Collector Housing Patents (Class 126/704)
  • Patent number: 10208531
    Abstract: A strand of sealing compound is expelled from a nozzle into an edge joint of an insulating glass element to form around it a contiguous sealing compound bead. The sealing compound bead is formed discontinuously from several segments. At least one first segment is formed by the relative movement in a first circumferential direction of the insulating glass element, and at least one second segment is formed by the relative movement in a second, opposite circumferential direction. Each connection of segments of the sealing compound bead which is situated on a longitudinal side section of the circumference of the insulating glass element is formed such that the strand of the sealing compound is applied in the region of the end of a sealing compound bead already situated in the edge joint and is formed by the relative movement away from the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: LISEC AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventor: Leopold Mader
  • Patent number: 10174970
    Abstract: A rotation locking device for use in a row-level sun tracking solar energy collection system includes a housing, a first locking member, a second locking member, and an actuator. The housing is configured to be mounted to a pile and configured to permit a torque tube to extend through the housing. The first locking member has a plurality of circumferentially spaced projections attached to and rotatable with the torque tube. The second locking member is connected to the housing and has a plurality of mating elements for engaging projections of the first locking member. The actuator is configured to relatively move the first and second locking members between an unlocked position in which the mating elements are disengaged from the projections and a locked position in which the mating elements are engaged with the projections to inhibit rotation of the torque tube with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler Grushkowitz, Matthew Scott Lambert, Brian Wares, Mark Adam Schimelpfenig, Nicholas James McKibben
  • Patent number: 9815737
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a vacuum glass component, wherein the vacuum glass component is formed by compounding two or a plurality of glass plates, and the peripheries of the two or a plurality of glass plates are sealed with each other through sealing part in air-tight manner, a gap remains between the sealing part and the edge of the glass plate, vacuum-pumping is performed between adjacent glass plates at the inner side of the sealing part, and the sealing part is isolated from the outer environment between adjacent glass plates at the outer side of the sealing part by filling seal gum, resin or plastic. The vacuum glass component make the outer side of the sealing part isolated from the outer environment by using seal gum, resin or plastic, thereby preventing the metal at the sealing part from forming a heat bridge and facilitating the later installation and use of vacuum glass component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LUOYANG LANDGLASS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yan Zhao, Yanbing Li, Zhangsheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9719496
    Abstract: A solar receiver (100), for capturing solar radiation, comprising a radiation capturing element (3) and a channel (8) around that element, through which channel (8) a pressurized working fluid is passed to absorb thermal energy from the radiation capturing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: ALSTROM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Illias Hischier, Aldo Steinfeld, Marco Simiano, Philipp Haueter
  • Patent number: 9628018
    Abstract: A system for mounting a solar panel(s) on a building, where the solar panel has an outer frame defining a lip. The system may include a plurality of panel mounting brackets each including a base to be positioned on the building, and a vertical extension having a proximal end coupled to the base and a distal end vertically spaced apart from the base, with the distal end defining a fastener channel therein. The system may also include a plurality of mounting clamps each including a bottom flange, and a top flange spaced apart from the bottom flange and partially overhanging the bottom flange and defining a slot therebetween to receive the lip. An end extension may couple respective ends of the bottom flange and top flange together, and a fastener channel connector may be coupled to the bottom flange and configured to be slidably received within the fastener channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Kevin Stapleton
