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Iceland GeoSurvey and China Geological Survey to cooperate on geothermal research and training

Bjarni Richter of ISOR and Wang Yan of CGS signing the agreement, April 2018 (source: ISOR)
Alexander Richter 13 Apr 2018

Iceland GeoSurvey and the China Geological Survey have signed an MOU on cooperation in the field of geoscience, with a specific emphasis on geothermal energy. The agreement sets the basis for cooperation on networking, training and general collaboration on geothermal energy.

Reported yesterday, Iceland GeoSurvey (ÍSOR) and China Geological Survey (CGS) have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of geoscience with a special emphasis on geothermal energy.

The agreement was signed by Bjarni Richter, Head of Geothermal at ÍSOR and Wang Yan Deputy, Deputy Chief of CGS. With the agreement both parties aim to increase links between professionals, training and other collaborations in general.

China is one of the world’s most populous countries, probably with the largest geological organization. CGS employs around 6,000 people. China’s energy consumption has largely been linked to fossil fuels, and expectations are high on the utilisation of renewable energy sources. There has been a major boom in the utilisation of geothermal energy for house heating in China, and the country is now the largest when it comes to geothermal district heating based people served. This has been achieved, among others with the help of Icelanders. The Icelandic company Arctic Green Energy has over the past few years, in cooperation with the Chinese oil giant Sinopec, developed several geothermal district heating systems in various cities of China.

With the agreement, ÍSOR hopes a first step  is made towards the successful cooperation with the Chinese Geological Survey. So far, ÍSOR has participated in a number of projects in China and participated in training about 87 Chinese experts through the Geothermal Training Program in Iceland.

Source: ISOR