Sunamp’s UniQ; a game-changing technology

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Sunamp, the world leader in thermal energy storage, has welcomed the news that heat batteries are included for the first time in the Scottish Government backed Home Energy Scotland Loan scheme that helps homeowners make energy saving improvements.

The scheme is now open for home-owners and private landlords in Scotland to apply for an interest free loan of up to £6,000 to install heat batteries to help cut fuel costs and improve warmth and comfort in their homes. This can be combined with loans for up to £5,000 for Solar PV and loans for up to £10,000 for heat pumps which can be paid back over 12 years.

Andrew Bissell, founder and chief executive of Sunamp, said: “We’re delighted that the Scottish Government is supporting energy storage systems in all forms. We’re especially pleased that Scotland, where we are based, is the first country to offer government support for heat batteries.

“Hopefully other countries will now follow Scotland’s lead, so consumers everywhere can benefit from heat batteries to cut energy consumption. They will then benefit in the same way they did when Feed in Tariffs became the standard support for solar PV.

“Anyone thinking about cutting fuel bills and increasing their comfort by using heat batteries to provide heating and hot water should contact Sunamp in the first instance and we will then put you in touch with Home Energy Scotland who will provide supplementary advice.”

Sunamp Heat Batteries have featured on Grand Designs and Fully Charged and the company is growing its research and manufacturing facilities in East Lothian and the wider Edinburgh city region. The company’s unrivalled super-compact Heat Battery technology has been intelligently designed to provide a clean, efficient and cost-effective thermal energy storage solution.

Working with everything from gas boilers to solar and heat pumps, Sunamp Heat Batteries deliver cascades of hot water and highly responsive space heating with superb efficiency and proven savings of up to 75% on utility bills. This outstanding technology comes at an accessible price and offers limitless scalability for residential, commercial or industrial projects.

Home Energy Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, provides free, independent, impartial advice on energy saving, renewable energy, sustainable transport, waste prevention and more. Homeowners seeking a loan for a heat battery must also apply for a renewable system, such as solar PV or air source heat pump, or have an already existing renewable system that it will be connected to.

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For developers, housing associations, and consumers

Many housing developers are incentivised to incorporate renewable energy systems into their housing projects. For housebuilders and architects, Sunamp Heat Batteries provide a low maintenance, compact alternative to traditional water storage and heating systems.

Housing associations and local authorities recognised early that solar PV could help alleviate fuel poverty and provide a longer-term energy saving solution for their tenants.

Energy generated during daylight hours is often lost to the tenant and exported back to the grid. Castle Rock Edinvar and East Lothian Housing Association (ELHA) have rolled out Sunamp Heat Batteries in their housing stock to store the energy generated by solar PV, and deliver hot water when needed, without the need for a hot water cylinder or immersion heater. As much as 75% of annual domestic hot water can be provided free of charge.

And now, with Sunamp’s third generation UniQ Heat Battery, production costs have been dramatically reduced – putting this game-changing technology within reach of millions of consumers. “We think we are at the same moment, in our industry, where the TV and computer display market was at the start of the switch to LCD flat-screens.

“We view ourselves as a disrupter. To us, the traditional water cylinder is the bulky old CRT (cathode ray tube) television. The UniQ heat battery is the LCD at-panel at the moment when, ‘whoosh’, the price tumbled and no-one wanted a CRT anymore.”