SCHAUMBURG, ILL. — SolarLogic LLC, a New Mexico solar heating technology company, recently won two first place trophies in the Radiant Professionals Alliance System Showcase Awards. SolarLogic won first place in two categories at the annual RPA conference for a solar hydronic heating and cooling system designed for and installed at the Los Alamos Solid Waste Transfer Division earlier this year. The system, designed by SolarLogic’s chief technology officer, Bristol Stickney, features SolarLogic’s “SLIC” integrated system control.
The 2012 System Showcase Awards for “Most Innovative System” and “Best Radiant Cooling System” were presented to SolarLogic at the RPA’s national conference here.
The Los Alamos system supplies heat to radiant floors and produces domestic hot water with both solar and high-efficiency boiler heat sources, and also provides cooling of the radiant floors via night-sky radiant cooling (NSRC). NSRC uses the solar collectors at night to shed heat to the sky. SolarLogic pioneered this technology, based on studies done previously by Bristol Stickney.
“Before SolarLogic, a system such as the one installed in Los Alamos would require many individual controllers to operate or a very sophisticated and customized expensive solution,” Stickney said. “Our SLIC is affordable, operates the entire system by itself, and enables Los Alamos maintenance professionals to monitor and adjust operation over the Internet.”
Harold Anthony Strain, construction/project manager for Los Alamos County remarked that, “the SLIC has proven quite remarkable.” Increased efficiency, radiant night-sky cooling, and remote access to 250 data points are some of the many system features Strain appreciates.
In addition to working with solar heating, the SLIC is compatible with ground-source heat pump systems, wood boilers, and other renewable energy heating and cooling sources. It requires no programming or customization, making it easier to specify and install than previous solutions.
“We’re very proud to be recognized by a prestigious national industry organization such as the RPA,” commented SolarLogic CEO Fred Milder. “The system installed at the Los Alamos County building is sophisticated, but uses the same technology and our SLIC controller as would a typical radiant-heated home. The cooling comes practically for free. That is why our products are being embraced as the new standard in renewable energy heating.”
SolarLogic previously made headlines in 2008 when it was awarded a grant from the City of Santa Fe to construct its laboratory for the development of its innovative products, and for subsequent patents awarded and product launches. In addition to the SLIC controller, SolarLogic provides a free, solar heating design website called the SLASH-D for system designers and specifiers. The SLIC is available for purchase by solar and radiant heating professionals, and is being marketed through a series of live and recorded webinars and training. The SLIC and Slash-D trainings qualify for Continuing Education credits from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
Since 1994, the RPA has been promoting radiant heating as comfortable, efficient, and healthy on behalf of its network of dedicated members who share the desire to advance the understanding and acceptance of radiant and hydronic technology. http://radiantprofessionalsalliance.org/
SolarLogic LLC was formed in 2008 to eliminate the barriers to deploying integrated multi-source/multi-load energy systems by providing products and services that eliminate their complexity. Additional information is available from www.solarlogicllc.com.