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Funding Injection For Smart Central Heating Project

The title of this article is the same as that of this article in The Scotsman.

This is the first two paragraphs.

East Lothian-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp and energy supplier OVO have secured seven-figure funding to develop a commercially viable smart central heating system.

The project brings together OVO’s intelligent energy management platform, called VCharge, with Sunamp’s super compact “heat batteries” which are said to store four times more heat than hot water tanks of a similar size.

This sounds like an interesting concept from Sunamp and OVO.

This video from Fully Charged, shows Sunamp’s thermal batteries in action.

I believe we’ll be seeing more of thermal batteries!

December 22, 2018 - Posted by | World | , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. It’s very interesting. I am in the process of going through planning consent on a new house to be built on the 4 acres behind my current house, and change of state heat storage is high on my list of technologies to be considered. The use of latent heat to store energy is a good one, as most of our energy use is for heating water and therefore easy to extract. The Sunamp unit operates at about 58 degrees Celsius, so needs blending down with cold to a usable temperature. We are going for a very high level of insulation, heat recovery ventilation, 10 kW of PVs, ground source or air source heat pumps, and full wet underfloor heating (current house has 50% UFH downstairs and 20% upstairs). We are also planning on rain water harvesting for grey water, and considering a borehole with filtration for potable water.

    Comment by John Wright | December 22, 2018 | Reply

    • Have you watched the video. It talks about bkendung water. If I hadn’t replaced my boiker for a modern one about five years ago, I’d be looking at the system!

      Comment by AnonW | December 22, 2018 | Reply

    • I use OVO as my energy supplier!

      Comment by AnonW | December 22, 2018 | Reply

  2. that’s very interesting. Don’t think I’ve come across Sunamp before, but there’s a longer feature on how their technology works at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gXhlNohV7s It does look promising. I have to replace my boiler soon anyway, so I might be interested 🙂

    Comment by Peter Robins | December 22, 2018 | Reply

  3. Sunamp are also working with Taylor Wimpey on a housing project near Erskine https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/eco2solar_sunamp_partner_for_solar_plus_storage_heating_pilot

    I tried contacting them about installing one of their gadgets, but didn’t really get very far. They did offer to put me in touch with an installer, but when I asked some basic questions on how they operate, I got no reply. I presume they’re not really set up for the retail market at the moment, but concentrating on new builds. As far as I can gather, they have different incompatible models for gas and electric, so if you wanted to add solar electric to a gas system you would need two different batteries. The heat lasts for about a week, so is far superior to a standard hot-water tank, but would be of little use for inter-season storage.

    Comment by Peter Robins | May 28, 2019 | Reply


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