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Team IL2

Next generation solar collectors

Project Description

The instructional lab 2 (IL2) Engineering Service Learning team focuses on the design and construction of a next-generation, high-efficiency solar-collector to be used in multiple engineering-heat-transfer instructional labs as well as in UC Merced research projects.  The high-efficiency collector projects efficiencies of 40 percent compared to existing solar collectors currently in use today. The high-efficiency solar collector will utilize significant technical engineering, communication, planning and operational skill sets.

Faculty Adviser:
Professor Gerardo Diaz

Research Interests: 
  • Energy conversion systems
  • Dynamic simulation and control of thermal systems
  • Adaptive thermal networks
  • Absorption chillers and heat pumps
  • Vapor compression systems with alternate refrigerants
  • Microchannel heat exchangers
  • Artificial neural networks and genetic algorithm for optimization of thermal components

Community Partner:
UC Merced Engineering Instructional Lab

Team Biographies

Meet the team that makes this happen.