Hawaii’s largest Concentrating Solar Power project using Sopogy MicroCSP technology announces groundbreaking

October 27, 2010

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Honolulu, Hawaii – October 27, 2010 – Sopogy, Inc., a leader in micro concentrating solar power (MicroCSP™) technology, will supply its proprietary solar thermal collectors for a five-megawatt MicroCSP plant, which broke ground today on Kalaeloa, Oahu– marking the largest CSP project for Hawaii.

The Kalaeloa Solar One project is a partnership between the State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and Keahole Solar Power (KSP) for land in Kalaeloa to establish a home base for the clean energy project. The State of Hawaii has also recently announced a Feed-In Tariff to enable renewable energy projects.

According to the chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Kaulana Park, the ground blessing marks a tremendous step forward in implementing the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative to source 70% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. The project will supply clean energy for Hawaii as well as provide DHHL with rent monies which will in turn be used to build homes and fund educational programs for native Hawaiians.

“I’m excited about the future and know this is just the first of many more projects here in Hawaii,” said Governor Linda Lingle. “Five megawatts is a significant amount into our grid system and I look forward to it coming online and showing that Hawaii is in fact a renewable energy leader in the region and in the world. We know the things we learn and achieve can be used all over the world to allow others to achieve that same kind of energy security and independence, especially other island communities, island nations and island states.”

Kalaeloa will become a model for achievement to surrounding communities and the islands of Hawaii. Adopted in March 2006, the Kalaeloa Master Plan includes allotment of three million square footage of light industrial, commercial, retail and office space – set to create an estimated 7,000 jobs and approximately 6,350 residential units – with opportunities for high-tech and alternative energy development.

“Sopogy developed a fast and simple template solution which meets our internal rate of return goals,” said Edward Lui, member of the board of directors at KSP. “The MicroCSP package includes the concentrating solar collectors and thermal storage which is not only delivered quickly, but also assembled on-site at a very cost-effective price.”

Key advantages of MicroCSP technology include high efficiencies, low cost and robust applications which can be highly effective on buildings or ground installations to provide electricity, heat and cooling. The storage and backup capabilities of CSP plants offer significant benefits for the grid by providing a buffer for short-term variations such as during cloudy conditions or at night.

“Another key benefit is Sopogy’s manufacturing process and use of conventional materials,” says Darren T. Kimura President and CEO of Sopogy. “Not only can our modules be produced locally, but our collectors can also be manufactured anywhere in the world. The technology is designed to be manufactured in a piece fashion, flat packed at the factory in a container and transported or shipped directly to the project site.”

Sopogy’s MicroCSP system uses solar thermal technology consisting of parallel rows of proprietary 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 power block engine to provide a renewable source of power.

About Sopogy
Sopogy, Inc. engages in the development, design, manufacturing and marketing of MicroCSP technologies – a comprehensive, low temperature, low cost approach to solar thermal. MicroCSP brings the economics of large Concentrating Solar Power systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a more manageable, durable and faster to deploy kit. Sopogy’s technologies are designed for the 2-50MW power class, 100-1,000 ton solar thermal air conditioning size and unlimited quantities of industrial process heat. The company’s two megawatt solar thermal field has been operational in Kona, Hawaii, U.S.A. since March 2009. It demonstrates the effectiveness and reliability of MicroCSP with Sopogy’s proprietary thermal energy storage solution. Sopogy’s award winning SopoNova solar collector was named New Product of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers and received Plant Engineering Product of the Year. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Honolulu, HI, U.S.A. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.  Sopogy MicroCSP – the Technology behind Energy.

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Sopogy MicroCSP solar technologies to power Hawaii’s largest Concentrating Solar Power plant

October 12, 2010

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Honolulu, HI – October 12, 2010 – Sopogy, Inc., a leader in MicroCSP™ solar power technology development, manufacturing and installation, will supply its proprietary micro-scaled concentrated solar thermal collectors to the Keahole Solar Power (KSP) five-megawatt plant in Kalaeloa located on Oahu’s Leeward Coast.

The project, named “Kalaeloa Solar One”, is a partnership between the State of Hawaii’s Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and KSP Development, which represents a major milestone in Hawaii’s goal of sourcing 70% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030.

“We are pleased to have been selected as the solar technology supplier for a project of this magnitude,” said Van Matsushige, Sopogy’s Vice President of Sales. “We look forward to working with the project team to support Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative goals.”

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a unique approach to solar power generation. The CSP technology uses mirrored reflectors and optics to intensify solar energy, which raises the system’s energy efficiency. The solar panels track the sun throughout the day, increasing the amount of kilowatt hours the system produces annually.

“Sopogy developed a fast and simple template solution which meets our goals,” said Edward Lui, member of the board of directors at KSP. “The MicroCSP package includes the concentrating solar collectors and thermal storage which is not only delivered quickly, but also assembled on-site at a very cost-effective price.”

Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies, CSP has an inherent capacity to store heat energy for periods of time for later conversion to electricity. When combined with thermal storage capacity, CSP can produce electricity even during cloudy or night conditions – providing reliable electricity that can be dispatched to the grid when needed.

About Sopogy
Sopogy developed the concept of the MicroCSP™ solar system which brings the economics of large Concentrating Solar Power systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s technologies are deployed in 1-50MW power solutions, up to 1,000 tons of solar thermal air conditioning and limitless amounts of industrial process heat. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.  Sopogy MicroCSP – Technology behind Energy™.

