Iran's First Solar Power Plant to
Become Operational in 2010
Apr 13, 2007 - BBC Monitoring Middle
Tehran, 13 April: Iran's first solar
thermal electric power plant will become operational
in 2010 in central province of Yazd.
Importation of the modern technologies
of building solar thermal electric power plants, developing
and using clean energies, making optimum use of the
energies produced from the regular fuels, boosting
the power plants output, cutting the environmental
pollution, stabilizing the voltages of the regions
electricity, meeting the ever-increasing demands for
electricity in the area, and upgrading the electricity
production capacity are among the main objectives
behind the set up of the plant in Yazd, noted the
manager of the national project.
The project, being developed in the
desert region of Yazd, will incorporate natural gas,
steam, and solar energies, Mohammad Reza Modarresi
commented, adding that because investment in the power
stations employing integrated systems is by far more
economical than the regular power plants. Solar thermal
energy is a technology for harnessing solar power
for practical applications from solar heating to electrical
Solar thermal collectors, such as solar
hot water panels, are commonly used to generate solar
hot water for domestic and light industrial applications.
Solar thermal energy is used in architecture
and building design to control heating and ventilation
in both active solar and passive solar designs.
Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS)
projects are a series of utility-scale solar thermal
electric power plants, which were designed and developed
in the mid-1980's.
The plants operate on solar driven power,
to ensure uninterrupted power during peak demand periods,
cloudy days or early evenings, an auxiliary natural
gas-fired heater is available and operates to supplement
sources of power (the energy supplied by natural gas
is limited by regulations to 25 per cent of the total
effective annual plant energy input).
Researchers in the field are working
to improve solar thermal technology and make the cost
of producing solar thermal electric power increasingly
competitive. (c) 2007 BBC Monitoring Middle East.
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