SolarReserve is a US-based renewable energy company that develops large-scale concentrated solar power projects for sites containing up to 20,000 heliostats. These large mirrors reflect sunlight from more than one million square metres of glass, ultimately generating the energy to drive a turbine.
SolarReserve was at the early prototype stage in their heliostat development and needed to improve design to achieve commercial, high-volume production at a competitive cost, and to establish the entire supply chain for their projects.
Drawing on our expertise in developing products for high-volume production, we provided advice on the heliostat design and specification. We also developed a concept design for the fabrication and assembly processes, equipment and required facilities, maintaining a constant focus on the critical issue of cost. Our procurement experts identified a range of assembly partners and critical component suppliers and facilitated the tender process to help SolarReserve and their technology partners identify and agree the right suppliers.
As a result, we helped the company achieve a 20% cost avoidance per heliostat field.