Remote access specialist Solar Gate Systems has recently expanded its range of solar powered automatic farm gate openers with the development of a more powerful unit.
Designed to open/close single gates up to a maximum width of seven metres, the new 36-volt unit combines solid state electronics with brushless motor technology. This compliments the firm’s current 24-volt gate opener, able to handle gates up to five metres.
Mike Yeats, managing director of Oxfordshire-based Solar Gate Systems explains; “This opens up more possibilities for land owners who want to improve on-farm access and security, particularly for wider entrances in remote locations where mains power is unavailable.”
He says that a large single gate is also easier to manage than two smaller gates. “A single gate does not need to meet with a central stop, so it can be secured more effectively. And because our gate closer uses an encoder, we can slow the gate down as it shuts to prevent it from thumping the post.”
In addition, a clever charge controller manages electrical energy collected by its solar panel, which then regulates energy storage within the battery packs. It will continue to work on the dullest days in the depths of winter and will also dump excess energy to prevent over-charging of battery packs, says the manufacturer.
Operation of the gates can be via hand held remotes, keypads and mobile phones. The latter is said to be ideal for multiple users, which offers the ability to create a ‘guest list’ of up to 200 phone numbers.
All equipment supplied and installed by Solar Gate Systems carries a two-year warranty, it says.