  • Patent number: 9605822
    Abstract: The Invention provides a head of solar street light to solve such problems of the existing solar street lamp as inconvenient installation, easily damaged battery by high temperature and improper work in rainy days, etc. The head of solar street light invention can be used for replacing all AC street lamps. The invention comprises a crystalline silicon panel, a LED light set, a battery, a control system and a lamp housing; a cavity is concavely provided on the back of the lamp housing, which is covered with the crystalline silicon panel that forms an airtight vacuum insulation zone with the cavity; cavities for lamp and battery, which are insulated through the vacuum insulation zone, are concavely provided on the front side of the lamp housing, and the LED light set and the battery are installed in the lamp cavity and the battery cavity respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Shuli Yang
  • Patent number: 9032730
    Abstract: A solar receiver is disposed on a top portion of a tower provided upright on the ground for heating a compressible working fluid by means of heat converted from sunlight collected by heliostats disposed on the ground, to raise the temperature of the compressible working fluid. The solar receiver has modules disposed back-to-back, and each of which includes a casing having a bottom plate to be fixed to the top-portion upper surface of the tower. A heat-transfer-tube unit is accommodated in the casing and includes heat transfer tubes. A sunlight inlet port having a circular shape in front view or an elliptical shape in front view is provided at the center portion of a plate-like member whose lower end is connected to an outer circumferential end of the bottom plate to constitute the casing and that extends obliquely upward from the outer circumferential end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVEY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuta Kobayashi, Masashi Tagawa, Toshiyuki Osada, Kuniaki Aoyama, Masahiro Masuda, Takeshi Okubo, Shuhei Sasaki, Akira Furutani, Jin Kato, Hiromi Nakatani
  • Patent number: 9010315
    Abstract: A solar collector includes a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to the upper surface, a sidewall, a transparent cover, and a heat-absorbing layer. The sidewall is arranged on the periphery of the top surface of the substrate. The transparent cover is disposed on the sidewall opposite to the substrate to form a sealed chamber. The heat-absorbing layer is disposed on the upper surface of the substrate and includes a carbon nanotube film having a plurality of carbon nanotubes. The carbon nanotubes in the carbon nanotube film are joined end-to-end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peng Liu, Pi-Jin Chen, Liang Liu, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 8997734
    Abstract: The concentrating heat receiver (10) is provided with a casing (41) which has an opening portion (15) into which sunrays are made incident, a heat receiving portion (42) which is accommodated inside the casing (41) so that a working fluid flows therethrough and receive heat from sunrays made incident from the opening portion, thereby raising the temperature of the working fluid, and hanging members (61, 62) in which the upper end sides thereof are coupled to an upper angle (14) and the other end sides thereof are loosely inserted into through holes (44a, 44b) of the casing (41), thereby supporting in a hanging manner the heat receiving portion (42) inside the casing (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimihiko Mitsuda, Yasuharu Yamamoto, Toshiyuki Osada, Masashi Tagawa, Kazuta Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150075517
    Abstract: Insulated solar panels that provide a solar thermal collector with means for limiting stagnation temperatures and preventing damage include: temperature limiting is provided by the insulated solar panel, isolating internal components from the environment, using passive closed systems within the sealed solar thermal collector, while also allowing alternative implementations as active systems and/or portions of the temperature limiting system outside the sealed solar thermal collector. A heat pipe can be used as a passive thermal switch, where the temperature induced action at a predetermined temperature causes an abrupt transition from a state of thermal isolation to a state of strong thermal coupling. Additionally, a set of siphon circulation pipes provides a passive closed system for temperature limiting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: TIGI LTD.
