May 21, 2011

Istanbul to Become World Center for Hydrogen Energy


The Istanbul Strait will become the world's most important center of hydrogen energy if the construction of a second canal that has been publicized by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a “crazy project” actually happens.

If the tankers use the canal for transportation, the traffic in the Bosporus will be minimized, and the sea flow in the strait will be used for the generation of hydrogen energy. Before the announcement of the Kanal Istanbul project, the International Center for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET) founded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Turkey in 2003 was planning to generate electrical energy out of the flow in the Bosporus.

However, the project was never implemented because of the heavy traffic in the Bosporus and a lack of infrastructure. In case the project is actually implemented, UNIDO-ICHET will station a turbine on a submarine in Arnavutköy-Istanbul to start generation of electricity. The center authorities who concluded that the magnitude of the undersea flow is sufficient for generation of electricity will produce 20 kilowatts of electricity by a generator to be installed on a platform in the strait.

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