Patents by Inventor Craig S. Flora

Craig S. Flora has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 6906253
    Abstract: The present invention provides a solar tile and method for fabricating the same. The solar tile includes a flexible circuit having at least one electrically conductive path laminated between two insulating sheets. The flexible circuit includes a plurality of openings that are completely through the flexible circuit and define contact locations with the electrically conductive path. The solar tile also includes a plurality of coplanar photovoltaic solar cells that are secured to the flexible circuit so that the contacts are aligned with the openings in the flexible circuit. Further, the solar tile includes a plurality of electrically conductive solder connections located within the openings in the flexible circuit to electrically connect the solar cell contacts and the electrically conductive path. Additionally, in a preferred embodiment, the solar tile includes a single coverslide situated adjacent and covering the plurality of solar cells opposite the flexible circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Scott Bauman, Craig S. Flora
  • Publication number: 20020166580
    Abstract: The present invention provides a solar tile and method for fabricating the same. The solar tile includes a flexible circuit having at least one electrically conductive path laminated between two insulating sheets. The flexible circuit includes a plurality of openings that are completely through the flexible circuit and define contact locations with the electrically conductive path. The solar tile also includes a plurality of coplanar photovoltaic solar cells that are secured to the flexible circuit so that the contacts are aligned with the openings in the flexible circuit. Further, the solar tile includes a plurality of electrically conductive solder connections located within the openings in the flexible circuit to electrically connect the solar cell contacts and the electrically conductive path. Additionally, in a preferred embodiment, the solar tile includes a single coverslide situated adjacent and covering the plurality of solar cells opposite the flexible circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Scott Bauman, Craig S. Flora
  • Patent number: 6476314
    Abstract: The present invention provides a solar tile and method for fabricating the same. The solar tile includes a flexible circuit having at least one electrically conductive path laminated between two insulating sheets. The flexible circuit includes a plurality of openings that are completely through the flexible circuit and define contact locations with the electrically conductive path. The solar tile also includes a plurality of coplanar photovoltaic solar cells that are secured to the flexible circuit so that the contacts are aligned with the openings in the flexible circuit. Further, the solar tile includes a plurality of electrically conductive solder connections located within the openings in the flexible circuit to electrically connect the solar cell contacts and the electrically conductive path. Additionally, in a preferred embodiment, the solar tile includes a single coverslide situated adjacent and covering the plurality of solar cells opposite the flexible circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Scott Bauman, Craig S. Flora
  • Publication number: 20020134422
    Abstract: The present invention provides a solar tile and method for fabricating the same. The solar tile includes a flexible circuit having at least one electrically conductive path laminated between two insulating sheets. The flexible circuit includes a plurality of openings that are completely through the flexible circuit and define contact locations with the electrically conductive path. The solar tile also includes a plurality of coplanar photovoltaic solar cells that are secured to the flexible circuit so that the contacts are aligned with the openings in the flexible circuit. Further, the solar tile includes a plurality of electrically conductive solder connections located within the openings in the flexible circuit to electrically connect the solar cell contacts and the electrically conductive path. Additionally, in a preferred embodiment, the solar tile includes a single coverslide situated adjacent and covering the plurality of solar cells opposite the flexible circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Scott Bauman, Craig S. Flora