Turkey’s first hydrogen village “HyVillage” is on the way

Following the approval procedures, the “HyVillage (Hydrogen Village)” project, which will be Turkey’s first hydrogen field application, will be put into action.

The “HyVillage (Hydrogen Village)” project, which will be Turkey’s first hydrogen field application, will be implemented after the approval processes, according to Mehmet Erif Sarkaya, Project and International Relations Manager of GAZBR-GAZMER. He said that this is a strategic step in terms of guiding the hydrogen strategy in Turkey in terms of technique and legislation and influencing the future of hydrogen studies.

Sarkaya provided feedback to the AA correspondent regarding the hydrogen studies conducted at the GAZBR-GAZMER Clean Energy Technologies Center for the first time in Turkey.

Sarkaya noted that the “HyVillage” project is crucial for directing Turkey’s hydrogen strategy in terms of technology and legislation as well as the direction of future hydrogen studies. He said that within the project’s parameters, it is intended to mix hydrogen into natural gas in specific proportions and to deliver the mixture gas to the homes, process test lab, and central heating system test lab.

According to Sarkaya, the region where the homes and other buildings will be built will be planned as a hydrogen production and mixing station to be used in the neighborhood after the project is finished “It aims to guarantee the project’s sustainability in this way. Reports on legislation, costs, and technical aspects will be created using the project’s data. Studies on integrated gas and power network modeling will also be done as part of this study “said he.

Successful outcomes were obtained in studies involving the blending of hydrogen with natural gas

At the GAZBR-GAZMER Clean Energy Technologies Center, hydrogen up to an average of 5-10-15-20 percent and natural gas up to 95-90-85-80 percent were mixed for test purposes, burned for test purposes, and successful results were obtained after the tests carried out over 500 hours, said Sarkaya, highlighting that there are two completed and one ongoing projects within the scope of hydrogen injection studies into the natural gas network.

According to the project’s findings, hydrogen can be blended with natural gas in distribution networks by volume (equal to 6 percent natural gas) without significantly altering existing internal installations and burning devices for natural gas, according to Sarkaya.

Sarkaya emphasized that another goal of the project is to figure out how much hydrogen can be used at once in the current natural gas distribution networks “In this regard, it has been determined that hydrogen can be used up to 20% without requiring any modifications to Turkey’s current natural gas distribution systems. We need to make improvements to several household appliances, such combi boilers, meters, stoves, and infrastructure, in order to use 100% hydrogen in homes “assessment.


According to Sarkaya, the GAZBR-GAZMER Clean Energy Technologies Center has successfully completed R&D studies on the household use of a natural gas and hydrogen mixture and made a substantial contribution to Turkey’s hydrogen ecosystem.

According to Sarkaya, the same technical team is still doing R&D research for the industry’s use of hydrogen:

“Hydrogen offers different methods for assessing renewable energy sources in a world with zero carbon emissions. There are significant benefits to using heavy second-second hydrogen, which emits particularly large levels of carbon. Hydrogen may make it possible to directly integrate more renewable electricity while reducing emissions from the heavy industrial sector. For the usage of hydrogen in heavy industries at present time, some technical changes are required. In this context, we conduct the necessary tests for the use of composite gas obtained by mixing hydrogen with natural gas at specific rates under medium pressure conditions in gas equipment and industrial burners used in the industry as part of the hydrogen use project in the industry we have carried out. We are trying to make the hydrogen and natural gas mixture accessible without significantly altering the industrial combustion machinery now in use. This R&D project is anticipated to be finished in 2024.”

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