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Where others do not go

 

LEITWIND is your partner for projects in extreme environments: The technological advantages of LEITWIND wind turbines allow for installations in mountainous areas and remote sites. In such projects, LEITWIND customers profit from the know-how and competence gathered by the group during decades of ropeway construction in difficult alpine terrain.

Have a look at our tailor made projects, meeting technological and aesthetic challenges.

Grouse Mountain, “The Eye of the Wind” - A wind turbine with ViewPod®

The launch of Vancouver's first commercially viable wind turbine provides an enduring symbol of Grouse Mountain's commitment to sustainability and is the most spectacular LEITWIND project so far. The various elements of 'The Eye of the Wind' were sourced from ten countries spanning four continents , with the structural assembly completed in fall of 2009. Lifting over 290 tons of components represented a monumental feat to erect the three tower sections, hub, generator, nacelle, ViewPod® and three blades.

Highlights :

  • First commercial wind turbine in Lower Mainland
  • 25% of Grouse Mountain’s operational electricity needs are expected to be off-set
  • 290 tons of components
  • Unique Panoramic ViewPod®

The revolutionary wind turbine is completely privately funded without any subsidy, and is capable of producing 1.5 megawatts of energy. "The Eye of the Wind" is expected to off-set up to 25 per cent of Grouse Mountain's entire operational electricity needs annually.

Salzstiegl - Installation in Austrian alpine terrain on 1.700 m

The gearless wind turbine of the type LTW77 1,35 MW was installed in 2007. Since then, Salzstiegl is named as the first green ski area in Austria. Due to the positive experience the owner Friedl Kaltenegger made with the LEITWIND technology he contracted the company again for the erection of a second unit. The second wind turbine, a LTW80 with a nominal power of 1,5 MW was installed in 2011. During the installation of the two gearless wind turbines the LEITWIND team has to face a few challenges in the area of transportation and assembling. The site is located on 1.700 m a.s.l. Hence, the transport of the huge components was not that easy, but our experienced team solved the problems immediately. A further special solution was developed because of the cold temperatures: in order to detect icing on the rotor blades, a special ice sensor system was installed.

Highlights

  • The project lead to Austria’s first green ski area
  • Site is located on 1.700m a.s.l.
  • Special ice sensor system to detect icing on blades
Salzstiegl LTW80