, Inc. is a solar thermal
or equipment designer and manufacturer headquartered in Honolulu, HI
, with a California Bay Area office supporting sales, marketing, and customer support. Sopogy targets the distributed generation
, industrial process heat, and absorption chiller
air condition markets.
Sopogy was recently named the "Venture Capital Deal of the Year, Sopogy is installing a 1MW plant on the Big Island at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority with plans for a 10MW plant on other islands.
The company's name origin comes from industry key words. The "SO" comes from Solar, the "PO" comes from "Power" and the "GY" comes from "Energy and Technology." Sopogy is "Solar Power Technology."
In July 2008 Sopogy was awarded the New Product of the Year Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers for its SopoNova 4.0 product. This was the first solar technology to have received the prestigious award. Past recipients include Boeing for the 777 and Mercedes Benz for the M-Class.
Sopogy coined the term "MicroCSP" in which Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) collectors are based on the designs used in traditional Concentrating Solar Power systems found in the Mojave Desert but are smaller in collector size, lighter and operate at lower thermal temperatures usually below 600 degrees F. These systems are designed for modular field or rooftop installation where they are easy to protect from high winds, snow and humid deployments .
SopoNova 4.0 is a concentrating parabolic trough solar collector designed for distributed generation installations that include rooftops. The technology operates similarly to conventional parabolic trough systems used in California since the mid 1980's but modified to reduce the physical size and is similarly manufactured to fluorescent lighting luminares. The unique aspects of SopoNova 4.0 include: Unassembled the collector ships flat, Integrated 270 degree tracking, Integrated stands, and custom controls.
Image of SopoNova 4.0