The Regents of the University of California on Behalf of the Merced Campus


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
The Regents of the University of California on Behalf of the Merced Campus
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of this project is to develop a novel, low-cost, high-efficiency solar combined heat and power system capable of producing electricity for building loads and heat for hot water and space heating. The solar CHP system will utilize non-imaging optics for solar concertation, aluminum minichanels for thermal collection and commercially available solar cells for electricity production and will be packaged in a glass tube. The unique solar cell/minichannel interface allows for the collection of thermal energy, while simultaneously cooling the solar cells and enhancing their efficiency.

Contact Information

Hassan Mohammed
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project will utilize commercially-available products to create a prototype solar combined heat and power system. The products to be utilized include solar cells, glass tubes, aluminum minichannels, and associated wiring and fasteners are non-hazardous and do not have a significant effect on the environment. The prototype systems to be constructed and tested are no larger than a conventional solar panel.

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