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Theoretical and technical potential evaluation of solar power generation in Iran

Ghasemi, Golara; Noorollahi, Younes; Alavi, Hamed; Marzband, Mousa; Shahbazi, Mahmoud

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Golara Ghasemi

Younes Noorollahi

Hamed Alavi

Mousa Marzband


Nowadays, utilizing solar energy for power production at high efficiency and in a cost-effective status is a challenging issue for power plant engineers. This challenge would be answered by considering several affecting parameters such as technical, economic, and environmental criteria. In this investigation, in order to provide an assessment for implementing solar power plants in the southeast of Iran, Sistan and Baluchistan province, a multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) approach is linked to a geographic information system (GIS). The MCDM approach is used to appraise the effective criteria for implementing solar power plants. The environment, orography, economic and climate are selected as the important criteria. Each criterion is assessed for the defined location of the investigation (Sistan and Baluchistan province) and in addition, GIS is employed to provide a geographical-graphical valuation to determine the most appropriate place for installing a large-scale solar power production plant. The solar systems considered in this study are photovoltaic (PV) collectors and concentrated solar power (CSP) generation plants (e.g. solar trough collectors). Technical and theoretical valuations are made to specify the amount of solar power which can be harnessed in Sistan and Baluchistan. In overall, it is demonstrated that this specific location in the southeast of Iran has the technical potential to provide 7,419 TWh/y and 8,758 TWh/y of solar electricity by installing CSP and PV technologies, respectively.


Ghasemi, G., Noorollahi, Y., Alavi, H., Marzband, M., & Shahbazi, M. (2019). Theoretical and technical potential evaluation of solar power generation in Iran. Renewable Energy, 138, 1250-1261.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 13, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 16, 2019
Publication Date Aug 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2020
Journal Renewable Energy
Print ISSN 0960-1481
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 138
Pages 1250-1261


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