Sopogy, Inc. (Honolulu, Hawaii), a leading micro concentrated solar power ("MicroCSP") technology developer, on Septmeber 30th, 2010 announced that it has been awarded funding from the HawaiiRenewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV) to integrate an innovativedouble-effect solar thermal air conditioning system at the Maui OceanCenter. According to HREDV, the award was following a competitiveselection process in which the winning companies showed how theirtechnologies could be game changers in Hawaii and demonstrated strongtechnical and management expertise to execute the projects, managefederal funds and commercialize these innovations. In theproject, Sopogy will provide its proprietary parabolic trough solarcollectors to produce thermal energy for a 20-ton double effectabsorption chiller. The system will significantly reduce the aquarium’selectricity consumption. "The award by HREDV positively validates thebenefits of MicroCSP technology as our high efficiencies, low cost androbust applications are helping bring energy solutions to new markets",said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy.
Solar thermal energy to be used in conjunction with a double effect absorption chiller
Sopogy’s MicroCSP system consists of parallel rowsof proprietary "SopoNova" parabolic mirror collectors, optics and anintegrated tracker to concentrate the sun’s energy on acentrally-located receiver tube and re-circulate heat transfer fluidwithin the system. By producing thermal energy, the generated heat willthen be used in conjunction with a double effect absorption chiller toprovide a renewable source of cooling for the air conditioning system.
The HREDV funding is made possible by the U.S.Department of Energy with appropriations secured at the request ofSenator Daniel K. Inouye.