    Inventors: Shimon KLIER, Zvika Klier, Michael Adel, Royi Efron
  • Publication number: 20150033740
    Abstract: Inventive concentrated solar power systems using solar receivers, and related devices and methods, are generally described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Wilson Solarpower Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce N. Anderson, William Dean Treece
  • Patent number: 8944046
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solar energy collector (18) including an outer casing (20) having at least one aperture (22) disposed therein and an absorber (24) disposed within the outer casing (20). The aperture (22) is arranged to receive a beam (16) of solar radiation therethrough so that the beam (16) is incident on the absorber (24). The absorber (24) is arranged in use to absorb the energy of the beam of solar radiation and to thereby convert solar radiation to heat energy to heat a fluid communicated through the absorber (24). The absorber (24) is arranged to be moved by a moving means to promote even heating of the absorber (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Richard John Worthington
  • Publication number: 20150020793
    Abstract: The invention relates to a panel-based solar receiver for a thermal solar tower power plant (4), which comprises: a front panel (8), the external surface of which receives solar radiation (2) from the field of heliostats (3), a back panel (9), sealing elements (10) between the panels (8, 9), arranged at the lateral ends of both, an intake collector (5), located in the upper part of the panels (8, 9), where the heat transfer fluid enters the receiver (1) and an evacuation collector (6), located in the lower part of the panels (8, 9), where the heat transfer fluid leaves the receiver (1); wherein the front panel (8), back panel (9) and the two sealing elements (10) form the receiver body (16), which constitutes a passage for the heat transfer fluid (7) to travel through. Each solar tower can contain one or several panel-based receivers (1) and be arranged in series or in parallel, with the same or a different fluid (7) circulating there through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicants: ABENGOA SOLAR NEW TECHNOLOGIES, S.A., INGENIERIA Y DISEÑO EUROPEO, S.A. (IDESA)
    Inventors: Paula Llorente Folch, Raúl Navío Gilaberte, Lucía Serrano Gallar, Andrés Castro De Benito, Jorge Villarrica Viñas, Pablo Coca Valdés
  • Publication number: 20150020795
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods to concentrate sunlight with inflatable enclosures to heat substances, including fluids and for cooking, and to provide concentrated sunlight for other uses. The system includes an inflatable sunlight concentrator (upper balloon), an inflatable cooking housing (bottom balloon), and a cooking container. When inflated, the upper balloon has a substantially cone-shape and concentrates sunlight towards the bottom balloon. The bottom balloon may be of various shapes and may concentrate sunlight towards the cooking space. Each balloon is less than two ounces and can be folded into a small pocket-sized package when it is deflated. The cooking space may be a thermal bag, a box, or an insulated space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Bingwu Gu
  • Patent number: 8936224
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system, in particular for solar modules (1), consisting of supports (2) with a closed hollow box profile (3), with connectors (4) for solar module fastening means, and connectors (5) for roof fastening means. At least the connectors (4) for the solar module fastening means are formed from longitudinal groove pairs—or longitudinal flange pairs in or on the hollow box profile (3) that are arranged at a distance from each other. The fastening means for the solar module (1) or solar modules (1) in the area of the support consist of a clamping piece with a shaped part (8), with each shaped part (8) having at least two webs (9.1, 9.2), arranged opposite each other on the shaped part (8) whereby at least one positive click connection with one of the groove pair—or flange pairs can be made by means of the ends remote from the shaped part (8), and the shaped part (8) has at least one bore hole (11) for the insertion of a fastening bolt (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Sapa Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Bartelt-Muszynski, Gido Genschorek
  • Patent number: 8915243
    Abstract: Thermal solar energy collector, in which a solar radiation absorption panel, inside which the heat-conducting fluid flows, is situated inside a parallelepipedal box, with an opening having a transparent cover at the front, which may be doubled so as to leave an atmospheric space in the middle. The rear wall of the box has a system of seals and reservoirs which are inset in the wall so that they accommodate the expansion and contraction of vertical tubes of the panel and horizontal connections by means of gentle changes in curvature of the tube bends and slight rotations of the reservoirs, with the addition of a system for filling the box with an inert gas, the pressure of which may be chosen from a range of between a thousandth of an atmosphere and one atmosphere, there being provided for this purpose an external gas circuit, with low- and high-pressure tanks, an intermediate compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
    Inventor: José María Martínez-Val Peñalosa
  • Patent number: 8893714
    Abstract: A boiler for a solar receiver includes a first receiver panel having a plurality of substantially parallel boiler tubes fluidly connecting an inlet header of the panel to an outlet header of the panel. A second receiver panel has a plurality of substantially parallel boiler tubes fluidly connecting an inlet header of the panel to an outlet header of the panel. The boiler tubes of the second receiver panel are substantially parallel to the boiler tubes of the first receiver panel. The first and second receiver panels are separated by a gap. A panel expansion joint is connected to the first and second receiver panels across the gap, wherein the panel expansion joint is configured and adapted to allow for lengthwise thermal expansion and contraction of the receiver panels along the boiler tubes, and to allow for lateral thermal expansion and contraction of the receiver panels toward and away from one another, while blocking solar radiation through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Babcock Power Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Ricci, John Persson, Andrew Plotkin, Kevin Toupin
  • Patent number: 8881474
    Abstract: Disclosed is a housing and mounting assembly for a skylight module, and particularly for a skylight module that incorporates an energy management system. The housing and mounting assembly is configured to efficiently capture both direct solar and diffuse ambient light, and deliver light that is diffuse to the space below the skylight that provides even illumination and no unpleasant glare spots. The walls of the skylight module may be formed of multi-wall polycarbonate panels configured to redirect both the upward- and downward-shining light through the aperture into the space below. Moreover, the curb of the assembly may include a flexible flashing strip provided with a reflective coating configured to reflect sunlight upward through the walls of the assembly and into the skylight module, such that the advantages of collecting and using such reflected light can be achieved even in a retrofit installation on a non-reflective roofing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: MBC Ventures, Inc.
