Heliogen prepares a new manufacturing plant in California for the production of heliostats

Heliogen Inc.an AI-enabled concentrated solar power provider, has begun site preparation and installation at its first large-scale manufacturing facility, located in Long Beach, California. The production lines are expected to become operational in the third quarter of 2022.

The state-of-the-art facility will include assembly lines, an extensive test facility and a rapid development center for the production of heliostats and other components of Heliogen’s concentrated solar power system. Heliogen leverages AI-enabled heliostats to efficiently generate higher temperatures than possible with traditional concentrated solar technology.

Generating higher temperatures – capable of reaching over 1,000 degrees Celsius – allows the company’s solar technology to efficiently store heat, reduce or eliminate the intermittency of renewable energy and replace cost-effectively use sunlight for fossil fuels for a range of industrial processes. .

Heliostats from the Long Beach production facility are set to be used in Heliogen’s first planned commercial project in California.

“We believe that our state-of-the-art heliostat manufacturing facility is the world’s first and only facility purpose-built for high-volume heliostat production,” said Bill Gross, CEO of Heliogen. “Our ability to manufacture Heliogen heliostats in the factory allows for a significant cost advantage over previous production of heliostats, which was done in the construction field under less controlled conditions. Our modular factory design, coupled with our patented software control system, supports our mission to cost-effectively deliver nearly 24/7 carbon-free energy in the form of heat, electricity or green hydrogen at scale – for the first time in history.”

The Heliogen Long Beach manufacturing facility is led by Andy Lambert, director of production and supply chain, formerly of SpaceX and BMW, where he built large-scale, high-quality automated production lines for products that work outdoors with long life and high reliability. .

“Moving forward with the Long Beach manufacturing facility represents a significant step forward in bringing sustainable energy solutions to heavy industry,” Lambert said. “With some of the nation’s best and brightest talent, key suppliers, and access to an extensive network of infrastructure and logistics, Heliogen is confident that Long Beach will become a hub for green energy manufacturing solutions. “

Marjorie N. McClure