Turkey’s first clean hydrogen event starts in Izmir

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

In this regard, Hasan Aksoy, the Deputy Director and Research Coordinator of the SHURA Energy Transformation Center, spoke at the event, the first of which was hosted in Izmir, and said, “In our calculations, green hydrogen can supply 5% of Turkey’s entire final energy consumption.”

“To reach this potential, 12 gigawatts of electrolyzer capacity and nearly three times as many renewable energy power plants, principally solar and wind,” Aksoy stated, emphasizing that 1.6 million tons of green hydrogen generation is required. The entire cost is estimated to be approximately 45 billion dollars.”

“Many nations in the world discuss plans, build visions, and draw up road maps,” Aksoy said, emphasizing that a strategy should be determined first for green hydrogen generation in Turkey, followed by a cost-benefit analysis. Hydrogen is a popular issue these days. The reason for this is because, in the energy sector, considerable strides may be made toward decarbonization through renewable energy or energy efficiency. However, decarbonization is more difficult in areas other than electricity, such as transportation, housing, and industry. “To achieve this decarbonisation, hydrogen will be required,” he stated.

Green hydrogen, according to Siemens Gamesa Project Manager Mikkel Serup, is one of the key milestones in reducing the usage of fossil fuels and lowering carbon dioxide emissions.

“The absence of storage in the power system is becoming a greater problem,” Serup stated, stating that grid flexibility has become a very critical issue with the increased usage of renewable energy. The sole option in the event of network overproduction is to halt production. One of the key reasons we resorted to hydrogen in particular was because of this. We believe that green hydrogen, which allows renewable energy to be stored, may significantly boost the value of the energy generated,” he stated.

Hydrogen is the world’s lightest and most plentiful element, according to Aspilsan Energy R&D Engineer Can Sndraç, and it can be created from a variety of energy sources.

Sndraç said that when hydrogen is compressed, it has a considerably higher energy density than batteries, petrol, or diesel, and that our need for hydrogen would rise tenfold by 2050, according to a research issued by the Hydrogen Council and the International Energy Agency (IEA). By 2050, hydrogen will provide 18% of the world’s energy demands. If hydrogen technologies evolve as planned, 30 million people will be employed by 2050, and carbon dioxide emissions would be eliminated by 6 gigatons per year. As a result, we must transition to green hydrogen.”

“Even if we consider that 0.1 percent of hydrogen will be mixed, there is a very big hydrogen deficiency in Turkey,” Sndraç added, referring to attempts in Turkey to mix hydrogen into natural gas lines. As a result, we’ll need professionals and businesses to work on electrolyzer concerns,” he explained.

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