    Inventor: John Joseph Tandler
  • Patent number: 8878051
    Abstract: For the production of vacuum elements, which optionally contain fittings in the form of at least one solar module (photovoltaic element) and/or a solar collector or a display element, negative pressure is produced in a space between two flat components, in particular translucent or transparent plates, such as glass panes that are bound together via a bead made of sealing material, such that an arrangement that consists of a first component provided with a bead and at a distance therefrom but parallel to the second component arranged therein, is introduced into a vacuum chamber and pressed under vacuum. In this case, an elevated temperature also optionally can be applied to laminate films provided between the components with the components and optionally present fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: LISEC Austria GmbH
    Inventor: Leopold Mader
  • Patent number: 8857425
    Abstract: A solar water heating system, including: (a) a solar heating collector, having: (i) an array of convex lenses; (ii) a panel disposed below the array of convex lenses, wherein the array of convex lenses focuses sunlight on the panel to heat areas of the panel; (iii) a fluid chamber disposed below the panel; and (iv) a plurality of members extending from the panel into the fluid chamber to transfer heat from the panel into fluid in the fluid chamber; (b) a fluid reservoir; (c) a fluid inlet line for moving fluid from the fluid reservoir into the fluid inlet of the solar heating collector; (d) fluid outlet line for moving fluid from the fluid chamber of the solar heating collector to the fluid reservoir; and (e) a pump for moving fluid cyclically through the fluid chamber of the solar collector and the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Cyrous Gheyri
  • Patent number: 8857426
    Abstract: Insulated solar panels provide that provide a solar thermal collector with means for limiting stagnation temperatures and preventing damage include: temperature limiting is provided by the insulated solar panel, isolating internal components from the environment, using passive closed systems within the sealed solar thermal collector, while also allowing alternative implementations as active systems and/or portions of the temperature limiting system outside the sealed solar thermal collector. A heat pipe can be used as a passive thermal switch, where the temperature induced action at a predetermined temperature causes an abrupt transition from a state of thermal isolation to a state of strong thermal coupling. Additionally, a set of siphon circulation pipes provides a passive closed system for temperature limiting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Tigi Ltd.
    Inventors: Shimon Klier, Zvika Klier, Michael Adel, Royi Efron
  • Publication number: 20140299178
    Abstract: A carrier for at least one solar panel in slanted position, comprising: a base; a support on the base for a low side of the solar panel; a curved wing profile extending upward relative to the support; and a bearing element on the rear side of the wing profile opposite the support for arranging thereon a high side of an adjacent solar panel. Further, on an upper side of the wing profile a diffuser is arranged in the form of a substantially vertically upright plate-like edge protruding above the adjacent solar panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: FLAMCO B.V.
