy projects by March 2021

 Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced on Tuesday that following a scheme called “A-B-Iran”, the ministry is going to inaugurate 500 trillion rials (about $11.9 billion) worth of energy projects in several provinces across the country during the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2021).

He made the remarks in Markazi province where he inaugurated six hydroelectric projects on Tuesday through video conference.

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.”

Major Energy, Water Projects to be launched in Iran

Iran’s Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said inauguration or ground breaking ceremonies will be held for 250 major water and energy projects in the country during the current Persian calendar year (started March 20).

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’.

Water splitting advance holds promise for affordable renewable energy

A team has developed a less expensive water electrolysis system that works under alkaline conditions but still produces hydrogen at comparable rates to the currently used system that works under acidic conditions and requires precious metals. This advance brings down the cost of water splitting technology, offering a more viable way to store energy from solar and wind power in the form of hydrogen fuel.

A breakthrough into splitting water into its parts could help make renewable energy pay off, even when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.

Urban land could grow fruit and vegetables for 15 per cent of the population

Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city's gardens and other urban green spaces could provide 15 per cent of the local population with their 'five a day', according to new research.

In a study published in Nature Food, academics from the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield investigated the potential for urban horticulture by mapping green spaces and grey spaces across the city.

UN urges wise use of resources on World Water Day

In a report issued on World Water Day, UN agencies said global warming would “affect the availability, quality and quantity of water for basic human needs,” threatening the right to water and sanitation for “potentially billions of people.”

But as well as using limited supplies more wisely and fairly, policymakers and businesses should also seek to manage water resources better to economize on the electricity and fuel needed to pump, clean and deliver water, the report said, according to Reuters.

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).

Iran, Kyrgyzstan review agriculture coop.

 Iranian Ambassador to Bishkek Saeed Kharazi met and held talks with Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of Kyrgyzstan Erkinbek Choduyev on the development of bilateral cooperation.

At the meeting, Kharazi emphasized the willingness of the two countries' officials to expand bilateral relations, the readiness of the Iranian and Kyrgyz sides to cooperate in the agriculture and conversion industries.

Simple solar-powered water desalination

A completely passive solar-powered desalination system developed by researchers at MIT and in China could provide more than 1.5 gallons of fresh drinking water per hour for every square meter of solar collecting area. Such systems could potentially serve off-grid arid coastal areas to provide an efficient, low-cost water source.

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.