Energy in Turkey
Turkey consumes over 6 exajoules of primary energy per year, over 20 megawatt hours (MW/h) per person. 88% of energy is fossil fuels and the energy policy of Turkey includes reducing fossil fuel imports, which are a quarter of import costs. As of 2016[update] greenhouse gas emissions by Turkey were 6.3 tons/person year, more than the global average.
Since 1990 annual primary energy consumption has almost tripled to 1700 TW/h[note 1] in 2016; including 31% oil, 28% gas and 27% coal; and CO2 emissions from fuel combustion have risen from 130 megatonnes (Mt) to 340 Mt.
Although Turkey produces its own lignite (brown coal), the Sankey diagram of Turkey's energy balance shows that half the country's coal and almost all other fossil fuel is imported, and that renewables contribute little. Turkey's energy policy prioritises reducing imports, but has been criticised by the OECD for lacking carbon pricing, subsidizing fossil fuels and not taking more advantage of the country's abundant wind and sunshine.
The diagram of final consumption shows that most oil products are used for road transport and that homes and industry consume energy in various forms. Electricity is generated mainly from coal, gas (about a third each) and hydro (about a quarter) with a small but growing amount from other renewables such as wind and solar. A nuclear power plant is under construction.
Turkey produces a lot of lignite, almost all of which is burnt in power stations, which churns out large amounts of carbon dioxide with a comparably low level of efficiency. Government subsidises coal-fired power stations despite the environmental impact of the coal industry and would like more to be built.
Annual gas demand is 50bcm, over 30% of Turkey’s total energy demand, and over half of which is supplied by Russia. All 81 provinces in Turkey are supplied with natural gas, which supplies most of the heat.
Most gas from Russia comes via the Blue Stream pipeline, but TurkStream is expected to start operating in 2019. Iranian gas comes through the Tabriz–Ankara pipeline. Azerbaijan supplies Turkey through the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (which they claim is the cheapest that Turkey buys) and South Caucasus Pipeline. Iraq may also supply gas in future, through the Southern Gas Corridor and gas from the Eastern Mediterranean is also a possibility.
As of 2019[update] only a small proportion of gas imports are re-exported to the EU. However Turkey aims to become a gas trading hub and re-export more. State-owned BOTAŞ controls 80% of the market. 91 mt of CO2 were emitted by burning natural gas in 2015, however subsidies to gas-fired power stations are being reduced in 2019 and 2020, so older less efficient plants may reduce generation.
Turkey has no operational nuclear reactors, but it is building a nuclear power plant at Akkuyu, with expected operation in 2023.
Geothermal power in Turkey is used mainly for heating. By massively increasing production of Turkey's solar power in the south and Turkey's wind power in the west the country's entire energy demand could be met from renewable sources.
303 billion kWh of electricity was used in Turkey in 2018, which is almost a fifth of the amount of primary energy in Turkey. As the electricity sector in Turkey burns a lot of local and imported coal the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by Turkey is the country's coal-fired power stations, many of which are subsidized. Imports of gas, mostly for power stations in Turkey, is the main import cost for the economy of Turkey. However solar power in Turkey and wind power in Turkey are being increased and balanced by the country's existing hydropower.
With the increase in electricity generated by solar panels storage may become more important.
Thermal energy storageEdit
Testing in Ankara suggested a payback time between 18 months and 3 years for adding ice thermal storage to hypermarket cooling systems.
Turkey could generate 20% of its total electricity from wind and solar by 2026 without extra transmission system costs.
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