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Geothermal potential of Agri, Türkiye being evaluated by Istanbul Technical University

Studies are ongoing to evaluate the geothermal potential of the Diyadin district of Agri in Türkiye, which stands out with its rich geothermal resources. A cooperation with Agri Ibrahim Cecen University (AICÜ) and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) has been created for this study.

As reported in the local news, academics from both universities collected soil, rock, and water samples from the area to study the water quality of the geothermal springs in the Diyadin district. The samples taken will be examined in ITU laboratories.

The infrastructure construction protocol for the first phase of the planned geothermal greenhouse project in the Diyadin district was signed earlier this year. In order to use the geothermal resources in the district for agriculture, tomato production is carried out 12 months of the year in the greenhouses established on 40 decares of land in the region.

An “Academic Cooperation Protocol” was signed a while ago between AICÜ and ITU in order to reveal the natural and cultural potential of the city and to make it a tourism destination. Within the scope of the protocol, academicians from two universities visited the Diyadi district to evaluate the geothermal potential of Agri.

“Electrical energy production of geothermal energy, which is a renewable, clean, cheap, environmentally friendly and domestic underground resource, meets the regional heat needs, including those for greenhouse cultivation, production of organic agricultural products, product drying, thermal tourism and health purposes. However, the geothermal energy in Diyadin, which has an important potential, has only been utilized in a very limited amount in the fields of greenhouse cultivation, regional warming, and health,” said AICÜ Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Kaya.

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