The Turkish combined heat and power sector saw a modest recovery in installed capacity in 2013, following a big drop the previous year.
Ozkan Agis of the Turkish Cogeneration and Clean Energy Technologies Association told COSPP that while government policy was not encouraging, there was potential for CHP to provide an optimal solution for the wave of housing construction projects being proposed across the country.
From an installation base of 1100 MW in 2011, the sector fell away to record just 100 MW installed in 2012. While an unspectacular 200 MW of installed capacity was recorded this past year, the seeds of a future resurgence are in place in Turkey.
“The most significant areas where cogeneration projects have been executed in the past three years are hospitals and shopping malls. The reason for accelerated development of CHP in the hospitals has come about mainly because of a state regulation issued by the Ministry of Health in year 2011,” Mr Agis told COSPP.
But it’s not just in the health sector that CHP has proved to be a fit. There is slow but steady recognition of the usefulness of the technology in other areas.
“In line with the economic growth of the country, numbers and capacities of industrial organized zones as well as shopping malls are growing rapidly. Investors in new shopping malls have shown a preference for CHP designs because of their proven experience in their past investments executed over the last ten years.”
“We expect to see some growth continue in terms of mass housing construction and in district heating systems.”
As documented by COSPP in a previous interview on the subject, determined lobbying is yet to have a lasting effect on government policy, which so far has shown itself to be indifferent to the potential the technology can provide, with the result that it hasn’t proliferated.
“The general policy of state authorities is not supportive of CHP new investments and operations. Some examples of this deterioration of CHP investments include the removal of incentives for new auto producers. Also investment and tax incentives for gas firing plants, including cogeneration have been annulled.
“We don’t expect any positive changes in the coming years.”
Despite the ongoing battle for awareness at government level, Agis is optimistic that Turkish entrepreneurs will be attracted to what he calls the “universal advantage of cogeneration”.
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