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Workshop “Towards sustainable smart regions in Iran via decentralized usage of renewable energy – Criteria and indicators for selecting a pilot region” in our EA-Lab on 16 and 17 August 2017

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The DFG-funded energy-workshop of 16th and 17th August dealt with Iran as a country with high potential in utilizing renewable sources of energy, such as wind power, biomass, and solar energy. The Iranian government intends to increasingly generate electricity from renewable sources of energy by 2018. Funding schemes for the development of sources of solar energy have already been implemented. Iran announced its plans to further reduce CO2-emissions and improve air quality at the World Climate Conference COP21.

Against this background, around 20 participating scientific experts from Germany and Iran contemplated how an environmentally friendly Iranian region that generates its energy from sources of renewable energy could be addressed and developed. The specific purpose of this workshop was to discuss selection criteria and indicators for a pilot region in Iran. The interdisciplinary experts discussed the options and potentials of  long-term viable regional energy systems in Iran with respect to the geographical, cultural, economic, technological, and meteorological-climatological challenges.

The workshop built upon the expertise of the EA with regard to expert groups which we applied in about 40 of our projects, the EA-Lab supporting interdisciplinary discussions, and various project results from previous and current studies on designing energy systems, especially our BMBF-funded research project EnAHRgie, which is concerned with the development of novel concepts of regional and sustainable energy systems using the county of Ahrweiler as its example region.

In course of the workshop, the scientific experts identified potentials for the use of renewable energy and options for biomass pocessing and usage, renewable heat and cooling technologies. Cultural, social, economic and organizational aspects of energy supply and demand in Iran were discussed, as well as aspects of urban planning and energy meteorology. Other topics that played a role during the two-day workshop were the development of energy scenarios, integrated strategies for low carbon cities, the socio-economic impact of renewable energies and energy efficiency, challenges of electrical grids and challenges in energy system design and system integration.

Dr. Bert Droste-Franke, head of our Energy-department and coordinator of the workshop, is very pleased with the outcome of the gathering: "The workshop presentations provided us with a very good and profound interdisciplinary overview of current options for regional energy supply. On this basis we were able to discuss various aspects of their possible implementation in Iran.