Cost effective

The 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.

Materials & Structure

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

Benefits
  • Lightweight technology
  • Cost efficient
  • Reduced complexity

Production process

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.

Installation

Draw-in and inflation on site. This results in less time consumption and 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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    Installed HELIOtube

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    PV trackers as adaptive wind protection

Cleaning

The HELIOtube can be cleaned with compressed air. This safes up to 80% of precious water

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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

HELIOtube installation