Owing to the technological leap as a result of 5 years of work by 60 engineers from 4 organizations led by TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center Energy Institute, now it is made possible to produce the hydroelectric power plant components needed by Turkey for long years, with national capabilities.
MİLHES will prevent outflow of investment funds around 7.5 billion dollars.
The Project (MİLHES) on the Design and Production of Hydroelectric Power Plant Components Domestically, which aims to nationalize hydroelectric power plant components needed intensely by Turkey, targets to prevent outflow of planned investment funds of 7.5 billion dollars for electromechanical HPP equipment, owing to projects conducted wholly with domestic manufacturers.
Design and manufacture from scratch with national capabilities
MİLHES Project materialized a power plant where all the equipment was designed and manufactured from scratch for the first time. As part of the project, vertical type Francis turbine; which is the basis of the National Hydroelectric Power Plant designed from scratch; the synchronous generator, speed regulator, warning system, control and protection systems and all other auxiliary components- were commissioned at the 11 MVA installed power capacity unit in KEPEZ-1 Hydroelectric Power Plant.
Synchronous generator and Francis type turbine of the unit were designed respectively by TÜBİTAK MAM Energy Institute and TOBB Economy and Technology University (ETÜ), whereas the generator was manufactured at TEMSAN, the Francis turbine was subjected to model tests at TOBB ETÜ test laboratory, and the turbine was manufactured at GİMAS Inc. facilities.
Within the scope of the project, the design and manufacture of control and protection systems, warning system and speed regulator, the unit acceptance tests and the efficiency measurements regarding IEC60041 standard, etc. were realized by TÜBİTAK MAM. In this way, methodological experience has been gained in the manufacture and commissioning of an HPP unit.
Upon the completion of the 11 MVA capacity Kepez-1 HPP with MİLHES project, the target was raised to 44 MVA and the efforts kicked off. With the contract signed on 26 November 2020, the economically worn-out HPP components of Sarıyar Dam in Ankara will be renewed with efficiency-boosted systems at 44 MVA capacity. Thus, Turkey will get the capability to design and manufacture HPPs with over 100 MV installed power capacity.
With the project extending “from R&D to end-product”, the efficiency of HPPs will be improved and the cost of new power plants to be installed in the future will be decreased.
Reference: DÜNYA'yı iyi oku (dunya.com)
Introductory Film of MİLHES: DESIGN AND PRODUCTION of HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANT COMPONENTS DOMESTICALLY (MİLHES) - YouTube