As governments in Holyrood and Westminster crawl along in first-gear to de-carbonise private and/or commercial motor transport, the private-sector energy and automotive industries are already racing ahead. Meanwhile, the East Lothian-based private-sector battery-power storage provider Sunamp – recently described by a Scottish energy minister as ‘the Scottish Tesla’ – has teamed up with the automotive and truck haulage industry – to increase the range (and hence lower the costs) of BPVs (battery powered vehicles). Sunamp – the lead partner in a BPV project involving retailer Iceland Foods – has effectively inverted its leading-edge Heat Batteries to create a new cold storage technology that can maintain the required ambient temperature in the refrigerated cargo bay of the grocer’s local delivery vans. The Sunamp system has a better power to weight ration and is more efficient than using Li-Ion batteries, helping to increase the vehicle’s payload capabilities by reducing the size of the traction battery pack.
Scottish Energy News 16th Nov 2016 read more »