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In 2009, SFC invested one of its early innovation vouchers to enable a small East Lothian energy company to collaborate with the University of Edinburgh. A partnership which was brokered through Interface, an organisation which match businesses to academic expertise throughout Scotland.

The voucher became the catalyst for a partnership between entrepreneur, Andrew Bissell and Professor Colin Pulham which resulted in the development of a revolutionary new type of thermal storage battery. Since then Ian’s company, Sunamp, has seen its technology installed in thousands of homes across the UK.

The Sunamp success story has now moved to Asia where the company has signed an agreement with Chinese solar giant, Trina Sola, to pair Scottish heat batteries with the company’s state of the art heat pumping systems. Twenty homes in the north of China have been selected to test the combination’s performance in cold regions. If successful, the integrated solution will be launched in China in the second half of 2019.

Sunamp’s 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 it embarks on its expansion into the heat pump market.”