Solar Collector Forms Part Of Building Roof Patents (Class 126/621)
  • Patent number: 11015838
    Abstract: A bladed solar thermal receiver for absorbing concentrated sunlight is disclosed. The receiver includes a plurality of panels arranged in a bladed configuration for absorbing sunlight. The bladed configurations can be radial or planar. The receiver design increases the effective solar absorptance and efficiency by providing a light trap for the incident solar radiation while reducing heat losses from radiation and convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, Australian National University
    Inventors: Clifford K. Ho, Joshua Mark Christian, John Downing Pye
  • Patent number: 10930063
    Abstract: Methods and systems for roof estimation are described. Example embodiments include a roof estimation system, which generates and provides roof estimate reports annotated with indications of the size, geometry, pitch and/or orientation of the roof sections of a building. Generating a roof estimate report may be based on one or more aerial images of a building. In some embodiments, generating a roof estimate report of a specified building roof may include generating a three-dimensional model of the roof, and generating a report that includes one or more views of the three-dimensional model, the views annotated with indications of the dimensions, area, and/or slope of sections of the roof. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Eagle View Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Pershing, David P. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10804841
    Abstract: A solar thermal energy collection module formed by a sandwich of metal plates. The metal plates collect solar radiant energy and convert that to thermal energy in a heat transfer fluid that flows through conduits and manifolds formed between the plates. The collector module may be directly integrated into the exterior of building structures in an array. The collector module also may be glazed or integrated with photovoltaic solar panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: John C. Weekley
  • Patent number: 10673373
    Abstract: Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing and appear seamless to an observer. BIPV systems can be incorporated as part of roof surfaces as built into the structure of the roof, flush or forming a substantively uniform plane with roof panels or other panels mimicking a solar panel appearance. Pans supporting BIPV solar panels can be coupled by standing seams, in both lateral and longitudinal directions, to other photovoltaic-supporting pans or pans supporting non-photovoltaic structures, having both functional and aesthetic advantages. In some configurations, the appearance of BIPV systems can be particularly aesthetically pleasing and generally seamless to an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Tyrus Hawkes Hudson, Charles Almy, Martin Seery, Daniel Preston Flanigan, Ryan Devine, River Broussard
  • Patent number: 10643156
    Abstract: A method for precision snow removal analysis provides a melt rate in inches per day for roadways in a geometric region is provided. Elevation data is used to calculate upward looking hemispherical viewsheds at each roadway coordinate to determine the total solar radiation. The snowmelt capacity and slope are determined at each coordinate and the data is displayed on a geographical map of the roadway. The processing speed of the computer is improved since the snowmelt capacity is only determined for a roadway subset of the region coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Olufemi A. Omitaomu, Budhendra L. Bhaduri
  • Patent number: 10536110
    Abstract: A wire management device is disclosed. The device comprises a clip comprising an upper planar member and a lower planar member, each planar member having an inner and outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the upper planar member includes a post extending toward the inner surface of the lower planar member, a stem extending from the outer surface of the lower planar member, the stem including two outwardly-extending flanges, each of the first and second outwardly-extending flanges including an edge portion extending toward the outer surface of the lower planar member, and a transverse passage extending along the outer surface of the lower planar member, the transverse passage extending across the stem, wherein the stem has a recessed portion along the transverse passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler Grushkowitz, Kevin Fischer, Matthew Danning
  • Patent number: 10528960
    Abstract: A system that allows the remote measurement of the size, geometry, pitch and orientation of the roof sections of a building and then uses the information to provide an estimate to repair or replace the roof, or to install equipment thereon. The system includes an aerial image file database that shows aerial images of buildings in a designated area according to address. The slope and orientation images are typically oblique perspective views and top plan views of the buildings in the area. The system also includes an image analysis and calibration feature that enables the viewer to closely estimate the size, geometry and orientation of the building's roof sections. The information can then be used to prepare a cost estimate for the repair or replacement of the roof or installation of roof equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Eagle View Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Pershing, Dave P. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10528811
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product cooperate to extract a building footprint from other data associated with a property. Imagery data of real property is input to a computing device, the imagery data containing a plurality of parcels. A processing circuit detects contrasts of candidate man-made structures on a parcel of the plurality of parcels. The candidate man-made structures are then associated with the parcel. A building footprint is then extracted by distinguishing a man-made structure on said parcel from natural terrain, recognizing that man-made structures when viewed from above generally show a strong contrast from background terrain. Remaining candidate man-made structures are removed by observing that they having features inconsistent with predetermined extraction logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CORELOGIC SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Du, Thomas C. Jeffery, Howard Botts
