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Corporate Overview
Solargenix Energy, LLC is a limited liability company with worldwide experience in energy and environmental engineering, solar design and building construction.
Solargenix Energy, LLC is a limited liability company with worldwide experience in energy and environmental engineering, solar design and building construction. The primary strategic plan of Solargenix Energy is to design, market, and manufacture; as well as; install and maintain a patented solar system capable of producing hot water, steam or electricity for residential, industrial, institutional, commercial, and utility customers.
 
Solargenix Energy has acquired key licensing agreements, filed patents and registered trademarks on solar thermal collectors that cover operating temperatures from 120°F (48°C) to 750°F (398°C). Therefore, we cover the complete range of solar thermal application from solar water heating to power generation.
 
The basis for our technologies is a science called Non-Imaging Optics that was developed by Dr. Roland Winston at the University of Chicago. This patented technology when used in conjunction with evacuated tube collectors improves the efficiency of converting solar energy to thermal energy. The collectors can be utilized in many different configurations. They can be added to an existing roof or in the case of our patented Power Roof™, be integrated into the roof of a new structure. Where land is not a premium, Solargenix Energy has technologies that can be ground mounted if desired by the client.
 
The company has assembled a highly qualified management and technical team. Principals and strategic partners have over 100 years of combined experience in the fields of design, engineering, building, manufacturing, power engineering, solar energy, and related research and development. Included in the management team are highly recognized leaders in the field of solar energy with excellent contacts in the international energy community.
Overview of the Company
Solargenix Energy has five operating division or business units. Experts in the associated technologies and business operations manage each of the divisions. The five business units are headquartered at the Raleigh, NC office.
 

Power Generation
The power generation division of Solargenix Energy is developing Solar Electric Generation System (SEGS) projects around the world. The projects are being developed by Solargenix Energy, LLC alone and as joint ventures with national and international partners. The capabilities of the Power Generation Division include stand alone solar power generation facilities, solar power systems combined with combined cycle natural gas, diesel, wind, biomass, landfill gas or other power generation technologies. Solargenix Energy has SEGS projects under development with capacities of 1MW to over 1000MW.
 

Buildings
The Solargenix Energy Buildings Division is providing sustainable architecture and development concepts that reflect the understanding that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The buildings incorporate the key sustainable components of site planning and landscape design, daylighting, energy efficient building envelope, lighting, mechanical systems, interior and exterior building products, water conservation, indoor air quality and waste management. All of the Solargenix Energy buildings utilize our patented solar thermal systems for power, heating and cooling.
 

Pre-Engineered Packaged Systems
The Pre-Engineered Packaged Systems Division of Solargenix Energy is responsible for developing, testing and deployment of residential and commercial Combined Heat Power and Cooling (CHPC) products to provide electric generation, heating and cooling energy for buildings. The division is working with major companies including Carrier, Trane, Yazaki, and other strategic manufacturing partners in the air-conditioning and heat-engine electric generator industries to develop and commercialize these new and exciting products. Solargenix Energy has also partnered with major U.S. universities conducting testing, R&D and commercialization of products driven by solar thermal technologies.
 
The systems being developed by Solargenix Energy are designed to utilize each of the solar thermal products manufactured by the company. These building integrated and distributed energy systems will be cost effective and produce energy at a lower cost than many of the renewable energy technologies available in today's marketplace.
 

Solar Water and Space Heating
The Solar Water Heating Division utilizes the Winston Series CPC collector described later in this document as the primary product for residential and commercial solar water heating systems. The Winston Series CPC collector has been incorporated into direct and indirect solar water heating appliances marketed through a national dealer and distribution network.
 
The Solargenix Energy Water Heating Systems are also being marketed through local and national Homebuilders participating in the EPA EnergyStar TM Homes program. As an energy efficiency measure to help homebuilders qualify for the EnergyStar TM label and program.
 
The Division has the capability to work with utility company partners to develop large-scale solar water heating programs for the electric or gas industries. These programs would include capacity building within the utility service territory, training, marketing, installation and service as necessary to provide turnkey programs.
 
