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UK homebuilder Taylor Wimpey’s Project 2020 to pilot heat batteries-with-PV combo

Energy-Storage.news visited Sunamp's facilities in Scotland for a 2016 video feature. Image: Sunamp.

London Stock Exchange-listed homebuilding company Taylor Wimpey will trial heat batteries made by Sunamp in a solar PV-powered domestic heating pilot project.

Solar PV provided by Eco2Solar will be connected to Sunamp’s UniQ range of heat batteries, with energy stored in the batteries able to be used later for hot water and heating.

Homes that are part of Taylor Wimpey’s 2020 housing project in Bishopton, England, will receive the technology, which Sunamp says will save homeowners money and lessen carbon emissions by reducing the use of gas boilers.

Energy-Storage.news visited Sunamp's factory and R&D facilities near Edinburgh, Scotland a few years back for a video feature special which has gained over 10,000 views. Since then, Sunamp has been exploring different uses of its heat battery technology. In 2016, the company partnered with Bristol City Council in the west of England to transport excess heat from waste treatment facilities for use in the city’s district heating scheme.

It also partnered with Chinese solar company Trina Solar last year to develop an integrated solution of heat batteries and heat pumps for domestic heating.

Andrew Bissell, CEO of Sunamp, said the project is significant for the company due to it being the first installation with a national housebuilder.

“For Taylor Wimpey to choose our compact, high energy density, high power density heat batteries is a huge vote of confidence. We hope to see the partnership with Eco2Solar replicated on many other developments in the future,” he continued.

Paul Hutchens, CEO of Eco2Solar, said: “Innovative renewable technological solutions are at the very heart of what we do at Eco2Solar. We are delighted to align ourselves with Sunamp and Taylor Wimpey who have similar ambitions to apply technologies which will save homeowners money on their energy bills and protect the environment.”

Solar panels from Eco2Solar and will be connected to Sunamp’s UniQ range of heat batteries. Homes that are part of Taylor Wimpey’s 2020 housing project in Bishopton, England, will receive the technology. Image: Sunamp.

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