Tech Hui Conference

July 20, 2009

Tech Hui Conference

Darren Kimura, Sopogy CEO and President will be moderating the panel on renewable energy in Hawaii.

http://www.outreach.hawaii.edu/noncredit/courses/programdetail.aspx?eventsid=327

Info: Jul 25 • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm
UHM Art Auditorium • $25 (general), $15 (TechHui members)

Come meet the movers and shakers in Hawaii’s technology sector from those leading the revolution in clean energy to the state’s top software developers and engineers. Discover exciting technologies being developed by Hawaii companies and find opportunities for employment, partnership, investment, and education.

The session features keynote talks by Kaz Hashimoto from Avatar Reality, Jeff Mikulina from the Blue Planet Foundation and Moriba Jah from the Advanced Sciences & Technology Research Institute for Astrodynamics. After lunch, choose from four tracks of panel discussions (10 panels total) covering everything from renewable energy and cinematic 3D CG to social media and nanotech.

Renewable Energy with Keith Cronin (SunHedge), Kelly King (Pacific Biodiesel), Darren Kimura (Sopogy), Michael Kaleikini (Ormat), and Noe Kalipi (First Wind);

Hosting and Visualization with Patrick Ahler (Superb), Fred Rodi (DRFortress), Laurence Lee (Ikayzo);

Software as a Service with John Honovich (IP Video Surveillance), Truman Leung (Ascribe), Steve Sue (StoryManager);

Social Media with Randy Ching (Peer News), Olin Lagon (Kanu Hawaii), Anthony Eden (Chimp);

3D CG & Animation with GB Hajim (Screaming Wink), Todd Robertson (Hyperspective), Sharon Sussman (KCC);

Internet Marketing/SEO with Neal Kido (AkamaiSEO), Rob Bertholf (Marketing Consultant), Roxanne Darling (Bare Feet Studios);

Hawaii IT Job Trends with Beverly Marica (Addeco), Jason Wyman (TEKsystems), Yuka Nagashima (HTDC), Scott Murakami (Pacific Center for Advanced Tech Training);

RIA (rich internet application) with Kevin Hughes (Sprout), Bruce Kim (Inovaware/UsRLnK), Konstantin Lukin (Ikayzo);

User Experience Design with Bernard Uy (Wall to Wall), Alyssa Murphy (Trouve Media), Cory Shaw (User Kind);

Star Trek Tech Today with Russ Ogi (Think Rapid), Vinod Veedu (Oceanit), Stefan Moisyadi (UH Institute for Biogenesis Research).

Keahole Solar Power and Sopogy Look to the Community to Name the World’s First MicroCSP Solar Farm

June 29, 2009

June 18, 2009

Contact: Sopogy Corporate Communications

Email: media@sopogy.org

808-237-2423

Honolulu, HI – Keahole Solar Power LLC (KSP) and Sopogy, Inc. (Sopogy) are asking the public to help judge a slogan contest for their Kona Solar Farm located at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA).  The slogans were submitted by the students at Konawaena High School’s Hawaiian Language Studies class.  The contest was designed to foster innovation and thought about Hawaii’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and the need to for a sustainable future for our youth and generations to come.

The contest required students to submit a Hawaiian slogan for the farm, a one page description of the slogan, and a poster representing the same. Students were asked to maintain the theme: “A clean, renewable, and sustainable Hawaii.”  The winner will be voted on by the community and announced at the solar farm Ribbon Cutting ceremony later this summer.  Voting is open to the public today and available online at www.KeaholeSolarPower.com until July 1ST at 12pm HST.  The winning student will receive $300 and a dedication in their honor, and the school will receive a technology donation worth up to $2500.

Konawaena High School was chosen to host the contest because of its long time involvement in solar and leadership in the community.  Konawaena’s solar car team was the first high school team to compete in the World Solar Challenge in 1990; the 1996 movie “Race in the Sun,” starring Halle Berry, Steve Hogan, and James Belushi was based on this story.  “Konawaena High School represents the essence of Kona and true community commitment.  It is a wonderful representation of our beautiful State and the warmth of its people and we are thrilled to have their involvement,” said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy.

