Sopogy awarded funding for innovative solar thermal air conditioning project

Honolulu - Sopogy, Inc., a leading micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSPTM) technology developer, today announced that it has been awarded funding from the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV) to integrate an innovative double-effect solar thermal air conditioning system at the Maui Ocean Center.

According to HREDV, the award was following a competitive selection process in which the winning companies showed how their technologies could be game changers in Hawaii and demonstrated strong technical and management expertise to execute the projects, manage federal funds and commercialize these innovations.

In the project, Sopogy will provide its proprietary parabolic trough solar collectors to produce thermal energy for a 20-ton double effect absorption chiller. The system will significantly reduce the aquarium's electricity consumption.

"The award by HREDV positively validates the benefits of MicroCSP technology as our high efficiencies, low cost and robust applications are helping bring energy solutions to new markets," said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy.

Sopogy's MicroCSP system consists of parallel rows of proprietary SopoNovaTM parabolic mirror collectors, optics and an integrated tracker to concentrate the sun's energy on a centrally-located receiver tube and re-circulate heat transfer fluid within the system. By producing thermal energy, the generated heat will then be used in conjunction with a double effect absorption chiller to provide a renewable source of cooling for the air conditioning system.

The HREDV funding is made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy with appropriations secured at the request of Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

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