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Flexible Assembly Solar Technology

Program Area 
Photovoltaic

Awardee Details

Awardee 
BrightSource Energy
State 
California

Funding

DOE Amount 
$4,900,000

BrightSource Energy is designing and deploying an automated collector-assembly platform. The researchers are also developing a more efficient installation process that has the potential to drastically reduce construction time and cost for utility-scale CSP facilities.

BrightSource's research objective is to design, build, and demonstrate a Flexible Assembly Solar Technology (FAST) system that can substantially reduce the cost and time associated with solar-field construction. FAST accelerates the heliostat assembly and field installation processes by combining elements of both functions on a single platform with direct access to the solar collector field. 

Objectives 
  • Preliminary, partial assembly of the mirror units at a centralized offsite facility capable of supplying multiple CSP projects
  • An automated, transportable FAST platform for assembly completion
  • Delivery of the fully completed assemblies into the solar field for final installation.