The renewable energy farm, located on the Big Island, is the world’s first Micro Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) farm.  The farm is powered by Hawaii home grown proprietary MicroCSP™ solar concentrating panels invented and manufactured by Hawaii based Sopogy.  These MicroCSP™ panels use reflectors and optics to harness and focus the energy from the sun to create clean, renewable power for the Big Island.

About Keahole Solar Power

Keahole Solar Power (KSP) is a Hawaii based Solar Project and Technology Developer. Using different solar technologies including MicroCSP from Hawaii company “Sopogy,” KSP is developing new proprietary methods for energy storage, installation, operation, and software/controls for solar farms helping Hawaii achieve a true renewable energy future. KSP is seeking to develop technologies and products that make solar technologies bridge the gap between product and the utility grid. KSP’s combined approach using sound technologies and solar farm solutions brings lower cost, longer production and higher efficiencies to our customers. Our first prototype at the Natural Energy Laboratories of Hawaii in Kona uses Sopogy’s MicroCSP solar collectors, KSP’s own thermal energy storage and utility scale controls and software. Please visit www.keaholesolarpower.com for more information.

About Sopogy

Sopogy is a Hawaii company that began in Kona and is bringing its Hawaiian technology to the global marketplace. 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 goals include to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life for all human kind and to bring order and simplicity to the chaos which is the current solar power business.  Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

About Konawaena High School

Konawaena High School is a public school located in the community of Kealakekua, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Konawaena means “the center of the leeward side” in the Hawaiian language. Konawaena has successfully grown to encompass a middle school and an elementary school.  The current principal is Shawn S. Suzuki.  Please visit www.konawaenahs.org for more information.

Sopogy at Hawaii Clean Energy Day 2009

June 6, 2009

JUNE 6, 2009    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT MĀNOA

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Sustain Your Brain
Sustainable lectures, workshops, & film series

$25 General; $15 Student/Senior

Find out how the HAWAI‘I CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE positions Hawai‘i as a leader in energy efficiency, and how you — a concerned citizen, business owner, organization, policy maker or school — can play a part in a more sustainable future.

The goal of the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) is to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies to meet 70% of Hawai‘i’s energy demand for electricity and ground transportation by 2030. Increasing clean energy and efficiency will reduce Hawai‘i’s reliance on imported oil—improving our economy and energy security—and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Christine Erwin

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The Opportunity of Our Lives: Bringing Clean Energy Home

Christine Ervin
Christine Ervin is a nationally respected leader and spokesperson on market-based strategies for green buildings, clean energy and climate change. She served as first President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council – home of LEED® and Greenbuild™ Conference & Expo; U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy under President Clinton; and director of the innovative Oregon Department of Energy. Today, Ervin is President of Christine Ervin/Company, and serves on numerous Boards including the American Council for Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Turner Construction’s Sustainability Advisory Board. Her upcoming book, Certified Green: How Unlikely Allies are Transforming Markets around the World, explores the promise and challenges of voluntary market-based initiatives. See full bio…

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Clean Energy for Hawai‘i – Moving Forward
Moderated by Jeff Mikulina, Blue Planet Foundation; with panelists Representative Hermina Morita; Ted Liu, DBEDT; Robbie Alm, Hawaiian Electric Company; Mark Duda, Hawai‘i Solar Energy Association; Ray Starling, Hawai‘i Energy Efficiency Program, Public Benefits Fund.

Clean Energy for Hawai‘i – Creating It
Moderated by Mike Hamnet, UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum; with panelists Darren Kimura, Sopogy, Inc.; Pete Cooper, Better Place; Wren Wescoatt, First Wind; Kelly King, Pacific Biodiesel Inc.

Clean Energy for Hawai‘i – Sustaining It
Moderated by Mike Hamnet, UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum; with panelists James Koshiba, Kanu Hawaii; Carilyn Shon, DBEDT, Energy Efficiency Branch; Will Boudra, Forest City Military Communities; Gary Wassel, Cycle City, Ltd.

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Exhibits are free and open to the public. Hours: 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m.

