Patents by Inventor Gianluigi Mascolo

Gianluigi Mascolo 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).

  • Publication number: 20170170777
    Abstract: Pressure equalization between upper and lower surfaces of PV modules of an array of PV modules can be enhanced in several ways. Air gaps opening into the air volume, defined between the PV modules and the support surface, should be provided between adjacent PV modules and along the periphery of the array. The ratio of this air volume to the total area of the air gaps should be minimized. Peripheral wind deflectors should be used to minimize aerodynamic drag forces on the PV modules. The time to equalize pressure between the upper and lower surfaces of the PV modules should be maintained below, for example, 10-20 milliseconds. The displacement created by wind gusts should be limited to, for example, 2-5 millimeters or less. For inclined PV modules, rear air deflectors are advised for each PV module and side air deflectors are advised for the periphery of the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas L. Dinwoodie, Colleen A. O'Brien, David E. Neff, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Publication number: 20170133973
    Abstract: A photovoltaic system comprises a photovoltaic module attached to a photovoltaic mount frame, the mount frame having a rectangular shape. A deflector is attached to the mount frame by a rotatable deflector and mount frame attachment wherein the deflector pivots around the rotatable deflector and mount frame attachment from a nesting position under the photovoltaic module in the mount frame to an installation position raising at least a first side of the mount frame. A mount foot is attached to the deflector by a rotatable mount foot and deflector attachment wherein the mount foot pivots around the rotatable mount foot and deflector attachment from a nesting position in a mount foot nesting indention in the deflector to an installation position planar to a mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Gianluigi Mascolo, Sam A. Cowley, Jeffrey F. Boigenzahn, Jonathan D. Albert, Steven J. Coonen, Mehrdad M. Moslehi, Michael Wingert
  • Publication number: 20150040944
    Abstract: Pressure equalization between upper and lower surfaces of PV modules of an array of PV modules can be enhanced in several ways. Air gaps opening into the air volume, defined between the PV modules and the support surface, should be provided between adjacent PV modules and along the periphery of the array. The ratio of this air volume to the total area of the air gaps should be minimized. Peripheral wind deflectors should be used to minimize aerodynamic drag forces on the PV modules. The time to equalize pressure between the upper and lower surfaces of the PV modules should be maintained below, for example, 10-20 milliseconds. The displacement created by wind gusts should be limited to, for example, 2-5 millimeters or less. For inclined PV modules, rear air deflectors are advised for each PV module and side air deflectors are advised for the periphery of the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas L. Dinwoodie, Colleen A. O'Brien, David E. Neff, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Patent number: 8558101
    Abstract: A supported PV assembly may include a PV module comprising a PV panel and PV module supports including module supports having a support surface supporting the module, a module registration member engaging the PV module to properly position the PV module on the module support, and a mounting element. In some embodiments the PV module registration members engage only the external surfaces of the PV modules at the corners. In some embodiments the assembly includes a wind deflector with ballast secured to a least one of the PV module supports and the wind deflector. An array of the assemblies can be secured to one another at their corners to prevent horizontal separation of the adjacent corners while permitting the PV modules to flex relative to one another so to permit the array of PV modules to follow a contour of the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Gianluigi Mascolo, David F. Taggart, Jonathan D. Botkin, Christopher S. Edgett
  • Patent number: 7888587
    Abstract: A modular shade system with solar tracking panels includes a series of generally North-South oriented, spaced apart torque tubes, each torque tube having an axis, a series of panels mounted to at least some of the torque tubes to create spaced-apart rows of panels along the torque tubes, at least some of the panels being solar collector panels. The system also includes a shade structure, positioned at a selected location between selected ones of the torque tubes and above the support surface so to provide an enhanced shaded region thereunder, and a support structure. The support structure includes a first mounting assembly mounting each torque tube above the support surface for rotation about the axis of each torque tube and a second mounting assembly supporting the shade structure at the selected location. The system further comprises a tilting assembly selectively rotating each torque tube about its axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation, Systems
    Inventors: Jefferson G. Shingleton, Thomas L. Dinwoodie, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Patent number: 7807918
