A first in Turkey: Kalyon Holding will produce wind turbines

Kalyon Holding will produce wind turbines, breaking new ground in Turkey. Cemal Kalyoncu said, “We will not be a company that imports, but a company that exports high technology.”

Kalyon Holding, which will complete Europe’s largest solar power plant in December, will break new ground in Turkey. Kalyon Holding Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cemal Kalyoncu, said, “Currently, we produce solar energy panels in Turkey with 85% locality. We will do something new. This will be a surprise. Currently, our target is to produce wind turbines in Turkey with a locality of over 65%. Today, towers, blades and generators of wind turbines can be produced in Turkey. It will be a huge benefit to our country. We will be a company that exports high technology, not imports.” Stating that the solar power plant they have built in Konya Karapinar will be completed in December, Kalyoncu said, “The 1,350 megawatt part will be finished. We are currently producing 700 megawatts per day. It will meet the electricity of 2 million people annually. Our power plant is one of the three largest power plants in the world, and with its 700 megawatts capacity, it has already become the largest in Europe.” According to the information given by Cemal Kalyoncu, the power plant is built on an area of 20 million square meters. 3.5 million panels will be used in the area, which is the size of 2,600 football fields. 2 million tons of carbon emissions per year will be prevented. With the power plant, $600 million of imports will be prevented.


Kalyoncu, who said that they increased the Kalyon Solar Technologies Factory, where panels are produced in Ankara, to a capacity of 1,250 megawatts, said: “It produces the best panels in the world with high technology. A single factory in the world makes four productions under one roof. In other words, ingot (ingot), slice (wafer), cell (cell) and finally panel (module) production, in short, the whole part from stone to panel can be done in our Kalyon PV factory that we established.” Emphasizing that 95% of the engineers working at the factory are Turkish, Kalyoncu noted that they established an R&D center where at least 100 Turkish scientists work.


Kalyoncu stated that they established the mobile LNG terminal in Aliaga, which is the first in TURKEY, that converts LNG to natural gas, and that they gasified the liquefied natural gas (LNG) procured from abroad by BOTAS, and offered it to use, said: “Especially for the last 2 months, officials from Germany and Poland come every week. They say, ‘Come on, do the LNG business to us, do the solar energy’. Not only from there, but also from the USA, Africa and Europe, many officials say, ‘Please bring this job to us’. However, our priority in LNG is Turkey. Maybe in the future.”


Kalyoncu, regarding how IGA’s moves resonated abroad, said, “There are many suitors for IGA and our solar energy investments, from the USA to China, from Europe to the Middle East. We will explain when we reach the final point.” Explaining that the airport has brought them a lot, Kalyoncu said, “We will have very different studies in three continents in terms of renewable energy and airports.” Expressing that they will continue their investments in aviation and energy in the rest of the year, Kalyoncu emphasized that they are working on the electric charging station and electricity storage batteries, and that they will start the 1,000-megawatt wind power plant project in 2023.


Explaining that they made €8 billion of the €10 billion 250 million investment in ISTANBUL Airport with loans and equity, and the rest will be implemented as needed, Kalyoncu said, “We have built the largest, healthiest and most functional airport in the world. Currently, IGA Istanbul Airport ranks first in Europe and second in the world in terms of number of passengers. The man I met in India and the one I spoke to in America and Africa were talking about IGA. They say, ‘We went to Istanbul and saw a very different airport there.” Talking about the impact of the airport on the economy, Kalyoncu said that when the number of passengers reaches 120 million, 4.5% of the gross domestic product will be produced here. Kalyoncu noted that after passing to Istanbul Airport, the number of bird strikes and missed passes decreased by 50%.


Stating that he has thoughts on ORGANIC and efficient food and vertical production, Kalyoncu said that he is considering entering the food industry if he has time. Kalyoncu explained that they have implemented the metrobus, the fresh water pipeline they built between Turkey and TRNC, Turkey’s first and Europe’s largest advanced biological boosting facility, and the project to generate energy from the wastes generated from this treatment, and the project to generate energy from the waste incineration facility operating in Istanbul. Noting that they built a natural gas storage facility under the sea in Silivri, Kalyoncu emphasized that they built warehouses at a depth of 2,000 meters, and that the gas to be purchased while the prices are low in the summer can be offered to the public more economically in the winter. Stating that they have a formula called 4T (society, nature, design, technology) as a holding, Kalyoncu said that they have planted nearly 7.5 million saplings so far to be beneficial to nature. Explaining that the Kalyon Foundation is also working on animal shelters in partnership with municipalities in Istanbul, Kalyoncu said that there are currently nearly 10 thousand students at Hasan Kalyoncu University.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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