Jakarta. Ampd Energy, a Hong Kong-based energy storage startup, signed a partnership agreement with Jakarta-based Praptadaya Makmur Abadi on Monday (11/09) to offer electricity storage solutions in Indonesian in the fourth quarter this year as part of the company's effort to provide a solution to frequent blackouts.
Ampd Energy's storage battery, called Ampd Silo, is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that stores power for backup electricity. Ampd Silo is a renewable, noise-free and maintenance-free version of an Uninterrupted Power Solution (UPS) that can be used for residential, commercial and industrial purposes.
Ampd Silo can also be used to provides houses, offices, restaurants, malls and data centers and will automatically recharge if it is not being used. The battery provides electricity in the case of a sudden blackout.
"We saw an urgent need for a dependable energy storage system in Indonesia. Indonesia is the world's fourth largest population and we see there is a huge opportunity here," said Brandon Ng, chief executive and co-founder of Ampd Energy.
Referring to data published by the Directorate General of Electricity of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ng said the Greater Jakarta area can typically experience five hours of blackouts per month, while areas in Kalimantan could see up to 25 hours of power-grid interruptions in a single month.
Ng said the total cost of Ampd Silo is lower than value regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries, that usually need to be repaired and maintained at least once a year.
The ion lithium power storage also has a 16.8-kilo watt per hour capacity, providing up to 210 minutes for the need of 4,000 watts electricity. It is also suitable for critical purposes, including during medical surgeries, as the storage can provide electricity up to zero millisecond transfer time at the time of power being cut off.
Through Praptadaya Makmur Abadi, Ampd Energy targets to sell around 250 units of its battery storage system next year. The first trial of Ampd Silo began at a Siloam Hospital in Bekasi, West Java, between July and September this year.
"We collaborated with Siloam Hospitals on the first commercial trial of Ampd Silo's units in Indonesia. The units will be ready for commercial release in Indonesia in the fourth quarter this year,” Praptadaya Makmur Abadi president director Yakin Wijaya said.
Ampd Energy manufactures its units in China and has built its research and development center in Hong Kong. The unit was originally launched in December last year in Hong Kong and was first distributed in Hong Kong, Vietnam and South Africa before entering the Indonesian market.
"We spent over two years and millions of dollar to develop a zero emission storage power," Ng told reporters.