TEHRAN, June 05 (RIPI) –The Research Center of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) launched its first laboratory for research on solar hot water systems and collectors.
A ceremony was held on Sunday, June 5 to launch the laboratory that is put together with support from the committee of renewable energies at the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology. The event saw the presence of RIPI Head Hamid Reza Katouzian, and a number of other RIPI and government officials.
The lab is the first reference for testing solar equipment.
Addressing the event, Head of the Energy Development and Technology Research Center Mohammad Ayazi underlined the necessity of formation of the lab given the rise and spread of solar hot water systems in Iran and the rising need for conducting technical tests and assessing efficiency of such systems.
It is now years that solar hot water systems are being developed in Iran but because of the lack of such a lab, they could not have been carried out inside the country, he added.
Regarding the growth demand for energy in the world and the surmounting concern for drying up of fossil fuel reserves, not to mention the pollution they cause, using renewable sources of energy has become a vital necessity. Solar hot water systems, are but one example of technologies that have been taken into account in Iran for years now, and this laboratory makes it possible for testing the efficiency of such systems based on the state-of-the-art techniques.
A solar thermal collector collects heat by absorbing sunlight. A collector is a device for capturing solar radiation. Solar radiation is energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation from the infrared (long) to the ultraviolet (short) wavelengths.