The Global Technology Revolution China, In-Depth Analyses

Emerging Technology Opportunities for the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)

by Richard Silberglitt, Anny Wong, S. R. Bohandy, Brian G. Chow, Noreen Clancy, Scott Hassell, David R. Howell, Gregory S. Jones, Eric Landree, Parry Norling


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In 2007, the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and one of its administrative zones, the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), in northeast China commissioned the RAND Corporation to perform a technology-foresight study to help them develop and implement a strategic vision and plan for economic growth through technological innovation. The principal objectives were to identify the most-promising emerging technology applications for TBNA and TEDA to pursue as part of their plan for growth, to analyze the drivers and barriers they would face in each case, and to recommend action plans for each technology application (TA). Seven TAs should form a pivotal part of TBNA's comprehensive strategic plan: cheap solar energy; advanced mobile communications and radio-frequency identification; rapid bioassays; membranes, filters, and catalysts for water purification; molecular-scale drug design, development, and delivery; electric and hybrid vehicles; and green manufacturing. The specific action plans can be integrated into an overarching strategic plan that rests on three legs: building a state-of-the-art R&D program; updating and expanding TBNA and TEDA's manufacturing base; and positioning TBNA and TEDA for the global marketplace. The plan offers TBNA a wealth of opportunities that will position it for the future development it envisions, and each TA emerges from one or more of TEDA's current pillar industries, making for a fluid transition that builds on existing strengths.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Part One

    The Most-Promising Opportunities for TBNA and TEDA in Science and Engineering

  • Chapter Two

    The Most-Promising Technology Applications for TBNA and TEDA for 2020

  • Chapter Three

    The Foundation for TBNA's Growth into a Leading-Edge Science and Engineering Center

  • Part Two

    Analysis of the Most-Promising Technology Applications for TBNA and TEDA

  • Chapter Four

    Cheap Solar Energy

  • Chapter Five

    Advanced Mobile-Communication and RFID Applications

  • Chapter Six

    Rapid Bioassays

  • Chapter Seven

    Membranes, Filters, and Catalysts for Water Purification

  • Chapter Eight

    Molecular-Scale Drug Design, Development, and Delivery

  • Chapter Nine

    Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

  • Chapter Ten

    Green Manufacturing

  • Part Three

    Building for TBNA's Future

  • Chapter Eleven

    Toward Making TEDA a State-of-the-Art Science and Engineering Center

  • Appendix A

    RAND Workshop on TBNA Science and Technology Vision, August 8–9, 2007

  • Appendix B

    TEDA Meeting Agenda, December 5, 2007, and List of Participants

  • Appendix C

    Green Chemistry Awards of National Governments

  • Appendix D

    Some Recent Conferences and Academic Research on Green Manufacturing in China

This study was sponsored by the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) and was conducted under the auspices of the Transportation, Space, and Technology (TST) Program within RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (ISE).

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