2019 Summer Research Program

“Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency: The focus of solar panels, windmills, and electricity use between the U.S & Turkey”
“Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency: The focus of solar panels, windmills, and electricity use between the U.S & Turkey”
Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency: The focus of solar panels, windmills, and electricity use between the U.S & Turkey”

In an age of energy inefficiency and a deteriorating ozone layer, very few nations have focused on resource sustainability on the scale Turkey has. In 2017, the Turkish government allocated in excess of 2 Billion dollars to the production of solar panels and windmills. Furthermore, in 2015, the government set out an ambitious 8-year plan for reaching new heights in regards to energy efficiency. One of the goals set out is having 30% of total electricity generation derived from renewable energy sources, and another is to increase wind energy production by 17%. If not already, Turkey will be an international role model for resource sustainability by 2023.
 
The THO Summer Research Program in Turkey is an annual, all-expenses-paid,  ten-twelve days research trip in Turkey, during which selected young researchers will participate in meetings, excursions, and fieldwork on a chosen subject. The 2019 theme is “Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency: The focus of solar panels, windmills, and electricity usage in Turkey. which will give students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the usage of different sources of energy and how it is contributed to the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Turkey. 

During the week and a half program, participants are required to conduct a modest research project on a subject of their choosing in relation to the program theme. One outstanding researcher will be awarded a small grant to carry out a more in-depth collaborative research project with peers in Turkey.

Upon return to the U.S., participants will complete their projects by September 30th, 2019. These projects will be published on THO’s website and promoted through THO’s networks. THO will also organize public events in D.C. or elsewhere in the U.S. to highlight the projects and/or the experiences of the participants.