According to Thermata the “Suncaster Heliostat Pods” have several advantages:
- Heliostat pods electric motors and electronics are all self-powered via a solar panel (photovoltaic), hence no wires – reducing installation costs.
- Minimal surface preparation required — the Heliostats can be quickly installed on a roof or ground. They may be anchored using a ballast or screw anchor but require no structural support or foundations.
- Each heliostat can be automatically identified and calibrated over a wireless mesh network (using Zigbee technology).
- Each heliostat is smaller and self-configurable making for a lower cost per square meter solution.