Sopogy » Press Releases /blog Sopogy News, Awards, Updates and Press Releases Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:10:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Sopogy granted new patent for proprietary solar thermal concentrators /blog/2013/06/06/sopogy-granted-new-patent-for-proprietary-solar-thermal-concentrators/ /blog/2013/06/06/sopogy-granted-new-patent-for-proprietary-solar-thermal-concentrators/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 23:21:25 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1068 Patent brings additional defensibility to Sopogy’s MicroCSP technology platform

Belmont, CA. — June 5, 2013 – Sopogy, Inc., a concentrating solar thermal technology company, today announced that it has been granted a new patent for its MicroCSP concentrating solar technology.  Patent invention number 8443795 covers the “Use of brackets and rails in concentrating solar energy collectors.”

“This latest patent enables our technologies to be quickly and efficiently manufactured and installed ” said David Fernandez, President and COO of Sopogy, Inc. “This helps Sopogy maintain our best-in-class edge, brings unique energy solutions to our clients and gives us a significant advantage in the industry.”

The patent covers Sopogy’s MicroCSP solar collector frame and assembly methods.  This enables the manufacturing of the solar collector in parts and assembly to be conducted by local, on-site labor.  In addition the patents covers structural stability of the collector, installation methods, assembly of a Sopogy’s collectors in row and other configurations, and storm protection.

Darren T. Kimura, Sopogy founder and co-inventor of patent 8443795 said, “Our vision has been to create unique solar thermal products that address significant but underserved energy problems.  This patent helps validate our products and demonstrates Sopogy’s continued leadership in the Concentrating Solar Thermal industry”

View Patent Filing: http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/patog/week21/OG/html/1390-3/US08443795-20130521.html

About Sopogy

Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP. Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar thermal mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost.  Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset. Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable process heat and air conditioning, and other uses.  For more information on Sopogy’s “clean steam” solar technology please visit www.sopogy.org.

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Sopogy Strengthens Execution Capabilities /blog/2013/03/19/sopogy-strengthens-execution-capabilities/ /blog/2013/03/19/sopogy-strengthens-execution-capabilities/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:56:32 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1056 Management changes are focused on rapid commercialization of solar steam and process heat markets.

Belmont, CA. — March 19, 2013 – Sopogy, Inc., a concentrating solar thermal technology company, today announced that it has appointed David Fernandez as its President and Chief Operating Officer to strengthen its execution capabilities. Furthermore, the company has appointed Darren T. Kimura as Chief Global Strategist and Chief Marketing Officer.

David Fernandez will assume responsibilities for day to day activities and report to the Board of Directors. Before joining Sopogy, Mr. Fernandez was the Vice President of North American Operations at SunEdison, one of the largest solar companies in the world. Prior to joining SunEdison, he was the Senior VP of Operations for FRV, Inc. (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures), a leading global operator in photovoltaic and thermosolar energy plants. He previously served as COO with GES USA (Global Energy Services) where he worked on wind and solar renewable energy projects. Mr. Fernandez has an MBA from Instituto de Empresa, a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a BA from Western Michigan University also in Aeronautical Engineering.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Fernandez join Sopogy as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Fernandez will strengthen Sopogy’s core business. It is important that we take that step forward to achieve the great potential in our business,” said Taro Inaba, member of the Board of Directors.

“Sopogy has an exciting technology platform and I’m honored to join the team. My strong background in engineering and operations will help improve our products and the customer experience,” said David Fernandez.

Mr. Kimura, Sopogy’s founder and previously Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, will now be responsible for the company’s domestic and international expansion and will oversee marketing efforts.

“Darren is a world class entrepreneur. His success in raising capital, building teams and leading the company in its growth is second to none. Sopogy now needs Darren to lead us in global marketing. This role takes advantage of his skills and creates value for all shareholders. I’m confident he will take us to new heights,” said Carlos Domenech, member of the Board of Directors.

