1. What is MicroCSP?
  2. What is the name origin of Sopogy?
  3. Will clouds affect Sopogy's technology?
  4. Does humidity affect a Sopogy system?
  5. Will dust affect a Sopogy system?
  6. How long have Concentrated Solar Power systems been in service?
  7. What is the Sopogy Market?
  8. How can Sopogy systems compete on the smaller scale (<10MWe)?
  9. Will sunlight create glare for airplanes, drivers and animals?
  10. Can the system withstand storms?
  11. Do you provide residential solutions?
  12. How do I become a distributor?
  13. How is MicroCSP different than Photovoltaic technology
  14. Can MicroCSP Technologies be used for Residential applications?
  15. Does Sopogy provide financing?
  16. Does Sopogy install systems?
  17. What do you call the Sunny "O" in the name Sopogy?
  18. I'd like to learn more about the Holaniku MicroCSP Energy Laboratory on the Big Island, where can I find more info?
  19. What are your intellectual properties?
  20. When was the company founded?
  21. Where is Sopogy, Inc. located?
  1. What is MicroCSP?

    MicroCSP stands for Micro-scaled Concentrating Solar Power technologies and is a concept Sopogy developed. MicroCSP takes traditional, large scale, open faced, desert, Parabolic Trough Concentrated Solar Power panels and shrinks it down to 1/4 of the size. This brings CSP technology to on-site markets. These collectors can be installed in the ground and on rooftops for areas non-desert. Rankings and reviews of best affiliate marketing companies and services adscompass.com

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  2. What is the name origin of Sopogy?

    A lot of people think the name "Sopogy" is Hawaiian from our roots back in the Aloha State. In actuality, it's a play on several key words that have meaning to us. The "SO" from Solar, the "PO" from Power and the "GY" from the Technology.

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  3. Will clouds affect Sopogy's technology?

    Anything that blocks the sun will affect ALL solar technologies. Sopogy systems can be designed with back up to produce process heat when the sun power is reduced. Additionally, these systems can be green fueled enhancing the system's environmental goodwill.

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  4. Does humidity affect a Sopogy system?

    Sopogy's technologies were designed and engineered to operate in humid climates.

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  5. Will dust affect a Sopogy system?

    Dust build up can reduce the efficiencies for ALL solar systems. Sopogy systems are smaller than the traditional desert CSP systems and as a result are easier and quicker to clean. This ensures maximum efficiencies and maximum output.

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  6. How long have Concentrated Solar Power systems been in service?

    The first significant CSP project was constructed in 1985. This facility was constructed in California's Mojave Desert and produces 354 MW of electrical energy. Sopogy has had systems deployed since 2005.

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  7. What is the Sopogy Market?

    We focus on locations that are around 30 degrees latitude above/below the equator. We aim for DNI (direct normal irradiance)of 850 watts per meter squared for 5 hours per day per year average or better. Our clients use our solar thermal heat for industrial processes, steam, air conditioning and in certain locations, power generation using the organic rankine engine (turbine).

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  8. How can Sopogy systems compete on the smaller scale (<10MWe)?

    In the electricity generation application, Sopogy's system will bring the benefits of storage (often 1-2 hours) and hybridization (using an secondary boiler to generate heat). Given those add-on items, the system IRR will likely achieve +20% levels over a 20 year horizon.

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  9. Will sunlight create glare for airplanes, drivers and animals?

    The Sopogy reflectors are precisely aimed on a focal point inside the collector. This eliminates glare escaping the panel. We also have extensive experience in this area as Holaniku at Keahole Point, the World's first Micro-scaled CSP solar farm, is located next to the Big Island's most heavily traveled highway and is at the end of the Kona International Airport runway.

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  10. Can the system withstand storms?

    Sopogy developed its collector and tracking system to withstand storms, high winds up to 100 MPH, pounding rains, and flying debris.

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  11. Do you provide residential solutions?

    Not at this time. Our technologies are designed for the commercial, industrial and utility markets.

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  12. How do I become a distributor?

    Please contact Terry Revnak at trevnak@sopogy.org

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  13. How is MicroCSP different than Photovoltaic technology

    MicroCSP and Photovoltaic (PV) technology both play important yet different roles in addressing the climate change problem. PV converts sunlight into electricity at an efficiency around 15%. MicroCSP converts the sun heat into thermal energy at an efficiency around 50%.

    There are numerous unique characteristics of MicroCSP systems but here are the top 3:
    1. MicroCSP with thermal storage and a power block allows for storing, shifting and firming energy generated.
    2. MicroCSP's thermal energy is used for electrical generation but also to directly power Air Conditioning and for industrial Process Heating.
    3. MicroCSP systems are typically designed for hybrid uses such as power and Solar Air Conditioning.

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  14. Can MicroCSP Technologies be used for Residential applications?

    We are currently only offering solutions that apply to the large commercial, industrial, hospitality or small utility application.

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  15. Does Sopogy provide financing?

    Yes, for process heat and solar air conditioning applications. Please visit: /initiatives/index.php?id=68

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  16. Does Sopogy install systems?

    Because of local licensing regulations, Sopogy works with project developers and contractor partners to have the technology installed.

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  17. What do you call the Sunny "O" in the name Sopogy?

    This is a registered trademark of Sopogy which we call the "Sunflector"

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  18. I'd like to learn more about the Holaniku MicroCSP Energy Laboratory on the Big Island, where can I find more info?

    Sopogy was the solar technology vendor to Keahole Solar Power, the developer/owner of this project. They have published information on the project at their Commonly Asked Questions website here: http://keaholesolarpower.com/513-2/

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  19. What are your intellectual properties?

    Sopogy has 76 patents issued and pending and over 1,000 copyrights. These cover all aspects of our system including the collector frame, receiver tube, mirrors, manufacturing processes of our frame, tracking, master field control processes, system software, technology algorithms, system designs, and applications.

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  20. When was the company founded?

    Our company was founded in 2002 at Energy Laboratories in Honolulu, Hawaii. We were incorporated in 2006.

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  21. Where is Sopogy, Inc. located?

    We are co-located in Silicon Valley, CA (Activities include: Sales/Marketing/Manufacturing) and Honolulu, HI (Activities include: R&D and Administration)

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