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Deadline for online registration has been extended through June 2, 2009. Form of payment must accompany the registration. Credit card numbers submitted with registration will be processed upon receipt. Registrations will not be processed without payment. Continuous registration by fax and mail after June 2; does not include lunch.

Energy Opportunities for Hawaii – Darren T. Kimura

May 18, 2009

Inviting all to the free University of Hawaii at Manoa Sustainable Lecture series, Wednesday May 20, 2009 at 7PM, Architecture Auditorium. The event will begin with a film called Kilowatt Ours and followed by my talk on Energy Opportunities for Hawaii.

`Kilowatt Ours` (film), followed by presentation `The Sky`s the Limit: Energy Opportunities for Hawai`i,`

Info: May 20 • Wed • 7:00pm • Architecture Auditorium • FREE and open to the public • Parking $3, upper campus UH Manoa. • For more information, please call 956-8246.

`KILOWATT OURS: A PLAN TO RE-ENERGIZE AMERICA` is an award-winning film that provides simple, practical, affordable solutions to America`s energy crisis and shows how we can save electricity, save money and make a difference for the planet.

Following the film screening, self-described `serial energy entrepreneur` Darren Kimura discusses some of the renewable energy technologies being explored here in Hawaii, local prospects for green jobs, and how we can each make simple changes to reduce our energy consumption.

DARREN KIMURA is the President and CEO of Sopogy, Inc., a company that developed a new way to concentrate solar power to create electricity. Kimura, originally from Hilo, began his career in renewables and efficiency in 1992 working as an EPA Green Light Surveyor. He went on to found Hawaii`s own national energy company `Energy Industries` in 1994. Over his career he created numerous companies, created hundreds of green collar jobs and traveled the world presenting energy savings tips for consumers and businesses.

Funded in part by the Shunzo Sakamaki Extraordinary Lecture Endowment at the University of Hawai`i Foundation and the Hawai`i Energy Policy Forum`s Koaniani Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. Film screening of “Kilowatt Ours” sponsored by Kanu Hawaii.

Sopogy Featured on Tech Box

May 11, 2009

Tech Box is a weekly television show that brings the latest in technology to you – the consumer. A colorful, fast-paced, and entertaining 30-minute weekly cable TV special that focuses on technology from the consumer point-of-view. Also highlights how technology influences and affects our everyday lives and features locally available products and services for everyday consumer or business use.

Tech Box airs at 9 p.m. every Thursday on Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s Hawaii Channel OC 16.

Sopogy CEO to speak at America’s Growth Capital Solar 2.0 Session

April 20, 2009

Sopogy CEO to speak at America’s Growth Capital Solar 2.0 Session

Who:     Darren T. Kimura, CEO, Sopogy, Inc.

What:     Annual America’s Growth Capital Solar 2.0 Session

When: April 21, 2008, 1:30 PM PST

Where: Westin San Francisco 50 Third Street San Francisco, California 94102

Description:
Sopogy joins a short and select group of private solar companies presenting at the 2009 Emerging Growth Conference.

Darren T. Kimura will discuss the current state of concentrating solar and how Sopogy is bringing its fast installation, low cost, distributed energy solution to the market.

Hosted by America’s Growth Capital, a research, trading and investment banking firm, the AGC Emerging Growth Conference will feature leading public and private executives for a 2 day-long program of panel discussions, management presentations and keynote addresses.

For more information on the event, please visithttp://www.meetmax.com/upload/event_3371/Day%202%20Agenda.pdf

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 goals include to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life for all human kind and to bring order and simplicity to the chaos which is the current solar power business. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

Contacts:
Sopogy Corporate Communications
Office: (808) 237-2423
Mobile: (808) 234-4494
media@sopogy.org

Sopogy Receives Plant Engineering Gold Product of the Year

March 31, 2009

Sopogy’s SopoNova 4.0™ wins Gold in the Plant Engineering Product of the Year for Power Generation

March 30, 2009

2008 Plant Engineering Product of the Year: Gold Award

2008 Plant Engineering Product of the Year: Gold Award

SOPOGY PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 03/30/09
Contact: Sopogy Corporate Communications
media@sopogy.org
808-237-2423

