When you think of solar power on roofs your quite naturally think of photovoltaic panels or solar hot water heaters. Well, expand that idea a bit: Anaheim, California-based Sopogy has just deputed the first commercially available solar thermal system for industrial rooftops:
The SopoFlare MicroCSP system can be used to create steam, for solar thermal air conditioning, dying, dehumidification, desalination, or hot water. Sopogy touts that when retrofitted onto existing facilities, natural gas consumption can be reduced to the point that they estimate a three-year payback time.
Sopogy touts the SopoFlare saying it "combines the revolutionary features and applications of Sopogy's award winning SopoNova 4.0 concentrating solar thermal collector, in a smaller, lightweight, environmentally rugged collector. SopoFlare's compact design at 8 feet long by 2.5 feet wide is perfect for quick and easy installation by local HVAC and Plumbing professionals."
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