  • Patent number: 10511250
    Abstract: A solar-collector roofing assembly (10) comprises a plurality of elongate spaced-apart primary support members (12) aligned in a horizontal plane and extending in a first direction A; a plurality of elongate spaced-apart secondary support members (14) having first and second end portions (38, 40) connected to corresponding said primary support members (12), first and second end portions (38, 40) on a respective primary support member (12) being vertically offset relative to each other; and at least one solar-energy collector panel (16) directly or indirectly supported by the secondary support members (14) so as to have a predetermined fall towards an associated primary support member (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Solar Frame Solutions Ltd
    Inventor: Gordon Wylie
  • Patent number: 10423729
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for optimal control of an open space surrounding building form based on sky view evaluation. The method includes the following steps: vectorizing an existing planning scheme, and establishing a 3D model; classifying open spaces in the model, 360°-scanning for mean elevations, calculating and simulating sky views of a whole region, generating a 3D contour plot, and rasterizing the 3D isogram, such that each grid has an open space classification attribute and a sky view value; performing optimal adjustment of the building form on an open space surrounding region having a sky view value that is inconsistent with a corresponding preset sky view index within the range of the whole region, and bringing an adjusted scheme into the model for calculation again, till the sky view value is consistent with the corresponding preset sky view index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SOUTHEAST UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Junyan Yang, Jun Cao
  • Patent number: 10421561
    Abstract: A power supply module for providing power to an unregulated spacecraft electrical power bus, the power supply module comprising a solar cell, output terminals, and a power converter mounted to the solar cell, the power converter providing converted power from the solar cell to the output terminal having a DC output voltage determined by a voltage of the unregulated spacecraft electrical power bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: DPL Science Inc.
    Inventor: Mark De Payrebrune
  • Patent number: 10320325
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus to secure a pair of solar panel rails to a metal tile roof and minimize penetrations or damage to a rafter of the roof is provided. The mounting apparatus permits the solar panel rails to support adjacent solar panels thereon. The mounting apparatus includes a lower assembly coupled to the metal tile roof and having a threaded screw and flashing disposed on a metal tile and coupled together, and an upper arm assembly coupled to the threaded screw of the lower assembly, the upper arm assembly having a generally U-shaped member with a first symmetric half member and a second symmetric half member, each symmetric half member of the first and second symmetric half members having a slot to receive a fastener that secures one of the pair of solar panel rails thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Moti Atia, Netanel Levi
  • Patent number: 10305416
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mounting apparatus for attaching solar panels to a roof top. The apparatus includes a mounting base installable on a roof top and a mounting bracket attached to the mounting base. Also provided is a method of installing solar panels on a roof top through the mounting apparatus disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Guohao Zhu
  • Patent number: 10291176
    Abstract: A roof mounting system for the attachment of an article to a roof, the system comprising a plurality of PV modules each having at least one corner and a frame member, a flashing member having a top surface; an upstanding sleeve attached to the top surface of the flashing member; an elevated water seal having a borehole formed therethrough, the elevated water seal further comprising at least one screw for providing a waterproof seal between the article and the roof structure; and whereby the plurality of PV modules are interlocked in a way to provide a corner-to-corner coupling arrangement supported above the roof through the frame members of the plurality of PV modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: JobDog, LLC, Imagineering Plus Plus LLC
    Inventors: Claudia Wentworth, Stuart Wentworth
  • Patent number: 10282490
    Abstract: The present invention overcomes the limitations of the prior art by exploiting properties of the projection of a three-dimensional building structure (such as a roof) onto the ground. This projection is a two-dimensional spatial graph, which can be constructed for example by a user or by an image recognition algorithm. The spatial graph is processed to recreate a three-dimensional model of the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Solar Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Hopper
  • Patent number: 10256768
    Abstract: A photovoltaic mounting structure includes a frame for holding a photovoltaic array including a plurality of widthwise channels so as to permit photovoltaic modules to be easily slid between pairs of the channels, the photovoltaic modules resting upon flanges of the channels. In various embodiments, domed protrusions are disposed on lateral sides of the channel to prevent kinking of the modules and reduce friction, retention teeth are formed on upper surfaces of the flanges to position the modules; locator teeth are formed on lower surfaces of the flanges to guide the channels to predetermined spacing; and pre-installed mounting clips are attached to a top surface of the channel. The mounting clips each include an anti-rotation tab oriented downwardly and partially disposed in a corresponding hole in a top surface of the channel so as to prevent rotation of the mounting clip when a bolt of the mounting clip is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: CMCO SOLAR, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Owen, Kenneth Grum
