Solar Water Heater - Baja, Mexico

Winter 2017 Poster

Check out Baja's Winter 2017 poster here.

Prospective Students

All majors are welcome, but we are specifically looking for Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Electrical Engineering majors. We will be working with Fusion 360 and Solidworks in this project.

Mission Statement

Baja Team focuses on helping underprivileged orphanages throughout Baja California, Mexico, implementing sustainable energy solutions and alleviating their financial burden.


We work with La Mision Children’s Fund (LMCF) which conects the Baja Team and orphanages in Baja California, Mexico which needs such engineering solution. LMCF focuses on developing a stepped plan to substitute electricity and propane-dependent utilities in local non-profits with sustainable alternatives.

With the help from LMCF, we have implemented a solar thermal collector system at Casa de mi Familia. Early this quarter, the LMCF introduced us Hacienda de la Inmaculada Orphanage where 50 children reside in. Currently we are working on follow-up projects with Casa de mi Familia and initiating new projects with Hacienda de la Inmaculada.



Quarter Goals

For the Winter 2016 quarter, the team’s main goal is to work together to finalize a design solution for the future implementation of a solar-powered water heating system. The water heater will be installed at the Casa de la Familia orphanage in Mexico. In order to most efficiently accomplish this goal, the team will be divided into three subteams. The subteams will allow for smaller groups of members to focus on and manage separate parts of the system.

Hacienda de la Inmaculada

The team visited La Hacienda de la Inmaculada last quarter and talked to the employees at the orphanage to identify their specific needs. We assessed its current water heater systems and took measurements of all the buildings and potential areas to implement solar thermal water heater systems. We are currently focusing on designing an efficient and cost-effective collector, and planning for implementation of a system for the boys’ dormitory and the girls’ dormitory.


Frame Team

We are responsible for designing and creating a list of materials required to make the frame of the solar thermal water collector. This includes the frame, insulation, absorber, and mounting components. We work closely with the Piping Team to ensure that both of our designs are compatible.

Piping Team

We are responsible for designing and creating a list of materials required to make the internal piping of the collector. For our prototyping stage, we will be testing out copper piping and PEX piping options.We work closely with the Frame team to make one cohesive design for the collector.

System Integration Team

We are responsible for figuring out the expansion tank, water pump, and PV panel components of the overall system. All these components must be efficient and compatible with the specifications of our solar thermal water collector. We use CAD to draw our design plans.

Installation Design Plan Team

We are responsible for compiling an installation design plan packet with block diagrams of the piping, electrical wiring, and construction of the solar thermal collector.

Team Members

Overall Team Leads

  • Tilly Nguyen
  • Kevin Perozo

Frame Team

  • Frank Liu
  • Kevin Perozo
  • Jeremy Wan

Piping Team

  • Benjamin Lee
  • Mike Piao

System Integration Team

  • Hendry Joe
  • Jeffery Okwuoma
  • Larry Zhang

Installation Design Plan Team

  • Changhoon Han
  • Timothy Lee
  • Rian Fayaz

Finance Manager

  • Tilly Nguyen

Faculty Advisor

  • Ray Guardiano
  • Curtis Williams

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Dohwan Kim