Tehran wastewater treatment plant generates over 60 GW/y of electricity

Business Materials 31 July 2016 14:04 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31

By Fatih Karimov – Trend:

Annually, 60 gigawatts (GW) of electricity is generated from the biogas in south Tehran wastewater treatment plant, ISNA news agency reported July 31.

Almost 200 terajoule (TJ) of heat is generated via biogas of sewage resulting the treatment process in 6 units of the plant.

The produced electricity and heat meets almost 80 and 100 percent of the treatment plant’s electricity and heat demands respectively which leads to save of fossil energy equal to some 150,000 barrels of oil equivalent (OE).

It is planed to build 20 wastewater treatment plants in Tehran, in order to generate 200 GW of electricity and 700 TJ of heat per annum in coming years.

Over 8,000 tons of municipal wastes are produced in Tehran every day of which about 70 percent are wet wastes, according to the Tehran Municipality officials. Tehran’s garbage amounts to approximately 70 percent of the total waste produced in Iran.

The highest actual power generation capacity of Iran's power plants stands at 52,000 megawatts (52 GW).

Iran’s renewables sector and nuclear power plant hold less than 1.6 percent share in the power generation capacity.

This is while Iran’s nominal power generation capacity exceeds 75 GW.