| Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise


Download our free eResource: Safety in Coatings Work.

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

Warming Up to Pistachio Power

Friday, May 23, 2014

More items for Program/Project Management

Comment | More

Turkey is making a novel, if nutty, run at a new energy source that officials say could power an entire city.

The world's third-largest producer of the pistachio (after Iran and the U.S.) is considering constructing a pistachio-shell-powered city on a 7,900-acre area near Gaziantep (originally Antep) in southern Turkey, reports say.

MadMaxMarchHare / Wikimedia Commons

If approved, a project to build a city and power most of it with pistachio shells could be completed in about a year for about $822,420, according to reports.

Gaziantep is regarded as the center of pistachio cultivation in the country. Gizmodo reports that the region exported 4,000 tons of pistachios in 2013.

The pistachio shells would provide heating and cooling for 60 percent of the new city's needs, reports relate.

Other energy-efficient technologies, such as green roofs, solar power, rainwater collection and wastewater management systems, would also be used,

The city would be home to 200,000 people, reports note, citing officials.

Nuts about Nuts

The idea for the project stems from a study conducted by a French environmental firm, according to the Turkish Press.

The firm, Burgeap, determined that the snack's shells—with a 19.26 calorific value per kilo—were the “most feasible source of energy” for the region, news bureaus report.

Annette von Spiegel / Wikimedia Commons

The city would be near Gaziantep, the pistachio cultivation center of the country.

A copy of the study was not immediately available for review.

Before the officials get cracking on this ambitious project, they plan to review the Burgeap report in more detail.

In addition, a final feasibility report on the proposed city is set to be presented to the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality.

If approved, the nut-focused project could be completed in about a year for about $822,420, reports relate.


Tagged categories: Building science; Energy efficiency; Government; Green building; Research

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Ethox Chemicals LLC
Ethoflex® ER instantly upgrades your epoxy!

The only epoxy additive that improves flexibility, corrosion resistance, toughness, and adhesion, without hurting pot life, cure time, or increasing VOCs.

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
Industrial strength performance in ONE can.

Now get the durability and protection of two components in one can: Amercoat® ONE, PSX® ONE and Sigmadur ONE.

Covestro (formerly Bayer)
Bayer MaterialScience is now Covestro.

The pioneering spirit of our first 150 years will drive the bold vision of our next 150: to develop the industry’s most innovative coatings solutions.

Graco Inc.
Graco Mortar Pump

The M680 sprays epoxy-based mortars, anti-skid coatings, cementitious and filled materials. Compact.
Easy to use.
Call 877-844-7226 or

SAFE Systems, Inc.
Portable Dust Collectors for Tough Environments

Trailer and skid-mounted models in numerous sizes, powered by electric and/or diesel. Sloped roofs, multiple dust inlets, high static, dampered fans. Lockable power & drive compartments.

Minerals Research & Recovery

Sharpshot®XL is a new fast-cutting, low-dusting, cost-effective iron silicate abrasive. Call Patrick Conry: 502-552-5895 for details.

Oxford Instruments Coating Measurement

HoldTight Solutions Inc.

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802

Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH)

US Minerals
US Minerals -
Black Magnum

With nationwide production and distribution capabilities, U.S. Minerals supplies a complete range of coal slag and other abrasives to meet all of your blasting needs.

Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail