Patents by Inventor Thomas G. Hood

Thomas G. Hood 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: 20190199271
    Abstract: A mounting system for mounting a solar module to a support structure is described. The mounting system includes one or more module connectors that couple one or more support rails, to one or more module rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Giga Solar FPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. HOOD, Sicco WESTRA
  • Publication number: 20170129214
    Abstract: A solar cell supporting layer stack for mechanically supporting a solar cell is described. The solar cell includes: a rigid foam layer; one or more skin layers disposed adjacent to said rigid foam layer; and wherein said rigid foam layer and said one or more skin layers capable of providing mechanical support to said solar cell when said supporting layer stack is disposed adjacent to said solar cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Giga Solar FPC
    Inventor: Thomas G. Hood
  • Patent number: 9590123
    Abstract: A solar cell supporting layer stack for mechanically supporting a solar cell is described. The solar cell includes: a rigid foam layer; one or more skin layers disposed adjacent to said rigid foam layer; and wherein said rigid foam layer and said one or more skin layers capable of providing mechanical support to said solar cell when said supporting layer stack is disposed adjacent to said solar cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: GIGA SOLAR FPC
    Inventor: Thomas G. Hood
  • Publication number: 20140290744
    Abstract: A solar cell supporting layer stack for mechanically supporting a solar cell is described. The solar cell includes: a rigid foam layer; one or more skin layers disposed adjacent to said rigid foam layer; and wherein said rigid foam layer and said one or more skin layers capable of providing mechanical support to said solar cell when said supporting layer stack is disposed adjacent to said solar cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Giga Solar FPC
    Inventor: Thomas G. Hood
  • Publication number: 20090020215
    Abstract: Conductive micro traces (64) are formed on a coated or uncoated substrate (28) in order to achieve a combination of target optical properties and target electrical capabilities. For the coated substrate, the coating (100) may be formed before or after the conductive micro traces. The coating may be designed for providing IR filtering or reductions in reflected light and color shift, while the conductive micro traces may be used for EMI shielding or to provide current-carrying capability, such as when used as heaters. In another embodiment, the conductive micro traces are formed on an uncoated flexible transparent substrate and have a width of less than 25 microns, such that the conductive micro traces are capable of achieving their intended purpose while maintaining a high visible light transmissivity. The conductive micro traces may be formed using various approaches, such as the use of electroplating techniques or the use of inkjet printing techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hood, Sicco W. T. Westra
  • Patent number: 5784853
    Abstract: Multipane, insulating glazing structures having exceptional thermal insulation performance are provided. The multipane structures comprise two substantially parallel rigid glazing sheets spaced apart by an interior spacer which includes a physically stable body of low thermal conductivity, closed cell, foamed polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hood, Roger F. Iles, Peter J. Millar
  • Patent number: 5544465
    Abstract: Multipane, insulating glazing structures having exceptional thermal insulation performance are provided. The multipane structures comprise two substantially parallel rigid glazing sheets spaced apart by an interior spacer which includes a physically stable body of low thermal conductivity, closed cell, foamed polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hood, Roger F. Iles, Peter Millar
  • Patent number: 5308662
    Abstract: Seal failures on organically sealed multipane insulating window units are decreased if an opaque light barrier is applied directly to the outside surface of the outer glazing sheet. This barrier should be wide enough to prevent impingement on the seal of direct light and internally reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: F. Eugene Woodard, Thomas G. Hood
  • Patent number: 5306547
    Abstract: High-performance heat-reflective films having a metallic silver layer bounded by two dielectric layers are disclosed. The thickness of the layers is selected to insure high levels of heat rejection but relatively high levels of light transmission together with a substantial level of color neutrality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hood, Stephen F. Meyer
  • Patent number: 5251064
    Abstract: Reflective, metalized plastic films for use in lighting fixture reflectors have improved performance when the plastic film upon which the metalization layer is deposited contains ultraviolet absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: R. Alexander Tennant, Thomas G. Hood
  • Patent number: 5156894
    Abstract: Multipane, insultating glazing structures having exceptional thermal insulation performance are provided. The novel multipane structures comprise two substantially parallel rigid glazing sheets spaced apart by an interior spacer of a low thermal conductivity, closed cell, foamed polymer. In a preferred embodiment, the glazing sheets are present in a four-pane structure filled with an inert gas and sealed with a gas-impermeable, continous tape overlaying a curable, high modulus sealant. Methods for manufacturing the novel glazing structures are disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hood, Steve M. Vincent, Robin Booth
  • Patent number: 5071206
    Abstract: Visually transparent, color corrected, infra-red reflecting films are disclosed for solar heat control. The films employ Fabry-Perot sandwich interference filters which are characterized by having three or more transparent layers of sputter-deposited metal such as silver directly contiguous with dielectric spacer layers and optionally boundary layers. Methods for producing these materials by sputtering techniques as well as glazing materials incorporating these films are disclosed, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hood, Stephen F. Meyer, Michael Brazil
  • Patent number: 4853264
    Abstract: Curved, insulated glazing structures and their preparation are disclosed. The glazing structures comprise two rigid outer surfaces (generally glass) and a suspended inner film surface parallel to the outer surfaces. The inner film is adhered to the outer surfaces only on its curved edges--its straight edges being unattached. The inner film is generally heat shrunk in the direction parallel to the straight edges and preferably carries a heat reflective coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies
    Inventors: Steve M. Vincent, Gerald R. Behling, Thomas G. Hood, William E. Gomm
  • Patent number: 4799745
    Abstract: Visually transparent, infra-red reflecting films are disclosed for solar heat control. The films employ Fabry-Perot sandwich interference filters which are characterized by having two or more transparent layers of sputter-deposited metal such as silver directly contiguous with dielectric spacer layers and optionally boundary layers. Methods for producing these materials by sputtering techniques as well as glazing materials incorporating these films are disclosed, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen F. Meyer, Thomas G. Hood
  • Patent number: 4721636
    Abstract: A glass unit suitable for use as a window in a building comprising at least a pair of spaced, generally parallel, electrically conductive and transparent films in a space between a pair of glass panes. The films are taut and a conductive lead is electrically connected with the films to couple them to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hood, Steve M. Vincent, Dennis Hollars
  • Patent number: 4613530
    Abstract: A glass unit having at least a pair of glass panes spaced from and on opposite sides of an electrically conductive transparent film in a taut condition. The glass panes are separated by a pair of spacer tubes between which the outer peripheral margin of the plastic film extends. A sealant covers the outer peripheries of the spacer tubes and spans the distance between the outer peripheries of the panes. An electrical lead electrically connected directly or through a wire cloth to the film couples the film to electrical ground. The glass unit is transparent to electromagnetic radiation in the 400 to 700 nm range but opaque to electromagnetic radiation in the range of 10.sup.10 to 10.sup.4 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hood, Steve M. Vincent, Stephen W. Mellentin