NREL, Abengoa Making Concentrating Solar Power System Manufacturing More Cost Effective
Abengoa is working with NREL researchers to develop a new and more cost-effective manufacturing process for critical components of concentrating solar power systems.
Engineers usually need to wait until a prototype is built before they can test their design at actual scale. With the immersive three-dimensional environment at the Energy Systems Integration Facility's (ESIF's) Insight Center, however, engineers are able to see and work within their design at full scale before the prototype stage. This allows them to identify and eliminate design flaws earlier, and reduces the overall cost of the solar technology.