Inventing "the" wind turbine
The LEITWIND success story starts with ropeways, a core expertise of LEITWIND’s parent company HTI. It has evolved from a group of ropeway builders which has, for decades, installed leading-edge technology into spectacular mountain terrain. One of the interesting features of ropeways is the electric direct drive: Its simple, rugged construction has proven its outstanding safety and reliability even in the most extreme conditions.
The LEITWIND success story began with the application of this technology in another, not obviously related, product: the wind turbine. Wind energy holds fascinating potential. But our company group will never launch a product unless it is superior to all existing solutions. Therefore, we did not go about building “some” wind turbine. We wanted to build “the” wind turbine.
To this end, we installed the direct drive into a wind turbine with a synchronous generator using permanent magnets, maximizing performance at all operating levels. The prototype of the first LEITWIND turbine was installed in 2003. In subsequent test runs the concept proved to be superior in every respect from simplified assembly and maintenance to operational reliability and profitability.
Making use of the synergies within the company group, LEITWIND started serial production of onshore wind turbines in 2007. Simplicity, combined with quality, has since convinced customers on three continents. Backed by intra-group synergies, LEITWIND can now offer not only turbines, but also complete wind farm construction as well as operation, maintenance and service packages. The group’s synergies help us to cope with a steadily growing demand: producing in Italy, Austria and India, Leitwind has installed nearly 300 wind turbines .