Sopogy Solar AC Demonstration in California Begins Operations in an Effort to boost use of Renewable Energy

July 21, 2009

Sopogy Solar AC Demonstration in California Begins Operations in an Effort to boost use of Renewable Energy

July 21, 2009


Date: 7/21/09

Contact: Sopogy Corporate Communications 


Los Angeles, CA – Sopogy, Inc.’s proprietary MicroCSP™ solar collectors will be used in combination with a thermal air conditioning unit to demonstrate the power of a solar air-conditioning demonstration system.  The Solar A/C program sponsored by Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) a subsidiary of Sempra Energy.  The demonstration, is part of an overall effort to provide customers with energy solutions that will reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Sopogy’s solar collectors, which were installed on the rooftop of The Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center (ERC) in Downey, California, will produce 10 tons of cooling, or enough air-conditioning to cool three average-sized homes. The system will provide solar thermal heat by concentrating the sun’s energy on a collection tube and heating the recirculated heat transfer fluid within the system. The generated heat will then be used in conjunction with absorption chillers to provide a renewable source of industrial cooling for the air-conditioning system at the ERC.

“We are extremely pleased to demonstrate how Sopogy’s SopoCool MicroCSP technologies can be used to produce renewable space cooling to The Gas Company,” says Darren T. Kimura, CEO of Sopogy.  He added, “It isn’t obvious that solar thermal energy can be used to create air conditioning but the efficiencies in doing so are incredible and the system displaces the burning of a significant amount of fossil fuels.”

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.

SopoCool is Sopogy’s proprietary solar air conditioning packaged system.  This combines an absorption thermal chiller, Sopogy’s solar collectors and Sopogy’s electronic controls necessary to operate the system automatically.  To see how SopoCool systems work please visit this SopoHow video on YouTube:

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.  Please visit for more information.

About Southern California Gas Company

Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years.  It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities.  The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.  The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).  Sempra Energy based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy-services holding company.

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.

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).