“At this stage in our growth, serving as the Company’s Chief Global Strategist and Chief Marketing Officer will enable me to develop our brand and drive our sales and commercialization efforts forward,” said Darren T. Kimura.

All appointments are effective immediately.

About Sopogy
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP. Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost. Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset. Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable process heat, air conditioning, and power generation. For more information please visit www.sopogy.org.

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Sopogy, Inc. Announces Close of Series E Funding Led by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. /blog/2012/11/26/sopogy-inc-announces-close-of-series-e-funding-led-by-mitsui-co-ltd/ /blog/2012/11/26/sopogy-inc-announces-close-of-series-e-funding-led-by-mitsui-co-ltd/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:32:00 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1038 November 26, 2012

Company intensifies commercialization of solar steam and renewable industrial process heat markets

HONOLULU, HI.— November 26, 2012 – Sopogy, a concentrating solar thermal technology company today announced the closing of its Series E round of preferred stock and warrants led by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”). Also participating in the round were new investors Southern California Gas Company, 3M and other key strategic investors. Existing investors, Kolohala Ventures and Enerdigm Ventures also joined the round.

“This financing supports the continued commercialization of Sopogy’s solar thermal technologies” said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO. “This accomplishment was made possible because of the determination and support of our outstanding team and committed current investors. In this new financing we are also thrilled to be joined by top tier industry leaders and look forward to continued commercialization with our partners.”

Sopogy has pioneered the concept of MicroCSP™ using its mirrored concentrating solar thermal solar collectors to create high quality thermal heat. This heat is used in the industrial process and as solar steam. The International Energy Agency has estimated that only 17% of final energy consumption is for electricity while 47% of final energy consumption is in the generation of thermal energy¹. Sopogy’s technologies are poised to capture the thermal energy market by harnessing the power of the sun.

“Sopogy is bringing us closer to a future where steam and industrial heat is generated by the sun, replacing fossil fuels. We are proud to support Sopogy in that mission” said Wataru Ebata, General Manager, Principal Investment Division at Mitsui.

About Sopogy, Inc.
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP. Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost. Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset. Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable process heat and solar steam. Please visit www.sopogy.org

About Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Mitsui is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world, with 152 offices in 67 countries as of November 2012. Utilizing global operating locations, network and information resources, Mitsui is multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects in the following fields: iron and steel products, mineral and metal resources, infrastructure projects, motor vehicles, marine and aerospace, chemicals, energy, food resources, food products and services, consumer services, IT, finance and new business, and transportation logistics. Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around the world. http://www.mitsui.com/jp/en/ index.html

Footnotes:

1. http://www.iea.org/topics/heat/

Contact Media Relations at media@sopogy.org or call 866-767-6491.

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White House Environmental Quality Chair Visits Innovative Sopogy Project in Tucson /blog/2012/02/03/white-house-environmental-quality-chair-visits-innovative-solar-project-in-tucson/ /blog/2012/02/03/white-house-environmental-quality-chair-visits-innovative-solar-project-in-tucson/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:01:57 +0000 admin /blog/?p=979 First project in Arizona to use Concentrated Solar Power with Dual Effect Absorption Chiller

Tucson, Arizona – February 3, 2012 – Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley, will visit Davis-Monthan Air Force Base today to inspect an air conditioning project that will be fueled by the sun. In a collaborative RDT&E effort, ESTCP, the US Navy and NASA have partnered to build the solar air conditioning system on the Air Force Base. They have selected Sopogy, a Hawaii-based clean tech, as technology provider.

Sopogy’s technology is called MicroCSP for micro-concentrated solar power. MicroCSP is a renewable source of energy delivered through modular, parabolic solar collectors. Sopogy’s collectors are twelve feet long, and weigh less than two-hundred pounds.

