According to the SATBA’s Energy Potential and Resource Assessment Office, the operational potential of constructing geothermal power plants in the country is 2000 MW.
The results of academic studies and research conducted by accredited scientific centers in recent years show considerable potential in the geothermal energy field of the country. Identifying these resources aimed at operating them properly in order to develop and diversify renewable energy in Iran are among the important responsibilities of the SATBA.
According to the Geothermal Energy Atlas released by SATBA in 2009, there are approximately 50 areas that are identified as having the potential of geothermal energy in 15 provinces of the country, mostly located in the north and northwest, parts of Khorasan and Central Plateau, south and southeast of Iran. Based on one type of statistical study and selecting the best scenarios of operation of these resources the operational potential of constructing geothermal power plants can reach more than 2000 MW.
SATBA’s Energy Potential and Resource Assessment Office makes medium-term map of geothermal energy potential of Iran while presenting geothermal potential support atlas reports on SATBA website. According to the results of volumetric and three-dimensional tank engineering studies on the northwestern Sabalan geothermal field, the geothermal energy potential of more than 400 MW has been estimated in only part of Ardabil province.