Dora-II Geothermal Power
Certified as: Gold Standard Voluntary Emissions Reduction (GSVER)
Sustainable Development Goals supported:
Turkey’s flourishing economy has sent its emissions soaring since 1990 with an energy supply dependant on fossil fuel imports. As of 2016, just 1.76% of Turkeys energy mix is geothermal, but the country has 17 geothermal sites with a potential total installed capacity of 710 MW that could help assure Turkeys national security and drive down emissions.
Located in southwest Turkey’s Aydin Province, Dora-II is a 9.5 MW capacity geothermal power plant that harnesses the Salavatl Geothermal Area, reducing air pollution, improving Turkeys energy security, and fostering regional development. The geothermal plant employs an Organic Ranking Cycle System to generate electricity; this is a binary cycle system, where fluid obtained from the geothermal well transmits its temperature to another fluid (pentane) with a cooler evaporation point. The organic gas propels turbines to generate electricity, and hot water produced by this process is re-injected into the geothermal wells, forming a closed cycle.
Over two decades, Dora-II will mitigate 280,000 tonnes of CO2 and make important contributions to regional and national development. As well as improving energy security, the power plant further develops Turkeys geothermal industry, while improving grid infrastructure and stability with new transmission lines. The project also contributes to regional vocational diversity by creating new job opportunities in an otherwise agrarian society. The project supports regional education too, funding supplies and the construction of a new building at a local school.