SoCalGas Launches Project With Cogenra’s Solar Cooling Tech


Cogenra Solar, a provider of distributed solar cogeneration systems, is supplying a solar cogeneration project at Southern California Gas Co.'s (SoCalGas) Energy Resource Center (ERC).

According to the companies, SoCalGas will be the first utility in the U.S. to use Cogenra's solar cogeneration solution and its solar cooling application. The project launches Cogenra into the solar cooling market.

SoCalGas' demonstration project will capture and store the heat generated by solar cogeneration to power one of the ERC's absorption chillers and support the building's air-conditioning system on-demand. In collaboration with Solarrus Corp., Cogenra Solar installed a 20 SunDeck module system on the roof of the building. The 50.2 kW installation will produce electricity to power the building, and heat to drive a single-effect absorption chiller.

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