    Abstract: A modular shade system comprises a support structure supporting modular panels. The support structure defines a first area having a length and a width. The modular panels have upper, exposed surfaces and lower surfaces and are mounted to and supported by the support structure. The modular panels cover at least about 80% of the first area. The modular panels comprise PV panels and supplemental panels, the supplemental panels providing a feature other than shading and optionally providing shading. Protective panels may be mounted opposite the lower surfaces of the PV modules. A protective panel may so be used when the PV module is part of an installation other than a modular shade structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation, Systems
    Inventors: Jefferson G. Shingleton, Elise R. Brewster, Thomas L. Dinwoodie, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Publication number: 20100175337
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for efficiently securing solar panels on a roof surface that does not require penetration of the roof membrane. Supports for the solar panels are designed with a small footprint with sufficient spacing to allow free drainage between the supports. A simple, low-cost attachment member or clip can be integrated with each support to attach the panel to the support, and in some instances the clip (or its mount on the support) can also be used to lift the support to the roof. The panels can include one or more rails that can slide through a loosened clip, but be held securely in place by a tightened clip. The panels can be installed initially with the clips grasping the rails loosely and once the supports and rails are in their final positions, the clips can be fully tightened to form a rigid solar panel array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: OPTISOLAR INC.
    Inventors: Gianluigi Mascolo, David F. Taggart, Ning Ma, Philip Rettger
  • Publication number: 20100108113
    Abstract: An aeroelastic solar-power-generating canopy is described that requires minimal construction efforts. The canopy can be formed over supporting structures such as columns, without requiring an existing roof. The canopy contains a plurality of solar panels arranged substantially adjacent to each other, which are coupled to attachment members. Linking members are coupled to the attachment members, the linking members providing a flexing point for the solar panels. A cable is coupled to the linking members, spanning a substantial portion of the distance covered by the solar panels, providing a restraining force. And, at least one of the attachment members and cable is coupled to a supporting structure, wherein the cable in conjunction with the linking members allows the solar panels to dynamically react to loads, the arranged solar panels operating as a covering and as a source of solar power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: OptiSolar, Inc.
    Inventors: David Taggart, Gianluigi Mascolo, Ning Ma
  • Publication number: 20090223142
    Abstract: A modular shade system with solar tracking panels includes a series of generally North-South oriented, spaced apart torque tubes, each torque tube having an axis, a series of panels mounted to at least some of the torque tubes to create spaced-apart rows of panels along the torque tubes, at least some of the panels being solar collector panels. The system also includes a shade structure, positioned at a selected location between selected ones of the torque tubes and above the support surface so to provide an enhanced shaded region thereunder, and a support structure. The support structure includes a first mounting assembly mounting each torque tube above the support surface for rotation about the axis of each torque tube and a second mounting assembly supporting the shade structure at the selected location. The system further comprises a tilting assembly selectively rotating each torque tube about its axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: SunPower Corporation, Systems
    Inventors: Jefferson G. Shingleton, Elise R. Brewster, Thomas L. Dinwoodie, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Patent number: 7557292
    Abstract: A modular shade system with solar tracking panels includes a series of generally North-South oriented, spaced apart torque tubes, each torque tube having an axis, a series of panels mounted to at least some of the torque tubes to create spaced-apart rows of panels along the torque tubes, at least some of the panels being solar collector panels. The system also includes a shade structure, positioned at a selected location between selected ones of the torque tubes and above the support surface so to provide an enhanced shaded region thereunder, and a support structure. The support structure includes a first mounting assembly mounting each torque tube above the support surface for rotation about the axis of each torque tube and a second mounting assembly supporting the shade structure at the selected location. The system further comprises a tilting assembly selectively rotating each torque tube about its axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Sunpower Corporation, Systems
    Inventors: Jefferson G. Shingleton, Thomas L. Dinwoodie, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Publication number: 20070151594
