SOLKOTE Selective Solar Coating is the absorber surface of choice for Sopogy’s MicroCSP concentrating collectors. It’s high temperature tolerance and resistance to UV degradation is critical in concentrating applications for long-lived, efficient collectors.
via Arizona Daily Star:
Sunlight’s Heat Will Cool Down Youth Center at Davis-Monthan
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will be using Arizona’s sun to cool its youth center by summer.
Sopogy Inc., a Hawaii-based energy company, is installing a new type of solar-energy system on the roof of the building that will use heat from sunlight to create chilled air.
The project is part of the military’s plan to cut installations’ energy costs.
The Department of Defense found that air conditioning accounts for 30 percent to 60 percent of its total facility energy expenditures. Officials decided that switching from fossil fuels to solar heat would help the department meet its renewable-energy targets…
via NASA TEERM:
Special Visitors at Concentrated Solar Air Conditioning for Buildings Demonstration Site
The demonstration site at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Youth Center near Tucson, AZ recently hosted several prominent special visitors. On January 13, Major General Timothy Byers, AF/A7C, USAF Civil Engineer visited to inspect ongoing renewable energy projects. On February 3, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild accompanied Ms. Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality during a tour of clean energy projects. The concentrated solar collectors (parabolic troughs) will be combined with a 60-ton double-effect absorption chiller to provide cooling and reduce electrical consumption during peak power demand. NASA Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation Principal Center (TEERM) is a co-investigator along with US Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center in this multiyear project funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). link