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An Interview With William T Guiney, President At Artic Solar, Inc

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Below is our recent interview with William T Guiney, President at Artic Solar, Inc:

Q: William, who is the owner of Artic Solar? Can you tell us something more about the company?

A: My co-founder, Karen O’Brien and I are the owners of Artic Solar, Inc. located in Jacksonville FL. We manufacture an advanced high temperature Solar Thermal Heating Technology. The company was incorporated in 2013, we completed our collector design, prototyping, testing and certification in 2016. The new “King” collector is a non-tracking, concentrating solar collector capable of generating temperatures in excess of 400oF or 200oC for Industrial Process Heat, Steam, Evaporation and Solar Cooling. Out target markets and industrial boilers, desalination, evaporation of Oil & Gas process water and cleaning the waste water from thermal power plants.

Q: What is going on at the company now?

A: We have a couple of great things going on at the company.

Semi-finalists in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Thermal Desalination Prize with Lawrence Berkely National Labs, Georgia Tech University and Southern Company in Georgia to demonstrate an advanced solar desalination technology to clean the cooling tower blow down waste water.

Submitting a new design of the concentrating collector for testing and certification in the US and Europe.

Recently developed a Mobile Solar Thermal System which is a self-contained complete solar heating system mounted on a 40’ shipping container. The system is designed to be a plug-n-play system to reduce the design and installation of solar heating systems for our customers. We can drop in in place at a factory or use it in the oil and gas fields to clean process water.

The system can be packed up and moved to another site and extending the life of the system which significantly reduces costs and improves the return on investment.

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Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?

A: The solar technology is a robust 2.7m2 collector that is the building block for commercial and industrial solar heating systems. We can design a system to satisfy the flow rates and heating loads for small to very large MW scale systems from 160F to 400F. The non-tracking concentrator has no moving parts and requires minimal O&M. Cleaning the reflectors to maintain maximum solar heat generation is about the only task in maintaining the collector array.

Applications include the Food and Beverage industry, factories with boilers, municipal solid waste drying, dehydrating foods, sanitation, and cleaning water. Basically, any application requiring high temperature heat.

Our technology has been deployed for process heat, steam and evaporation. We have exported to Morocco, UK, India, South Africa and working on projects in Europe, Mexico and Latin America.

Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?

A: We are currently raising equity to implement our go-to-market strategy, hire engineering and sales staff to grow the company globally.

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Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?

A: My partner Karen and I have about 65-years of combined experience in the solar business. We have the technology and experience to provide low cost high quality solar heating systems. I’ve been involved in more than 250-commercial solar heating and photovoltaic systems when I was with Johnson Controls Inc, Duke Solar/Solargenix Energy LLC and a licensed contractor in Florida. I was a primary Solar Heating instructor at the Florida and North Carolina Solar Energy Centers. I have considerable international experience in the Caribbean, Asia , Africa, India and Brazil. Some of my most rewarding times were working with the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) to train young solar technicians in the Caribbean and hosting groups for training at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

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