Steve Wade studied as a Physicist at Queen's College, Oxford and since 1984 has been owner & Managing Director of 'Wind & Sun'. He has wide commercial experience of wind and photovoltaic systems, in their engineering, design, installation and application. He has managed and executed numerous projects for the supply, installation and monitoring of wind turbines, photovoltaics, combined energy systems, battery storage, and inverters. He has extensive experience in the long term use, evaluation, application and specification of photovoltaic equipment, especially building integrated photovoltaics and related inverters, appliances, control and instrumentation. In particular he has designed & installed some of the UK’s first domestic grid connected PV and wind systems. Wind & Sun was started in 1984 to design, supply, and install wind & solar electrical systems. The company's main experience has been with providing power supplies for remote situations, eg. isolated housing, monitoring and telemetry systems, and leisure applications. The company is now working increasingly with planners, architects and builders installing larger systems for properties with a grid electricity supply, as a means for users to generate their own electricity in an environmentally benign way. The company offices, showrooms and workshops have electrical requirements met by stand-alone and grid-connected wind/photovoltaic solar systems. These systems are also used for demonstration and training, together with product or system development, testing and evaluation.
Based on our experiences of installing grid connected PV systems Wind & Sun developed and introduced the Windy Boy interface to enable domestic scale wind turbines to be connected to the grid using special versions of the 2.5kW Sunny Boy inverter. See Projects section of our website.
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