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Turkey's first local solar tower built in southern city

Turkey's first local solar tower built in southern city | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it

Turkish energy company Greenway has completed the construction of Turkey’s first “concentrated solar power tower plant” (CSP) in the southern province of Mersin, which is located on one of the world’s major Sun Belt areas.

The plant, which has been built with an investment of $50 million by Greenway with the support of Turkey’s science watchdog TÜBİTAK and the Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV), generates 5 MW of thermal power, equivalent to the energy requirement of 1,500 houses.

“Turkey is located on a major sun belt and is lucky compared to many countries that develop technology in this field,” Co-founder of Greenway and Project Management Director Serdar Erturan said in a statement. 

Erturan noted that major world powers had been placing a special focus on solar power plants as a substantial power generation source in response to the increasing energy demand due to rising technological needs.The plant is used as one of the most efficient methods to convert solar power to electricity across the world. While it’s one of its kind in Turkey, it also marks many firsts in the world.

There are similar tower type plants in Spain, Israel and the U.S., and the Greenway Mersin CSP stands out for its wireless communication system as well as its lego type design, which enables easy transfer, installation and easy access to the site.

The plant utilizes only water and solar light, and by focusing solar energy over the tower, it enables reaching high temperatures. Reflective panels consist of unique glass mirrors and system components and energy production processes contain only environment friendly materials. The only output of the system is the high pressure steam.

“Thanks to hybrid and compact systems that lower costs to competitive levels and are not dependent on external sources in technological terms, it is possible to generate energy from renewable energy sources, at high outputs and competitive prices,” Erturan said.


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Turkey Joins the Solar Wagon With a Massive Rooftop Array

Turkey Joins the Solar Wagon With a Massive Rooftop Array | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it

Much ado has been made of the great solarization of Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, but Turkey has made some sun-powered progress too. And the most recent development in the south is also the country’s largest.

 

Solimpeks is in the process of installing a 500kWp photovoltaic plant on Mercan Mermer’s roof. A well-established stone manufacturing plant in Burdur, the company commissioned the rooftop array in order to reduce its operating costs. All prepped with mounting sets, the roof awaits 2,120 Panasonic HIT N235 modules, which are expected to produce a total of 900,000 kWh of clean energy every year.

 

Most countries in the Middle East and North Africa region that have installed large scale solar plants have turned to either Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) or hybrid systems that rely on natural gas to buttress CSP. There’s Kuraymat in Egypt and the recently inaugurated Shams 1 just outside of Abu Dhabi.

 

Saudi Arabia recently completed a tiny 3.5MW PV plant as baby steps towards its overall plan to spend a whopping $109 billion on solar by 2032.

But photovoltaic technology has come a long way since Egypt and Abu Dhabi first commissioned their CSP plants.

 

Panasonic’s HIT N235 modules are particularly well-suited to hot climates and boast an improved cell efficiency up to 21.6 percent. New anti-reflection glass reduces scattering of incoming light and these modules are designed to soak up more of the morning and evening sun.

 

Solimpeks has recently entered into a new agreement to distribute Panasonic products in Turkey and the Mercan Mermer plant is their first gig. They started big.

 

Commissioned in April for an estimated May completion date, the PV array will cost in the region of €850,000. And unlike residential systems that allow homeowners to feed energy back into the grid, the stone factory is expected to use every watt for its own operations.

 

“The project has been designed to maximise energy usage rather than attract FiT [Feed in Tariffs,]” Solimpeks Director Daniel Barber told Green Prophet. ”We would envisage that MM uses all solar generated energy.”

 

With 35 years experience in the solar industry, Solimpeks is no newcomer to the field. In addition to various solar thermal projects, they are presently promoting their new hybrid Solar PV and Thermal technology - PowerVolt & PowerTherm.

 

We can expect to see more of them in Turkey, and hopefully elsewhere in the region. The solar industry is officially on fire.


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Study: Australian carbon tax could mean 100 percent renewables by ...

Study: Australian carbon tax could mean 100 percent renewables by ... | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it
Australian researchers claim to have demonstrated that a tax on carbon emissions could, if structured properly, result in an energy market made up entirely of renewable energy by 2030.
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Turkey to install 100 MW of PV in 2013

Turkey to install 100 MW of PV in 2013 | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it

The Turkish solar photovoltaic (PV) market is being driven by the competitive cost of solar power more than by other incentives, Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) explains.

 

The latest market developments in Turkey support Solarbuzz’ recent forecast for 2013 PV demand, as featured in ‘Marketbuzz 2013’, of approximately 100 megawatts (MW). This forecast is based upon the emerging competitive economic terms being recognized, Solarbuzz notes.

 

Electricity purchase avoidance is driving private company investments

PV installations within Turkey are being realized according to the terms of February 2012 legislation exempting production license requirements for installations less than 500 kW, a limit soon to be raised to 1 MW.

 

High solar insolation (1,900 Peak Sun Hours/Year) and low installed system prices (including 15% margin to the sole provider) help deliver a remarkable PV LCOE (assuming 6% discount rate), Solarbuzz states. Electricity purchase avoidance aims are currently driving private company investments.


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Solar panels finally produce more energy than it takes to make them, study finds

Solar panels finally produce more energy than it takes to make them, study finds | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it
Solar energy has a reputation as being a clean energy source but hasn't earned it — at least not up until now. That's because in a darkly ironic truth, the power used to manufacture solar panels... (RT @dereksilva: Good news for everyone.
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Turkey to hold more solar and wind electricity tenders

Turkey to hold more solar and wind electricity tenders | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it

More than 4GW of solar and wind generation could be licensed in Turkey by the end of 2014, after an initial tender for photovoltaic licences is held in June, sources linked to the renewable sector told ICIS.