Solargenix Energy's residential and commercial solar water heating systems are tested and approved by the Florida Solar Energy Center and are being packaged for SRCC (Solar Ratings and Certification Corporation) approvals.
Franchise and Licensing Applications
The Franchise and Licensing Applications Division is responsible for the proliferation and sharing of the patents and processes owned and developed by Solargenix Energy. Licensing and franchising of Solargenix Energy's products and systems will allow other companies to meet the needs of developing countries, markets and manufacturers interested in marketing our products for solar energy, energy efficiency and/or sustainable development.
 

Overview of Solargenix Energy's Technologies
 
The Power Roof™
The Power Roof™ system is a new concept in solar energy that has the potential to become a major force in the renewable energy industry's market for industrial and large commercial buildings, both in the United States and abroad. More significantly, because of the system's integrated building approach and energy cost saving potential, the Power Roof™ system has become an attractive energy option. The Power Roof™ is a total building system which can provide the buyer with lower energy bills, superior natural daylighting, and a more comfortable workplace. Equally important in today's world, this energy option is environmentally sound and because of the temperature range can fulfill an important array of uses.
 
One feature of the Power Roof™ system is that the design integrates the best energy-efficient technologies with the most advanced solar thermal systems known today. The Power Roof™ system is a high-temperature solar collector, a natural daylighting system, a radiant barrier, an insulating system, an optional means to capture passive solar heat in the winter, an infiltration barrier, the building roof structure, and a waterproof, guaranteed roofing system-all in one. Because of these multiple functions, served by a single assembly, comparative construction costs to imitate the same advantages are significantly greater. This obviously makes the Power Roof™ system more competitive.
 
Because of the system's enhanced concentrating powers, collection temperatures in excess of 750° F (398°C) are possible. This energy can most appropriately be utilized in the form of steam for industrial processes, absorption cooling, desalination and water purification as well as secondary space heating and domestic hot water uses. And, where needed, it can also be converted to electricity for individual facility requirements or sold to utility companies during times of peak electrical demand.
 

Non-Tracking Evacuated Tube Collectors
Solargenix Energy has developed other technologies using the science of Non-Imaging Optics that can be used on existing buildings or ground-mounted. The basis for these units is the evacuated tube collector. These collectors use a copper or steel pipe containing a fluid that transports the thermal energy to the end-use. This tube is encased in an evacuated glass tube to limit heat loss. Although evacuated tube collectors have been around for many years, Solargenix Energy enhances the efficiency of these tubes through Non-Imaging Optics that converts them to "compound parabolic concentrating" collectors containing optical designs inside the glass tube. These tubes can achieve operating temperatures up to 450°F (232°C) and can be used for many of the same applications as the Power Roof™.
 

Solar Domestic and Commercial Water and Space Heating
Solargenix Energy has also established itself in the residential, commercial and industrial solar water heating market. The company has opened a manufacturing plant in Chicago, Illinois to produce the new solar collector, a solar water heater using our Non-Imaging Optics. This solar water heater has much higher efficiencies than the current standard of the industry, the flat plate collector. This water heater is currently marketed under the label, Winston Series CPC.
 

Solar Trough Power Plants
Solar trough power plants have been in existence for some time. The technology was developed by the Luz Company and is the basis for the 354-megawatt (MW) plant in the Mojave Desert in California. Solargenix Energy is cost-sharing with the National Renewable Energy Lab, Department of Energy in its efforts to develop the next generation of trough technologies. We have experts on staff that have been involved in the design, construction and operation of these systems primarily used for large scale power plants (> 30MW). The World Bank and the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) have chosen solar trough plants as their environmental power generation of choice and are funding projects in Egypt, Morocco, Mexico and India. Solargenix Energy is seeking partners to pursue these opportunities in power generation.
 

Applications
Solargenix Energy systems can be integrated into greenhouse roof assemblies, covered parking areas, and covers over fresh water canals, as well as industrial and commercial buildings. To meet particular energy needs, stand-alone systems may also be practical solutions.
 

Industrial Process Heat
Most concentrating solar thermal systems are limited to operating temperatures below 300°F (148°C). In the United States, temperatures below 212°F (100°C) comprise only 1.5 percent of the total US industrial process heat market. Steam temperatures between 212°F (100°C) and 300°F (148°C) account for an additional 16.5 percent of industry's needs. With collectors that cover a wide range of temperatures up to 750°F (398°C), Solargenix Energy is capable of satisfying the thermal energy needs of most industrial processes.
 

