WaterFurnace International, Fort Wayne, Ind., has entered into an agreement to provide geothermal systems for three new projects in China.

WaterFurnace International, Fort Wayne, Ind., has entered into an agreement to provide geothermal heating and cooling systems for three new projects in China.

The projects are a factory and a 32-story apartment building in the city of Ningbo, and a factory in Cixi County.

The factory in Ningbo will include a two-story office building and workshop area, for a total of 3,680 square meters. The factory in Cixi County will include three levels, a total of 6,000 square meters. The high-rise apartment building in Cixi County will include 186 apartments, 280 square meters each, and 90 apartments, 190 square meters each.

All three systems are fitted by WaterFurnace with energy management systems to enable operators to monitor the geothermal units' performance by computer and to control heating and cooling setpoints in different areas of the buildings.

"We are very excited about the opportunities this new market provides us," said Steve Biggs, special projects team manager for WaterFurnace. "China has many government-funded programs for energy-efficient products that will help us be competitive there."

The company's first geothermal system installed in China was in an office building in Beijing in 1983. In October 2000, WaterFurnace provided geothermal equipment for a 3,082 sq. ft. office building in Korea. In 2001, the company provided the geothermal equipment for a six-story hotel and two agricultural greenhouses in Korea.

In addition to North America, WaterFurnace said its geothermal installations are in 19 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.