Heliostat Manufacturing for Near-Term Markets: Phase II Final Report

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This report describes a project by Science Applications International Corporation and its subcontractors Boeing/Rocketdyne and Bechtel Corp. to develop manufacturing technology for production of SAIC stretched membrane heliostats. The project consists of three phases, of which two are complete. This first phase had as its goal to identify and complete a detailed evaluation of manufacturingtechnology, process changes, and design enhancements to be pursued for near-term heliostat markets. In the second phase, the design of the SAIC stretched membrane heliostat was refined, manufacturing tooling for mirror facet and structural component fabrication was implemented, and four proof-of-concept/test heliostats were produced and installed in three locations. The proposed plan for PhaseIII calls for improvements in production tooling to enhance product quality and prepare increased production capacity. This project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Manufacturing Technology Program (SolMaT).
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages144
StatePublished - 1998

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Science Applications International Corporation, Golden, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-550-25837


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