At Leading Edge, we have many years' experience supplying off-grid power systems for researchers and Meteorological Offices around the world. Our customers include the Finnish Met Office, Climate Change Group in Canada, Zentralanstait fur Meteorologie und Geodynamik in Austria and British Antarctic Survey.
For harsh locations, a bespoke system incorporating our rugged vertical wind turbines, the LE-v50 Extreme or LE-v150 Extreme, which are able to withstand the strong winds and sub-zero temperatures often found in northern latitudes and remote locations.
We have solutions for most meteorological station requirements. A rain sensor, for example, that draws small loads of 3-5W may only need our SolarBox unit with either a 70W or 110W solar panel and integral battery. While a mesonet system with higher loads totalling 30-35W continuous. Here our PowerBox is the answer.
UNAVCO, for example, operate a GPS survey system at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. They use the Leading Edge LE-v50 Extreme wind turbine and a solar panel to power equipment recording a host of geophysical and meteorological data (read the case study)
"I just heard from our man at McMurdo and he reports the turbine is holding up well, even through a recent storm with winds over 100 knots. The blades are getting sandblasted a little due to airborne grit but the generator is OK."
Seth White, Senior Engineer, UNAVCO
A hybrid system gives the best of both worlds - during the summer, solar irradiation is high; however, PV doesnít perform so well in the winter, just when itís windier. More sun, less wind; more wind, less sun.
Let us know your system requirements, whether it for an individual unit or larger Mesonet system, and we will recommend a remote power solution to meet your needs.
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