  • Patent number: 10217883
    Abstract: Functional yarn equipped with semiconductor functional elements includes: a plurality of semiconductor functional elements whose electrically conductive directions defined by positive and negative electrodes are aligned and disposed between a pair of conducting wires in which each of the positive electrodes being connected to the conducting wire and each of the negative electrodes being connected to the conducting wire; an element mounting region consisting of conducting wire portions on which a plurality of the semiconductor functional elements are disposed; a conducting wire region consisting of only conducting wire portions and an insulating member that covers the surface of at least one of the pair of conducting wire portions of the conducting wire region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sphelar Power Corporation
    Inventors: Josuke Nakata, Hidetoshi Nakamura, Atsuji Masuda, Takahiro Tsuji, Norio Sasaguchi
  • Patent number: 10027274
    Abstract: Roof (2), at least in part covered by a modular roof covering, said modular roof covering comprising a plurality of modular elements (1) for covering said roof, wherein the plurality of elements is arranged such that at least part of a roof is fully covered by the plurality of elements, and wherein each element is coupled via coupling means to at least one adjacent further element of the plurality of elements, and the roof having sloped rafters (4) extending mutually parallel to a roof ridge, wherein the plurality of elements is directly mounted onto rafters, wherein preferably each element is supported, in a direction transverse to the rafters, onto two neighboring rafters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CORPORATION, SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Roland van Giesen, Henrica Steenbakkers-Menting
  • Patent number: 9923512
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides clamps used to assemble photovoltaic (PV) arrays with frameless PV modules. The clamp includes a clamp cover configured to fit within a clamp grip such that when the clamp cover is fitted to the clamp grip pockets are formed to receive portions of PV modules. A base of the clamp cover may include one or more legs that act as a stop to prevent over tightening the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Evan Ronald Martin
  • Patent number: 9863664
    Abstract: A deviation between an inlet-outlet temperature difference of a first superheater part and an inlet-outlet temperature difference of each of second superheater parts can be reduced so that a difference in thermal expansion between the first superheater part and the second superheater part can be reduced. It is therefore possible to avoid damage on heat transfer pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Marumoto, Tetsuo Shikata
  • Patent number: 9722532
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module mounting system including a mounting bracket that has a curved mating surface extending as an arch between a pair of flat mounting feet portions. The mounting bracket supports a PV module coupling device. A hanger bolt is provided that has a first threaded portion adapted to engage a roof surface and a second threaded portion for passing through the curved mating surface of the mounting bracket. A threaded knob is adapted to mate with the second threaded portion of the hanger bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SOLARCITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles Almy, David Molina
  • Patent number: 9712106
    Abstract: A rail-less roof mounting system for installing photovoltaic (PV) modules on a roof structure comprises a base mount assembly that engages with a clamp assembly and attaches to the roof structure. The base mount assembly comprises a base member having a waterproof means, a block slider, a top slider and a covering means. An elevated seal portion of a block slider includes a borehole to receive the waterproof means. A vertical engaging portion of the block slider is attached with a sliding seal member of the top slider. The clamp assembly includes a clamp member and a plate member and the clamp member is attached with a track of the top slider. The clamp member interlocks the PV modules to provide a corner-to-corner coupling arrangement, which enables the connection of PV module corners to adjacent PV module corners by sandwiching above and beneath frame members of the PV modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Claudia Wentworth, Stuart Wentworth
  • Patent number: 9666740
    Abstract: A solar cell module manufacturing method includes: preparing a front-side transparent protective member and a back-side protective sheet member, the front-side transparent protective member including a first principal surface and a second principal surface, a surface area of at least the first principal surface being larger than a projected area of the first principal surface, the back-side protective sheet member including a third principal surface and a fourth principal surface; and disposing a solar cell between the second principal surface of the front-side transparent protective member and the third principal surface of the back-side protective sheet member, and sealing the solar cell with a bonding layer therebetween. A breaking elongation of the back-side protective sheet member is 300% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaharu Takenaka, Kei Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9624663
    Abstract: A building structure includes a base structure (10), a thermal barrier layer (20) and an external layer (30). The thermal barrier layer may be a three-dimensional matrix of filaments. The filaments may be irregularly looped and intermingled in a highly porous, three-dimensional structure with a large open space. The filaments form a thermal barrier by reducing the physical contact between the external layer and the base structure. The filament material is low in conductivity, so little heat transfer occurs between the external layer and the filaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LOW & BONAR B.V.
