What we do
Sopogy Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets micro-scaled concentrating solar power technology (MicroCSP); and sells related software, and services. Our products include SopoFlare, SopoNova, SopoHelios, SopoTitan, SopoLite, and the SopoSoft operating system. We sell to original equipment manufacturers who use our products to enhance theirs, the Independent Power Producers who use our systems to generate base load energy, the Oil & Gas industry who use our technologies to generate fossil fuel free solar steam and the Commercial & Industrial sector who use our solutions as an energy efficiency alternative.
In nearly all of our thermal energy markets, Sopogy's MicroCSP systems have the shortest paybacks of all other commercialized solar options. This is achieved thru our patented concentrating technology using mirrors with optics. Our technology platform enables us to produce a low cost but highly efficient solar collector. We combine that with our low cost thermal storage solution and plant software which enable low cost installation. Low costs with high efficiencies equal low paybacks.
MicroCSP technologies are used to create Process Heat, Solar Air Conditioning or Electrical Power and can be ground or rooftop mounted opening an entirely new market for CSP systems. For more information on the technology visit our How It Works page.
Sopogy was originally founded in 2002 by the Honolulu, Hawaii based clean-technology incubator Energy Laboratories, We are focused at developing the new sector of solar known as Micro-Scaled Concentrating Solar Power aka "MicroCSP." Our initial funding came from our company founder Darren T. Kimura and we have been venture capital backed in 2006 with our primary investors in Tradewind Capital, Blackriver Asset Management an independently managed subsidiary of Cargill, Inc., Enerdigm Ventures, Kolohala Ventures, SoCalGas (Sempra Energy Utility Company), the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture and other venture investment firms.
Mega-CSP technologies including Power Tower and Fresnel operate at the Super Heated Steam levels which are complex to design, install and maintain and requires critical mass, usually over several hundred megawatts in project size. Sopogy pioneered solar thermal energy systems around Solar Steam profile which has unlocked significant project advantages. At solar steam temperature and pressure range, parts and fittings are low cost and labor is easily found and installations are quick. Systems operate automatically and complete solar fields do not require water. Also, Sopogy's MicroCSP products are flexible in use and can be installed for use in Power, Air Conditioning and Process Heat applications.
Sopogy was the first in the solar industry to utilize a "fabless solar" manufacturing model. Similar to the fabless semiconductor industry we specialize in the design and sale of solar system hardware. We outsource the fabrication to our specialized manufacturers. This allows us to benefit from lower capital investment costs and focus on research and development so we can constantly improve our products. We are also not tied to long term amortization of any manufacturing equipment so we can change and improve our products to continually deliver the best products to our customers.