    Abstract: A collapsible PV assembly comprises a PV module, a front support and a rear support assembly. The front and rear supports are secured to the front and rear edges of the PV module. The rear support assembly comprises a wind deflector assembly including a wind deflector which can be placed in a downwardly and outwardly extending use orientation and a storage orientation, extending along the lower surface of the PV module. In some embodiments the wind deflector assembly is pivotally connected to the PV module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Publication date: July 5, 2007
    Applicant: PowerLight Corporation
    Inventors: Gianluigi Mascolo, Thomas Dinwoodie
  • Publication number: 20070144575
    Abstract: A supported PV assembly may include a PV module comprising a PV panel and PV module supports including module supports having a support surface supporting the module, a module registration member engaging the PV module to properly position the PV module on the module support, and a mounting element. In some embodiments the PV module registration members engage only the external surfaces of the PV modules at the corners. In some embodiments the assembly includes a wind deflector with ballast secured to a least one of the PV module supports and the wind deflector. An array of the assemblies can be secured to one another at their corners to prevent horizontal separation of the adjacent corners while permitting the PV modules to flex relative to one another so to permit the array of PV modules to follow a contour of the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Applicant: PowerLight Corporation
    Inventors: Gianluigi Mascolo, David Taggart, Jonathan Botkin, Christopher Edgett
  • Publication number: 20050126621
    Abstract: Pressure equalization between upper and lower surfaces of PV modules of an array of PV modules can be enhanced in several ways. Air gaps opening into the air volume, defined between the PV modules and the support surface, should be provided between adjacent PV modules and along the periphery of the array. The ratio of this air volume to the total area of the air gaps should be minimized. Peripheral wind deflectors should be used to minimize aerodynamic drag forces on the PV modules. The time to equalize pressure between the upper and lower surfaces of the PV modules should be maintained below, for example, 10-20 milliseconds. The displacement created by wind gusts should be limited to, for example, 2-5 millimeters or less. For inclined PV modules, rear air deflectors are advised for each PV module and side air deflectors are advised for the periphery of the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Applicant: PowerLight Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Dinwoodie, Colleen O'Brien, David Neff, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Publication number: 20050109384
    Abstract: A modular shade system with solar tracking panels includes a series of generally North-South oriented, spaced apart torque tubes, each torque tube having an axis, a series of panels mounted to at least some of the torque tubes to create spaced-apart rows of panels along the torque tubes, at least some of the panels being solar collector panels. The system also includes a shade structure, positioned at a selected location between selected ones of the torque tubes and above the support surface so to provide an enhanced shaded region thereunder, and a support structure. The support structure includes a first mounting assembly mounting each torque tube above the support surface for rotation about the axis of each torque tube and a second mounting assembly supporting the shade structure at the selected location. The system further comprises a tilting assembly selectively rotating each torque tube about its axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Applicant: PowerLight Corporation
    Inventors: Jefferson Shingleton, Elise Brewster, Thomas Dinwoodie, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Publication number: 20040261955
    Abstract: A modular shade system comprises a support structure supporting modular panels. The support structure defines a first area having a length and a width. The modular panels have upper, exposed surfaces and lower surfaces and are mounted to and supported by the support structure. The modular panels cover at least about 80% of the first area. The modular panels comprise PV panels and supplemental panels, the supplemental panels providing a feature other than shading and optionally providing shading. Protective panels may be mounted opposite the lower surfaces of the PV modules. A protective panel may so be used when the PV module is part of an installation other than a modular shade structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: PowerLight Corporation
    Inventors: Jefferson G. Shingleton, Elise R. Brewster, Thomas L. Dinwoodie, Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Patent number: D516017
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: PowerLight Corporation
    Inventor: Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Patent number: D519444
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: PowerLight Coporation
    Inventor: Gianluigi Mascolo
  • Patent number: D566908
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamarra L. Schirrmacher, Gianluigi Mascolo, Allison Mahan, Dynah Korhummel
  • Patent number: D806013
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: OB REALTY, LLC
    Inventors: Gianluigi Mascolo, Jason Zerweck, Jonathan D. Albert
  • Patent number: D808897
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: OB Realty, LLC
    Inventors: Gianluigi Mascolo, Jason Zerweck, Jonathan D. Albert