At Davis-Monthan AFB, the solar air conditioning system will provide sixty-six tons of chilled air to the Youth Center. Seventy-two MicroCSP collectors will concentrate the sun’s heat onto receiver tubes carrying heat transfer fluid to fuel the chiller. The dual-effect absorption chiller generates cold air with heat, not electricity, the hotter the sun, the more effective the chiller. In addition to the solar collectors, Sopogy is providing proprietary thermal storage to back-up the cooling system. MicroCSP thermal storage is low cost relative to batteries. When clouds roll in, hot fluid will flow from storage to the chiller for continuous production.

Department of Defense studies have concluded that air conditioning accounts for 30-60% of its total facility energy expenditures. Switching from fossil fuels to solar heat will help the DOD to meet is aggressive renewable energy targets. The demonstration project at Davis-Monthan AFB is scheduled for completion in March 2012.

Here’s a video explaining how Solar A/C works: /video/sopohow_how_it_works_ep2.html

About Sopogy
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with Micro Concentrated Solar Power, or MicroCSP. Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost. Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset. Please visit www.sopogy.org.

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Sopogy and Chinese Investment Company sign MOU at APEC /blog/2011/11/14/sopogy-and-sichuan-dongjia-investment-company-sign-memorandum-of-understanding-for-investment-and-growth-in-hawaii-and-china/ /blog/2011/11/14/sopogy-and-sichuan-dongjia-investment-company-sign-memorandum-of-understanding-for-investment-and-growth-in-hawaii-and-china/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:32:33 +0000 admin /blog/?p=932 Koolau, HI—Sopogy, Inc., the world’s leading developer of micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP) technologies signed a memorandum of understanding for equity and project finance with Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company, the Chinese contracting and investment firm.

The memorandum of understanding outlines how Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company would invest in Sopogy, Inc. and projects using Sopogy’s MicroCSP technology in Hawaii and China. In return, Sopogy is agreeing to expand in China with Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company as its marketing and manufacturing partner.

Marking the conclusion of weeklong activities for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Hawaii, a signing ceremony took place at the China Aloha Business Leaders’ night gala sponsored by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Bank of Hawaii. Honolulu City and County Mayor Peter Carlisle and others from the Hawaii-China delegation attended the event.

Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company was a member of the APEC 2011 Chinese Business Delegation, and Sopogy was the Honolulu winner of the 2011 Business Innovation Showcase.

About Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company
Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company is a member of the Sichuan Dongjia Group which is focused on real estate development and investment, technology application of energy savings, building design and construction and real property management.

About Sopogy and MicroCSP
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP. Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost. Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset. Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable power generation, air conditioning, and process heat. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

 

Chen Zhengming, Chairman of Sichuan Dongjia and Sopogy CEO Darren T. Kimura
Left to Right: Shengri Zhang (Vice President, International Banking for Bank of Hawaii), Betty Hoang Brow (Executive Vice President, International Banking Division of Bank of Hawaii), Judy Carlisle, Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu Peter Carlisle, Chen Zhengming (Chairman of Sichuan Dongjia Group), Darren T. Kimura (President and CEO Sopogy Inc), Ningjin Miao (2011 Narcissus Queen) Chen Ziwei (Chairwoman of Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company), Lau Gong (Advisor to Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company) Lau Gong (Advisor to Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company).  Photo by Linda Louie.

 

Sopogy MOU Signing
Left back, Lau Gong (Advisor to Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company), Left front, Ms. Chen Ziwei (Chairwoman of Sichuan Dongjia Investment Company), Ms. Betty Hoang Brow (Executive Vice President, International Banking Division of Bank of Hawaii), Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu Peter Carlisle, Mr. Chen Zhengming (Chairman of Sichuan Dongjia Group), Darren T. Kimura (President and CEO of Sopogy).

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Sopogy, Inc.
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Sopogy Appoints Craig Lobdell Vice President of Strategy /blog/2011/10/24/sopogy-appoints-craig-lobdell-vice-president-of-strategy/ /blog/2011/10/24/sopogy-appoints-craig-lobdell-vice-president-of-strategy/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:39:16 +0000 admin /blog/?p=909 Honolulu, HI—October 24, 2011— Sopogy®, the world’s leading developer of micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP) technologies, has appointed Craig Lobdell to the newly created position of Vice President of Strategy.

