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“Turkish Photovoltaic Technologies Platform” Project

“Turkish Photovoltaic Technologies Platform” Project submitted by METU GÜNAM (Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications) together with 8 other national partners to the “Call for High Technology Platforms” opened within the scope of TÜBİTAK Center of Excellence Support Program (1004 Program) has been accepted and passed to the next stage.

The Turkish Photovoltaic Technologies Platform (TPTP) , initiated by METU-GÜNAM, was designed and presented to the 1004 program. TPTP aims to make Turkey a world-leading country in the field of solar energy technologies. There are two major motivations in this initiative: reducing the use of fossil fuels that cause global warming and climate change; and reducing the energy import of Turkey, which is the most important cause of Turkey’s current account deficit. Solar energy represents the most effective option for solving both of these problems. In addition, when other factors such as the development of high technology products and other positive effects such as the amount and the quality of employment are calculated, it is evident that the solar energy field has become a critically important sector in the development of our country.

Along with METU-GÜNAM, public institutions, TÜBİTAK MAM Energy Institute and Niğde Ömer Halisdemir University, and private institutions, Şişecam A.Ş., Bereket Enerji A.Ş., GTC Güneş Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., TESCOM, Nanovatif, iTechSolar, are participating in the TPTP, which aims to make a significant breakthrough within four years with its ambitious and comprehensive program. In the project, also; Fraunhofer ISE from Germany and IMEC from Belgium, which are the leading organizations in this field taking place as partner organizations. With the participation of each organization in the program with at least one project, many products needed by the industry will be created in four years.

TÜBİTAK ARDEB 1004 Program is a new initiative aimed at creating platforms that develop high-tech products in Turkey, which can have a high impact on the development of our country. Only research universities and research centers under Turkish law 6550 can apply to this program, which supports projects that are expected to have high budgets and broad goals. Apart from the leading executive institution, the projects should include at least two universities or public research centers, and at least two private sector organizations with an R&D center. It is also possible to include appropriate partners from abroad.

ODAK2023: Final Announcement, New Information & Register by Friday for a Free Lunch

“Dear Colleagues,

This is the final announcement for the “ODAK2023 Kick-Off Event: Sunrise for Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) in Turkey” on 26 February 2020 at METU. You can reach the draft Program via this link. We currently have > 45 people registered for the event. Several colleagues emailed me indicating that they would not be able to attend but want to contribute to ODAK2023, and therefore I am also including these colleagues so they can benefit from the draft Program and the new information below.

Information for ODAK2023: Kick-Off Event

  • Online Registration:
    • Register at
    • <<Register by 21 Feb. and receive a free lunch!>> Specifically, we will be making arrangements for lunch based on the participants who register by Friday.
  • Venue
  • Tentative Agenda for 26 Feb. 2020
    • 8:15-8:45: Registration
    • 9:00-18:00: ODAK2023. Due to the tight presentation schedule, we will start promptly at 9:00 and work to move efficiently through all the presentations.

New Information:

  • ODAKtr Contact List: We are working on developing a contact list of Key CST Stakeholders for Turkey to strengthen CST networks. In early March we will follow-up on how to join this Contact List.
  • Follow-up session at SolarEx Istanbul.
    • Session Title: Pathway to Concentrating Solar Thermal deployment in Turkey
    • Co-organized by METU-GÜNAM and ESTELA (Belgium)
    • Date: 2 April 2020
    • Time: 13:00-18:00
    • Location: Efes Seminar Room
    • We will use the ODAK2023 Contact List to disseminate updates on this session in March.

We hope to see you next week at ODAK2023: Kick-Off Event to contribute to catalyzing CST Research and Innovation Activities in Turkey and support the transition to a low-carbon energy future.

With warm regards

Prof. Dr. Derek K. Baker

Department of Mechanical Engineering

GÜNAM Management Board

GÜNAM ODAK (Concentrated Solar Thermal Research Lab.)

Middle East Technical University


European Solar Era-Net projects “Cheer-Up” and “Eco-Sun”, written and submitted by Fırat Es and Emel Semiz from GÜNAM, and European consortium members, have been accepted to be funded.

“Cheer-Up” project aims to develop cost-effective and efficient industrial, UMG, black multi-c silicon solar cells together with the participation of METU GÜNAM, University of Valencia, University of Madrid and Aurinka Group as the industrial partner.

The second project, “Eco-Sun”, aims to develop a low concentration (<100x), hybrid, PV-CSP system for heat and electricity co-generation together with the participation of METU GÜNAM, Graz University of Technology, CTTC (Barcelona), and IMK Solarmirrortec and iTek Solar as the industrial partners.


Prof. Dr. Raşit Turan, GÜNAM director, briefed Mr. Paquet about the facilities and achievements of GÜNAM.



Prof. Turan and GÜNAM researchers showed Mr. Paquet and his representative committee about the major technological steps of photovoltaic cell fabrication in the GÜNAM facilities.



Regarding his visit, Mr. Paquet shared a tweet on the link below:


Prof. Lang Zhou, who is the director of Institute of Photovoltaics of Nanchang University (China), was hosted by GÜNAM and delivered a talk titled “Development of solar cells based on heterojunction of amorphous silicon and crystalline silicon (HAC): HIT and post HIT” in Cavid Eginsoy Seminar Room of METU Physics Department, on 26 November 2018.

After the talk, a “Letter of Memorandum” was signed by Prof. Raşit Turan and Prof. Lang Zhou with a ceremony as an intention for possible research collaboration between Institute of Photovoltaics of Nanchang University and GÜNAM in future.


GÜNAM Researchers Derek Baker, İlker Tarı, and Özgür Bayer are representing GÜNAM and Turkey in the project INSHIP (Integrating National Research Agendas on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes). INSHIP aims at the definition of an ECRIA (European Common Research and Innovation Agenda) engaging major European research institutes with recognized activities on SHIP, into an integrated structure that could successfully achieve the following coordination objectives:

  • More effective and intense cooperation between EU research institutions
  • Alignment of different SHIP-related national research and funding programs
  • Avoiding overlaps and duplications and identifying gaps
  • Acceleration of knowledge transfer to the European industry
  • To be the reference organization to promote and coordinate the international cooperation in SHIP research from and to Europe

Another leg of INSHIP is the development of coordinated R&D activities (TRLs 2-5) with the ambition of progressing SHIP (Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) beyond the state-of-the-art through:

  • An easier integration of low and medium temperature technologies suiting the operation, durability and reliability requirements of industrial end users
  • Expanding the range of SHIP applications to the EI sector through the development of suitable process embedded solar concentrating technologies
  • Overcoming the present barrier of applications only in the low and medium temperature ranges
  • Increasing the synergies within industrial parks through centralized heat distribution networks and exploiting the potential synergies of these networks with district heating and with the electricity grid.

GÜNAM researchers are leading Research Tasks on Solar-Driven Industrial Dryers, Solar Metals Production for the Metallurgical Industry, and Solar Lime Production for the Cement Industry.

The project consortium is composed of 28 partners and aligns strongly with the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme on Concentrating Solar Power (EERA-JP-CSP). The project is led by the Fraunhofer-Institute of Solar Energy, Germany, and is a 4-year project that started on 1 January, 2017. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 731287.