WorldTurkey's first clean hydrogen solutions and innovation event started in Izmir

Turkey’s first clean hydrogen solutions and innovation event started in Izmir


In ideathons, which are open innovation events held for 1-2 days, where participants come together to produce innovative ideas and applicable solutions in a thematic area, it is aimed that people with different education, experience, age and interests can work in teams to come up with innovative ideas.

In this context, speaking at the event, the first of which was held in Izmir, SHURA Energy Transformation Center Deputy Director and Research Coordinator Hasan Aksoy said, “In our analysis, it is possible to supply 5 percent of Turkey’s total final energy demand from green hydrogen.” used the phrase.

To meet this potential, a 1.6 million-ton green hydrogen Emphasizing that there is a need for solar and wind power generation, Aksoy said, “For this, there is a need for an electrolyzer capacity of 12 gigawatts and a renewable energy power plant, three times as much, primarily solar and wind. The total cost of this is around 45 billion dollars.” said.

Emphasizing that for green hydrogen production in Turkey, a strategy should first be determined and then a cost-benefit analysis should be made, Aksoy said, “Many countries in the world share strategies, create visions, and draw up road maps. Hydrogen is a hot topic. The reason for this is that you can actually take great steps in the energy sector in decarbonization with renewable energy or energy efficiency. But decarbonization is not so easy in the energy we use in sectors other than the electricity sector, in transportation, in homes or in industry. Hydrogen will be needed to achieve this decarbonisation.” he said.

Siemens Gamesa Project Manager Mikkel Serup said that they see green hydrogen as one of the milestones in reducing the use of fossil resources and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Stating that the flexibility of the grid has become a very important issue with the widespread use of renewable energy, Serup said, “The lack of storage in the electricity grid is becoming a bigger problem. In case of overproduction in the network, the only thing we can do is to stop production. This was one of the main reasons why we turned to hydrogen in particular. We believe that the value of the energy produced can be increased much more thanks to green hydrogen, which enables renewable energy to be stored.” he said.

“By 2050, our need for hydrogen will increase 10 times”

Aspilsan Energy R&D Engineer Can Sındıraç said that hydrogen is the lightest and most abundant element in the world and can be produced from many energy sources.

Noting that hydrogen has a much greater energy density than batteries, petrol and diesel when compressed, Sındıraç said, according to the report prepared by the Hydrogen Council and the International Energy Agency (IEA), our need for hydrogen will increase 10 times by 2050. By 2050, 18 percent of the world’s energy needs will be met from hydrogen. In 2050, if hydrogen technologies progress as expected, 30 million people will be employed and 6 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced each year. That’s why we have to switch to green hydrogen.”

Sındıraç reminded that there are efforts to mix hydrogen into natural gas lines in Turkey and said, “Even if we think that 0.1% of hydrogen will be mixed, there is a very serious hydrogen deficit in Turkey. Therefore, we will need experts and companies working on electrolyzer issues.” he said.

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