Solar energy company Natural Technology Developments (NTD) is backing young talent by taking on two interns to help with production of a pioneering new panel.
The Solar Angel design has been described as the future generation of solar technology, providing an alternative to conventional solar panels and solar thermal products by combining the two technologies.
Consumers cab generate both electricity and hot water from the sun’s rays in one panel and the design – the first UK-designed and manufactured hybrid panel – is set to launch at London’s Ecobuild show in March.
Now Newcastle University graduates Jack Brinn and Matt Pickersgill have joined NTD’s seven-strong team on a six month paid internship and will be working from the company’s eco-office in Ponteland.
Both recently completed the university’s Master’s degree in Renewable Energy and Enterprise Management (REEM).
NTD director Jo Walters said: “We are a young, growing company and part of the drive behind offering internships was to encourage new talent and make sure we have the right balance of years of industry experience combined with fresh thinking.
“We interviewed a number of candidates but Matt and Jack really stood out in terms of their genuine passion for the industry. They are at the beginning of what will be an exciting career in a fast-growing industry, and we are delighted to welcome them aboard.”
NTD recently signed a three year manufacturing deal with Durham-based PV manufacturer Romag to produce its Solar Angel product and the business expects to achieve an £8m turnover by the end of 2016, creating jobs and opportunities for installers across the UK.
Meanwhile, the panel proved to be over four times more energy efficient than standalone solar PV, following a month of tests carried out by experts at the world leading Florida Solar Energy Centre (FSEC).
Managing director Paul Laidler said: “In the face of rising energy prices, renewable energy technologies and affordable products are vital for the future of the UK, and we are delighted with the results.”