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Zorlu energy envisages a bold new future based on renewables




Zorlu Energy is steered towards a new vision based on renewable energy, notably on wind power. General Manager Sinan Ak describes how renewables are the future for energy security and why it is no longer a “romantic story”.


Turkey is a rapidly growing economy, and despite growing demand, Turkey’s energy requirements are fulfilled almost entirely by fossil fuel imports. Given the widely accepted argument that renewable energy, given the required transformation in energy structure, decreasing costs and improving technology, is no longer a “romantic story”, Zorlu Energy invests highly in wind power. Zorlu Energy targets to help to meet Turkey’s growing energy demand, while limiting reliance on energy imports, and also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Building on its growth in compliance with the principle of product and service variation in a bid to more efficiently use the planet’s natural resources, Zorlu Energy, attaches a great deal of importance on operations in local and renewable resources notably wind and geothermal energy. Zorlu Energy sets ambitious renewable energy targets, installed and operated its own renewable power systems, and signed purchase agreements to buy directly from renewable energy project operators, bypassing utilities. 

wZorlu Energy has a passion for continuous improvement, challenges, excellence and particularly value people, the environment and integrity in all national and international activities. In this respect, renewable resources, which Zorlu Energy deem indispensable in its growth map and plays a strategic importance.  Zorlu Energy operates with 3 wind farms in Turkey and 1 in Pakistan with a total capacity of 271 MW.With its 135 MW of installed power, Gökçedağ Wind Farm is one of the biggest in Turkey. Zorlu Energy successfully put into operation Sarıtepe and Demirciler Wind Plants within the framework of Rotor II project. Sarıtepe-Demirciler Wind Farm project has 80,3 MW of installed power and started to electricity production in full capacity. Moreover, Zorlu Energy is the investor and the operator of the first wind farm in Pakistan. Zorlu Energy General Manager Sinan Ak, “With the installation of Sarıtepe-Demirciler Wind Energy Farm, an investment of 100 million euros in Bahçe district of Osmaniye, the ratio of domestic and renewable energy in our domestic portfolio has gone up to 67 percent; we have reached a 215.3 MW wind power in Turkey and a total of 271.7 MW power combined with our wind plant in Pakistan.” states. 

Concentrating efforts on renewables 

Zorlu Energy has set a target to unleash the potential of energy to ensure sustainability and a better life, as well as investing in renewable resources and installing technological systems producing efficient energy in the industry. Fulfilling each stage of energy production in a complementary way from project design to construction and from the operation to the maintenance of power plants, Zorlu Energy offers a diversity of high-value-added services in a wide range of areas such as electricity production and trading, energy plants’ “turn-key” planning and construction, and their long-term maintenance and operation. 

One of the industry’s leading establishments with an installed capacity of 700 MW in Turkey, thanks to its production portfolio of 3 natural gas plants, 7 hydroelectric plants, 3 geothermal plants, and 4 wind farms, the Zorlu Energy has a total installed capacity of 1046 MW with its investments in Pakistan and Israel. While determining the impact areas to be managed related to sustainability, Zorlu Energy attaches utmost importance to social and environmental impact analyses as much as such vital subjects as protection of natural resources and security of demand in energy. Actively measuring and decreasing emissions, the Group obtained ISO 14064-1 certificate which covers measuring and reporting principles of greenhouse gases in 2011. Moreover, Zorlu Energy is the first energy company in Turkey to calculate its carbon footprint in 2009. It has published the first sustainability report in the energy sector in Turkey. It is the first energy company to sign “Carbon Emission Sale Agreement” with the project put into practice in the Gökçedağ Wind Energy Power Plant.

Gold Standard passport 

Through contributions to social and environmental sustainability, wind power projects of Zorlu Energy with its remarkable renewable energy projects hold this certificate, the most prestigious one among standards rating energy projects in the carbon market. General Manager Ak, explains: “Our wind plants, Gökçedağ, Sarıtepe and Demirciler and also the wind plant in Pakistan, that is also the first of the country, have all received “Gold Standard”, the best practice benchmark and certification body designing the strongest processes that maximize the impact of efforts to deliver clean and responsible energy”. Ak, stating that they were developing projects that are moving Turkey’s vision forward in domestic and renewable energy and added that having “Gold Standard” certificate, the most prestigious one among the standards which rate energy projects processed in voluntary carbon market in all wind projects, is a significant outcome of their success.

