The installed power level of Biomass Power Plants (BES), whose number is increasing rapidly in Turkiye’s renewable and clean energy sources, has reached the level of 2 thousand 100 Megawatts (MW). While BESs are producing in 73 of 81 cities across Turkiye, the installed power has doubled in the last two years with the effect of the rising awareness of local governments in recent years.
Energy Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (ENSİA) Chairman of the Board Alper Kalaycı said that Biomass Energy Plants look like an untouched treasure in Turkiye’s renewable and clean energy resources.
TOTALLY DOMESTIC AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE…
Pointing out that the installed power of BES, which was at the level of 800 MW at the end of 2018, reached 2,102 MW at the end of March 2022, Kalaycı informed that the country’s potential is at least 10 thousand MW.
Underlining that biomass needs more awareness as a completely domestic and renewable energy source, Alper Kalaycı said, “The factor that raises this awareness is undoubtedly our local governments. We think that more BES will be put into use as local authorities, especially our Metropolitan Municipalities, understand that all kinds of domestic and industrial waste are not ‘garbage’ but an ‘energy source’. While each megawatt of electricity to be produced in BESs reduces our energy imports, it also means a reduction in the impact on the environment, primarily by transforming our domestic waste into energy.”
ISTANBUL RANKS FIRST IN BES INSTALLED POWER…
Emphasizing that BES’s play a critical role in meeting the energy demand of farms located far from residential areas and power lines and having a high number of cattle, Alper Kalaycı, Chairman of ENSİA, added that the energy costs of the farms are covered by BESs, which also means a support given to livestock.
While the installed capacity of Biomass Power Plants (BES) across Turkiye is 2 thousand 102 Megawatts as of March 2022; Istanbul ranks first with 264.5 MW of installed power.
İstanbul is followed by Ankara with 132.4 MW, İzmir with 88.4 MW, Balıkesir with 81.6 MW and Samsun with 81.5 MW.