Turkey’s energy and natural resources minister explained that it is Turkey’s aim to become a new innovation centre for the production of wind energy in the sector for the local regions and Europe.
Highlighting Turkey’s potential for renewable energy, Fatih Donmez explained that the country was the fifth largest European manufacturer of wind equipment and the leading European country in tower and blade production.
Wind Energy Hamburg Conference and Fair
Donmez spoke at the Wind Energy Hamburg Conference and Fair, explaining: “Today, Turkey has become Europe’s reliable partner and equipment supplier, not only in natural gas supply security but also in wind and other renewable energy fields.”
He continued saying that Turkey was ahead in many areas of its competitors within the wind sector, and noted that the country is aiming to be Europe and the region’s new wind production and innovation centre. Donmez said that the country was already exporting around 1.5 billion Euros of wind turbines and wind equipment to almost 50 countries. He continued to add that: “70 to 80% of the turnover of our companies consists of export revenues.”
High dependence of overseas energy
“Turkey can locally manufacture about 70% of its wind turbines and related components,” Donmez added, speaking at the conference. Turkey is still, however, highly dependent on its imports to cover energy needs countrywide. This leaves the country vulnerable like many others, after costs begin to rise following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Boosting renewable energy
In a bid to boost the production of Turkish renewable energy, they have launched large-scale projects and have began to tender solar and wind power stations across the country.
In the past year, 95% of the new capacity increases have come from renewable. By the end of March 2022, the total capacity of installed electricity reached over 100 gigawatts; more than half of this has been renewable energy, from hydro to solar, wind to geothermal.
In the rankings for renewable energy installed capacity, Turkey has ranked 5th within Europe and 12th in the world, while for wind energy installed power, Turkey is ranked 7th in Europe and 12th in the world.
The potential capacity
When taking into the account the developing technologies, increasing population of Turkey, and the growing economy, Donmez said that the country has the potential for over 100,000-megawatt capacity. He continued to add that the aims offered an attractive opportunity for investors in the sectors of wind and renewable energy.
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