All 4 wind plants, with their high technology and efficient practices, prevent the emission of approximately 400 thousand tons of CO₂ in total, whereby verifying and inspiring greater confidence for a sustainable and equitable world.  “In all our operations, we attach importance to social and environmental sustainability as much as economic sustainability and we do whatever is required for this.  We will continue to implement such projects if we consider them to be inspiring for our industry”, Ak cites.

Unveiling Pakistan’s best and untouched wind potential of the world, improves operation skills   

Zorlu Energy, committed to undertaking leading projects both in Turkey and abroad, has completed Pakistan’s first private sector energy investment in 2013 by constructing the country’s first wind farm. Utility interest in wind power is increasing because it complements Pakistan’s reliance on new energy resources and more than 21,000 MW generation capabilities were planned in order to decrease the gap between supply and demand. Therefore Zorlu Energy works hard to unveil the best and untouched wind potential of the world in Pakistan integrating its expertise with full commitment to the renewable energy investments. 

Pakistan Wind Farm, with a capacity of 56.4 MW, has been constructed in Jhimpir with a US $ 151 million investment by Zorlu Enerji Pakistan. The plant is the country’s first wind farm and generates 159 million kWh of electricity per year, meeting demand of 350,000 houses. The plant contributes to the growth of Pakistan’s renewable capacity and to the lowering of the country’s dependence on imported energy sources. The plant was also rewarded with the “Middle East Renewables Deal of the Year 2011 Award” by the Euromoney Publications’ Project Finance magazine. 


IEA and OPEC debated the current situation in global oil markets



Leaders expressed deep concerns about the grave global health crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its related impacts on the stability of economies and markets, notably in developing countries.

The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Dr Fatih Birol, and the Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, spoke by phone to review the current situation in global oil markets.

The two leaders expressed deep concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is already a grave and unprecedented global health crisis with potentially far-reaching economic and social consequences. Dr Birol and SG Barkindo assessed the impact of the virus and the recent broad-based financial and oil market volatility on the global economy. In particular, they discussed the inherent risks of the fast-evolving dynamics, including the most recent developments in global oil markets. They agreed that these create material impacts, particularly for citizens of developing countries including those that rely heavily on income from oil and gas production for essential services and that are especially vulnerable to market volatility.

Dr Birol and SG Barkindo reviewed the impact on vulnerable developing countries and noted that if current market conditions continue, their income from oil and gas will fall by 50% to 85% in 2020, reaching the lowest levels in more than two decades, according to recent IEA analysis. This is likely to have major social and economic consequences, notably for public sector spending in vital areas such as healthcare and education.

They both underscored the importance of market stability, as the impacts of extreme volatility are felt by producers, particularly in terms of much needed income, and by both producers and consumers, who are affected by an unstable and unpredictable market.

SG Barkindo and Dr Birol emphasised the importance of finding ways to minimise the impact of the current situation on vulnerable developing countries. They agreed to remain in close contact on the matter and continue their regular consultations on oil market developments.

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Early to assess impact of COVID-19 on European wind energy



The European wind industry is the global leader in the wind turbine market, realising projects in more than 80 countries world-wide. As such, our companies rely on both European and global supply chains for raw materials and components. The COVID-19 virus is impeding international trade, creating delays and uncertainties for different industrial sectors. As the number of infections rises, the European wind industry is likely to be impacted.

First analysis suggests that COVID-19 will have moderate effects on international supply chains for wind energy. With the outbreak of COVID-19 still at a relatively early stage in Europe and other countries, it is too soon to judge its impact on production and revenues in the sector. However, the first logistical delays in the supply chain can be observed already.

