Initial Heliostat Supply Chain Analysis

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Globally, the growing demand for concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies, primarily for electricity generation plants has been met with supply chains primarily composed of plentiful commodity materials such as steel, aluminum, and glass. Often the majority of the commodity materials are sourced within the domestic market where generating plants are constructed. Although specialty components are required for CSP solar field components - including mirror panels used for heliostat applications - these specialty components constitute about 30-50% of total system installed costs. Only a few companies and countries, including the United States, have developed the capacity to supply such specialty components. This report is an initial assessment of the global and U.S. heliostat supply chain.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages53
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-83569


  • CSP
  • heliostat
  • supply chain


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