Turkey’s Clean and Renewable Energy Strategy Discussed at UTES 2016
Nov 02, 2016

Renewable and clean energy sources have become of paramount importance in the face of alarming environmental problems, including, inter alia, climate change induced by global warming, surging energy consumption associated with population growth, and dependence on fossil fuels. Being aware of these developments, The 10th International Clean Energy Symposium (UTES 2016) dealt with the issues of Turkey’s clean and renewable energy strategy; potential contributions of Turkish academia, ITU in particular, to this strategy; and alternative energy solutions proposed by developed countries.

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The symposum, held in Ayazaga Campus of Istanbul Technical University, between 22-24 October 2016, brought together various scientists and students working on renewable energies and representatives from the public and private sector. 119 papers were presented throughout the 3-day sessions. Symposium topics included clean and renewable energies, relationship between energy and environment, energy economy, energy policy, wind energy, biofuels, solar energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectrical energy, and hydrogen.

One of the hot topics of the symposium was the newly introduced “permanent summer time” practice whose research was conducted by ITU. The project that laid the groundwork for transitioning to permanent summer time policy was explained in detail to the participants. Panel sessions covered the details of studies that were carried out in the disciplines of electrics, meteorology, economics, sociology, and psychology in order to make time policy recommendations.

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At the end of UTES 2016, consensus was built around the need to increase investment in renewable energies and remove the barriers for this, reducing Turkey’s dependence on foreign energy technologies through university-industry cooperation, and expanding biomass and geothermal energy investment goals.

Also, “International Atmosphere and Environment Competition” was held within the scope of the symposium. The competition theme for this year was “Green Campus”, and the first rank was shared by students from ITU and Kocaeli University.