    Inventor: Allan Wingfield
  • Patent number: 9583961
    Abstract: An intellectual power storing system comprises an indoor-controlling device and a battery array which are arranged in a building. After booting, the indoor-controlling device receives power from a power company to be an initial power to provide to an indoor apparatus in the building. The indoor-controlling device also receives power from a self-generated power apparatus, and transforms the received power to store to the battery array. When stored power of the battery array reaches a threshold, the indoor-controlling device receives power from the battery array to provide to the indoor apparatus, and stops to receive power from the power company. The battery array in the present invention comprises a plurality of the batteries which are integrated into a decoration of the building respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: KERTIES INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Tsung-Yin Hsieh, Shoei-Lai Chen
  • Patent number: 9514568
    Abstract: Methods and systems for roof estimation are described. Example embodiments include a roof estimation system, which generates and provides roof estimate reports annotated with indications of the size, geometry, pitch and/or orientation of the roof sections of a building. Generating a roof estimate report may be based on one or more aerial images of a building. In some embodiments, generating a roof estimate report of a specified building roof may include generating a three-dimensional model of the roof, and generating a report that includes one or more views of the three-dimensional model, the views annotated with indications of the dimensions, area, and/or slope of sections of the roof. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Eagle View Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Pershing, David P. Carlson
  • Patent number: 9443999
    Abstract: A solar collector is provided with a frame that is coupled to a based and configured to rotate about a vertical axis. A main panel assembly is attached to the frame and pivotal about a horizontal axis relative to the frame. The main panel assembly receives sunlight and converts the sunlight into electrical energy. The main panel assembly includes a central panel, and a pair of pivotal inner side panels, where each inner side panel is attached to the central panel. A pair of outer side panels attached to the inner side panels is also provided. Each outer side panel includes photo-voltaic (PV) panels, and a panel surround frame for retaining the PV panels. Each panel surround frame has a horizontal channel member, a pair of upright channel members, and a channel bracket, defining a perimeter. A peripheral edge of each PV panel is captured within the channel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Steven Polk
  • Patent number: 9391222
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame for a plate-shaped solar element. The frame includes a bottom frame element (21) with a first surface (24) and a top frame element (11) with a second surface (14). The second surface (14) is disposed opposite the first surface (24) and is at spaced from the first surface forming a gap that accommodates an edge region of the plate-shaped solar element (31). The first surface and the second surface are each self-adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: TESA SE
    Inventors: Thomas Gassner, Michael Schwertfeger
  • Patent number: 9343600
    Abstract: Systems and devices relating to an integrated housing for microinverters. The housing has a cavity for housing the circuitry of the microinverter. The housing is mountable on a back sheet of a PV module by way of the housing's top cover. An opening at the back of the housing accommodates DC contacts coming from the PV module while a void configured for an output port is also present in the housing. When mounted on the PV module, the housing is spaced apart from the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Haibo Zhang, Jan Dressel, Praveen Jain, Majid Pahlevaninezhad, Shangzhi Pan
  • Patent number: 9306100
    Abstract: Provided is a solar cell module wherein solar cells and a sealing material, which is sealing the solar cells, are not easily peeled from each other. A solar cell module is provided with solar cells, a wiring material, and a sealing material. Each of the solar cells has first and second main surfaces. The wiring material is electrically connected to each of the solar cells on the first main surface. The sealing material seals the solar cells. The sealing material has a first sealing section and a second sealing section. The first sealing section contains a non-bridging resin. The first sealing section is positioned on the first main surface side of the solar cells. The second sealing section contains a bridging resin and pigment. The second sealing section is positioned on the second main surface side of the solar cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitomi Ichinose, Tasuku Ishiguro, Naoto Imada, Toshiyuki Sakuma
  • Patent number: 9301456
    Abstract: A solar greenhouse structure includes a plurality of supporting frames, a light-permitting roof supported by at least one supporting frame, and at least one solar panel disposed below the roof and near the bottom surface thereof. The instant disclosure uses thinner solar panels, where the supporting frames can be less rigid, in lowering the solar greenhouse cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: LITE-ON GREEN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Mei-Chen Chuang
