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Design & Engineering

The SolarBeam blends rugged design with art and functionality. Meticulous attention to detail starts from the mechanical design stage.  Stress point simulation is performed on all major components to ensure maximum strength and durability. 

The SolarBeam has been tested for 6 years in harsh winter climates to desert conditions to ensure performance, reliability, and low maintenance.

Stress Simulation

FEA (Finite Element Analysis) analysis tests are performed to calculate stresses and displacements of parts and assemblies under internal and external loads to optimize and validate the design.  This rigorous testing is performed to ensure that the the SolarBeam can operate under extreme wind loads and soil conditions. The SolarBeam successfully passed FEA wind load simulation of 160 km/hour (100 miles/hour).

High Volume Manufacturing

In many cases, the overall cost of making parabolic concentrators have hindered their use in utility scale projects. The use of stamping dies and large pieces of reflective material have reduced the cost of manufacturing and allows for mass production. Solartron has used many techniques found in the automotive industry to reduce cost and maximize output.

Reflective Petals

The reflective petal is made of a special “glass-infused” anodized aluminum specifically engineered for maximum solar reflectance and superior corrosion resistance. The material is extremely light and durable – unlike glass, it will not break.

Low Maintenance Design

All components are designed with high quality material including stainless steel bearings and shafts for long lasting performance and low maintenance. The frame is a heavy duty steel construction coupled with  industrial grade slew drives. The skirting and trusses are made of high grade aluminum.

Optical Performance

The SolarBeam was engineered to have a 98% optical coupling efficiency. In addition, the SolarBeam is engineered with zero optical alignment which eliminates the need for alignment of  mirrors during the commissioning process. This reduces the cost of setup and installation. With the patented dish design, maximum reflective efficiency is achieved.