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The first local concentrated solar power tower plant built in Turkish southern province of Mersin has a 5 MW of thermal power capacity. Company photo

The first local concentrated solar power tower plant built in Turkish southern province of Mersin has a 5 MW of thermal power capacity. Company photo

Turkish energy company Greenway has completed the construction of Turkey’s first “concentrated solar power tower plant” (CSP) in the southern province of Mersin, which is located on one of the world’s major Sun Belt areas.

The plant, which has been built with an investment of $50 million by Greenway with the support of Turkey’s science watchdog TÜBİTAK and the Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV), generates 5 MW of thermal power, equivalent to the energy requirement of 1,500 houses.

“Turkey is located on a major sun belt and is lucky compared to many countries that develop technology in this field,” Co-founder of Greenway and Project Management Director Serdar Erturan said in a statement. 

Erturan noted that major world powers had been placing a special focus on solar power plants as a substantial power generation source in response to the increasing energy demand due to rising technological needs.The plant is used as one of the most efficient methods to convert solar power to electricity across the world. While it’s one of its kind in Turkey, it also marks many firsts in the world.

There are similar tower type plants in Spain, Israel and the U.S., and the Greenway Mersin CSP stands out for its wireless communication system as well as its lego type design, which enables easy transfer, installation and easy access to the site.

Competetive price gain

The plant utilizes only water and solar light, and by focusing solar energy over the tower, it enables reaching high temperatures. Reflective panels consist of unique glass mirrors and system components and energy production processes contain only environment friendly materials. The only output of the system is the high pressure steam.

“Thanks to hybrid and compact systems that lower costs to competitive levels and are not dependent on external sources in technological terms, it is possible to generate energy from renewable energy sources, at high outputs and competitive prices,” Erturan said.


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Chris Green

4/18/2013 2:09:32 PM

When it comes to Renewable's Solar is certainly one way to go and the location here in southern Turkey is a logical one given the amount of sunshine hours there are in this region. But it is wise to combine the various options available under the Renewable Energy heading. Energy from Waste does not rely upon sunshine hours but upon the amount of domestic and industrial waste a Waste to Energy plant can consume. There are plants available that can produce 200 MWH from 2000 TPD of waste!

Tao Liu Tao

4/18/2013 11:59:37 AM

It's a very usefull news for me! right!

mr who

4/17/2013 4:14:19 AM

Get all technical resources behind the project from Turkish academia as well as industry block out opposition through the patent system then run it efficiently for two years and then market it well with tours {Web sites} of potential clients from around the globe, then make billions in rapid set up and completion times in the highest quality plant on the planet

Agnostic Turk

4/17/2013 1:36:21 AM

Turkey's energy output is 32000 MW. If all of it were covered with solar towers, then, it would cost 32 000 / 5 x $50m = $320 billions. A lot and a lot of money! Tubitak's effort is appreciated but this system doesn't look economic however environmental it may be. Turkey clearly needs nuclear plants, numbers do not lie.
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