As the person who has
realized the first geothermal applications in Turkey, I am pleased and proud
that the World Geothermal Congress 2005 (WGC2005) will meet with the theme
“Geothermal Energy: The Domestic, Renewable, Green Option” in Antalya/Turkey
under the auspices of IGA-International Geothermal Association and Turkish
The geothermal utilization has started in the land of Turkey with the beginning
of the 11th Century in terms of thermal bathing by Romans, Seljukians and
Ottomans which is now a well established Turkish tradition. Today, most of the
cities in Turkey have several public baths (“hammams”) using hot springs for
bathing and curing purposes. Turkey has achieved a rapid geothermal development
especially in district heating systems, electricity production and mineral
recovery in the recent years. 170 geothermal fields have been already explored
and 57.000 residences equivalence geothermal district heating including
residence heating in 11 cities, thermal facilities heating and greenhouse
heating exist in Turkey.
It is a great privilege for Turkey to be the host country of the World Geothermal Congress, the biggest geothermal event in the Year 2005 which will bring distinguished geothermalists from all over the world together in Antalya, a beautiful city in south of Turkey.
Turkey with a vast combination of cultural, historical and climatic conditions of the three continents of the World: Europe, Asia, Africa and Antalya the gem of the Mediterranean with a heritage of the past centuries, culture, sea and lush green are inviting you to the World Geothermal Congress 2005.
Your participation is highly esteemed.
My very best wishes for your enjoyable stay in Antalya on the occasion of