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August 31, 2011

Honolulu, August 31, 2011—Sopogy, the world’s leading developer of micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP) technologies, is the Hawaii Business Innovation Showcase winner for the City and County of Honolulu.  The award gives Sopogy a platform to showcase its technologies during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Week conference in November 2011.


Sopogy is one of five showcase winners that will be on display at numerous venues, including the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center, and the CEO Summit at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.   Sopogy will also feature in Leader’s Week Hawaii TV in-room hotel program, an APEC Hawaii virtual online exhibit, a full page ad in the Star Advertiser, and a Hawaii Business circular to be distributed to APEC dignitaries and media.

Sopogy’s technologies are helping APEC economies achieve their clean energy goals and create local jobs.  Sopogy has installations in place or in progress in the US, Mexico, Japan and Papua New Guinea, with agreements for further systems in China, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy said, “Given the quality and quantity of companies vying for this title, we are really honored to have been selected as the APEC Business Innovation winner for Honolulu.”

Sopogy’s patented MicroCSP technology uses mirrors and optics to intensify the heat from the sun creating thermal energy.  Thermal energy is the fuel for efficient, renewable power generation, air conditioning, and process heat.  Sopogy’s collectors are about one-third the size of a traditional solar parabolic trough systems and can generate 30% more energy than fixed-mounted PV panels.  Sopogy’s proprietary thermal storage system stabilizes volatile production when cloudy and prolongs production after sunset.

About Sopogy
Founded in Hawaii in 2002 and incorporated in 2006, Sopogy has deployed 18 MicroCSP systems around the world.   For more information, please visit www.sopogy.org.

About APEC
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, is a 21-member association of economies from the Asia-Pacific region working together to advance regional economic integration and prosperity.  During 2009 APEC Summit in Singapore, President Barack Obama announced Honolulu, Hawaii as the host city for the 2011 Leaders Meeting.  http://www.apec2011hawaii.com/what-apec


Media Contact:
Tsurumi Hamasu, PR Specialist
Sopogy, Inc.


PBN: APEC Host Committee names Showcase finalists

August 15, 2011

Pacific Business News – by Linda Chiem , Pacific Business News

Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 2:19pm HST

Thirty-five Hawaii businesses have made the final cut for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2011 Hawaii Business Innovation Showcase — a business recognition program the Hawaii Host Committee launched to promote local businesses during the APEC Leaders’ Week meetings Honolulu will host in November.

Most of the businesses are at the forefront of Hawaii’s burgeoning technology and renewable energy sectors, which falls right in line with the U.S. goal of promoting “green growth” at the APEC meetings.

In May, the APEC Hawaii Host Committee, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and the four counties, established the showcase to provide what it described as an unprecedented opportunity for businesses registered in the state to showcase innovation in products and services to an international audience during the APEC 2011 Leaders’ Week, which takes place Nov. 7-13.

Of the 35 finalists, one winner from each county and one overall statewide winner will be selected Sept. 6.

The winners will get top billing and exposure at key venues and events during APEC Leaders’ Week — an enviable prize for any local business since so much of Hawaii’s success from hosting APEC rides on the exposure and publicity it generates for the entire state. For more information, click here.

Here’s the list of finalists, by island:

On Oahu:

• Avatar Reality Inc.;

• Cardax Pharmaceuticals Inc.;

• Clear Fuels Technology;

• Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc.;

• Hoana Medical Inc.;

• Hoku Corp.;

• Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning LLC;

• Makai Ocean Engineering Inc.;

• Nanopoint Inc.;

• Navatek Ltd.;

• Oceanit;

• Onipaa Kakou LLC;

• Outrigger Hotels Hawaii;

• Referentia Systems Inc.;

• See/Rescue Corp.;

• Skai Ventures;

• Sopogy;

• Sunetric;

• The Queen’s Medical Center;

• Tissue Genesis;

On the Big Island:

• Big Island Abalone Corp.;

• Big Island Carbon LLC;

• Hawaii Oceanic Technology Inc.;

• Hawaii Preparatory Academy;

• Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii;

•Pacific Regional Disaster Preparedness Center;

• Hilo Disaster Preparedness Training Center;

On Maui:

• Functional Nutriments LLC;

• Grower’s Secret Inc.;

• H Nu Energy;

• Noni Biotech;

• Pacific Biodiesel Inc.;

• Westec Environmental Solutions.

On Kauai:

• Aqua Engineers Inc.;

• Malie Inc.;

• TREX Enterprises Corp.



August 8, 2011

Honolulu, HI—August 8, 2011— Sopogy, Inc., the world’s leading developer of micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP) technologies, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rodney Lee to Vice President of Marketing & Communications. In this role he has responsibilities for the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest, demand and recognition for Sopogy’s solutions.

Rodney joined Sopogy in January 2011 as Marketing Manager. Prior to joining, he was a Director at Bedrock, a brand consultancy. Rodney’s clients included Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Kaiser Permanente, HMSA and Kamehameha Schools. He has a BS in Agriculture & Resource Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

About Sopogy and MicroCSP
Sopogy’s innovative MicroCSP technologies use mirrors and optics to intensify the heat energy from the sun creating thermal energy. Thermal energy is the fuel for efficient, renewable power generation, air conditioning, process heat, and desalination. Sopogy’s MicroCSP systems can generate 30% more energy than fixed-mounted photovoltaic panels, and unlike PV, MicroCSP collectors are easily recycled at end of life. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information

Media Contact:
Tsurumi Hamasu, PR Specialist
Sopogy, Inc.