Joint solar and wind technology is “perfect” for Brit weather

The Chinese firm behind technology which converts both solar power and wind so it can be used on the grid believes it is “perfect” for Britain. The inverter converts direct […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Chinese firm behind technology which converts both solar power and wind so it can be used on the grid believes it is “perfect” for Britain.

The inverter converts direct current (DC) electricity from solar PV panels or wind turbines to alternating current (AC) electricity which can be used in households or exported back to the grid.

Jimmy Wang, CEO of Ginlong Technologies told ELN his company hopes to boost its supply to the country.

He said: “Solar and wind is a good combination, so when you have lots of wind normally you don’t have as much PV, sun. But if you have lots of solar, normally you don’t have so much wind. So if you combine these resources together it will give you a very stable output from your renewable energy system.”

He added: “It’s perfect for the UK, like in winter time!”

Ginlong is selling about a thousand inverters a month for the residential solar sector in the UK and Mr Wang said he hopes this figure will go up to 1,500.

Demand in the solar market is still here in the UK because it’s the technology of the future for the world, he said.

Mr Wang feels “very comfortable” doing business with the UK market because it’s one of the most open in the world.

He said: “You don’t find so [many] obstacles for the foreign investor, for companies like us, it’s a very open market so we are very happy about that… Lots of other countries are quite conservative when it comes to foreign brands but the UK is quite open.”