Turkish Wind Energy Association (TUREB) President Ibrahim Erden stated that 2022 is the “year of records” in electricity generation from wind energy and said, “Our priority in 2023 will be the subject of strong investment together with the industry. We are declaring the 100th anniversary of our Republic the year of investment for the wind industry.”
President of Turkish Wind Energy Association (TUREB) Erden said that a very active year in which the power, visibility and efficiency of the wind energy sector in Turkiye came to the fore came to an end.
Pointing out that Turkiye is Europe’s most reliable partner in the wind energy supply chain with an export volume of €1.5 billion, Erden said that as TUREB, they had the opportunity to demonstrate this vitality in the sector in the international arena through events in Europe.
Pointing out that exceeding the 10 thousand megawatt threshold in Turkiye’s installed wind power in 2021 is an important milestone, Erden said:
“We declared last year as the year of industry. The year 2022 was a year in which wind-installed power approached the level of 12 thousand megawatts. The fact that it was a year in which production records were broken in succession in terms of the Turkish wind industry and the wind-based production on a day-to-day basis increased to 25-27%, revealed the importance of wind energy. We predicted that energy supply security would become one of the most important topics on the world agenda in the post-pandemic period. With such a perspective, it has been our main priority to bring the Turkish wind industry to the agenda in terms of both world-class production capabilities, trained human resources, and logistics and cost advantages arising from our country’s geographical location.”
“It is possible to install at least 3 gigawatts of wind energy per year”
Erden said that with an investment of €3.6 billion, a wind power plant of 3 gigawatts per year can be installed.
Stating that 2022 is the “year of records” in electricity generation from wind energy, Erden said:
“Our priority in 2023 will be the subject of strong investment together with the industry. We are declaring the 100th anniversary of our Republic as the year of investment for the wind industry. We have a very serious wind investment potential. Being at the level of 11,640 megawatts in the country, which has a potential of close to 200 thousand megawatts in total, makes us ambitious to go further in this field.
Approximately 33 terawatt hours of electricity produced in our country comes from the wind. Last year, we brought about 1700 megawatts of new installed power to our country, but considering our potential, our industry is capable of realizing at least 3 gigawatts of new installed power per year. Our 2023 target will be to focus on issues that will further pave the way for and accelerate investments, and to emphasize the message to Europe that ‘Turkiye is your most reliable partner in the supply chain’.”
Erden said that new areas such as energy storage, hydrogen and offshore wind are important topics in the sector’s agenda.
Pointing out that there are many license applications for wind energy storage, Erden said:
“The energy storage projects, which we believe will be the subject of investments in the coming years, will be an area that will expand not only the wind but also the entire renewable energy sector. We think that hydrogen and offshore wind will occupy an important place on our agenda next year. We anticipate that some investment plans will be announced in these areas in 2023. The long-term targets to be specified in the National Energy Strategy Document, which we expect to be announced by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, will be made in these areas. As TUREB, we attach great importance to the document to be announced and strongly support the determination of a highly renewable target.”
Source: Trthaber / Translated by Irem Yildiz