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Energy Minister: Iran to take greater advantage of recyclable energy resources

Berlin, June 4, IRNA -- Iran's Energy Minister Habibollah Bitaraf said here on Thursday that vast efforts aimed at facilitating recyclable energy resources are underway in Iran currently.

Speaking at an international conference titled 'Recyclable Energy Resources' in Bonn, in which over 70 energy ministers are participating, Bitaraf added, "In addition to making functional hydroelectric power plants capable of generating 7.600 megawatts of electricity within the next five years, Iran intends to put to use wind, natural gas, and solar recyclable power plants to produce 500 extra megawatts in near future."

Elsewhere in his speech, Bitaraf said, "Meeting the ever increasing demand to energy during the 21st century will be one of the major global challenges for mankind."

Focussing on the extent of success of facilitating recyclable energy resources at global level, the Iranian energy minister said, "That extent depends on compatibility of such energies with fossil energy in terms of the cost of production."

He added, "Yet, there is one more important factor that should be borne in mind in extending the usage of recyclable energy resources, and that is thinking about sustainable development."

Bitaraf at the end focussed on the high status of recyclable energy during the upcoming few decades, arguing, "Although thanks to technological advancement the recyclable energy resources would be facilitated more than ever before in the 21st century, it is predictable that at least during the next 50 years, save for the hydropower, the rest of them would not be facilitated at wide scale.

Over 2,500 technicians from 113 countries around the globe are taking part at the four-day conference in Bonn that ends Friday.

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