“A knock-on effect of a slowdown in China’s manufacturing output is already visible in other countries. The wind industry is, of course, not the only industry feeling the pinch from quarantines, travel restrictions and closed factories. Vehicle and vessel manufacturers, solar-PV panel and battery producers are being similarly affected. We will need to take a strategic approach to ensure that disruption is minimised”, comments WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson with regards to the EU Commission’s Industrial Strategy presented earlier this week.

“With COVID-19 we are likely to see delays in the development of new wind farm projects which could cause developers to miss the deployment deadlines in countries’ auction systems and face financial penalties. Governments should be flexible on how they apply their rules. And if ongoing auctions are undersubscribed because developers can’t bid in time, governments should award what they can and auction the non-awarded volumes at a later stage”, says Dickson.

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Leosphere launches Windcube: Power to customers with data and analytics



Windcube Insights is the first out-of-the-box software solution to leverage lidar and turbine data for cost-efficient power performance testing

Leosphere, a Vaisala company that specializes in developing, manufacturing, and servicing turnkey wind lidar (light detection and ranging) instruments for wind energy, aviation, meteorology, and air quality, today announced the launch of Windcube Insights at Wind Operations Europe 2020 in Munich. Windcube Insights is a proprietary data analytics software designed specifically for the Windcube Nacelle (previously called Wind Iris) nacelle-mounted lidar that simplifies the wind turbine power performance testing process.

“This new tool empowers operators with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)-compliant data to verify that turbines are performing as promised so they can maximize the energy output of their wind farm,” said Alexandre Sauvage, CEO of Leosphere. “The easy-to-use software allows operators to perform power performance testing and suggest operational optimization — quickly, accurately and efficiently.”

Windcube Insights enables true and fully transparent data analysis and reporting for Windcube Nacelle customers — all within a web-based user interface. The software is the first in the industry to enable the upload of both Windcube Nacelle lidar and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) turbine performance data with a simplified data synchronization process.

The method of operation:

  • A variety of standardized lidar and turbine data filters are available and fully configurable by the user, simplifying preparation of the data sets.
  • The software leverages those data sets to calculate and display the power curve, and the complete set of IEC requirements can be applied with embedded guidelines that reference the proper IEC standard sections, making the service fully transparent and understandable.
  • The production data, along with standardized uncertainties, are calculated and can be exported in the form of a traditional report table.
Wind Turbine Power Curve Determination Value

The handling of IEC standard requirements for issuing a power performance test (PPT) is complex, requires deep expertise, and represents a potential source of error. However, such testing is necessary for regulatory compliance, warranty verification and turbine performance verification during both the development and operations phases. Determining the power curve of a wind turbine in accordance with recognized standards is valuable because the power curve is one of the most important characteristics of the economic value of a wind project.

The Windcube Nacelle lidar measures the wind conditions at hub height ahead of the turbine, enabling operators and wind turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to efficiently and accurately assess performance and optimize design and production efficiency. When fully integrated within the wind turbine, Windcube Nacelle enables load reduction, design costs reduction, and continuous production gains.

Seeing the global energy demand accelerate at its fastest pace in more than a decade, wind energy and other clean energies are increasingly becoming further engrained into the world’s equation for energy demand. Since 2010, the size of the global wind power market has increased by 35%, and the global market is expected to approach USD 125 billion by 2030.

“Without Windcube Insights, lidar users would have to build their own software programs to analyze the data being collected by the nacelle lidar and the wind turbine,” said Sauvage. “We’ve simplified the process of applying filters, calculating the uncertainties described in recognized IEC standards and displaying data, ultimately creating a simple way to support the utilization of nacelle-mounted lidar following IEC standards and industry best practices. Windcube Insights is just another example of Leosphere’s commitment to innovation and to making our customers’ lives better by introducing tools to help them maximize efficiency and productivity.”

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements, acquired Leosphere in 2018. For more information on how Leosphere provides the most comprehensive lidar-based wind measurement systems to markets around the globe, please visit us on March 5-6 in Munich at Wind Operations Europe 2020 (booth #12).

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