Renewable Energy & Environment Research Centre

Ministry of Industry and Minerals
Baghdad, Iraq

The Centre was initially established in1981, as a department in the Council for Scientific Research which was an independent body overseen by the Vice President. In 1995, the Centre was re-allocated into the Ministry of Industry & Minerals. The role of the Centre was defined as "Centre of excellence to study and conduct research in the field of renewable energy". It was also tasked to look for viable industrial applications of its findings.

Although the centre conducted research in most fields of renewable energy, it did concentrate however on solar energy applications for obvious reasons.

The Centre’s Vision:

To harness Iraq’s natural resources and enhance economic development and growth.

The Centre’s Message:

  1. To keep the Centre as a pioneer in the sector of renewable energy and its applications and increase their effectiveness and propose ways to rationalize traditional energy consumption,
  2. To promote the culture of green communities on a national scale,
  3. To support and encourage applied scientific research in the field of renewable energy,
  4. To support and encourage the transfer, localization, development and usage of renewable energy technology in all aspects of life,
  5. To try to communicate and cooperate with the national, regional and international bodies that have matching aims and directions with those of the Centre.

The Main Functions of the Centre

  1. To utilize the total abundant availability of sun all year round in Iraq – [the daily rate of 5-6 Kilowatt.hour per square meter, the average annual direct solar irradiance is 1750-2150 Kilowatt.hour/m2, and the average annual brightness ranges between 3700-4000 hour.]
  2. To utilize the available wind power in the southern and south-western regions of Iraq, which are at annual rate ranging from 2.3-3.5 m/sec, and the annual highest rate of wind power density (electrophoresis) ranges between 7.8-27.7 watt.hour/m2.
  3. To convert the huge amounts of agricultural and domestic green waste available to energy.
  4. To promote the consumption pattern of energy and diversify their sources.

The Objectives of the Centre:

  1. Focus on research and development in the field of renewable energy and the environment,
  2. Direct research towards the development of industrial products in fields of interest and upgrade their specifications to international standards levels,
  3. To adapt the trends in the usage of science and technology; deal with their innovations and put them into practice in the field of interest in accordance with the economic and social conditions of the state,
  4. To represent the industrial research and development authorities in national and international events and forums in the field of renewable energy and the environment,
  5. To improve the level of performance by using the latest advanced scientific techniques and keeping abreast with the global scientific progress in the field of renewables.

The Centre’s Achievements:

  1. Topics accomplished and the Research Plan of 2018:

    The Centre presented 17 research papers in the field of renewable energy and the environment for the Research Plan of 2018, using internal resources,

  2. Documented research published in the Annual Publication of 2018:

    A total of 13 research papers have been documented for the Centre and published in the Annual Publication of 2018,

  3. Researches published in scientific magazines:

    The Centre has published 14 research papers in renowned local and international scientific magazines,

  4. Reports and studies:
    • The Centre prepared ten technical and economic feasibility studies for many projects in order to highlight new investment opportunities for renewable energy projects to be implemented through investment or partnership contracts with specialized companies at the Ministry of Industry and Minerals,
    • The Centre completed the design of 18 photovoltaic systems for different beneficiaries in different ministries and the private sector.
    • The Centre also completed designing 16 solar heating systems for beneficiaries in different ministries, companies and the Ministry of Industry and Minerals.
    • The Centre prepared 45 reports of environmental impact for industrial and service projects to be set up soon, and presented suitable proposals to prevent and reduce their effect on the environment, for both the public and private sectors.
    • The Centre also prepared 10 reports on the environmental impact of many established industrial projects and identifying problems and develop and implement appropriate solutions to them. Also, the Centre assessed the level of industrial safety for any project and provided suitable suggestions needed to improve the industrial safety to a level that ensures health and safety standards for the employees.