Sopogy Inc. says it has inaugurated Holaniku at Keahole Point, the world's first MicroCSP solar thermal plant, at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii. The 2 MW project, which spans across 3.8 acres in the Kona desert, utilizes 1,000 Sopogy proprietary MicroCSP solar panels.
Through the use of mirrors and optics and an integrated sun tracker, these panels achieve higher efficiencies than conventional solar panels, according to the company. The system also uses a unique thermal energy storage buffer that allows energy to be produced during cloudy periods and to shift energy produced from the day to evening periods.
SOURCE: Sopogy Inc.