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IMM Built First Floating SPP in Istanbul…

Upon the instruction of Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş, the Floating Solar Power Plant (SPP), the first of its kind in Turkey, officially went into operation in Istanbul's Lake Büyükçekmece, one of the clean water resources on 4th July, 2017.

8/5/2017 12:00:00 AM
The project was undertaken by Istanbul Energy Co., a subsidiary of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), and Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration (İSKİ), which administers the fluvial freshwater lake that provides water to Istanbul.

The aim is to increase the energy generation range, and reduce dependence on foreign energy, IMM Secretary General Hayri Baraçlı said. “As the municipality, we aim to generate our own energy, and increase sustainability in energy generation using renewable energy resources,” Baraçlı added.

Pointing out that the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources produces vision projects in order to reduce foreign dependency in Turkey’s energy, “As IMM, we actualized this project to contribute to this vision. Our objective is to generate 55 percent of the energy that we will consume in 2023,” Baraçlı noted.

The plant, constructed from non-corroding material, is comprised of 960 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels that provide 260 watts of energy each. Currently, the plant has an installed capacity of 250 kilowatts, which is planned to be increased in the future.

The system insulates the surface of water bodies at 70 percent. Thus, water loss due to evaporation, one of the biggest problems in summertime, will decrease. Up to 210 tons of carbon dioxide emissions will also be prevented each year thanks to the SPP. Within the scope of R&D studies launched right after the facility was built, energy generation of float systems, water quality, and its effects on aquatic creatures and algae formation will be monitored.

"The R&D works, which started after the establishment of the facility, will continue for 12 months and the effects of floating systems on energy production, water quality and ecosystems (aquatic creatures, algae formation, etc.) will be monitored," a statement by Istanbul Energy Co., said.

“Two floating systems were used in the implementation of the floating solar power plant. The floating solar power plant on Büyükçekmece Lake will prevent 180 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year," the statement said.

With the floating SPPs that Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) plans to later build on Terkos and Ömerli dams, wide water basins and dams will be used to contribute to the growing demand of energy in Istanbul, and increase the share of energy generation of renewable resources.



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