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Performance & Reliability

The SolarBeam provides instantaneous power of 31.5 kW (107,480 BTU/hour) of thermal energy and 82% efficiency . This is made possible due to the accuracy of the petal design, reflectivity of the material, and high efficiency evacuated absorber.

The SolarBeam has been tested in the harsh Northern hemisphere environment to ensure high performance and durability. The SolarBeam was engineered to handle any weather condition including high and low ambient temperature, snow & ice loading and strong winds. The system is designed for 20 + years of low maintenance operation.

Thermal Power Generation

Unmatched thermal power generation of 31.5 kW (107,480 BTU) @ 1000 W/m2 solar radiation. 

Optical Concentration

The SolarBeam 7M is designed to meet an optical concentration of 1000 X @ 18 cm (7 inch) light pattern.

Generated Temperatures

The SolarBeam 7M is capable of providing temperatures for direct heating of up to 800 Celsius (1,472 Fahrenheit). For fluid heating, the temperatures are up to 270 Celsius (518 Fahrenheit) .

Wind Loading

The dish is designed for tracking up to 75 km/h (46 mph) and has a safety factor up to 6X. The safety stow mode is 160 km/h (100 mph). A wind meter is configured to stow-away the dish in high wind conditions.

Ice Loading

The SolarBeam 7M dish is designed to handle 475 KG (1,047 lbs) of ice. Which relates to 12.2 mm (0.5 inch) of ice over the entire area of 38.5 m2 (414 sq.ft).

Snow Conditions

The SolarBeam 7M is well designed to operate in snow conditions due the curved design of the petal and the ability to automatically perform a “defrost function”.