heliostats News

  • LightManufacturing LLC Announces the Availability of Industrial Heliostats, Replacing Fossil Fuels and Electricity

    For decades it's been known that heliostats - sun tracking mirrors - have the potential to provide low-cost heat and light for buildings and even for industrial processes. Unfortunately, commercial heliostats have been plagued by reliability problems, high cost, and fragile mirrors, not to mention tricky-to-use control systems. And "consumer-grade" heliostats don't offer the flexibility and ...


  • Sunny future for Australia`s solar industry

    The heliostats are part of an advanced new solar technology developed by CSIRO and manufactured by Central Coast company, Performance Engineering Group. The new solar-thermal tower is designed to demonstrate that, after the cost of carbon is taken into account, electricity can be generated by sun-power at the same or less cost than fossil fuel-generated electricity. By developing such technology ...

  • LightManufacturing Selects San Luis Obispo-based Power-Save Energy as Supplier of Photovoltaic Solar Panels for Solar Manufacturing Systems

     LightManufacturing's heliostats (sun tracking mirrors) keep reflected sunlight on a target, providing heat and light for buildings and industry without the use of fossil fuels. The firm's H1 heliostat is marketed as the 'lowest cost per reflected watt' heliostat available, in part due to the use of a tensioned reflective membrane instead of glass. The firm sells the H1 heliostat as a ...


    By LightManufacturing LLC

  • Solar Tower Systems and Bosch Rexroth make inroads into the CSP industry

    By establishing partnerships and creating specialised industry networks, smaller players are able to enter into the CSP industry and ramp-up a competitive technology. In the past two years, giant energy companies such as Siemens, GE, Alstom Power and Areva have made giant strides towards success in CSP. Not only has this increased much needed cash flow to the industry but has furthered confidence ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Solar Tower Systems and Bosch Rexroth make inroads into the CSP industry

    By establishing partnerships and creating specialised industry networks, smaller players are able to enter into the CSP industry and ramp-up a competitive technology. In the past two years, giant energy companies such as Siemens, GE, Alstom Power and Areva have made giant strides towards success in CSP. Not only has this increased much needed cash flow to the industry but has furthered confidence ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • BrightSource Launches Next Generation Solar Field Technologies

    BrightSource Energy, Inc., a leading concentrating solar power technology (CSP) company today announced advanced solar field technologies currently ...


    By BrightSource Energy, Inc.

  • Industry gearing up for high-performance CSP projects in Saudi Arabia

    As part of the recent announcement of the 6th Middle East and North Africa Solar Conference 2014 (MENASOL, 6-7 May, Dubai), CSP Today has produced “CSP Prospects in Saudi Arabia: 2014” a guide providing detailed business intelligence on choosing the best CSP technology for plants and preparing accurate cost projections.  Saudi Arabia remains a nation with huge potential for both ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • NREL to Help Four Start-ups Ramp up Solar Energy Innovations

    Companies with innovative, game-changing ways to lower the cost of solar energy have been awarded $5.8 million to work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The SunShot Incubator Program is an expansion of DOE's successful PV Technology Incubator Program, launched in 2007, which to date has funded $60 million in projects and leveraged $1.3 billion in ...

  • DOE announces nearly US$1.4 billion in conditional loan guarantees for BrightSource Energy

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced conditional commitments for more than US$1.37 billion in loan guarantees under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to BrightSource Energy, Inc. to support the construction and start-up of three utility-scale concentrated solar power plants. The new plants will generate approximately 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity using the company’s ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • A dirt sensor for solar plants

    The mirrors that incorporate the heliostats, parabolic concentrators or solar device are exposed to the toughest of atmospheric conditions and, in some cases, endure extreme conditions owing to the places where they are located, chosen to make the most of the hours of sunlight. The inclemency of the weather, like rain, wind or dust cause impurities and dirt to accumulate on the mirrors and the ...

  • 392MW Ivanpah Plant now connected to the grid

    The world’s largest concentrated solar power development – the 392MW Ivanpah Solar Thermal Project is now online. There has been little fuss but one of the most iconic solar developments in the world has connected to the gird and is now producing clean power.  The project spans over a vast 3500 acres with 170’000 heliostats and dominates the visual landscape of northeast ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Abengoa celebrates start of construction for its photovoltaic plant in Atacama 1, the largest solar complex in Latin America

    Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, celebrated today the start of the construction of the photovoltaic plant that will be part of Atacama 1 solar complex, located in the north of Chile (Comuna de María Elena, Segunda Región). The event was attended by ...


    By Abengoa

  • World Bank eyes MENA projects; Eskom backs South Africa plant

    World Bank requests MENA CSP market update The World Bank Group has invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) from consultancy firms to prepare a status report on CSP in six markets: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. The 2016 CSP Review will cover all segments of the technology and update previous studies to reflect market developments, policy ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • First commercial U.S. solar power tower launched by eSolar

    The first commercial solar power tower in the United States was unveiled near Lancaster, California, on August 5 by eSolar. Located about 50 miles north of Los Angeles in California's Antelope Valley, the Sierra SunTower solar power plant uses advanced computer software to precisely align thousands of flat mirrors, or 'heliostats,' to concentrate the sun's heat on a receiver mounted at the top of ...

  • Visit announced to Ivanpah solar thermal plant

    Now Ivanpah has opened all eyes are on the plant to see what its performance means for tower technology. It has now been announced that attendees of CSP Today USA 2014 (5-6 June, Las Vegas) will be given the opportunity the visit the operational plant.  The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now fully commercial and delegates will be able to get an exclusive first look at the ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Ivanpah site visit announced for CSP Today USA in June

    Attendees of CSP Today USA 2013 (26-27 June, Las Vegas) will be given a unique opportunity to visit the 392MW Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, the largest CSP plant under construction in the world. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is set to be commissioned in 2013 and delegates will be able to get an exclusive first look at the facility on the morning of 25 ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • NRG Energy announced as key sponsor at CSP Today USA 2014

    Energy giant NRG Energy have been unveiled as the exclusive lanyard sponsor at CSP Today USA 2014 (5-6 June, Las Vegas).  NRG Energy who partly own and operate the 392MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will be giving a presentation at CSP Today USA 2014 about running the world’s largest CSP plant. At the conference will be speaking alongside project developer BrightSource ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • How Gemasolar changed the landscape for CSP

    Torresol Energy’s Gemasolar tower plant represents one of the most important milestones in the history of CSP, the audience of a recent CSP Today webinar has heard. Santiago Arias remembers the reaction he got when people found out his company was looking into CSP storage at a SolarPACES conference six years ago. “Most of our competitors said we were mad to do something nobody ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Australian CSP farm build starts; Brazil calls for solar thermal projects; New trough mirror responds to molten salt growth

    Aalborg CSP begins build on 50 MW Australian farm project Denmark’s Aalborg CSP has started construction of the world’s first Integrated Energy System based on Concentrated Solar Power, located in the South Australian desert. The project involves a custom-built CSP tower system with a capacity of 50-MW, which will serve the energy needs of Sundrop ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Ivanpah – World’s largest solar plant opens to visitors

    On February 13th the inaugural opening ceremony at Ivanpah took place giving the world a first look at the world’s largest solar thermal facility. It has now been announced that attendees of CSP Today USA 2014 (5-6 June, Las Vegas) will be given the opportunity the visit the operational plant.  The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now fully commercial and delegates will be ...


    By FCBI Energy

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