By Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

Sopogy is in the process of hiring 50 people as a result of creating a more efficient solar thermal system called ⿿SopoHelios.⿝

The company plans to make an official announcement about ⿿SopoHelios⿝ on Monday at the Solar Power International Conference in Dallas.

Despite adding more employees, the company does not have any immediate plans to expand from its current space at 550 Paiea St. in Honolulu.

The system uses mirrors and optics to intensify the heat energy from the sun creating thermal energy.

The new 82-square-foot collector is designed for high heat temperatures ranging between 122 and 620 degrees fahrenheit. It also reduces the number of systems required to power a solar electric power field by 33 percent.

⿿Requiring fewer collectors reduces engineering and construction costs and speeds up solar field assembly,⿝ said Sopogy President and CEO Darren Kimura.

⿿SopoHelios⿝ collectors are scheduled for installation in Kalaeloa Solar One, a 5-megawatt power plant in West Oahu, Kimura said.

The plant also will house Sopogyâ¿¿s proprietary thermal heat storage system, which stabilizes production when itâ¿¿s cloudy.

Founded in 2002, the Honolulu-based company has projects under way or already done around the world, including Hawaii, California, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Jordan, Mexico and Abu Dhabi.

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