Qingdao Smart Low-Carbon District Energy Project (ADB-48003-002)

  • China
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Specific Location
Qingdao, Shandong Province
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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Voting Date
Dec 9, 2015
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Government of People's Republic of China
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  • Energy
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 130.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 130.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jul 3, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 29, 2016

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Project Description

The project will develop and demonstrate a low-carbon, energy-efficient district heating, cooling, and power production and distribution system in eight locations in Qingdao city. Instead of coal, the system will use natural gas, solar thermal, shallow-ground geothermal, and waste heat recovered from industrial plants as its energy sources. The project will also demonstrate a low-temperature district energy distribution network and combine it with a smart energy management system. The project system is expected to lower energy intensity by 40% and carbon intensity by 64% from the averages achieved by comparable standard systems now in use in the northern People's Republic of China (PRC).


Investment Description

Contact Information

Qingdao Municipal Government
c/o Qingdao Mun.Devt.& Reform Commission
No. 11 Xiang Gang Zhong Road, Qingdao
People's Republic of China 266071

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