Using 100% renewable energy was first suggested in a paper in Science  published in 1975 by Danish physicist Bent Sørensen, which was followed by several other proposals.
It was Askin’s dream to build a solar powered factory after he built with his team the world’s highest 3G base station in Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) near the village of Gorakshep in Nepal on October 2010. These days our co-founder Askin was working for Chinese telecom giant ZTE as Key Account Manager.
Gurme212’s first factory Ekofood (2010) is Turkey’s first 100% solar powered food manufacturer since 2015 December. The first phase was 450 kw/hr and second phase is now 300 kw/h.
Why Askin waited 6 years to build solar panels on roof?
Even in the early 21st century it was extraordinary for scientists and decision-makers to consider the concept of 100% renewable electricity. However, renewable energy progress has been so rapid that things have totally changed since then; Solar photo voltaic modules have dropped about 75 percent in price.
Fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—do substantially more harm than renewable energy sources by most measures, including air and water pollution, damage to public health, wildlife and habitat loss, water use, land use, and global warming emissions. Gurme212 does not only care about today but also about the future.
Turkey is located in an advantageous position in the Middle East and Southeast Europe for solar energy. Solar potential is very high in Turkey, especially in the South Eastern Anatolia and Mediterranean provinces. Compared to the rest of the region, insolation values are higher and conditions for solar power generation are comparable to Spain. 7.5 TWh was generated in 2018 which was 2.5% of Turkey’s electricity. After Gurme212, too many Turkish food manufacturers started to build solar panels which is a good green move.
Renewable energy provides reliable power supplies and fuel diversification, which enhance energy security and lower risk of fuel spills while reducing the need for imported fuels. Renewable energy also helps conserve the nation’s natural resources. That’s why we have to use products which are produced with renewable energy.
In 2022, on our 10th anniversary, our dream is to use only solar power vehicles in our company. The challenge never ends.