UC Merced

September 10, 2013

Team adapts technology for solar collection

Adapting technology that has become the standard in the automotive, aerospace and air-conditioning industries, Professor Gerardo Diaz has designed and is testing the next generation of solar-collecting units at UC Merced. “We’re getting about 10 percent increase in efficiency,” said Diaz, who is with the School of Engineering and co-director of UC Solar. With funding from the California Energy Commission, Diaz, three undergraduates and one graduate student built a solar water heater.

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