Turkey's First Energy Teknokent Has Been Opened
Dec 10, 2014

Energy considered as one of the most imporant topics of new era in terms of sustainable natural life and national strategies, is the source of İTÜ's R&D progress. Turkey's very first and unique energy-themed Teknokent has been founded within the scope of ARI Teknokent. The studies will be carried out about energy problem and new technologies.

They began with an alternative solution to the demand of electiricty.

İTÜ ARI Teknokent Energy-Themed Teknokent  building inaugurated by  Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız.  İTÜ  Teknokent's new building at ARI 6, defining energy as an strategic area  and giving it an important place among development objectives, entrepreneurial technology companies working on the subject of energy were brought close together. As companies were focusing on finding innovator productions and solutions , they began to fulfil the need of certain parts of electricity necessity of ARI 6 building, through photovoltaic panels located on the building facade and roof.


Opening ceremony of first Energy-Themed Teknokent started with cutting ribbon on Monday, December 8, 2014 by Minister Taner Yıldız, Our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca and the Director of Energy Institute Prof. Dr. Altuğ Şişman. Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Şişman made presentation about the future vision of new teknokent and of İTÜ in the field of energy. Şişman, highlighted that Nuclear Energy Institute has been founded at İTÜ and between the years 1961-2003 and approximately 500 nuclear experts have been trained. But since there was no market in that field, name of the institute was changed as Energy Institute by the decision of Council of Ministers. 
Şişman pointed out that they aim at building a second nuclear education and research reactor with local technology at İTÜ Energy Institute which has the only nuclear education research  reactor in Turkey. Şişman said "we aim to provide the transformation of research to technology, knowledge to economics,  to make the university-industry collaboration permanent through Turkey's first energy-themed Teknokent  building "by emphasizing İTÜ Energy Institute and İTÜ Energy-Themed Teknokent's operation which will be integrated.

'Next step is Maritime Teknokent'
Our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca started his speech by drawing attention to ARI Teknokent' success and to the value of r & d produced by ARI Teknokent, he said "Currently, it hosts 160 r & d companies, and 5 thousand 200 r & d staff . It is Turkey's biggest Teknokent ". Karaca remarked that they defined  materials, information technologies  and environmental technologies as targeted areas,  he said "From nuclear energy  to conventional energy sources, we work on all the energy technologies in all areas without excluding any of them ". Rector Karaca explained that next step will be building Turkey's first Marine Teknokent and he underlined that they aim to be a role model in this sense not only in Turkey but also at the international level by embedding an understanding of Thematic Teknokent at İTÜ.

'Turkey's R & D investment should be increased'
Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız referred to the strategic importance of energy and stressed that alternative energy technologies gained importance. Minister Yıldız congratulated those who contributed to bringing Energy themed Teknokent to Turkey, he also expressed that he was graduated from İTÜ in 1979 therefore, he is proud of the innovator steps taken at  İTÜ. Yıldız, by saying Turkey’s incapacity to benefit from nuclear energy  is due to the lack of political willpowers, he registered that so far 4 in Mediterranean, 4 in Black Sea Region, all the agreements of 8 units have been completed, the investment which is to be made,  will reach $ 20 billion until 2023. 
Yıldız who mentioned the necessity of icreasement of  r & d investments in Turkey, stated that the energy projects are exciting by specifying Turkey's energy from wind exceeds 10 percent of total electricity consumption. 

After the speeches, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız, Our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, and guests participated in the ceremony, toured  Turkey's first Energy Themed Teknokent Building. Delegation which met companies, obtained information about the studies and projects carried out.