LightManufacturing today announced its H1 heliostat, which delivers more than 2000 watts of heat and light energy to a target.
Multiple H1s can be combined into powerful arrays, and the sun-tracking mirrors are simple to set up and operate, and feature a low cost per mirror area, the California-based company says.
The H1 heliostat uses a tensioned-film reflector. Instead of fragile glass, the H1’s mirror is made of thin, tough metalized plastic stretched onto an aircraft-grade aluminum frame.
The result, the company says, is a shatterproof mirror that’s lightweight, safe, and has better reflective properties than glass. This produces a bigger mirror with more heat and light delivered to the target.
Additionally, the H1 features an available wireless control system. This lets the user configure, aim, and control many heliostats from a computer program. H1 heliostats can be aimed at any number of targets on demand, unlike home-oriented designs that are locked on a single target.
The tensioned film mirror used in the H1 is dismounted and rolled for compact shipment. Unlike traditional heliostats, the H1 heliostat can be “flat-packed;” it’s shipped in 3 sections, and assembled onsite.
Customers can use H1 heliostats to capture light on building rooftops and pipe the light to lower floors for providing low-cost illumination.
In LightManufacturing’s own SRM (Solar Rotational Molding) systems, an array of H1 heliostats deliver more than 20,000 watts of energy to make plastic parts without the use of natural gas. Other applications include steam generation, drying food in agricultural operations, warming greenhouses, melting ice, enhancing oil extraction and more.
LightManufacturing’s SRM process makes sustainable plastic molding a profitable reality.
And for general industrial applications, LightManufacturing heliostat / Concentrated Solar Power ( CSP ) systems deliver low cost, zero-emission solar thermal energy to industry.