Wind power is an essential component of many off-grid power systems and at Leading Edge we specialise in the manufacture of small wind turbines, both horizontal and vertical, to suit any location.
Here are the main reasons why incorporating wind is beneficial:
24 hour generation – power is generated whenever the wind blows, unlike solar which is limited to daytime
More wind when you need it most – in many parts of the world, it’s windier in the winter, just when solar input is at its lowest
Prolongs battery life – wind continues to charge batteries overnight, reducing the depth of discharge and extending the life of deep-cycle batteries
Wind essential in temperate zones – locations above a latitude of 55oN suffer a 70-90% drop in solar irradiation during the winter
Designed and manufactured in the UK, our small wind turbines include the LE-300 and LE-600 horizontal wind turbines. The vertical wind turbines, the LE-v50 and LE-v150 and their Extreme versions, are found in some of the harshest places on Earth.
Our LE-v50 is powering a wave monitoring buoy off Tasmania, Australia. It helps out in winter when the solar struggles to deliver the required power.
Leading Edge LE-600 wind turbine and solar array providing cathodic protection for a gas pipe running through a wind farm in Wales.
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Choose between a Horizontal or Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
High efficiency design – aerofoil design of the rotor blades is able to convert 20% of the energy in the wind into useful energy to charge batteries
Low cut-in speed – power production starts at just 3m/s wind speeds
Ideal for average wind sites – excellent power production and ideal when power loads are high, up to 100W continuous
Lightweight and easy to mount – aluminium alloy chassis results in a lightweight turbine that's top pole mounted
This wireless radio link is being powered by the LE-300 wind turbine from Leading Edge plus 400W of solar. Typically power loads for this equipment are 30-40W.
Rugged for harsh environments – stainless steel blades, proven Savonius rotor design and build quality enables it to survive winds up to 35m/s (80mph)
Compact – pole side-mounting enables mounting in places where space is limited
Aesthetically pleasing – minimal visual impact
Safe – blades rotate at lower speeds than a horizontal turbine, reducing the likelihood of injury
The LE-v50 and solar installed in the Austrian Alps is powering a Seismic station rockfall monitoring network.
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