Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2016


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

Technology Assessment and Acquisition

Course Number

ETM 531/631


Solar energy industries -- Iraq, Photovoltaic power systems -- Iraq -- Evaluation, Decision making


In a developing country like Iraq, where the infrastructure of the electricity public sector (production, transportation, and distribution) has suffered for a long time from the direct effects of successive wars; lack of technocracy; bureaucracy; neglect; massive corruption; and much more, have all contributed to the failure of this sector. Indeed, the electricity sector in Iraq has not been developed for more than forty years; or even properly rehabilitated and/or maintained, which has led to a huge gap between the demand and supply (demand is double than the supply). It is obvious that the alternative solutions that have been proposed, and implemented since 2003 have not become a solution that could fill even a small portion of the gap. In this paper, a proposed solution that seemingly has never been given a chance to be put on the table by both the private and public sectors will be discussed. An assessment for photovoltaic solar panels technologies as an effective, viable, and quick solution for the infrastructure and demand problem was conducted using the Hierarchical Decision Model (HDM) as a methodology to assess the most efficient, and affordable candidate technologies relevant to all the valid perspectives and criteria. The technology candidates selected for the assessment process were Crystalline Silicon (C-Si), Cadmium telluride photovoltaics (CdTe), Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS). The finding shows that the C-Si is the favorable technology for the Iraq situation.


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