Effective Software Utilization in Indigenous Coal Combustion – OpEd


Leading the Way in Turkish Thermal Power Plants


Energy is a fundamental requirement for the sustainability of modern societies, and in countries with high energy demand, such as Turkey, energy production holds significant importance. It is well known that Turkey possesses the potential to partially meet its energy needs through the utilization of indigenous coal resources. At this juncture, the efficient combustion of indigenous coal for energy generation becomes crucial, and the effective use of software plays a vital role in achieving this goal.

1. Indigenous Coal and Thermal Power Plants

Turkey is rich in indigenous coal reserves. However, the efficient combustion of this indigenous coal for energy production is essential. This is where software comes into play. The software developed for the construction and operation of Turkish thermal power plants ensures that energy production becomes more efficient and environmentally friendly.

2. Combustion Efficiency and Emission Control

Software can optimize the combustion of indigenous coal in thermal power plants. This not only increases combustion efficiency, allowing for higher energy generation, but also optimizes emission control. As a result, environmental impacts are minimized, and air quality is preserved.

3. Operational Efficiency

Software can also enhance the operational efficiency of thermal power plants. It assists operators in real-time monitoring of plant performance, predicting maintenance requirements, and reducing operating costs. This leads to a reduction in energy production costs, providing an economic advantage.

4. Investment Decisions

When making significant investment decisions, such as the construction or expansion of thermal power plants, the use of software can be invaluable. Software can help evaluate the cost-effectiveness of various scenarios and determine the most suitable option.

5. Environmental and Social Responsibility

Finally, the effective use of software aids the energy sector in fulfilling its environmental and social responsibilities. It supports commitments to clean energy production and emission reduction targets.


Turkey has significant potential for energy production through the use of indigenous coal resources. However, realizing this potential requires the effective utilization of software. The efficient use of software in indigenous coal combustion will make energy production more efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective, ultimately helping Turkey meet its energy needs. Therefore, the role of software in the construction and operation of Turkish thermal power plants is becoming increasingly important.

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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