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Renewables or Nuclear? A Discussion on Turkish Energy Outlook 


With growing fears and undeniable signs of global warming, our heavy dependence on fossil energy sources is under scrutiny. Renewable energy sources are gaining wide popularity. After hydropower, wind energy is on track for becoming one of the major energy sources. Can we fully rely on renewable energy for our future? Can they replace fossil power? Where does nuclear power fit in future energy equation? In this talk an overview and status of current power production in Turkey will be presented. The ever growing power demand and possible clean supply alternatives will be discussed. Can they really constitute a viable power source for our future? Do we really need nuclear power? This talk is aimed to give you a different perspective for our energy future.


Dr. Mahmut F Aksit received his Mechanical Engineering BS degree in 1991 from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He received both his MS (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. Later he served a Advanced Seals Research Team Leader at GE Global Research Center. Dr. Aksit is a faculty member at Sabanci University since 2003.

Dr. Aksit is Head of the National Wind Turbine Project MILRES. He is a member of the Heat Transfer Technical Committee for IGTI (International Gas Turbine Institute) and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Dr. Aksit is also a member of the Executive Board for Turkish Electric Power Generation Company.