Artic Solar Inc., a Jacksonville, Fla.-based provider of industrial solar heating systems, received an order for its advanced solar technology from the Traders Hill Farm sustainable aquaponics farm in Hilliard, Fla.

Artic Solar will supply its Emperor external concentrating parabolic collector (XCPC), a hybrid solar heating solution, and monitor the solar energy production for Traders Hill Farm. The XCPC solar technology at Traders Hill is suited for heating applications from 80 to 400°F and maintains a solar efficiency from 60 to 50 percent at high temperatures. This solar thermal collector is designed for solar air conditioning and industrial-process-heat and water desalinization applications requiring temperatures up to 400°F.

The Emperor XCPC, a concentrating parabolic collector (CPC), has a power rating of 1.25 kW. Additional applications of solar energy will be identified for Traders Hill that may include humidity control, nocturnal cooling in the summer and electricity generation. The farm produces sustainable and difficult-to-grow produce year-round that requires zero soil, pesticide or herbicides. The farm also provides tilapia with other fish products.