Absorption Cooling
With the increased effort to reduce the release of pollutants into the atmosphere, interest in heat-driven absorption cooling is growing rapidly. Because of this, a new generation of absorption chillers driven by solar energy is starting to come into the market. These double- and triple-effect units show near-term signs of greatly improving the efficiency and the cost effectiveness of solar absorption cooling. Solargenix Energy works closely with all major vendors (Trane, Carrier, Yazaki, etc.) to design the best system for the particular application. Solargenix Energy is capable of providing the energy to power steam-driven, high temperature water-driven or dual-fired systems with its many different collectors.
 

Desalination
The need for clean water in many countries throughout the world is already reaching critical stages. Solargenix Energy's solar energy collection technologies, because of the possibility in temperature ranges, are ideal for the desalination of small and mid-range capacity requirements. Because the system would not require a backup and only operate when the sun is shining, it also becomes one of the most cost-effective applications possible for this technology.
 

Electrical Generation
Because of the high-temperature capability of Solargenix Energy's solar energy collection systems, conversion to electricity is also a viable option. This is especially true where utilities are in need of summertime peaking power or in remote locations of the world where no other cost-effective or reliable option exists.
 
Solargenix Energy has identified several heat engines to convert solar thermal energy to electricity. We are working closely with heat engine developers for meeting the distributed generation market. Prototype engines in sizes from 1kW to 300kW are being tested and should be ready for the market by the second quarter of the year 2003. Engines already exist between 300kW to 1MW.
 
Solargenix Energy can deliver large solar power plants (>30 MW) utilizing the trough collectors described previously. We have on staff personnel experienced in the design, construction and operation of solar electric generation stations (SEGS). With our strategic partners we can put together an unbeatable team that now includes manufacturing of all collection components.
 

Technology Development
Solargenix Energy continues to develop new technologies and further enhance its existing technologies through research and development. We use the expertise currently in-house as well as the expertise of our university affiliates and partners. New collectors based on Non-Imaging Optics are being created which will have improved conversion efficiencies and lower costs. New coatings and manufacturing techniques will further enhance the output and cost competitiveness of our products. Our goal is to develop collector systems that will be the heart of the lowest cost renewable energy on the market.
 

Manufacturing Partners
Solargenix Energy has partnered with the top evacuated tube manufacturers in the world to meet the demand for its high efficiency collectors.
 
Sunda Solar is a Chinese partnership between the Beijing Solar Institute and Daimler-Benz Aerospace for the development and manufacturing of evacuated tube collectors in China and Europe. Solargenix Energy has an agreement with Sunda to develop a high temperature heat pipe collector utilizing Non-Imaging Optics and proprietary manufacturing techniques. This product is undergoing extensive testing and is expected to be available mid-2001.
 

Summary
Solargenix Energy has the right technology and manufacturing partners to revolutionize the solar thermal industry. We are capable of meeting thermal applications up to 750°F (398°C). Solargenix Energy is prepared to design, engineer, construct and operate all proposed projects on a turnkey basis or any combination of these as preferred by the client.
 

Contact Information
Addr: 2101-115 Westinghouse Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604
Tel: (919) 871-0423
Fax: (919) 871-0702
 
Email address: email@solargenix.com
On the web at: www.solargenix.com
 

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Power
solar power generation
Because of the high-temperature capability of the Solargenix Energy collection systems, conversion to electricity is particularly effective where utilities are in need of summertime peaking power or in remote locations of the world where no other cost-effective or reliable options exist.
 
Prototype engines in sizes from 5 kW to 1 MW are being tested and in some cases available off the shelf today. Multi-megawatt solar power plants similar to the Kramer Junction Facility in California pictured here, are under design and ready for deployment.
 
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Domestic Hot Water
The Solar Water Heating Division utilizes the Winston Series CPC collector described later in this document as the primary product for residential and commercial solar water heating systems. The Winston Series CPC collector has been incorporated into direct and indirect solar water heating appliances marketed through a national dealer and distribution network.
 
The Solargenix Energy Water Heating Systems are also being marketed through local and national Homebuilders participating in the EPA EnergyStar TM Homes program. As an energy efficiency measure to help homebuilders qualify for the EnergyStar TM label and program.
The Division has the capability to work with utility company partners to develop large-scale solar water heating programs for the electric or gas industries. These programs would include capacity building within the utility service territory, training, marketing, installation and service as necessary to provide turnkey programs.
 
