Can heliostats enhance flat plate thermal collectors?

Yes – if you have a flat plate thermal collector (for example, for making hot water or hot air) the LightManufacturing H1 heliostats can help.  Fixed position flat plate collectors typically do not work well in the morning or later afternoon, because they are installed in a ‘best average’ position to maximize mid-day solar absorption.    This means less hot water or hot air at non-peak times.

Solution:  Use h1 heliostats to direct solar energy to your flat plate collector at off-peak times.