(Enerji IQ – August 2021) Turkey has steadily raised its share of geothermal power of total electricity generation in the first seven months of this year to 3.1% with capacity additions of 37 MW, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency.
Located on an active tectonic belt, Turkey has enormous geothermal potential, accounting for 11.5% of global geothermal capacity.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) data, Turkey ranked fourth in the world and first in Europe with its geothermal energy capacity of 1,613 MW as of the end of 2020
The country’s geothermal electricity installed capacity increased to 1,650 MW at the end of July, with the number of geothermal power plants reaching 63.
Geothermal energy constituted 1.65% of the total electricity installed capacity, which stood at 98,263 MW at the end of July.
Of the total 188.8 billion KWh of electricity generated during the January-July period, geothermal power plants accounted for 3.1% or 5.9 billion kWh.
Geothermal power has an important role to play in reducing the country’s natural gas imports and its overall energy import bill.
Turkey’s geothermal energy installed power capacity is mainly sourced in the Aegean region of the country, with the Aydin province leading with 850.4 MW of capacity. The Denizli province follows with 353.8 MW, Manisa with 349.2 MW, then Canakkale with 28 MW, and Afyonkarahisar with 3 MW.