A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Mr. Tingwei Fan, Deputy General Manager of Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co and Andrew Bissell, CEO of Scotland based thermal storage firm Sunamp.
The signing ceremony took place in Frankfurt at ISH, the world’s leading trade fair focusing on the responsible management of water and energy in buildings. and was attended by Prof. Naiping GAO, Vice Dean of College of Mechanical Engineering at Tongji University (Shanghai), and Mr Cooper Zhao, Executive vice general secretary of China heat pump alliance.
The partnership aims to develop an innovative and unique heat pump water heater for the residential market, using Gomon heat pumps and Sunamp high energy-density, high power-density Heat Batteries.
Gomon is a world leading manufacturer of water tanks, serving the Chinese market with their own brands and multiple companies internationally. Sunamp visited their headquarters in Xinqiao on last October.
Sunamp heat battery technology is already keeping thousands of householders warm across the UK. Aiming at maximizing the penetration of renewables and minimizing fuel bills, heat batteries can capture heat in a variety of ways. They deliver cascades of hot water and highly responsive space heating with proven savings of up to 75% on utility bills and have a proven lifecycle of over 40,000 cycles, which is equivalent to over 50 years of normal use. Last year Sunamp signed an MoU with Chinese company Trina Solar the world-leading total solution provider for solar energy.
Sunamp and Gomon are already at product testing phase and the MoU sets out the terms for manufacturing and commercialisation in China and world-wide.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr Fan said: “This cooperation will help Gomon to provide new and efficient thermal storage solutions for their customers across the world and will also help us to improve our heat pump capability.”
Andrew Bissell, CEO at Sunamp, said: “We are honoured that Gomon has chosen to work with Sunamp to stay at forefront of innovation in developing low carbon hot water solutions for their customers. Our heat batteries are proven to be around four times smaller for the same capacity and around four times more energy efficient than the hot water tanks they replace, and they cut carbon emissions and fuel costs. This is an exciting collaboration that will bring new choices for consumers who care about home comfort, efficiency and the environment.”
Dr Maurizio Zaglio, International Business Development Manager at Sunamp, said: “Sunamp aims to displace as many water tanks as possible with UniQ Heat Batteries. The fact that one of the largest manufacturers of water tanks in the world has decided to develop a new product with us is an important milestone for Sunamp. It also follows two other recent big achievements, one in Europe and one again in China, placing Sunamp at the forefront of the phase change material thermal storage field internationally. We are all very excited about this opportunity in the growing heat pump water heating market, with a product that is a key components for decarbonising our household hot water generation.”