Thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese company Trina Solar to introduce a cleantech solution that will cut energy consumption and disrupt the global heat pump sector.
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The signing ceremony was attended by Sunamp Chief Executive Andrew Bissell and Jifan Gao, Chairman and Chief Executive of Trina Solar, at the official opening of the global giant’s new heat pump factory in Changzhou, China (on 20th October 2018). The aim of the collaboration is to integrate heat pumps with the Scottish company’s high-energy density, high-power density UniQ heat batteries, thereby bringing a distinct, innovative and cost effective solution to the market.
Heat batteries have the potential to maximise the penetration of renewable and minimise fuel bills by capturing heat in a variety of ways. They can deliver cascades of hot water and highly responsive space heating with proven savings of up to 75 percent on utility bills and have a proven lifecycle of over 40,000 cycles, which is equivalent to over 50 years of normal use.
The collaboration agreement between the two companies follows a visit from Trina Solar representatives to Sunamp’s manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Edinburgh earlier this year. Sunamp will supply heat batteries for Trina’s customer experience centres in Changzou and, in exchange, Trina will supply solar PV equipment for Sunamp’s customer experience centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
“Trina and Sunamp both share the same idea of accepting the responsibility of combating global climate change, and this lays the foundation for mutual cooperation” said Jifan Gao. “Entering into the heat pump sector and collaborating with Sunamp is in line with our Trina 3.0 strategy. We are open to any promising innovative technologies, and our platform service enables the successful transition of technology developments to products and solutions, to facilitate global market supply and service, to achieve win-win mutual strategic cooperation, and to provide high class product and valuable service to our customers.”
Andrew Bissell added that Sunamp’s heat battery technology extends and enhances the range of capabilities of heat pumps and that the combination of solar PV, heat pumps and heat batteries has exceptional potential to cut fuel costs, address climate change and improve air quality.
The companies will run a trial of the proposed integrated solution in China over the winter months.