Mr Edrich has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, with over 12 years at board level.
He joins Sunamp from digital and energy consultancy firm Perform Green and prior to that he was commercial director (energy) with Bristol City Council, named European Green Capital in 2015. He led the establishment of Bristol Energy, a municipal gas and electricity supplier, the development of the City’s heat networks and the Bristol City Leap prospectus development.
During his career, Mr Edrich has represented the Local Government Association and Core Cities on numerous energy policy forums and working groups.
The commercial and industrial sectors account for 45 percent of final global energy demand, with industrial heat accounting for two thirds of industrial energy demand and almost one fifth of global energy consumption. Sunamp now has products ready at scale for renewable heat generation and cooling and the recovery and transportation of waste heat.
Andrew Bissell, founder and chief executive of Sunamp, said: “This is a very exciting time for the company. Last year we achieved our investment round target and signed important agreements with Trina Solar in China and Osaka Gas in Japan, along with OVO energy in the UK. Bill’s experience in capital programmes, policy and strategy at local, national and international level will be invaluable to us and his appointment allows us to make further inroads in to the C&I market and make good on our commitments to our investors and partners.”
Mr Edrich said: “I am thrilled to be joining Sunamp. As the world’s electricity supply transitions towards as a digitalised, democratised, decentralised and decarbonised system, Sunamp’s electric heat and cool batteries will become a cornerstone in the electrification of thermal heat and cooling energy. The recent COP24 in Katowice highlighted numerous examples of industry and investment communities committing to increasing the pace of decarbonisation of the global economy. Sunamp’s battery products will allow this to happen in the most difficult areas of cooling and heat energy.”