SUBJECT: SOPOGY’S SOPONOVA 4.0™ RECEIVES GOLD IN 21st ANNUAL PLANT ENGINEERING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2008 AWARD

Charleston, SC— Sopogy, Inc. MicroCSP™ Solar Collector “SopoNova 4.0™” won Gold in the Plant Engineering Product of the Year 2008 in the category of Electrical Power. The Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards honor the most innovative and useful products introduced to the industrial plant engineering market each year. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards in each category were presented at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit Gala on Monday March 30, 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Product of the Year 2008 Gold Award marks continuing recognition for SopoNova 4.0™’s excellence in the industry. SopoNova 4.0™ combines the reliable performance of conventional concentrating parabolic trough technologies with several novel and revolutionary features that include the world’s first 270 degree MicroCSP tracker, integrated stands, automatic operation, and custom controls. The modular, versatile, and scalable solar collector uses mirrors and lenses to concentrate the sun’s rays and generate solar electricity, process heating, and solar cooling. The technology captures cost efficiencies by operating in lower temperatures which enable general contractor installation and low cost thermal energy storage.

“We are delighted and honored to receive Gold Award for Product of the Year 2008,” said Sopogy CEO and President, Darren Kimura. “This award not only encompasses prestige, but is a symbol of quality and innovation in the industry. We would like to thank the editors and staff at Plant Engineering, as well as all the readers who voted for SopoNova 4.0™.”

The Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards are the premier honor for new products and among the most sought-after distinctions by manufacturers when establishing new products in the plant engineering industry. One hundred and fifty finalists in sixteen categories were selected by a panel of judges consisting of plant engineers for publication in Plant Engineering Magazine. Subscribers and readers then voted on their choices for the best products using an online ballot.

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 goals include to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life for all human kind and to bring order and simplicity to the chaos which is the current solar power business. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

Sopogy’s Solar Air Conditioning cools Sempra Utility energy center

January 30, 2009

Sopogy technology to be used in California project

Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

Honolulu-based solar energy company Sopogy Inc. will be part of a California demonstration project that aims to showcase six new solar technologies.

Nine of Sopogy’s patented solar concentrators, which the company designs, engineers and manufactures in Hawaii, will be used to run air conditioning units on a 45,000 square-foot building in Downey, Calif.

Sopogy’s technology, resembling large silver troughs, uses mirrors and lenses to concentrate the sun’s rays on fluids, creating steam that turns turbines to generate electricity.

The demonstration project was announced Friday by the Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric.

The California utilities said they will be testing solar technologies at different California sites over the next 18 months. The utilities are testing five other solar technologies, and says the project should help accelerate the commercialization of the new technologies.

The names of the other five technology companies were not released.

Sopogy — the name combines the words solar, power and technology — was launched in 2007 after five years of research and development. It was spun off from Energy Industries, which Darren Kimura founded in 1994.

Sopogy solar power systems to be demonstrated in California

January 29, 2009

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Sopogy Inc., the Honolulu-based maker of a concentrating solar thermal power systems, will have its product showcased in a renewable energy demonstration project run in California.
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Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric want to test solar technologies at sites over the next year and a half, including those involving electrical generation and natural lighting. The gas company will install nine of Sopogy’s SopoNova 4.0 units to run air conditioning on a 45,000 square-foot building in Downey, California.

Sempra is testing five solar technologies to see which ones work the best. Sopogy’s system features mirrors focused onto a chamber containing a liquid that is heated. This can be used in power generation systems, absorption air conditioning and other energy systems.

San Diego-based Sempra said it hopes the demonstration project will help accelerate the commercialization of the new solar technologies. Sopogy said the effort will mark the first time its technology has been used in an air conditioning project.

Sopogy last month announced it had entered into an agreement for a 50 megawatt solar power plant in Toledo, Spain. In June the company won the new product of the year award from the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Scoops: Who’s moving, buying, opening, changing, winning

January 13, 2009
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Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – by PBN Staff

Renewable energy energizes retired HECO executive

T. Michael May, who retired Aug. 1 as CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co., has teamed up with local entrepreneurs to find renewable energy sources for Hawaii.

