Turbines Power Up at Iran's Largest Wind Farm
In our magazine this month, we looked at the potential for a renewable future for Iran—a country heavily reliant on oil and gas. The country is also pursuing nuclear power, much to the dismay or the rest of the world, for fears exist that it may be used to weaponize rather than energize.
Jen Alic, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, postulated that a shift toward renewable energy as opposed to nuclear could solve a number of Iran’s problems. It would appear that they’re certainly giving it a shot.
On Monday, the first phase of largest wind farm in the country came on stream. Situated in the town of Takestan in the northwestern province of Qazvin, the farm has a generating capacity of 20 MW in this first phase. Upon completion, the farm is expected to have a generating capacity of 100 MW.
The first phase of this project is costing €30 million, with a projected cost of €100 million upon completion in two years. It’s being managed and constructed by the Iran Power Plants Projects Management Company, also known as the MAPNA Group.
The installation is made up of seven 2.5 MW turbines so far, with several more coming online soon.
“Kahak wind farm is Iran’s first 2.5MW turbine site and 11th of August 2014 marks going into operation of the first phase of Qazvin province’s 40 turbine site (100MW) project,” MAPNA Group’s Managing Director, Dr. Abbas Aliabdi said. “Seven wind turbines have so far been installed in this site of which three have been synchronized and four units are about to be commissioned soon. The last unit is undergoing loading process.”
At the inauguration ceremony, Iran’s energy minister Hamid Chitchian showed his support for furthering renewable energy in Iran.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.