ARKANSAS, Nov 25 (Future Headlines)- WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson recently attended the Turkish Wind Energy Congress, shedding light on Turkey’s ambitious plans for expanding its wind energy capacity. With a current wind capacity of 12 GW, generating 11% of its electricity, Turkey aims to add 28 GW more by 2035, with a specific focus on expanding offshore wind, aiming for 3 GW in this sector. This analysis explores the opportunities and challenges in Turkey’s wind energy sector and its integration into the wider European wind energy supply chain.
There are currently 26 GW of onshore wind projects under development, showcasing a robust pipeline for future expansion. Negotiations for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a UAE developer for 2.5 GW offshore wind in the Sea of Marmara underline Turkey’s commitment to diversifying its wind portfolio.
Turkey already possesses a robust wind energy supply chain centered around Izmir, featuring 13 factories producing towers, blades, gearboxes, and generators. Approximately 80% of the products from this supply chain are exported, primarily to Europe, making Turkey a crucial player in the broader European wind energy supply chain.
Further expansion around the port of Çandarl has the potential to elevate Turkey’s wind industry to new heights, contributing to increased economic development and job creation. Turkey holds substantial deposits of rare earths crucial for manufacturing the permanent magnets in wind turbines, offering an opportunity to reduce Europe’s reliance on China for these materials. With the capability to process glass fibers used in wind turbine blades, Turkey could further decrease its dependence on China for this essential component.
A potential challenge highlighted by Dickson is Turkey’s aspiration for “100% storage,” requiring each new megawatt of wind energy capacity to be matched by an equivalent megawatt of storage capacity. This ambitious approach diverges from global trends, as most countries, even those looking to stimulate battery manufacturing, typically opt for around 20% storage.
WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson applauds Turkey’s central role in the European wind energy supply chain, emphasizing its contribution to the production and export of essential components. Dickson encourages the European Union (EU) to embrace Turkey’s offerings in the expansion of wind energy, recognizing its strategic importance in achieving common energy and sustainability goals.
Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White