A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Assessment of a cost-optimal power system fully based on renewable energy for Iran by 2050 – Achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions and overcoming the water crisis

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Publication Details
Authors: Ghorbani Narges, Aghahosseini Arman, Breyer Christian
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Renewable Energy
Volume number: 146
Start page: 125
End page: 148
Number of pages: 24
ISSN: 0960-1481
eISSN: 1879-0682
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2019070222555


Transition of Iran’s power system from 2015
to 2050 through three scenarios was modelled. Two scenarios present a
transition pathway towards a fully renewable run power system with different
involved sectors (power only, power sector coupled with desalination and
non-energetic gas sectors). The third scenario is based on the country’s
current policies. The energy model performs an hourly resolution to guarantee
meeting energy demand for every hour of the whole year. It is found that renewable
energy resources in Iran can satisfy 625 TWh of power sector demand in 2050. Further,
it is technically and economically feasible that electricity demand for
supplying 101 million m3 desalinated water and 249 TWhLHV
synthetic natural gas for non-energetic industrial gas demand can be supplied
via renewable resources. A 100% renewable power system with 54 €/MWhel
levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) is more cost-effective than the current
power system in Iran with 88.3 €/MWhel LCOE in 2015. LCOE of the
system can decrease further and reach to 41.3 €/MWhel in 2050 via
sector coupling. On the other hand, the current policies of the country lead to
an inefficient power system with a LCOE of 128 €/MWhel and 188 Mt/a
emitted CO2 in 2050.

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