Sopogy Inc., manufacturer of the proprietary micro-scaled concentrating solar power (MicroCSP) system, says it is demonstrating its SopoNova solar panels at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The project, developed by STG International (previously known as Solar Turbine Group), is designed to be a model for cost-effective, stand-alone solar power solutions for health clinics in Africa.
The MicroCSP system generates thermal energy by reflecting the sun's energy from mirrors into a receiver tube, heating a transfer fluid to create steam. The system also includes thermal energy storage that allows power to be produced during cloudy periods.
Sopogy's solar collectors feature a proprietary frame and storm protection, keeping the system safe during weather events that could include flying debris from hurricane-strength winds, the company notes. All components are also enclosed in an aerodynamic, rust-resistant housing.
SOURCE: Sopogy Inc.