  • Patent number: 9301455
    Abstract: A solar greenhouse structure includes a plurality of supporting frames, a light-permitting roof supported by at least one supporting frame, and at least one solar panel disposed below the roof and near the bottom surface thereof. The instant disclosure uses thinner solar panels, where the supporting frames can be less rigid, in lowering the solar greenhouse cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: LITE-ON GREEN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Mei-Chen Chuang
  • Patent number: 9259695
    Abstract: A honeycomb extrusion body has multiple cells extending along a common direction from a first end of the body to a second end of the body. The cells are separated by cell walls, and the body has at least one fluid path defined within a plurality of said cells. The fluid path includes one or more apertures, through respective cell walls between cells of one or more respective pairs of said plurality of cells. Each aperture has an aperture width measured perpendicular to the common direction of 90% or less of a cell wall width of the respective cell wall measured perpendicular to the common direction. Optionally one or more of the plurality of cells has at least two cell walls each having an aperture at the same position in the common direction. As a further option, these apertures may be offset from the respective centers of their respective walls in the same rotational direction about a central axis of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Siddharth Bhopte, James Scott Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9252640
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing having a ventilation opening. A component such as a generator set can be disposed within an interior space of the housing. A baffle can be disposed within the interior space of the housing at a location that obstructs an acoustic line of sight between the ventilation opening and the component to eliminate or otherwise reduce a sound signature of the component. The baffle can also be configured to accumulate water from the ventilation opening. A drain can also be provided to aid in the removal of water accumulated by the baffle and route the water outside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: CUMMINS POWER GENERATION IP, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Gillett, Shawn J. Kipka
  • Patent number: 9241447
    Abstract: A mechanism for covering and uncovering a cold frame includes a starting base and a spaced-apart terminal base, a frame, and a cover deployable over the frame starting at the starting base and ending at the terminal base. The cover is wrapped from its midline around a cover shaft rotated by a first drive motor, as cables, attached to the leading edge of the cover, pull it over the frame. Those cables are simultaneously winding themselves around a cable shaft rotated by a second drive motor so that cover remains tight between the cable shaft and the cover shaft. The other end of the cables is secured to the starting base while the trailing edge of the cover is secured to the terminal base. Torque arms extend from the first and second drive motors and their distal ends are pivotally connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Donald F. Looney
  • Patent number: 9135737
    Abstract: User interface systems and methods for roof estimation are described. Example embodiments include a roof estimation system that provides a user interface configured to facilitate roof model generation based on one or more aerial images of a building roof. In one embodiment, roof model generation includes image registration, image lean correction, roof section pitch determination, wire frame model construction, and/or roof model review. The described user interface provides user interface controls that may be manipulated by an operator to perform at least some of the functions of roof model generation. The user interface is further configured to concurrently display roof features onto multiple images of a roof. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Eagle View Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Pershing
  • Patent number: 9129376
    Abstract: User interface systems and methods for roof estimation are described. Example embodiments include a roof estimation system that provides a user interface configured to facilitate roof model generation based on one or more aerial images of a building roof. In one embodiment, roof model generation includes image registration, image lean correction, roof section pitch determination, wire frame model construction, and/or roof model review. The described user interface provides user interface controls that may be manipulated by an operator to perform at least some of the functions of roof model generation. In one embodiment, the user interface provides user interface controls that facilitate the determination of pitch of one or more sections of a building roof. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Eagle View Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Pershing
  • Patent number: 9113603
