Sunvapor and Horizon Nut Team Up to Showcase New Solar Technology that Cuts Fuel Costs in the Central Valley
The project, funded under the second phase of a $2.2 million U. S. Department of Energy SunShot Award, will be built at Horizon Nut's Firebaugh, CA pistachio processing plant.
21 Apr, 2017, 08:40 ET
FIREBAUGH, Calif., April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunvapor and Horizon Nut jointly announced on the eve of Earth Day that they are teaming up to demonstrate new technology that transforms solar energy into heat that can be used for all of the food industry's needs like steam pasteurization, drying, blanching, cleaning, and roasting.
The disruptively low-cost solar thermal collector technology generates industrial process heat cost-competitively with natural gas.
"We are thrilled to collaborate with industry leader Horizon Nut," said Dr. Philip Gleckman, Sunvapor's CEO. "The collaboration represents a powerful validation of the need for a cost-effective alternative to fuels for industrial heating," he added.
The consumption of natural gas in California for the food processing industry alone is over 11 TWh per year. That's the energy equivalent of burning 300 million gallons of gasoline each year. The potential carbon emissions reductions are significant – equivalent to taking half a million cars off the road.
"We are very eager to find a renewable alternative to fossil fuels so that we can produce more and save money. Expanding production, which is limited by emissions, is important to the economy of the region which suffers from low employment. We are excited to team with Sunvapor so that we can have a front row seat to this important technology development for our industry," said Andrew Howe, Director of Operations and General Manager of Horizon Nut.
California State Assemblyman Jim Patterson is Vice Chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee, and represents the 23rd district adjacent to Firebaugh and home to many food processors.
"This is exactly the kind of breakthrough we need: technology, once it is mature, that can stand on its own without government subsidies. The opportunity to build a solar steam economy in the region has the potential to create thousands of good jobs and improve the air quality," said Assemblyman Patterson.
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.
Sunvapor, Inc. develops sustainable energy technology solutions for the Food Processing and related industries. Sunvapor is leading a project to displace natural gas heating and coal-fired electricity with solar energy for heating and cooling in the nation's largest greenhouse.
About Horizon Nut
Horizon Nut is comprised of forty pistachio growers from Madera County to Kern County. They process the nuts they grow at their plants in Lost Hills, Tulare, and Firebaugh. Their combined operations makes them the third largest pistachio handler in the State.
For more information: www.sunvapor.net
Media Contact: Philip Gleckman, Sunvapor, Inc., [email protected], mobile (650) 625-7818.
SOURCE Sunvapor and Horizon Nut
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