Solargenix Energy's residential and commercial solar water heating systems are tested and approved by the Florida Solar Energy Center and are being packaged for SRCC (Solar Ratings and Certification Corporation) approvals.
 

Pre-engineered Packages
The Pre-Engineered Packaged Systems Division of Solargenix Energy is responsible for developing, testing and deployment of residential and commercial Combined Heat Power and Cooling (CHPC) products to provide electric generation, heating and cooling energy for buildings. The division is working with major companies including Carrier, Trane, Yazaki, and other strategic manufacturing partners in the air-conditioning and heat-engine electric generator industries to develop and commercialize these new and exciting products. Solargenix Energy has also partnered with major U.S. universities conducting testing, R&D and commercialization of products driven by solar thermal technologies.
 
The systems being developed by Solargenix Energy are designed to utilize each of the solar thermal products manufactured by the company. These building integrated and distributed energy systems will be cost effective and produce energy at a lower cost than many of the renewable energy technologies available in today's marketplace.
 

Buildings
Power Roof™ System
Power Roof™ System
 
The Solargenix Energy team has vast experience designing and constructing sustainable buildings as well as with high-temperature tracking solar systems. Now, Solargenix Energy combines that expertise and introduces the Power Roof™ system. This is a new concept in solar energy collection that has the potential to becomes a major international force in the renewable energy industry's market for large-commercial and industrial buildings. More significantly, because of the system's integrated building approach and energy savings potential, the Power Roof™ system has become an attractive energy supply option. The Power Roof™ is a total building system that can provide the buyer with lower energy costs, superior natural daylighting, and a more comfortable workplace. Equally important in today's world, the energy option is environmentally sound and, because of its operating temperature range, can fulfill an important array of end-uses.
 
One feature of the Power Roof™ system is that the design integrates the best energy-efficient technologies with the most advanced thermal solar systems known today. The Power Roof™ system is a high-temperature solar collector, a natural daylighting system, a radiant barrier, an insulating system, an optional means to capture passive solar heat in the winter, an infiltration barrier, the building roof structure, and a waterproof, guaranteed roofing system - all in one. Because these multiple functions are served by a single assembly, comparative construction costs to imitate the same advantages are significantly greater giving the Power Roof™ system the competitive edge.
 
Because of the Power Roof™ system's enhanced concentrating powers, collection temperatures up to 750°F are possible. The collected thermal energy can subsequently be utilized for industrial processes, double-effect absorption cooling, desalination and water purification as well as secondary space heating and domestic hot water uses. Where needed, it can also be converted into electricity to satisfy specific facility requirements or sold onto the distributed generation market during times of peak electrical demand.
Power Roof™ Application : Centennial Green
 
Power Roof™ Application : Centennial Green
North Carolina State University in Raleigh has designed the campus of the future - a "technopolis" called Centennial Campus - that co-locates university, corporate, and government research and development facilities, and business incubators. Solargenix Energy's new headquarters, Centennial Green, will be the best example of sustainable architecture in the Environmental Technology Research & Development Neighborhood. Centennial Green is designed to be a state-of-the-art "green" building incorporating cutting edge energy and environmental technologies.
Solargenix Energy's Power Roof™ technology supplying space heating and cooling.
The 65,000 square-foot, three-story facility will feature:
  • Solargenix Energy's Power Roof™ technology supplying space heating and cooling, DHW, daylighting, a radiant and thermal barrier, and water collection for gray-water uses;
  • A three-story, day-lit atrium with reception areas and conference rooms projecting out into this space;
  • Well controlled, natural daylighting of all spaces located on the perimeter of the building and adjacent to the atrium;
  • A location adjacent to the planned monorail linking Centennial Campus to the main N. C. State campus to facilitate the use of public transportation; and
  • Excellent indoor air quality resulting from the selection of appropriate building products and materials, and proper HVAC systems.

 

Licensing
The Franchise and Licensing Applications Division is responsible for the proliferation and sharing of the patents and processes owned and developed by Solargenix Energy. Licensing and franchising of Solargenix Energy's products and systems will allow other companies to meet the needs of developing countries, markets and manufacturers interested in marketing our products for solar energy, energy efficiency and/or sustainable development.
 

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