Turkey - moving forward with biogas

Participants at the final conference of the Turkish-German Biogas Project.

Final Conference Turkish-German Biogas Project. Picture: GIZ-Turkey

To conclude the Turkish-German biogas project at the beginning of 2015, Turkish and German government representatives presented the project's main activities and achieved objectives to experts in Ankara.

They also presented a study completed as part of the project which states that Turkey has the capacity to build up to 4,800 biogas facilities with an average capacity of 250 kW each, which could supply up to six per cent of the country's energy output.

In addition, the project helped to establish a technology and information centre for biogas. It will serve as a central knowledge hub on biogas technology and corresponding climate change mitigation measures in Turkey.

At the event, Prof. Harun Baytekin from Canakkale University summarised the testing of a holistic concept applied at the pilot facility in Gönen. A key aspect of this concept is the full utilisation of fermentation residues as organic fertiliser in agriculture. Moreover, a model for conducting biogas calculations was developed with Ege University in Izmir.

Sebahattin Dökmeci, Deputy General Director of the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, underlined that the experience gained and results achieved through the project will be helpful and provide orientation for future improvement of legislation and strategic policy development at the Ministry.

The Turkish-German biogas project was supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) under the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) from 2010 to 2015. The total project volume was EUR 3.7 million, of which the BMUB provided EUR 2.5 million in funding.