News

Successful conclusion of European Geothermal PhD Days in Turkey

EGPD 2020 Participants in K?z?ldere-3 Geothermal Power Plant owned by Zorlu Energy in Denizli-Turkey
Alexander Richter 9 Mar 2020

The 11th edition of the European Geothermal PhD Days have been successfully concluded at Pamukkale University in Turkey. With great presentations, poster sessions and field trips there was something for everyone, providing a great venue for fruitful discussions.

Last week, Turkey hosted the 11th European Geothermal PhD Day in Denizli.  30 PhD candidates around the world shared their research findings and interact with young scientists. The Geothermal Application and Research Center of Pamukkale University hosted participants in the well-developed geothermal site of Turkey, K?z?ldere, and organized a professional guided tour to one of the natural wonders of Turkey, Pamukkale Travertines, as well as the ancient city of Hierapolis.

EGPD 2020 participants in Pamukkale Travertines-Turkey

EGPD 2020 participants in Pamukkale Travertines-Turkey

Professional guided tour to Hierapolis ancient city in Denizli Turkey during EGPD 2020

Professional guided tour to Hierapolis ancient city in Denizli Turkey during EGPD 2020

The event found publicity in local and international press, as well as the digital billboards located on highways in Denizli. Therefore, it attracted great interest not only from the academic community, but also from the companies actively operating in geothermal market and from the state as Denizli Metropolitan Municipality.

EGPD 2020 attracted great interest not only from the academic community, but also from the companies actively operating in geothermal market and from the state as Denizli Metropolitan Municipality.

 

EGPD 2020 started with an icebreaker in Pamukkale University on 24th February.

The next day, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali KAYA, the director of the Research Center, delivered the welcome speech. Assc. Prof. Dr. Maren BREHME from Delft University of Technology was the first keynote speaker. Her talk focused on perspectives for the sustainable use of geothermal resources based on her experience in various international projects. She concluded her speech by giving advices to PhD candidates, emphasizing the importance of communication and networking.

Assc. Prof. Dr. Maren BREHME from Delft University of Technology concluded her speech by giving advices to PhD candidates, emphasizing the importance of communication and networking.

Morning session continued with the talk of Prof. Dr. Ali KOCYIGIT, retired from the Middle East Technical University, on the significance and use of Earth science data in geothermal exploration. This presentation provided an insight about the structural geology of the region with a focus on grabens hosting the geothermal sites in the vicinity.

Prof. Dr. Ali KOCYIGIT, emeritus professor from the Middle East Technical University, talked about the significance and use of Earth science data in geothermal exploration.

The presentation of Prof. Dr. Franco Tassi (Universita Degli Studi di Firenze), on hydrothermal-magmatic gases was the last talk in the morning session. Prof. Tassi emphasized the importance of geochemical monitoring and suggested that young scientists who work in chemistry of volcanic gases subscribe to CCVG IAVCEI: The Commission on the Chemistry of Volcanic Gases (CCVG) International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI).

Prof. Dr. Franco TASSI (Universita Degli Studi di Firenze) taking the certificate of appreciation from Assoc. Dr. Ali KAYA, the director of the Geothermal Application and Research Center of Pamukkale University

Afternoon session started with the talk of the assistant manager of Geothermal Application and Research Center, Dr. Taylan AKIN, who mentioned the recent status of Turkey in geothermal energy market and the historical process of EGPD.

The assistant manager of Geothermal Application and Research Center, Dr. Taylan AKIN mentioning the historical process of European Geothermal PhD Days

The director of the Iceland School of Energy Dr. Juliet Newson gave a talk on the importance of geothermal education by introducing the recent statistics on international geothermal training courses, nationalities of students and job prospects. Dr. Newson also emphasized the importance of collaboration between the industry and universities.

The director of the Iceland School of Energy Dr. Juliet Newson gave a talk on the importance of geothermal education.

Prof. Dr. Serhat AKIN from the Middle East Technical University presented the results of the World Bank financed project on characterizing the declining CO2 emissions from Turkish Geothermal Power Plants.

Prof. Dr. Serhat AKIN from the Middle East Technical University presented the results of the World Bank financed project on characterizing the declining CO2 emissions from Turkish Geothermal Power Plants

Keynote speeches ended with the talk of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Tugrul BAsOKUR (Ankara University) on the use of electrical resistivity models in geothermal exploration.

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Tugrul BA?OKUR, from Ankara University, delievered a speech on the use of electrical resistivity models in geothermal exploration.

At this international event, PhD candidates had poster presentations that allowed them to introduce their research and discuss it with other young scientists.

Poster session during EGPD 2020 in Pamukkale University, Denizli-Turkey

The geographical location of Turkey increased participation from neighbouring countries. Students from Slovenia, Mexico and Mauritania were also present at the European Geothermal PhD Day.

EGPD 2020 participants concluding the presentation sessions in the venue of Pamukkale University on 25 February 2020.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was the technical field trip organized to the engineering-excellence-awarded Kizildere-3 Geothermal Power Plant (Zorlu Energy) and to the fumarole on February 26.

During this trip, MSc. Mechanical Engineer Ural Halacoglu, Reservoir Engineer Erdinc Sentürk and Geochemist Raziye Sengün guided the group and provided technical information.

EGPD 2020 participants during the presentations on the technical properties of Kiz?idere-3 GEPP in Denizli-Turkey.

 

Please visit the following link for a glimpse at the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91ibwly4ro8

We congratulate the organization team for a successful event and thank Aysegül Turan for the short summary of the event.