Lobdell is a veteran of the clean energy industry, with over 21 years of energy, clean technology and venture capital experience.  Most recently he was a Director of Advisory Services in San Francisco for KPMG where he led the Cleantech Advisory Services practice.

Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy said, “The solar power industry is undergoing change and through our unique offerings in thermal energy storage, solar air conditioning and industrial heat applications, Sopogy is undergoing rapid growth.  Craig’s experience and wealth of sector knowledge will help us grow strategically and continue to deliver outstanding value to our customers.”

Prior to joining KPMG, Lobdell was a management consultant with CSC Index, Arthur Andersen, and BearingPoint.  In addition he has worked for GE Capital and was a Legislative Affairs Analyst for the Department of Energy (DOE).  Lobdell earned his BA from Carleton College, an MA from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and an MBA from Yale School of Management, Yale University.

About Sopogy and MicroCSP
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP.  Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost.  Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset.  Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable power generation, air conditioning, and process heat.  Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Sopogy, Inc.
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Sopogy Launches Next Generation of Concentrating Solar Thermal Collector /blog/2011/10/17/sopogy%c2%ae-launches-next-generation-of-concentrating-solar-thermal-collector/ /blog/2011/10/17/sopogy%c2%ae-launches-next-generation-of-concentrating-solar-thermal-collector/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:00:06 +0000 admin /blog/?p=896 Cost per Watt Reduced on Solar Thermal Installations

Dallas, TX—October 17, 2011— Sopogy® the world leader in micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP) technologies, launches SopoHelios™, its next generation, parabolic solar collector today at the Solar Power International Conference in Dallas, Texas.

SopoHelios features Sopogy’s patented, award-winning MicroCSP technology.  MicroCSP uses mirrors and optics to intensify the heat energy from the sun creating thermal energy.  Thermal energy is the fuel for clean, renewable power generation, air conditioning, and process heat.

The new collector is designed for “high heat” temperatures ranging between 50-326 degrees C or 122-620 degrees F which directly address power generation, solar thermal air conditioning and solar process heat applications.  The collector spanning 7.61 meters squared or 82 square feet, reduces the number of collectors required to power a solar electric power field by 33%.

“Requiring fewer collectors reduces engineering and construction costs and speeds up solar field assembly” said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy, Inc.  “SopoHelios maximizes the efficiency for our solar thermal systems and significantly improves the system paybacks,” he added.

Tested in the hot, lava field deserts of Kona for strength, torsion and durability, SopoHelios features a light-weight core, solar tracking, all-weather stow mode, ease of assembly, low maintenance and the capability to enable local manufacturing.

SopoHelios collectors are scheduled for installation in Kalaeloa Solar One, a five megawatt power plant 15 miles from urban Honolulu.  Kalaeloa Solar One will also feature Sopogy’s proprietary thermal heat storage system.  Storage stabilizes production when cloudy and prolongs energy production after sunset.

About Sopogy
Founded in Hawaii, Sopogy has deployed MicroCSP systems around the world, including Hawaii, California, Texas, Florida, Mexico and Abu Dhabi, with projects underway in Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, Japan, Jordan and Papua New Guinea.  Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

Sopogy's SopoHelios MicroCSP Collector

SopoHelios MicroCSP Collector by Sopogy

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Sopogy’s Technology Receives SRCC Certification /blog/2011/09/26/sopogy%e2%80%99s-technology-receives-srcc-certification/ /blog/2011/09/26/sopogy%e2%80%99s-technology-receives-srcc-certification/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:49:30 +0000 admin /blog/?p=893 Highest Efficiency Factor of Micro Concentrating Solar Collectors

Honolulu, September 26, 2011—Sopogy, the world leader in micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP), has successfully received certification from the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) in its recently established OG-100 classification for Concentrating Solar Collectors. Sopogy is the first MicroCSP company with utility-scale collectors used in power generation, air conditioning and process heat to receive the certification.