May, 62, has equity ownership and is a board member of Sopogy, which specializes in solar power collectors. He also has equity ownership in Natural Power Concepts, an alternative energy technology incubator. And, he is involved in at least two other soon-to-be-named tech firms run by entrepreneurs in their 30s.

“It’s invigorating to be with people who have a passion for what they are doing and using their experiences and skills to quickly launch new dreams in products,” May said, adding that most of his time this year will be spent capitalizing on new ventures, and taking the ideas to market.

His wife, Carol Ai May, vice president of City Mill, thought he would take it easy during retirement.

Spain Solar Farm Project expands Sopogy’s global strategy

January 12, 2009
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Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – by Nanea Kalani Pacific Business News


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Sopogy CEO Darren Kimura says the lack of financial incentives in the United States has forced him to become more global.

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Building a multimillion-dollar solar farm in Europe over the next two years is part of Honolulu-based Sopogy‘s strategy to get its solar technology deployed around the world.

The company announced last week that it will build a 50-megawatt system in Toledo, Spain, using its proprietary technology in partnership with a German energy financier and a Spanish project developer. The system could generate enough electricity to power 15,000 homes.

Sopogy founder and CEO Darren Kimura said the Spanish project, expected to be completed by the end of 2010 and cost about $300 million, is part of the company’s plans to expand its presence abroad as the U.S. financial market wanes.

“For about a year now, Sopogy has felt that it’s necessary to diversify and become more global,” Kimura told PBN. “Because our technology offers higher production and lower capital costs, we’re looking for sites where our technology has the best value, and the best value today lies in the European market.”

Sopogy, Inypsa and Omniwatt announce 50MW MicroCSP Solar Farm Project in Toledo, Spain

December 22, 2008

December 22, 2008

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Date: 12/22/08

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Subject: SOPOGY, INYPSA, AND OMNIWATT ANNOUNCE 50 MEGAWATT MICROCSP SOLAR FARM PROJECT IN TOLEDO, SPAIN

Honolulu, HI – US based Sopogy, Inc. manufacturer of the proprietary MicroCSP concentrating solar thermal energy system has entered into a solar power agreement with Spanish Solar Project Developer Inypsa Informes y Proyectos, S.A. and German Solar Project Financer Omniwatt to develop a 50 MW solar power plant by December 1, 2010 in Toledo, Spain.

“We are excited to work with Inypsa and Omniwatt in bringing Sopogy’s MicroCSP system to the Spanish market,” said Darren Kimura, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sopogy. “Sopogy’s MicroCSP technologies have been designed for these unique markets by bringing advantages over traditional concentrating solar thermal including fast deployment, pre-engineered kits in the 1MW, 5MW and 10MW increments and use and support of local labor for on-site installation”.
Inypsa, a publically traded Spanish project development firm has decades of experience in large infrastructure projects and is well positioned to take advantage of the growing solar thermal power plant market in the Spanish region. “We are convinced that micro solar thermal generation will be the next revolution in the low-carbon technologies that will define the 21st century. We feel privileged to team up with Sopogy and Omniwatt to deliver Sopogy MicroCSP technology for this project”, said Jairo González Monje, Director General of Inypsa, S.A.

Omniwatt AG, a Germany-based company, specializes in the renewable energy power production, project development and financing of decentralized power plants throughout Europe. “We look forward to working with Inypsa and Sopogy and are committed to promoting clean, renewable energy solutions throughout the world,” said Paul Vesel, Partner at Omniwatt AG.

About Sopogy
Founded in 2002, 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. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

About Inypsa
Founded in 1970 under the parent utilities company FECSA, today, INYPSA Informes y Proyectos S.A. is one of the leading companies in the engineering sector in Spain. Thanks to the company’s continued growth, international expansion, financial strength and the ability to combine sound management with technology, INYPSA has managed to situate itself in one of the top spots nationally. This has also led it to be listed on the Madrid and Barcelona stock exchanges since 1989. After more than thirty-five years in the industry, the company has developed extensive experience in national and international markets, with work accredited in more than sixty countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

About Omniwatt
Omniwatt is an emission-less, international, and decentralized power producer, applying technologies that produce energy from fuel-less resources. The company develops and finances new installations, structures existing projects, and acquires established stations.