    Abstract: A solar greenhouse structure includes a plurality of supporting frames, a light-permitting roof supported by at least one supporting frame, and at least one solar panel disposed below the roof and near the bottom surface thereof. The instant disclosure uses thinner solar panels, where the supporting frames can be less rigid, in lowering the solar greenhouse cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: LITE-ON GREEN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Mei-Chen Chuang
  • Patent number: 9027289
    Abstract: A thermal solar system having a fire rating of at least A. In a specific embodiment, the system includes a thermal solar module having an aperture region and a backside region. The system has a shaped thickness of material having a first side and a second side. In a preferred embodiment, the shaped thickness of material is characterized by a fire rating of at least A. The material has a thickness suitable to be free from penetration of moisture according to one or more embodiments. The thickness of material also has a structural characteristic capable of maintaining a shape and coupling to the backside region of the thermal solar module according to one or more embodiments. The system also has an air plenum provided between the thermal solar module and the thickness shaped thickness of material. In a preferred embodiment, the system further has a frame assembly operably coupled to the shaped thickness of material to support the shaped thickness of material and the thermal solar module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: SunEdison, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric R. Burtt
  • Patent number: 9022021
    Abstract: Racking assemblies for solar panel installations are provided. The racking assemblies may include a series of posts arranged in two parallel rows and anchored to the ground or other suitable surface. Purlins may be coupled to and may span the posts of each row. Specialized clamps may be used to attach the purlins to a series of mounting rails. The mounting rails, in turn, may support an array of solar modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Sunrun South LLC
    Inventor: Greg McPheeters
  • Publication number: 20150107581
    Abstract: A building using solar energy for heating and cooling without any air conditioning equipment is disclosed. The building comprises a fluid channel arranged for a fluid to transfer absorbed solar heat, a solar heat storage bank to store and supply the solar heat, and a mechanism for directing and controlling the flow of the fluid throughout the building. A insulating glass style solar heat collector (IGSHC) and building element comprises a insulating glass or the like; a solar heat absorber is arranged in hollow space of the insulating glass, and separates the space into two subspaces; a fluid channel is connected to the solar heat absorber; the channel connected to a convergent tube; and an air inlet and an air outlet are provided for drawing heated air out from one of the divided subspaces, each of the air inlet and air outlet has a respective cover for closing or opening the air channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: HUAZI LIN
  • Patent number: 8915242
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for collecting and utilizing energy generated by the sun, comprising a layered construction provided with a substrate layer and a cover layer comprising a curable mortar, wherein there is arranged on the substrate layer a tube system through which a fluid can be transported in order to regulate the temperature in the tube system, this tube system being at least partially embedded in the mortar, and wherein the mortar of the cover layer comprises insulating granules, cement, water and additives. The invention further relates to a method for manufacturing a layered construction for a device for collecting and utilizing energy generated by the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: M=ECO2 cvba
    Inventors: Manu Nys, Johan Vermeiren, Kristof Vermeiren
  • Patent number: 8910624
    Abstract: The invention relates to a solar collector (1) comprising a collector element plane comprising a set of parallel metallic collector elements (2) for collecting solar energy. The collector element plane, on its side to be arranged to face the sun, comprises a set of parallel, elongated ridges (R, r) formed by the metallic collector elements (2), and elongated depressions (v) between the ridges (R, r), and that at least some of the ridges (R, r) comprise therein a channel (3) for a heat transfer medium. The invention also relates to a collector element. The invention further relates to a building roof, a building, and a solar energy recovery system comprising said solar collector (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Double M Properties Ab
    Inventor: Mats Manderbacka
  • Patent number: 8887712
    Abstract: A protective transparent enclosure (such as a glasshouse or a greenhouse) encloses a concentrated solar power system. The concentrated solar power system includes one or more solar concentrators and one or more solar receivers. Thermal power is provided to an industrial process, electrical power is provided to an electrical distribution grid, or both. In some embodiments, the solar concentrators are parabolic trough concentrators with one or more lateral extensions. In some embodiments, the lateral extension is a unilateral extension of the primary parabolic trough shape. In some embodiments, the lateral extensions are movably connected to the primary portion. In some embodiments, the lateral extensions have a focal line separate from the focal line of the base portion. In some embodiments, the greenhouse is a Dutch Venlo style greenhouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Glasspoint Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Emery von Behrens