    Inventors: Terence Arthur Devlin, Jan Henk Cnossen
  • Patent number: 8811781
    Abstract: Techniques described herein generally relate to assemblies with selective optical transmissivity. In some examples, an assembly with selective optical transmissivity is described. The assembly can include a first layer and a second layer. The first layer can include a multiple number of liquid lens units. Each of the liquid lens units can be configured to selectively focus incoming optical rays within a focal range defined between a first focal length and a second focal length. The second layer can be spaced apart from the first layer and can include a multiple number of optical waveguides. Each of the optical waveguides can include one or more waveguide inlets such that the second layer includes a multiple number of waveguide inlets. Each of the waveguide inlets may be associated with a respective one of the liquid lens units and may be spaced apart from the respective one of the liquid lens units by a distance within the focal range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Takahisa Kusuura
  • Publication number: 20140202525
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for use with a solar module is disclosed. The mounting bracket includes a foot including a first wall and a second wall oriented substantially orthogonal to the first wall, the first wall including serrations configured to engage serrations on a rail to adjust a height of the rail with respect to the foot. The mounting bracket further includes a backing configured to be coupled to the foot and secure the mounting bracket to the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: SunEdison, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Howard Janssens, Paul Joseph Silberschatz, Jesus Beltran, Daniel Freymann Koelker
  • Patent number: 8776784
    Abstract: A concentrating solar power device may include a primary mirror, a secondary mirror, and a thermal storage device. The primary mirror may reflect solar rays from the sun towards the secondary mirror. The secondary mirror may reflect the solar rays reflected from the primary mirror towards the thermal storage device. The thermal storage device, which may comprise a thermal medium such as salt, may collect/absorb energy from the solar rays which may be used to run multiple Stirling engines, and/or an energy storing or energy expending device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark D. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8748731
    Abstract: A protective transparent enclosure (such as a glasshouse or a greenhouse) encloses a concentrated solar power system (e.g. a thermal and/or a photovoltaic 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 dish-shaped mirrors that are mechanically coupled to a joint that enables rotation at a fixed distance about respective solar collectors that are fixed in position with respect to the protective transparent enclosure. In some embodiments, the solar collectors are suspended from structure of the protective transparent enclosure and the solar concentrators are suspended from the solar collectors. In some embodiments, the greenhouse is a Dutch Venlo style greenhouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: GlassPoint Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Roderick MacGregor, Peter Emery von Behrens
  • Patent number: 8746237
    Abstract: This invention relates to solar engineering. The solar collector, which comprises a closed enclosure and an absorber 5 with channels for a liquid heat carrier, is designed in the form of a cylindrical portion having radius R1 and an axis coinciding with the axis of the central cylindrical portion 1 of the enclosure. The absorber 5 consists of thin-walled, interconnected modules. The modules are provided with bulges on the rear side thereof, in which channels with slots are made for arranging pipes forming heat-carrier flowing channels. In addition, the absorber can be designed in the form of a storage tank. The shape of the collector is optimized in such a way that the axes of the two lateral cylindrical portions 2 thereof are remote at distance L and the central cylindrical portion 1 is as remote as possible from a plane 3 tangential to the lateral cylindrical portions 2 at a distance H having the defined ratio of geometric parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Boris Ivanovich Kazandzhan
  • Patent number: 8733340
    Abstract: A boiler for a solar receiver includes a first boiler panel having a plurality of tubes fluidly connecting an inlet header of the first boiler panel to an outlet header of the first boiler panel. The tubes of the first boiler panel form a first solar receiver surface. A second boiler panel has a plurality of tubes fluidly connecting an inlet header of the second boiler panel to an outlet header of the second boiler panel. The tubes of the second boiler panel form a second solar receiver surface. The first and second boiler panels are adjacent to one another with a portion of the first boiler panel and an end of the first solar receiver surface overlapping an end of the second boiler panel to reduce solar radiation passing between the first and second solar receiver surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Babcock Power Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Plotkin, Kevin Toupin, Russell Ricci
  • Patent number: 8720707