Sopogy Wins Innovative Company of the Year 2008

November 17, 2008
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Sun and creativity power Sopogy’s success

Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – by Nanea Kalani Pacific Business News

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Darren Kimura, president and CEO of Sopogy Inc., with one of the company’s solar collectors, which generate more power faster than typical photovoltaic systems.

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Darren Kimura considers himself a problem solver, always looking for solutions to the world’s troubles.

The Hawaii entrepreneur has built several successful technology companies around that trait, most of them focused on energy-efficient technologies.

“I do one thing — look for customer-based problems,” said Kimura, 33.

Combining this skill with an innovative mindset, Kimura started tinkering with ideas in 2002 to create an affordable technology that could ease electricity costs for businesses.

The tinkering led to building prototypes and eventually the launching last year of Sopogy Inc., PBN’s 2008 Innovative Company of the Year.

Sopogy’s name combines the words solar, power and technology. It was spun off from Energy Industries, which Kimura founded in 1994.

The company has invented a new kind of solar concentrator for generating electricity from the sun’s heat. The technology, resembling large silver troughs, uses mirrors and lenses to concentrate the sun’s rays on fluids, creating steam that turns turbines to generate electricity.

These collectors are very different from the more common photovoltaic panels, which are typically designed for roof-top systems and convert the sun’s energy directly into electricity.

Sopogy’s solar collectors are designed as ground units that can function as solar farms producing huge amounts of energy — up to 50 megawatts, or enough to power 15,000 homes. (The company does, however, also make a roof-top version.)

“At the core of the problem is the fact that as a society, we use more energy than we make,” Kimura said. “The only way to have a fast impact is to take big bites of the apple. You can’t do that with photovoltaics.”

Another distinct feature is the collectors’ capability to store solar energy that can be used after the sun goes down. They also are equipped with tracking systems, which Sopogy engineers created, to maximize productivity and efficiency.

“The software tied to our collectors account for factors such as cloudy skies, high wind speeds and rain,” said Kimura, who serves as president and CEO. “The programming allows the collector to be smart and encodes it with logic, so it can turn itself upside down if it’s cloudy. Although there’s layers and layers of complexity, of course, we’ve tried to make it simple for our customers.”

Kimura said Sopogy has a couple thousand of its collectors — called the SopoNova 4.0 — in use worldwide, including on the West Coast and in Asia, the Middle East and Spain.

“What’s exciting about solar technology is that it can be everywhere and anywhere,” he said. “The technology is made here in Hawaii, tested here, our company is based here, but we just export it out. I think innovation is about trying to create technologies that you can export around the world.”

Most of Sopogy’s 41 employees are based in Hawaii, while some are stationed at the company’s sales offices in San Jose, San Diego and Phoenix.

Kimura said Sopogy is on track to generate $10 million in revenue this year. The privately held company got its start using a combination of venture capital and personal investment from Kimura.

Locally, Sopogy’s technology is in use at the Big Island’s Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority in Kona.

The company sells power from a 1-megawatt system to Hawaii Electric Light Co. The project was designed in phases so that Sopogy could expand the system to up to 10 megawatts.

Sopogy received approval for up to $10 million in state revenue bonds for the NELHA project. It also was approved for up to $35 million in bonds to build a solar farm on Oahu that could generate another 10 megawatts, or enough power for about 3,000 homes, for Hawaiian Electric Co.

Sopogy last year built a 16-collector, 50-kilowatt system in Spokane, Wash., which generates power for the local utility. Sopogy will add a dozen more collectors to the system by next summer.

Sopogy’s collector already has caught the attention of several national and international technology groups.

The National Society of Professional Engineers named it its 2008 new product award winner in the small company category. Meanwhile, the technology is one of four finalists for the Platts Global Energy Awards’ sustainable technology innovation of the year.

“In our world, these awards are like the Emmys or the Academy Awards; all the energy geeks want to win these,” Kimura said. “Out of the hundreds of tech companies in Silicon Valley that are well financed and have great technologies, we’re the one they picked. It’s really exciting.”