  • Patent number: 8875454
    Abstract: A plurality of pan tiles are disposed in confronting, supported relation on an underlying roof support and in underlying, at least partially supporting relation to plurality of overlapping, exteriorly exposed roof tile. Each pan tile includes a planar base and two oppositely disposed planar side segments extending outwardly from opposite peripheries of said base at a common, preferred obtuse angle. Leading and trailing ends of pan tiles have a greater and lesser transverse dimension respectively, wherein the side segments or oriented in a converging configuration extending from the leading end to the trailing end of the pan tile. Solar energy systems may also be incorporated in the pan tiles and a heat dissipating assembly and/or a stabilizing assembly may also be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Efrain Arguelles
  • Patent number: 8844226
    Abstract: A solar heat pump building preferably includes a building, an air barrier insulation layer, a material insulation layer and a plurality of ducts. The air barrier insulation layer includes a ceiling air barrier insulation layer and a wall air barrier insulation layer. The ceiling air barrier insulation layer is a ceiling air gap created between a ceiling sheet and a roof panel. The wall air barrier insulation layer is a wall air gap created between the ceiling sheet and two opposing lengthwise wall panels, and two inner end wall sheets and two opposing end wall panels. Two lengthwise wall insulation layers are attached to vertical portions of the ceiling sheet. Two end wall insulation layers are attached to the two inner end wall sheets. A plurality of ducts include lengthwise ducts and end ducts, which are retained in the wall air barrier insulation layer to channel air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Harkins
  • Patent number: 8825500
    Abstract: In accordance with various exemplary embodiments, solar energy shade structures and methods of design and revenue generation are disclosed. These systems comprise structures capable of supporting solar panel at heights greater than 18 feet above their mounting surface. These systems may be installed in confined spaces. These systems also comprise structures that are customizable, allowing an installation to be configured with a desired lighting and environmental effect. The methods discussed herein describe processes for achieving desired design effects based on natural elements. Moreover, the methods discussed herein describe processes for reducing the costs of generating solar energy and/or reducing the costs of providing a solar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Strategic Solar Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Jack DeBartolo, III, Robert L. Boscamp, Thomas Headley
  • Patent number: 8806814
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a photovoltaic array system, a photovoltaic device of the photovoltaic array system, and a frame element of the photovoltaic device of the photovoltaic array system. The frame element includes a groove, a receiving hole and a metal wire. The groove extends along a longitudinal axial direction of the frame element for holding one lateral side of a photovoltaic panel. The receiving hole extends along the longitudinal axial direction for receiving the metal wire therein, and is parallel to the longitudinal axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Huang-Chi Tseng, De-Chih Liu, Ming-Yuan Huang
  • Publication number: 20140202092
    Abstract: A self-contained structural assembly wherein the roof is exclusively formed by a flat plate type, solar thermal panel (STP) designed to heat water, having a transparent glazing. The STP is designed with lateral riser tubes as the flow path of the heat transfer fluid. The STP includes header tubes that are configured to protrude out the back of the STP. A shed having at least four walls that form the frame upon which the STP rests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Dealers Warehouse Corporation
    Inventor: William Miller BOSTIC
  • Patent number: 8776454
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mounting rail for a solar array support structure that includes a main body having a top and a bottom, the main body extending from a first end to a second end, the main body including a dual web having a first vertical element and a second vertical element. Further, the mounting rail includes a solar panel mounting portion extending along the top of the main body, the solar panel mounting portion configured to secure the solar panel to the mounting rail. Finally, the mounting rail includes a first flange extending from the bottom of the first vertical element, the first flange including a first pair of holes configured to receive two ends of a U-bolt, the first pair of holes spaced apart substantially equal to a width of a horizontal rail of a solar array support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Zuritis