    Abstract: A frame is provided for highly-concentrated photovoltaic cells. The frame uses vertical and horizontal rods. Connectors are fixed at where the vertical and horizontal rods connect. The frame is constructed with the rods and connectors coordinated with fixing components. Thus, solar cell receivers can be directly set at any place on the frame; and the frame can be easily constructed and safely moved. Furthermore, location space is effectively used and weather resistance is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council
    Inventors: Hwen-Fen Hong, Zun-Hao Shih, hwa-yuh Shin, Cherng-Tsong Kuo
  • Publication number: 20140102439
    Abstract: An apparatus for amplifying the solar energy by recycling the greenhouse gas has developed to heat up the gas passing through the sealed container. The apparatus of amplifying the solar energy is comprising: a body made of metal with opened top forming a container; the upper and lower metal meshes disposed in the container with a vertical distance from the bottom for forming a space; a metal pipe formed a coiled shape to dispose between upper and lower metal meshes to contact with the upper and lower metal meshes and having one inlet and the other outlet for passing through the side wall of the container; and two transparent panels for transmitting the sun beams, which are disposed over the upper metal mesh to seal the container space inside of the body. Further, the body has a gas-charging valve disposed on a side wall to charge the sulfur hexafluoride SF6 to the sealed space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 8695298
    Abstract: An energy supplying device for energy collection, energy transfer, energy release, cooling, and storing energy, is described. The device has an elongated cavity is produced by extrusion of a profile. The cavity provides space for a medium to circulate and is enclosed by a wall, floor or roof formation. This formation constitutes at least part of an actively supporting structure for direct or indirect mechanical support of loads, while at the same time forming at least one part of a structural element, for example, a house roof, a wall, a board, a bridge, a pier, a road, a pavement, a terrace or balcony and may be an I-, L-, O-, T-, U-, V-, X-, Y- or Z-beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Leif Anders Jilken
  • Patent number: 8695586
    Abstract: A solar collector includes a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to the upper surface, a sidewall, a transparent cover, and a heat-absorbing layer. The sidewall is arranged on the top surface of the substrate. The transparent cover is disposed on the sidewall opposite to the substrate to form a sealed chamber with the substrate together. The heat-absorbing layer is disposed on the upper surface of the substrate and includes a carbon nanotube film having a plurality of carbon nanotubes. The carbon nanotubes in the carbon nanotube film are entangled with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peng Liu, Pi-Jin Chen, Liang Liu, Kai-Li Jiang, Ding Wang, Chang-Hong Liu, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 8671931
    Abstract: A multiplexed torque brake (MTB) system for preventing the accumulation of torsional forces at a center drive and thereby significantly reducing the design load requirements for trough frames of a corresponding solar concentrator assembly (SCA). In one embodiment, an MTB system for an SCA having a plurality of solar reflector frames spaced along a length of the SCA includes a plurality of brake mechanisms arranged at locations spaced apart from each other along the length of the SCA, each of the brake mechanisms coupled to a corresponding one of a plurality of supporting pylons and configured to constrain the solar reflector frames from rotating when subjected to torsional loads, the brake mechanisms adapted to transfer the torsional loads to the corresponding supporting pylons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gossamer Space Frames
    Inventors: Gary Noble Curtis, Dean Robert Hackbarth, Glenn Alan Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8656906
    Abstract: The solar panel includes a housing for a heat collecting element, delimited by walls, one of which includes slits for the passage of solar rays. At least one reflective area is arranged to face the heat collecting element. At least one reflective strip is arranged outside the housing to face a respective slit so as to focus the solar rays received towards this slit. Elongated reflective elements are arranged side by side, and include coplanar flat bases, forming together the wall of the housing having slits and the flat base of at least one elongated reflective element forming a reflective area of this wall of the housing, and including one concave surface arranged to face the reflective strips such that the solar rays reflected by each concave surface are focused towards the corresponding reflective strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Helioprocess
    Inventor: Philippe Mulcey
  • Patent number: 8640423
    Abstract: An apparatus for retaining a photovoltaic panel on a rooftop includes a vessel having a first side, second side, front, bottom, and top panels, wherein the panels are attached to define a void within the vessel. A fill port is disposed on the vessel. A first hole is adapted to receive a screw on the top panel, wherein the first hole is aligned with a second hole disposed on the bottom panel, wherein the first and second holes are adapted to be aligned with a third hole on a first mounting cross arm. The top panel is inclined at an angle relative to the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignees: The University of Houston System, Metalab LLC, Standard Renewable Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Meppelink, Andrew Vrana, Chris Boyer
