January 16 (Renewables Now) - Turkey plans to test hydrogen injection into the gas distribution system from 2021 as a step towards ensuring the security of energy supply, said Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez.
The move is part of a wider hydrogen initiative across several energy areas, among which renewables, heating and transportation, the Minister announced on Wednesday, as cited by local media. For now, the country's plan is to make hydrogen from local coal.
Turkey is putting the use of hydrogen at the centre of discussions related to the security of energy supply, Donmez said, calling it “the energy carrier of the future”. The usage of hydrogen will fit the country’s efforts to lower the consumption of oil, natural gas and other fuels.
Apart from hydrogen, Turkey’s energy strategy envisages a wider adoption of renewables and the decarbonisation of heating.