Energy conversion

Man turns waste into sculptures of endangered animals

A man turns wooden and metal objects dumped on the streets into sculptures of endangered animals to raise awareness about nature and the environment.

For the past few years, the 48-year old artist Müslüm Özcan, living in Turkey's northwestern Edirne province, has been cruising streets and industrial districts to collect materials to be used in art pieces.

Some 2 million tons of waste recycled in Turkey

Turkey recycled some 2 million tons of waste, including plastics, glass and tires last year, according to data state-run Anadolu Agency compiled.

Data showed that 730 tons of waste batteries, some 178,00 tons of waste tires and 484, 000 tons of plastic were recycled in 2019.

The recycled materials also included some 234,000 tons of glass and 821,000 tons of packaging waste.

Çanakkale solar plant feeds national electricity grid

A businessman in the western province of Çanakkale has installed a solar power plant on the roof of a factory and started selling electricity worth 100,000 Turkish Liras (nearly $17,000) to the state monthly.

Ali Polat first installed a solar energy system on the roof of his bakery products factory to produce 200 kilowatts of electricity per month in 2013.

Thermal power plant in Soma sealed

The thermal power plant in the Soma district of Manisa province was sealed at midnight on Jan. 1 due to the failure to install filters on the chimneys despite the given one-month period deadline, Demirören News Agency reported on Jan. 1.

Turkey has started taking legal action against thermal power plants that do not comply with the environmental legislation in the country.

Incentives to speed up returns on Turkish rooftop solar

Turkey can build on a new support scheme for rooftop solar projects by providing further incentives that would currently reduce the payback period by four years from the current 11-year estimate and down to two years by 2030, a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said on Dec. 19.