  • Publication number: 20140020675
    Abstract: A solar receiver includes a manifold, a sealed enclosure around the manifold and a plurality of tubes connected to the manifold and extending through the sealed enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Chandrashekhar Sonwane, Yves Sergile, George M. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8622055
    Abstract: A solar collector includes a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to the upper surface, a sidewall, a transparent cover, and a heat-absorbing layer. The sidewall is arranged on the top surface of the substrate. The transparent cover is disposed on the sidewall opposite to the substrate to form a sealed chamber with the substrate together. The heat-absorbing layer is disposed on the upper surface of the substrate and includes a carbon nanotube structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peng Liu, Pi-Jin Chen, Liang Liu, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Publication number: 20130298968
    Abstract: A ballasted mounting system for positioning a solar panel on a mounting surface. The system comprises a support structure and a cover assembly fastened to the support structure. The support structure has a plurality of support members for retaining the solar panel over the mounting surface at an inclined angle to the mounting surface, and as a proximal end positioned adjacent to the mounting surface and the solar panel attachable to a distal end of the support structure. The cover assembly comprises sheet material fastened to the support structure and having a first cover panel positioned between the support structure and the mounting surface and a second cover panel positioned between the proximal end and the distal end, such that the cover assembly cooperates with the solar panel when installed to form an interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Mika Brian Laitila, Antero Samuel Laitila, Tony Peter Laitila
  • Patent number: 8578930
    Abstract: A vacuum solar thermal panel includes a vacuum envelope defining a sealed volume able to withstand atmospheric pressure when evacuated. The envelope includes a first plate made of glass, a second plate facing the first plate, a perimeter frame disposed between the first and second plate close to their edge, a metallic perimeter belt joining the perimeter frame to the first plate, a plurality of spaced apart bearing elements disposed against the edges of the first and second plate, and a plurality of traction rods joining the bearing elements with the perimeter frame to pull the perimeter frame toward the bearing elements, in order to limit the deformation of the perimeter frame under the external atmospheric pressure, when the envelope is evacuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: TVP Solar SA
    Inventor: Vittorio Palmieri
  • Patent number: 8555872
    Abstract: A solar heater for space heating is formed by a frame that provides structural support for a plate that absorbs sunlight. In one aspect, the plate is directly molded into the frame. In another aspect, the plate is incorporated into an assembly which is then sealed to the frame. The solar heater is configured such that multiple similarly configured solar heaters may be coupled together in a series and/or parallel arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: John Allan Dolphin, Allan Gary Finney
  • Patent number: 8550419
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an erection system for a photovoltaic open-space installation support stand and a method for assembling this type of erection system. The present erection systems provide a permanently settable inclination favorable for generating solar power for the photovoltaic equipment on open ground with linear bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Schletter GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Hausner, Ludwig Schletter
  • Publication number: 20130247901
    Abstract: A solar collector (1) includes two panels (2, 3) of which at least one panel (2) can be designed as a solar module, wherein the panels (2, 3) are connected to each other and held spaced apart from each other by webs (5) that are distributed over the surface of the solar collector (1). The webs (5) between the panels (2, 3) of the solar collector (1) are arranged in such a manner that the interior space (4) is divided to form a flow path, which can be achieved as a result of the fact that the webs (5) start alternately from one edge (9, 10) of the solar collector (1) and are spaced from the opposite edge (10, 9). The webs (5) are strips that are connected via plastic strands (12) to the inner faces of the panels (2 and 3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: INOVA LISEC TECHNOLOGIEZENTRUM GMBH
    Inventor: Leopold Mader
  • Patent number: 8517008
    Abstract: A modular panel for a solar boiler includes an inlet header, an outlet header, and a plurality of tubes fluidly connecting the inlet header to the outlet header. The tubes are substantially coplanar with one another forming a solar receiver surface and an opposed internal surface. The panel is modular in terms of height, width, number of tubes, and size of tubes, for improved handling of high heat flux and resultant thermally induced stresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Babcock Power Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Plotkin, Robert Rancatore, Kevin Toupin, Russell Ricci
  • Patent number: 8505224
