SOURCE: Apricus, Inc.

Apricus, Inc.

November 04, 2009 08:57 ET

Apricus Solar Thermal Systems Used by Seven Teams in U.S. Department of Energy's Bi-Annual Solar Decathlon

Solar Powered Demonstration Houses Constructed by Colleges and Universities Use Apricus' Solar Thermal Water Heating Equipment in Energy Efficiency/Solar Technology Competition on National Mall

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 4, 2009) - Apricus Inc., makers of the nation's most reliable residential and commercial solar thermal water heaters, was selected by seven of the twenty teams that competed in this year's Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC. Apricus' solar thermal technology was featured in the hot water contest, during which the competing teams were required to use the system to draw hot water at a consistent temperature at multiple points throughout the day. The use of Apricus' product by teams during this major national renewable energy event demonstrates the prominence and reliability of its technology in the solar thermal market.

"We are extremely pleased that so many teams have again chosen Apricus' solar heating products to serve the water heating needs of their Solar Decathlon homes," said Mick Humphreys, CEO of Apricus. "Not only does this speak to the reliability, affordability, and high quality of our product, but more broadly, it highlights the demand for alternative energy technologies as a solution to residential energy needs. The Solar Decathlon offers the public a great opportunity to experience the energy potential of our systems and the effectiveness of solar as an alternative to traditional water heating."

The Solar Decathlon hot water contest required participating teams to draw 15 gallons of water in 10 minutes at a temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit several times throughout the day. This contest compiled data from which to rank teams in terms of their houses' solar thermal capabilities. Of the seven teams that used Apricus' solar thermal system to complete this task, three ranked in the top ten for hot water capability, including: Rice University, University of Missouri, and Cornell University. Other teams using Apricus' product included: University of Arizona, Iowa State University, University of Kentucky, and Ohio State University.

About Apricus USA -

Apricus is a manufacturer and distributor of modular solar thermal water heating products. By integrating multiple technologies, Apricus creates a cohesive solar collector water heating system that can collect energy from the sun throughout the day. With a rapidly growing distribution network throughout the U.S., representation in over 30 other countries around the globe, and offices in the U.S., Europe and Australia, Apricus' hands-on estimations and installations are taking the guess work out of going solar. For information about Apricus, visit: www.apricus.com.

About the Solar Decathlon -

The Solar Decathlon is a bi-annual event that features solar homes built by 20 college and university architecture and engineering departments from around the globe. The teams compete against each other to design and build conceptual houses that rely entirely on solar energy and implement innovative green building practices. The homes were displayed on the National Mall in Washington, DC between October 9th and October 18th, providing the public a chance to witness practical applications of green design and innovative uses of solar technology and energy efficiency. For more information about the Solar Decathlon, visit: www.solardecathlon.org

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