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Sopogy and Masdar partner to provide solar cooling solution

October 4, 2010

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Abu Dhabi, UAE –October 4, 2010 – Sopogy, Inc, a leader in micro-concentrated solar power (MicroCSP™) technology development, manufacturing and installation, is providing a solar thermal collector system for a proprietary air conditioning system at Masdar City, the emerging low-carbon cleantech cluster being constructed on the outskirts of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

Masdar selected Sopogy’s proprietary MicroCSP solar collector technology to produce thermal energy to drive a 50-refrigeration-ton double-effect absorption chiller – a technology widely used in many parts of the world for cooling from waste heat sources.

Sopogy and Masdar solar cooling

Sopogy and Masdar solar cooling

“Sopogy’s SopoCool™ MicroCSP installation at Masdar continues to demonstrate our ability to provide affordable, innovative solar solutions worldwide. We’re extremely proud to be part of the solution in helping Masdar City become one of the world’s cleanest energy cities,” said Darren Kimura, Sopogy President and CEO.

Sopogy’s technology features its award-winning flagship SopoNova™ MicroCSP solar collector which uses mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy on a receiver tube and heats the re-circulated heat transfer fluid within the system. Masdar will use the generated heat in conjunction with the absorption chiller to provide a renewable source of cooling for the air conditioning system of an office block at Masdar City’s site office.

“Masdar is committed to working with industry-leading technology partners such as Sopogy to help us develop the next generation of sustainable solutions that can help to address the challenges posed by our demanding sustainability goals,” said Simon Bräuniger, project manager for Masdar’s pilot plants.

Masdar means “the source” in Arabic and reflects the company’s determination to find new and creative ways to access energy at more fundamental and sustainable levels than fossil fuels – in the sun, the wind and the tides, among others. The company also seeks to extend the UAE’s leadership in the energy sector.

About Sopogy
Sopogy developed the concept of the MicroCSP™ solar system which brings the economics of large Concentrating Solar Power systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s goal is to deploy 1-50MW power solutions, 10-1,000 tons of solar air conditioning and limitless amounts of industrial process heat. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.  Sopogy MicroCSP – Technology behind Energy™

About Masdar
Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialization and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future – developing the “greenprint” for how we will live and work tomorrow. Backed by the stability and reputation of the Mubadala Development Company, an investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.

About Masdar City:
Masdar City is a clean-technology cluster located in a sustainable city. This special economic zone in Abu Dhabi seeks to become a global center for innovation, research, product development and light manufacturing in the fields of renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Leading multinational companies in the cleantech sector, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurial start-ups will locate R&D labs, marketing offices and headquarters in the city. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will base its headquarters in the city, while GE will build its first Ecomagination Center at Masdar City.

For more information about the Masdar Initiative, please visit: www.masdar.ae

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Solar Thermal Magazine: Sopogy system to power a Multi-Building Health Clinic in Flordia

October 2, 2010

Solar Thermal Magazine - Sopogy MicroCSP

Micro Scaled Concentrated Solar Power units , Clean Energy to Power a Multi-building Health Clinic

By: Tracey A. Smith

Sopogy, Inc., manufacturer of the proprietary micro-scaled concentrating solar power (MicroCSP) system, is demonstrating its SopoNova™ solar panels at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The project developed by STG International (previously known as Solar Turbine Group) is designed to be a model for cost effective, stand alone solar power solutions for health clinics in Africa. The MicroCSP system generates thermal energy by reflecting the sun’s energy from mirrors into a receiver tube, heating a transfer fluid to create steam. The steam spins a turbine which drives a generator and produces electricity. The system also includes thermal energy storage that allows power to be produced during cloudy periods.

Sopogy’s solar collectors feature a proprietary frame and storm protection, keeping the system safe during weather events that could include flying debris from hurricane strength winds. All components are also enclosed in an aerodynamic, rust-resistant housing which makes Sopogy’s collectors suitable for use in climates ranging from deserts to tropical environments.

“A particularly important breakthrough has been Sopogy’s development of smaller scale parabolic trough collectors that can be built at a lower cost, using commonly available manufacturing facilities and conventional materials,” says Tal Ziv, VP of Operations at Sopogy. “Not only can our modules be produced locally, but our collectors can also be manufactured anywhere in the world.”

The system is a hybrid electricity and hot water system. It will provide three kilowatts of electricity, enough to power a multi-building health clinic that treats between 50 and 100 patients per day in Lesotho, as well as produce up to 300 liters of hot water for staff and clinician use.

Other project collaborators include Krinner Ground Screws, the Florida Green Builders Coalition and Water Oak Development Group.

“This project exemplifies the efforts of organizations committed to environmental sustainability,” said Darren T. Kimura, CEO of Sopogy. “Sopogy is proud to focus on the triple bottom line using our technology to create local jobs, generating green energy, while staying focused on our business,” he adds.

Sopogy’s MicroCSP technologies are being deployed around the world including United States, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Hawaii. The unique scalability and modularity of MicroCSP make it ideal for distributed generation applications such as electricity, process heating and solar air-conditioning.

Sopogy has engineering partners throughout the globe, who are certified to help develop and construct solar plants in their specific regions.

About Sopogy

Sopogy specializes in MicroCSP™ solar technologies that bring the economics of large solar energy systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s goal is to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life and simplify the solar power business. Sopogy MicroCSP – Technology behind Energy™

Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

About STG International

Previously operating as the Solar Turbine Group, STG International is a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts whose mission is to provide technical, financial and intellectual support, assistance, and training to projects and organizations focused on bringing sustainable energy technologies to communities across the developing world.

Please visit www.sopogy.org or www.stginternational.org  for more information.