    Abstract: A frame structure for solar cell module, in which each of the four sidebars that constructs the frame structure is comprised of a bottom, a first vertical wall, a second vertical wall, a first horizontal wall and a second horizontal wall. Substantially, the present invention provides a a frame structure constructed using parts of different curvatures, that is capable of preventing any filling material from overflowing on the front side of a solar cell element during the integration of the solar cell element and the front structure, without having the so-constructed solar cell module to be processed by an additional machining process for processing the overflowed filling material after the integration, and thus not only the sidebars of the frame structure can be prevented from being broken by the stress resulting from the machining process, but also the manufacturing time required for the consequent solar cell module can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Hulk Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Hui Huang
  • Publication number: 20130167912
    Abstract: A cable installation having a support structure, for example a rod or a support frame will be proposed, the latter or the former, being able to be hinged to abuses structure about a first axis, respectively, wherein at each end of the support structure a deviating roller is rotatably provided, which is provided for a cable which at one end is fixed to an area of the support structure while the other end of the cable is fixed to a second area of the base structure which is spaced apart from the first area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Johann Czaloun
  • Patent number: 8474446
    Abstract: A solar collector includes a first header, a second header and one or more riser tubes that connect the first header and second header. The solar collector is mounted to a surface, e.g., a roof, such that the headers are substantially parallel to a horizontal axis. The first header is curved so as to define a low point that facilitates drainage of liquid from the solar collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Caleffi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Robert M. Rohr, Max J. Rohr
  • Publication number: 20130152916
    Abstract: It is to heighten the heat collecting efficiency of a linear type solar heat collecting apparatus. A plurality of reflection lines and one reception line are included. The reflection lines are arranged in parallel substantially in the south-north direction on earth. Each reflection line L1, L2, . . . has a heliostat 1. The heliostat 1 is composed of a plurality of mirror segments disposed in series on each reflection line L1, L2, . . . . The reception line C extends in the east-west direction perpendicular to the reflection lines L1, L2, . . . , and is disposed at a predetermined position above the reflection lines L1, L2, . . . The reception line C has a single receiver. The mirror segments disposed on each reflection line L1, L2, . . . radiate reflected light of sunlight that has impinged on the mirror surface toward the reception line C. The receiver 2 disposed on the reception line C collects the heat of the reflected light of sunlight radiated from the mirror segments disposed on each reflection line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Yutaka Tamaura
  • Publication number: 20130146048
    Abstract: Portable apparatus for storing liquids and melting frozen liquids using solar radiation is provided. A thermally conductive vessel is at least partially enclosed within a thermally insulative case. The case is configured to transmit incident solar radiation to the vessel. The vessel is configured to absorb incident solar radiation, and conduct heat generated thereby to its contents. An insulating and solar radiation transmissive gap is provided between the vessel and the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Jerry L. Hopfe
  • Patent number: 8459251
    Abstract: A solar thermal unit adapted for fitting into one or more connectors designed for receiving one or more panes of glass (2), wherein said thermal solar unit includes a fluid circuit, a light-absorbing surface (3), and a housing for the light-absorbing surface (3) and fluid circuit, which housing extends to the rear and sides of the light-absorbing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignees: Viridian Concepts Limited, Lonsdale Metal Company
    Inventors: Stuart Anthony Elmes, Kok Thong Tan, Richard Burgess
  • Patent number: 8453394
    Abstract: A solar cell module securing structure includes a solar cell module, a first securing member that supports the solar cell module, a second securing member that includes an installation connecting portion having an installing portion on which the first securing member is installed, an inclined connecting portion extending from the installation connecting portion, and an abutting portion that is bent from the inclined connecting portion so as to extend along a structural surface of a roof structural member, and spacer members which are laminated between the first securing member and the second securing member at multiple stages. Further, a long hole portion having a long hole shape, which penetrates through the installing surface, is formed on the installing portion of the installation connecting portion, thereby making fine adjustment of a securing position of the first securing member with respect to the second securing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Yanegijutsukenkyujo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuichi Kobayashi