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After reading the abstract here in the publication, just visit www.districtenergy.org/
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Middle East, East Asia:
Opportunity and example
Join your colleagues in
Robert P. Thornton, President, International District Energy Association
For the Middle East, South Korea and
China, the energy future is now.
China is growing dramatically in
residential, manufacturing and educational sectors. Likewise, South Korea is experiencing significant development in mixed
use and residential sector, while the
Middle East, particularly the United Arab
Emirates, is booming with major new real
estate development. Some estimates call
for 4 million tons of new cooling capacity
to be constructed in the Middle East over
the next six years.
Skyrocketing energy prices and inadequate power supplies favor district energy
development in these regions due to its
increased reliability, energy efficiency and
environmental benefits. It is a perfect time
to position U.S. district energy technology
and services to gain certification and
In fact, IDEA conservatively estimates
the export potential in the Middle East and
East Asia alone to be $6.64 billion over 10
years, creating more than 130,000 job-years.
IDEA is hoping to help its members tap
this incredible market potential.
In October 2005, IDEA was officially
awarded a Market Development Cooperator
Program Grant (MDCP) from the International Trade Administration of the U.S.
Department of Commerce. IDEA’s three-year project, titled “The Emerging District
Energy Market Access & Best Practice
Initiative,” will help IDEA members better
compete for business opportunities in
district energy development, principally district cooling, in the Middle East and East
Asia. The project has seven distinct initiatives and is specifically intended to help
small- to medium-size U.S. businesses
promote the export of equipment, technology, standards and services to these
emerging markets. The MDCP program
involves matching and in-kind contributions from IDEA and participating business
partners and provides $399,600 in federal
One of our East Asia members, the
Korean District Heating Corp. (KDHC),
recently invited me to speak at the
“International Seminar on CHP/DHC
Policy for United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change Strategy”
as part of KDHC’s 20th anniversary celebration in Seoul, South Korea. KDHC is
one of the fastest-growing district energy
companies in the world and has invested
tremendous resources in educating and
promoting district energy’s benefits. Its
Web site is complete with animation of
the district energy process.
To find out more about the opportunities in the Middle East and East Asia
and the shining example Korea sets for
us to better communicate with our customers and prospects, read the full article
Each quarter, District Energy magazine
will feature a “question of the quarter”
related to one of its forum interest areas.
You are then encouraged to visit IDEA’s
forum bulletin board to weigh in on
the topic and voice your opinions or
share your experiences.
This quarter, we’re calling on all IDEA-member distribution personnel to hop
on-line to discussion this question:
What is your system doing to
address the problem of keeping
insulation intact in manholes that
take on water? The boiling action
of that water can destroy the
integrity of the insulation used in
normal manhole situations. How
have you addressed this issue
related to safety and efficiency
concerns? What success are you
having in dealing with this
To read the full article, go to
Please visit the Distribution Forum
Message Board to discuss this topic
with your colleagues. The message
board is located in the IDEA Forums
section of the ‘Members Only’ drop-down menu at
You will need a login and a password,
so if you don’t have them yet, please
email your request to
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