Turkey releases national energy and hydrogen strategy

Both the “National Energy Plan” and the “Hydrogen Technologies Strategy and Roadmap” were unveiled by Turkey in preparation for the nation’s 2053 net zero emission goals.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez stated during a briefing in the nation’s capital Ankara that Turkey’s “National Energy Plan” is anticipated to boost economic growth as well as advance the nation’s transition to green energy.

According to the revised plan, Turkey’s energy consumption, which was 147.2 million tons of oil equivalent in 2020, is anticipated to rise by 39.5% to 205.3 million tons of oil equivalent in 2035, in line with the country’s growth goals.

The share of renewable energy sources in primary energy consumption, which was 16.7% in 2020, will rise to 23.7% in 2035. Electricity installed capacity in the nation would increase to 189,700 megawatts (MW) from 95,900 MW in 2020.

It is anticipated that renewable energy sources, principally solar and wind, will supply 74.3% of this capacity increase. 52,900 MW of installed solar power will be available in 2035, compared to 29,600 MW for wind, 35,100 MW for hydroelectricity, and 5,100 MW for biomass and geothermal energy.

Donmez also announced Turkey’s new “Hydrogen Technologies Strategy and Roadmap,” highlighting the significance of green hydrogen in achieving the nation’s net zero emission goal. Green hydrogen is produced by electrolyzing water with renewable energy sources.

Synthetic methane will make up 30% of the natural gas blend from 2030 to 2053, with hydrogen making up 12%.

Donmez emphasized that one of the easiest ways to produce power from hydrogen is by the electrolysis of water. He also mentioned that under the new plan, installed electrolyzer capacity will increase to 2 GW in 2030, 5 GW in 2035, and 70 GW in 2053.

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