Sopogy Inc. says that its proprietary MicroCSP solar collectors will be one of two solar technologies to begin operations as part of a solar air-conditioning demonstration program sponsored by Southern California Gas Co. The demonstration is scheduled to run for 18 months.
Sopogy's solar collectors, which were installed on the rooftop of Southern California Gas Co.'s Energy Resource Center (ERC) in Downey, Calif., 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.
SOURCE: Sopogy Inc.