Turkey takes a step forward towards hydrogen as a solution to climate change, as TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) continues its search for solutions to combat global warming.
TÜBİTAK is working on two projects – the “HYSouth Marmara Hydrogen Valley Project” and the “South Marmara Hydrogen Coast Platform Guided Project” – to promote the use of hydrogen in the country.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, which stated that TÜBİTAK is working on various solutions to tackle climate change, and hydrogen is one of the options being explored. Turkey, like many other countries around the world, is looking to transition towards clean energy sources to reduce its carbon footprint, and hydrogen is seen as a viable option for this.
The “HYSouth Marmara Hydrogen Valley Project” is Turkey’s first hydrogen valley, which is supported under the Horizon Europe Programme. This project is groundbreaking, as it qualifies for the highest European Union contribution in the history of Turkey Framework Programs. The project aims to establish a hydrogen value chain that can meet the needs of the region, including transportation, energy, and industry.
The second project, the “South Marmara Hydrogen Coast Platform Guided Project,” aims to establish a platform that can bring together industry, academia, and government to develop hydrogen technologies in the region. The platform will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen in the region.
The signing ceremony for the two projects took place at the Atatürk Airport within the scope of TEKNOFEST, an annual festival that showcases Turkey’s capabilities in science and technology. The event was attended by the Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank, and President of TÜBİTAK, Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal.
The use of hydrogen has the potential to have a significant impact on reducing carbon emissions, particularly in transportation and industry. Hydrogen fuel cells can power electric vehicles, and the production of hydrogen using renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power can reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
However, there are also challenges associated with the widespread adoption of hydrogen. The production of hydrogen is energy-intensive, and the current methods of production are not yet cost-effective. Additionally, the transportation and storage of hydrogen require specialized infrastructure, which needs to be developed. These challenges will need to be addressed to ensure that hydrogen can be a viable solution to combat climate change.
In conclusion, Turkey’s push towards hydrogen is an exciting development in the country’s efforts to combat climate change. The “HYSouth Marmara Hydrogen Valley Project” and the “South Marmara Hydrogen Coast Platform Guided Project” are crucial steps towards establishing a hydrogen economy in the region. While there are challenges associated with the widespread adoption of hydrogen, the potential benefits of reducing carbon emissions make it a worthwhile endeavor.