Sopogy wants to expand its solar plants around the world and Kimura ultimately wants to take the firm public.

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Sopogy is selected as a finalist for 2008 Global Energy Awards

November 17, 2008

Sopogy is Selected as Finalist to the 2008 Global Energy Awards

Sopogy is selected as a finalist at the Global Energy Awards 2008 in the category of: “Sustainable Technology Innovation of the Year”, a new award category that specifically recognizes the enormous efforts currently going into technology research and development in the quest for a carbon neutral world.

“Being acknowledged in this category along side the top leaders in the renewable and energy efficiency field is a great honor and pays tribute to the focus and efforts of the Sopogy team.” Said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO, Sopogy, Inc. “Its a compliment to be the representing the solar energy industry in this prestigious event.”

2008 Platts Global Energy Awards
Save the date for the 2008 Platts Global Energy Awards. Join the companies and individuals who consistently set a high standard of excellence within the energy industry as they are honored by Platts in New York City on December 3, 2008.

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Sopogy is named Innovative Company of the Year 2008

November 17, 2008
Sopogy is nominated for Business Leadership Hawaii Awards 2008

Sopogy Receives Business Leadership Hawaii 2008 “Innovative Company of the Year” Award

HONOLULU –(Business Wire)– Before 1,000 members of the business community, Sopogy, Inc. was presented the Business Leadership Hawaii (BLH) 2008 “Innovative Company of the Year” Award. The event, which took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, honors the best in the business. The Innovative Company of the Year Award recognizes organizations dedicated to developing new approaches to creating products, winning customers, and tackling problems. Sopogy was chosen based on its innovative MicroCSP technologies, used to create Process Heat, Solar Air Conditioning, and Electrical Power, and its commitment to leading Hawaii to a sustainable future and curbing the effects of global climate change.

The 7th annual BLH 2008 awards program is a premier event recognizing leaders in business and non-profits. Finalists were judged by a panel of respected business leaders, many of whom are previous BLH winners. Since its launch in 2002, BLH has recognized more than 160 companies, individuals, and nonprofits. Pacific Business News created BLH to spread the word that Hawaii is a great place to do business because of outstanding and committed leaders.

“The culture of innovation is key to our company’s growth and the development of new products. Sopogy is honored to receive the Business Leadership Hawaii Innovative Company of the Year award,” said Darren T. Kimura, Sopogy Chief Executive Officer.

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

Sopogy is selected as a finalist for Business Leadership Hawaii

September 30, 2008
Sopogy is nominated for Business Leadership Hawaii Awards 2008

Sopogy is selected as a finalist for Business Leadership Hawaii Awards 2008

Sopogy is selected as a finalist for Business Leadership Hawaii awards 2008.

Please join Pacific Business News and our sponsors on Thursday, November 13, at 5:30 p.m in the Coral Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, as we honor, award and celebrate the best in business at the 2008 Business Leadership Hawaii (BLH) awards event.

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Sopogy receives Innovation Award by Governor of Hawaii

September 23, 2008
Governor's Innovation Award

Governor Lingle Presents Innovation Award to SopogyHONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today recognized three recipients of the Governor’s Innovation Awards for their ingenuity and commitment to developing creative ways to improve Hawai‘i and help the state meet the challenges of the 21st century.

“Our most recent Innovation Award winners are outstanding examples of the ingenuity and innovation of Hawai‘i residents, businesses and government agencies,” said Governor Lingle.  “They are applying creative ideas and developing new technologies that will transform our economy away from an over-reliance on land development and position Hawai‘i to compete successfully in the global, 21st century marketplace.”

Sopogy is awarded Governor's Innovation Award

Sopogy, Inc. develops and manufactures renewable energy technology systems, including innovative and affordable solar collectors.  The technology developed by Sopogy can provide the co-generation of electricity, process heat and solar air conditioning from one hybrid system with cost-effective energy storage and power delivery.

“Sopogy, Inc. has accomplished much to advance alternative energy, addressing the important needs of our state and its people” stated Governor Linda Lingle.

“The convergence of Renewable Energy and Innovation is an exciting area where the State of Hawaii has established a leadership position and Sopogy is proud to receive this honor” said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO.

