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Site 8: Xian Yang Geothermal Community

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Note that like many Chinese place names, there are numerous ways of translating the name into the Roman alphabet. You will see this same city referred to in news articles under other spellings, including: Hsien-yang,Syanyan,Hsien-yang-hsien,Hsien-yang-shih,Sienyanghsien


Scenario: In a geothermally active area on the outskirts of the larger city of Xian Yang, a community of traditional medicine practitioners wish to set up a healing center that (literally) taps into the special resources of the area.



The city of Xian Yang has an official website with a lot of valuable information: http://www.xianyang.gov.cn



Also see this article, on the same site, specifically about the geothermal operations and some pilot programs: "GeoThermal Energy City"




Here is an alternate location and scenario:

Qihe county, on the northern bank of the Yellow River


geothermal base, consisting of a sci-tech park, a hot spring bathing

and therapeutic center, an aquatic breeding center, and a plantation

of green farm products

Here are some more links suggested by Doris:






December 6, 2006

China's Geothermal City Opens New Heating Utility

Reykjavik, Iceland [RenewableEnergyAccess.com]

The first phase of a new geothermal district heating utility in China's official geothermal city, Xian Yang, opened this week, implemented by a consortium of Icelandic/Nordic companies, including financier Glitnir and Orkuveita Reykjavikur.

"Every day that we utilize geothermal energy instead of burning coal is a good day."


-- Asgeir Margeirsson, ENEX chairman and a director at Orkuveita Reykjavikur

Orkuveita Reykjavikur, an independent utility company owned by the City of Reykjavik, currently runs one of the world's largest geothermal district heating system in Reykjavik.


China's considerable potential in geothermal energy is only beginning to be tapped, and Xian Yang comprises the center for the development. This geothermal heating system is the first project of the newly established Shaanxi Green Energy, a joint venture between Shaanxi Geothermal Energy Development Co. Ltd. (CGCO) and Enex China, in which Glitnir is one of the three main shareholders.


"I am extremely proud to note that Icelandic knowledge is contributing to keeping Chinese households warm. It is indeed humbling to know that the development of pollution free and sustainable energy resources for heating purposes in China has significant implications not only for China's energy policy, but also worldwide," said Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Valgerdur Sverrisdottir.


For 70 years, Iceland has pioneered the utilization of this natural and clean energy source. Tapping its plentiful geothermal energy, this volcanic island, situated right on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, has turned a natural hazard into a unique national asset.


"Every day that we utilize geothermal energy instead of burning coal is a good day," said Asgeir Margeirsson, ENEX chairman and a director at Orkuveita Reykjavikur.



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