The Baoding High-tech Industrial Development Zone (Suitable E-Cat Base)

I’ve been trying to find out more about the agreement to form a Sino-USA Industrial Park in Baoding we have discussed here between Cherokee Industrial Partners CEO Tom Darden, and Chinese officials and haven’t turned up much new, but I have found some interesting information on the ‘Baoding High-tech Industrial Development Zone’ established in the Chinese city in 1992.

There’s a profile of this zone on the China Knowledge website, and here is some information from it:

New energy is the dominant industry of Baoding HIDZ, which is known as the “Valley of Electricity” in China. In 2003, the zone was designated China’s only national industrial base for new energy and power equipment manufacturing by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The industrial output of new energy will reach an estimated RMB 100 billion in 2015 and RMB 200 billion in 2020.

The zone’s main strengths lie in solar photovoltaic equipment, wind power generation equipment, automatic controls for power systems and energy-conservation equipment manufacturing. There are over 200 enterprises in this sector. In 2011, the gross industrial output of the zone reached RMB 91.1 billion, 16% more than it realize in 2010 . . .

Baoding HIDZ has strong research capabilities in the energy field. Besides its research cooperation with North China Electrical Power University in the electric sector, Baoding HIDZ has also set up R&D relationships with institutes in the Netherlands, the U.S., Germany and the U.K. The zone is home to five national R&D centers.

While we don’t have many details about the agreement made between Tom Darden and the Chinese officials, it would seem that if you were wanting to set up a base in China for the development of a new energy technology, Baoding would be a logical place to establish operations. The industrial zone is divided into three sections within the city, and covers in total an area of 12.23 km2. Baoding is served by rail and expressways, and is less than 100 miles from Beijing, the nation’s capital, which lies to the northeast.

Right now the Baoding HIDZ is a home to major solar and wind industries, and we know that China has been pushing ahead with development of alternative energy production, becoming a world leader in those industries. It may be that the next stage of their energy development will be in the production of nickel reactors (aka E-Cats)

  • US_Citizen71

    Our Cherokee theory has been picked up by the triangle business journal.

    Is Raleigh’s Cherokee trying to cut an energy deal in China?

    • Mr. Moho

      Darden says none of the entities referenced in the
      E-Cat World blogs have invested in Industrial Heat

      Entities? Is he referring to individuals as entities as well?

      If no, then of couse if individuals also happen to own or manage other companies, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re investing in Industrial Heat LLC as representatives of those companies.

      […] Nor does Industrial Heat have any Chinese investors

      Technically speaking, Hady Hartanto and Daniel Pike aren’t “chinese investors”, they are Americans with Asian heritage/connections who “just” happen to also manage companies in China. So what Darden says here is also technically correct, since none of the other 12 unknown Industrial Heat LLC investors have been named and we don’t know their nationality. Well, I guess now we know there are no Chinese investors.

      I think Darden is playing tricks with the wording as to suggest that nothing interesting is going on. Beware!

      • Fortyniner

        Good find, Citizen71. It’s interesting that Amanda Jones Hoyle has picked up on matters recently discussed here, and possibly more so that Tom Darden has responded to her enquiries with his carefully worded ‘deniable denial’, and an implication (not supported by the Chinese reporting) that the recent discussions in China were general in nature.

        I have the distinct impression that none of this was meant to become public at this time, and hope that progress will not be damaged in any way by it’s publication (even relatively obscurely). However we clearly still only have a few pieces of the puzzle and it seems unlikely that any plans will need to be altered as a result.

      • bachcole

        I thought the same thing. I do it all the time with my wife. Tell a truth that doesn’t interfere with my interests and freedom. (:->)

  • Daniel Maris

    Yes, we are frustratingly close to confirmation but not quite there yet.

    It seems to me there are a number of possibilities re China:

    1. Cherokee/IH want to establish domestic production of E Cats there under licence.

    2. Cherokee/IH want to manufacture the casings and major parts for the E Cats there, to be shipped back to the USA for final assembly at an American plant (that, for what it’s worth, is what I have always proposed as a sensible way forward).

    3. They want to use the Park as its distribution and marketing centre in China (i.e. production will take place entirely outside China).

    • Bo Carneholm

      I had information from my agent in China to who I have cheered info of Ecat with, she tells me after some studding that investments of RBM 10 billion now goes into this… no further details

      • ecatworld

        That would be about 1.65 Billion USD

      • artefact

        hope you get some RBM, too for making them interested 🙂