Turkey’s energy difficulties are well-documented. With a huge dependency on imported energy the case for cogeneration as a way of minimising its energy bill would seem strong but one of its strongest advocates in the country says much work needs to be done for it to get a fair hearing.

Ozkan Agis, President of Enerko, a consultancy based in Istanbul, told COSPP online that a recent pledge by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has not helped.
The Turkish Parliament
“We have been working hard behind the scenes with the department of energy, with housing authorities, penetrating these organisations in order to convince them to integrate cogeneration systems into their design.

Following official meetings with the Department of Energy in which we’ve informed them of the benefits, there seemed to have been a general acceptance. But at the end of the day the Prime Minister has announced that he wants 100,000 flats built within a year. If this type of new design is introduced it will affect that target. Therefore we are relying on public awareness.”

Turkey has built up to 8000 MW in capacity from cogeneration in the 20 years since Agis has got involved and helped to build it up from scratch. Some of its satellite cities are self-sufficient thanks to cogeneration, while a large proportion of Turkey’s businesses have invested in on-site power to ensure the many power interruptions that plagued the country, don’t interfere with business.”

But the pressure on the government to construct more residential capacity opens the door for district heating and cogeneration as solutions. At the moment, despite being a signatory of the Kyoto Protocol the legislation is insufficient to drive what could be a very economical solution to energising Turkey’s mass housing development strategy.

“At the end of the day we know that 73 per cent of our energy is imported from Iran, Algeria, Russia and from Qatar. District heating would be a new experience for Turkey. There is no regulatory authority with terms and conditions attached to development.”

“Our organisation has prepared a draft for the coming new law for the heat market. We hope to see that law enacted by the government in a year containing a cogeneration clause aimed at new residential mass housing. We want to see all new projects have an obligation to integrate CHP into its design. “

“The government is proactive and we are working together with the energy department. They are beginning to listen to me at least. But there can be no progress without that legislation.”

For more CHP news