Patents by Inventor Thomas Dinwoodie

Thomas Dinwoodie 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: 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: 20050144870
    Abstract: A barrier, such as a PV module, is secured to a base by a support to create a shingle assembly with a venting region defined between the barrier and base for temperature regulation. Water resistant junctions may be formed between the bases of adjacent shingle assemblies of an array of shingle assemblies. The base may include an insulation layer underlying a water barrier. The base may also include a waterproofing element; the width and height of the barrier may be shorter than the width and height of the waterproofing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Applicant: PowerLight Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Dinwoodie
  • 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