 

Some 600MW of solar generation will be tendered in the first round, to be held later this year, and companies interested to invest in the sector will be able to submit their applications between 10-14 June.

But ICIS understands that Turkish regulator EMRA is considering organising a later tender for 2GW of solar generation and possibly for another 2GW of wind generation by 2014. A source at the regulator confirmed that another tender for wind licences would follow.

 

In a study published by consultancy Deloitte this month, Turkey is identified as the country with the highest solar potential in Europe, surpassing Spain, Germany or the Czech Republic.

 

However, Turkey does not currently have any photovoltaic generation, and boasts only an estimated 2GW of wind production, although the country aims to generate 30% of its energy from renewable resources by 2023.

 

Turkey has comparatively low incentive levels for solar generation, offering €100/MWh, compared with a comparable feed-in tariff of €135/MWh in Germany. But Deloitte sees Turkey as one of the most attractive places for photovoltaic investments with economic growth and soaring energy demand.

In addition, the government offers bonuses to companies purchasing local equipment to bolster local production, which cover a period of five years.


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Sharp Develops Solar Cell with World's Highest Conversion Efficiency of 37.9%

Sharp Develops Solar Cell with World's Highest Conversion Efficiency of 37.9% | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it

Sharp Corporation has achieved the world's highest solar cell conversion efficiency*1 of 37.9%*2 using a triple-junction compound solar cell in which three photo-absorption layers are stacked together.

Sharp achieved this latest breakthrough as a result of a research and development initiative promoted by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)*3 on the theme of "R&D on Innovative Solar Cells." Measurement of the value of 37.9%, which sets a new record for the world's highest conversion efficiency, was confirmed at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).


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Solar tower at Mersin

Solar tower at Mersin | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it

Turkey which is foreign dependent to a huge extent in energy is taking significant steps regarding “renewable energy.”

Recently, I have noticed that I am coming across visionary people more frequently who invest in “renewable energy” in a wide spectrum from geothermal to wind energy.

One of them is engineer Serdar Erturan who has worked in the solar energy sector of the United States for long years.

An expert in thermodynamics, Serdar Erturan, has been involved, for the past 15 years, with Research and Development and design in companies operating in the field of solar energy. For the past seven years, he has focused on the concentrated solar power (CSP) system that can only be found in the United States, Spain and Israel.

Then one day, he has got a mad idea of, adopting the CPS system that is installed at the top of a tower built by light material, “on Turkey which is located on the world’s important solar belt.”

Erturan’s Turkey venture began with Yılsan Holding noticing and appreciating his “CPS Solar Tower” project. Yılsan Holding has a 60-year past operating in hydroelectric, wind and geothermal fields in Turkey.

Erturan and Yılsan Holding first founded the Greenway Company that would conduct the project, and then they start searching for a location to erect the tower.

This part of the story is quite interesting because Erturan started locating hunting in sunny spots in Turkey.


He visits the organized industrial zones in Antalya, Adana, Isparta, Karaman and Burdur and techno parks in universities in vain.


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China, Japan in short list for Turkey's second nuclear plant - Journal of Turkish Weekly

China, Japan in short list for Turkey's second nuclear plant - Journal of Turkish Weekly | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it
China, Japan in short list for Turkey's second nuclear plant
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Russia's Rosatom will build Turkey's first nuclear power station, starting construction in mid-2015.
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Solar-powered plane to cross the U.S. in May

Solar-powered plane to cross the U.S. in May | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it

The first crossing of the United States by a solar-powered plane is expected to start in just over a month, its creators said on Thursday, as they make final preparations for an attempt two years from now at the first round-the-world flight without any fuel.

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard and project co-founder and pilot Andre Borschberg, whose Solar Impulse made its first intercontinental flight from Spain to Morocco last June, aim for their plane to take off from near San Francisco in early May and land at New York's John F. Kennedy airport about two months later.


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Being from the "First In Flight" State of North Carolina, I'm very excited about this flight.  I see the end of fossil fuels for some transportation needs in the future...

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Solar Panels Finally Produce More Energy Than It Takes To Make Them, Study Finds

Solar Panels Finally Produce More Energy Than It Takes To Make Them, Study Finds | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it
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Turkey Sees 'Huge' Clean-Energy Investment as Demand Bucks Trend

Turkey Sees 'Huge' Clean-Energy Investment as Demand Bucks Trend | Energy Education in Turkey | Scoop.it

urkey expects "huge" investments in renewable power in the next 10 years as growth in energy demand outpaces economic expansion, a government official said

 

Turkey needs to spend $10 billion on new power generation every year until 2023 to double capacity from the current 55 gigawatts, Deputy Energy Minister Hasan Murat Mercan said today at a conference in Vienna. 

“We expect huge investments in the coming years” to fund projects in wind, solar, hydropower, biomass and geothermal energy, he said. “Investing in renewables is one of the most important aspects” of supporting economic growth, he said.

 

Turkey, which depends on fossil-fuel imports for about 90 percent of its energy needs, has lured international investors including General Electric Co. and Siemens AG to its power industry as the regulator forecasts annual demand growth of 6.3 percent in the next two decades. The country is bucking the trend of most emerging European nations, where retail electricity consumption is trailing growth in incomes.

 

GE, which has already opened the 22.5-megawatt Sares wind farm and 10-megawatt Karadag site, said in November it would also supply turbines to Fina Enerji Holding AS for 97 megawatts of projects. Siemens said in October it would supply turbines to a 50-megawatt wind farm and expects more Turkish orders.

 

Turkey has potential to install about 40,000 megawatts of wind-power capacity at onshore projects, with 11,000 megawatts already licensed, Mercan said today.


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