Cost effective

HELIOtube is a highly innovative type of solar concentrator with plastic films as its key component. The results are significant advantages in capital expenditure and operating expenses. Therefore, the HELIOtube allows 55 % cost savings and significant reductions in CO2 emissions over the entire lifecycle compared to the most advanced glass mirror based parabolic trough technologies.

Material & Structure

Convetional parabolic trough: Conventional parabolic troughs are characterized by heavy and fragile glass-mirrors
Inflatable HELIOtube: An inflatable lightweight technology made out of plastic films with significant cost reduction

  • Lightweight Technology
  • Cost Efficient
  • Reduced Complexity

Parabolic trough versus HELIOtube


Conventional parabolic trough: Assembly lines require much space and skilled labor to cope with the high complexity

HELIOtube technology: “Roll-to-Roll” mass production realize economies of scale and reduce space needed

Transport & Logistics

Conventional parabolic trough: Special transportation is needed as well as complicated upload and download processes.

HELIOtube technology: Pratical shipping and transport in standard 40-foot sea freight containers.


Draw-in and inflation on site. Less time consumption, less complexity.

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    Container is delivered to desired destination

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    HELIOtube is automatically drawn-in

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    Ready HELIOtube

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    PV are installed for additional wind protection



Use of compressed air for cleaning reduces use of fresh water by 80%

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    Transparent foil (ETFE) is self-cleaning due to its non-stick surface

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    Heavy sand storms might leave sand residuals which will be blown away with compressed air

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    Precious fresh water consumption is decreased to a minimum level due to innovative design

HELIOVIS in action


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