Darren T. Kimura, Sopogy’s CEO and President said, “The SRCC rating enables applications where Sopogy’s technologies are installed to qualify for numerous state solar programs and validates the performance of Sopogy’s collector technology. The SRCC certification confirms that Sopogy’s MicroCSP collectors are built to international standards of excellence, an important factor for clients considering an investment in Concentrating Solar Power.”

Sopogy’s MicroCSP collectors generate utility-scale solar power, air conditioning and process heat at 18 installations around the world.  At 175 pounds or just under 80 kilograms, Sopogy’s collector is the lightest of all SRCC certified concentrating collectors.  Sopogy’s collector efficiency factor is 0.5897, the highest SRCC rating for MicroCSP collectors .

Sopogy’s MicroCSP collector passed all of the SRCC’s third-party laboratory and outdoor tests.  SRCC awarded Sopogy’s concentrating solar collector the OG (Official Guidelines) 100 certification for meeting all durability, safety and thermal performance requirements.  The SRCC is the nation’s independent accreditor established to provide authoritative performance ratings, certifications and standards for solar thermal products.

California, Arizona and other states, require SRCC certification to qualify for rebates and incentives.  The SRCC’s performance tests are conducted in accordance with international standards.

About Sopogy
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP.  Developing modular collectors less than one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost.  Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset.  Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable power generation, air conditioning, and process heat.  Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Tsurumi Hamasu, PR Specialist
Sopogy, Inc.
thamasu@sopogy.org
808-237-2439

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Sopogy Introduces New Vice President of Sales /blog/2011/09/19/sopogy-announces-new-vice-president-of-sales/ /blog/2011/09/19/sopogy-announces-new-vice-president-of-sales/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 18:20:25 +0000 admin /blog/?p=887 Honolulu, HI—September 19, 2011— Sopogy® the world’s leading developer of micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP) technologies announces the hiring of Terry Revnak as Vice President of Sales.

“Terry’s impressive track record demonstrates his ability to grow markets and provide excellent leadership to his team,” said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy.  “We are excited to have him as a member of our management team.”

Revnak comes to Sopogy with over 27 years of senior sales management and executive leadership experience at Fortune 100 and growth technology companies.  Most recently he served 5 years as the Vice President of Sales at Mobi PCS.  Previously Revnak worked with AT&T, Motorola and Boeing where he established and executed sales, market and distribution strategies, and managed international sales teams.  Revnak has held primary responsibilities for negotiating and managing relationships with global leaders such as NTT DoCoMo, Singtel, Starhub, Singapore Airlines, JAL, ANA and many others.  Revnak earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Cal State University of Fullerton and his MBA from Chaminade University.

About Sopogy and MicroCSP
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP.  Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost.  Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset.  Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable power generation, air conditioning, and process heat.  Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Tsurumi Hamasu, PR Specialist
Sopogy, Inc.
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808-237-2439

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Sopogy Wins 2011 GoingGreen Global 200 Award /blog/2011/09/19/sopogy-wins-2011-goinggreen-global-200-award/ /blog/2011/09/19/sopogy-wins-2011-goinggreen-global-200-award/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:25:30 +0000 admin /blog/?p=883 Honolulu—September 14, 2011—Sopogy, the world leader in micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP), has been named a GoingGreen Global 200 award winner for the third year running.

Industry experts, including professionals from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Hewlett-Packard, KPMG and Silicon Valley Bank, selected Sopogy to be amongst the best 200 private cleantech companies from around the world to win the award.

Rodney Lee, Sopogy’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications said, “GoingGreen’s Global 200 Award reflects the view of the international venture community.  We are delighted with the award, and appreciate the continuing recognition over the years.”

About Sopogy
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP.  Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost.  Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset.  Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable power generation, air conditioning, and process heat.  Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Tsurumi Hamasu, PR Specialist
Sopogy, Inc.
thamasu@sopogy.org
808-237-2439

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