New Faces, New Products at Nu-Heat

2010 sees Nu-Heat expanding its offer along with its personnel. David Holmes and Daniel Padfield have joined the company to respectively oversee the introduction of photovoltaic and rainwater harvesting products.

Product Engineer David Holmes was already armed with BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and over five years working as a mobile telephone network engineer when he decided the time was ripe for a move into the renewables industry. One of the few relevant courses around at the time was a BSc in Renewable Energy at Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter in Cornwall. After graduating with honours, David worked for Cornwall Light and Power before applying to Nu-Heat. David’s original application was ‘a bit cheeky,’ he says, as he applied for a training position. Luckily for David Nu-Heat’s Special Projects team picked up on his c.v. and approached him about producing a marketing analysis report into the UK photovoltaic (PV) market. On presenting the report, David was asked to continue on and bring solar PV into Nu-Heat. Having researched the market, the product and suppliers, David is delighted that Nu-Heat is shortly to start supplying PV. He believes the Feed in Tariff (FIT) will stimulate the market, and that in 2011 electricians will pick up on the product as a new source of revenue. ‘Acting now by training in PV installation is good business sense,’ says David. Nu-Heat has recently introduced a PV training course at its award-winning training centre. 

Daniel Padfield was also ‘discovered’ by Nu-Heat’s Special Projects team when he applied for a position as a specification engineer. Seeing his potential, the team told him about another opportunity that had come up, working as a development engineer. With a background including a BSc (Hons) in Design, Technology and Business and work with a new product development team at Latchways, Daniel saw the long-term prospects of moving into the renewables sector. When he started with Nu-Heat he was immediately given the task of overseeing the introduction of the new rainwater harvesting offer. The Roth system had already been chosen, so Daniel has been busy writing the manual, user and installation guides, helping implement the quotation system, checking conformity with British Standards and working alongside the marketing team.

The supply of both PV and rainwater harvesting heralds a slight change of direction for Nu-Heat as the products do not fit into the company’s usual profile. ‘What this offers,’ says Daniel, ‘is the opportunity for people to buy a wider range of renewable and sustainable products from one supplier that has proven expertise in the area of design.’

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