Singapore-based clean energy provider Sunseap Group has contracted German energy storage firm Hoppecke Asia Pacific to bring storage to Sunseap’s hybrid off-grid solar system at Tanglin Academy, the largest tennis academy in Singapore.

In 2016, Sunseap donated a 15kW solar system to the academy as part of its corporate social responsibility programme. Hoppecke’s 17kWh advanced sealed lead acid battery will help Tanglin Academy further reduce its carbon footprint. Solar energy produced during the day can be stored and discharged on cloudy days or in the evenings to illuminate the Academy’s tennis courts.

The collaboration will serve as a testbed for Sunseap to launch hybrid off-grid energy solutions on a commercial scale in the future.

The partnership will not only help Tanglin Academy utilise more clean energy but also reduce its reliance on its diesel generator, which is currently used to supplement the solar energy generated from the solar panels on its premises.

Sherman Chong, director of Hoppecke, said: “The hybrid energy system by Sunseap is an innovative solution that makes use of solar energy efficiently, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Our Hoppecke solar power battery range is an ideal complement to this system, and offers outstanding stability and long life span, even when the battery is partially charged.”

Shawn Tan, senior manager of special projects at Sunseap Group, said: “Sunseap is pleased to collaborate with Hoppecke and Tanglin Academy to showcase our new energy storage and solar-diesel hybrid energy solution. We have been exploring ways to help clients save more money and reduce their carbon footprint, and we are very excited that we have implemented this solution.”

Sunseap also works with enterprise development agency, Enterprise Singapore (previously IE Singapore and SPRING Singapore), to build its product development capabilities in micro grids and on test bedding projects.

Geoffrey Yeo, director, Urban Solutions of Enterprise Singapore, said: “We are pleased to see this partnership between Sunseap, a homegrown SME, and Hoppecke, a multinational company, create an innovative and more efficient solar-and-diesel hybrid energy solution. This solution will enable Sunseap to meet the growing energy demand from off-grid users across regional markets. We wish to encourage more of such collaborative projects between SMEs and technology providers, which will help catalyse knowledge transfer, capability upgrading and product development.”

Sunseap and info-communications and mobile network company StarHub recently partnered to offer customers in the region of Jurong, Singapore, the chance to purchase solar power without having to install their own systems.

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