Lothian’s Sunamp Announces Deal with Chinese Solar Firm
Sunamp said the deal proves the company is both mature and capable of launching its products in “key international markets.”
An East Lothian-based battery manufacturing firm, Sunamp, has announced it will work with a Chinese firm to develop energy-saving batteries.
Trina Solar, which is headquartered in Changzhou, has brought the firm on board to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions for its solar panels and associated products.
Sunamp develops heat energy storage batteries, which are designed to make buildings more energy efficient and sustainable while reducing carbon emissions.
The company was founded by entrepreneur Andrew Bissell who sold his 3D medical imaging business, Voxar, to Barco NV in 2004.
The collaboration between the two companies follows a visit by representatives from Trina Solar to Sunamp’s manufacturing facility – located in Tranent, East Lothian.
As part of the deal, Sunamp’s heat batteries will be installed at the Trina Solar visitor centres in Changzhou, while the former’s customer centre in Lothian will receive solar PV equipment.
Trina Solar is a global solutions provider for solar energy. Founded in 1997, the company develops smart PV solutions for large power stations as well as commercial and residential solutions and energy storage systems.
Dr Maurizio Zaglio, International Business Development Manager at Sunamp said the deal represents a significant moment for Sunamp’s ongoing development and growth.
He said: “After the full validation of the technology in the UK market this partnership with a worldwide leader in the renewable energy sector proves that the company is mature and eager to launch our heat batteries in key international markets.”
Jifan Gao, chief executive of Trina Solar, said: “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. 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.”
Sunamp chief executive Andrew Bissell said: “We are extremely honoured that such a prestigious global company as Trina Solar has chosen Sunamp as a partner as they embark on their expansion into the heat pump market. Our unique heat battery technology extends and enhances the range of capabilities of heat pumps and the combination of solar PV, heat pumps and heat batteries has exceptional potential to cut fuel costs, address climate change and improve air quality. Indeed, we look forward to a day when burning coal for domestic heating and hot water is a thing of the past.”
In 2016, Sunamp raised more than £3 million in funding which the company has capitalised on to fund growth and continued research. Investors in the company included the Scottish Investment Bank, Par Equity, Equity Gap, Highland Venture Capital and Old College Capital.