The Governor’s Innovation Award nominees were evaluated by a 15-member selection panel comprised of industry, education and government representatives statewide.  Nominations were submitted online and were judged on creativity; effectiveness in achieving a goal or purpose; transferability and adoptability by others; and significance in addressing an important local or global issue, problem or opportunity.  The selection committee provided final recommended nominations to Governor Lingle for her selection.

Sopogy presents MicroCSP at Google

September 18, 2008

Google Tech Talks September 18, 2008 ABSTRACT

Sopogy is bringing smaller concentrated solar energy systems to the market: Process heat, air conditioning, and power generation.

Dr. Al Yuen of Sopogy presents MicroCSP solar solutions to Google.

Sopogy Solution at Palo Alto Swim Club

September 17, 2008

Palo Alto, CA – To celebrate the Eichler Swim & Tennis Club’s 50 years of service to the Palo Alto community, Sopogy, Inc., the manufacturer of MicroCSP Solar Technologies has donated a MicroCSP solar solution to help reduce the center’s energy costs and shrink its carbon footprint by using clean solar energy.

“We’re making this donation to the Eichler Club and the children of Palo Alto who frequent this facility and represent the future so they can learn about solar energy and the power this energy source has in fighting climate change” said Darren T. Kimura the President of Sopogy, Inc.  “The Sopogy MicroCSP Solar Solution represents a truly versatile approach to the efficient and proven Concentrating Solar Power industry”.

The Sopogy’s Solar Solution consists of a MicroCSP solar concentrator called the SopoNovaä 4.0, which combines the revolutionary features of the company’s unique modular, versatile and scalable Parabolic Trough technology in a small and efficient solar package.  The system at the Eichler Club includes a SopoNova 4.0, heat exchanger, storage tank, automatic system controls and SopoTracker a revolutionary solar tracking technology which enables the system to follow the sun during operation.

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

Sopogy Announces Solar Power Application 2008 Contest

September 1, 2008

Sopogy, Inc. launches “SopoApps 2008” a solar design skills contest for engineers
and announces a total of $50,000 in cash prizes.

Oct 4, 2008
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Subject: Sopogy launches SopoApps 2008 a solar design skills contest for engineers and
announces total of $50,000 in cash prizes.

Portland, OR – Sopogy, Inc., in conjunction with winning the New Product of the Year
Award 2008 for its SopoNova 4.0 technology from the National Society of Professional
Engineers’ (NSPE) announces SopoApps 2008 a design skills contest for engineers.
“SopoApps 2008” or Solar Power Applications is a skills contest for HVAC, Plumbing and
Solar engineers. The contest challenges engineers to design practical installations using
MicroCSP solar technologies in 10 categories including: Process Heating, Thermal Air
Conditioning, Industrial, Commercial, Agriculture, Hospitality, Health Care Power, Water
and Innovation. The contest is designed to help accelerate the adoption and installation of
MicroCSP solar technologies. All designs submitted to the contest will be made opensourced
and posted online at SopoApps.com.

The contest runs through October 1, 2008. Judging will be conducted by an independent panel of industry experts. Key factors in judging include production efficiency, cost, completeness, and best overall design. A reception will be held at Solar Power 2008 in San Diego where the winners will be announced. Top winners in each of the 10 categories will receive $5,000.

“The World needs unique solutions to fight green house gas emissions and MicroCSP
technologies are one of the best weapons in this battle. The technology is reliable, quick to
install and a proven alternative to burning natural gas and oil. We now need the best
engineers to bring MicroCSP technologies to their applications and projects. SopoApps is
designed to do exactly this” said Darren T. Kimura, CEO of Sopogy, Inc.
For more information and details on the contest terms and conditions please visit
www.sopoapps.org

Additional Background on the SopoApps
In the solar thermal industry a key problem behind technology adoption is the lack of
available knowledge in applications engineering. This is an industry that has historically
been extremely fragmented and traditional engineering favors conventional fossil fuel
technologies. With global warming and energy issues now a worldwide problem,
SopoApps is designed to become a community for the World’s best engineers to help build
the future of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.