Encapsulated Or With Housing Patents (Class 136/251)
  • Patent number: 11949366
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are related to solar module mounting systems. A system may include an adhesion sheet configured to be secured to a roof of a structure via an adhesive. The system may further include at least one clamp configured for securing at least one solar module to the adhesion sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Vivint Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Willard S. MacDonald, Gregory N. Nielson, Roger L. Jungerman
  • Patent number: 11927367
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an assembly and method for attaching a heliostat to a foundation in a tower-based solar thermal CSP installation. A heliostat securing assembly for securing a heliostat to a tubular foundation post comprises an insert locatable within an upper opening in the foundation post, the insert defining an aperture for receiving a support shaft of the heliostat. A clamp arrangement, for locating the insert in the upper opening in the foundation post, has at least one inner or outer bearing surface configured to bear against at least one corresponding outer or inner bearing surface of the insert. One or more urging connectors, for connecting the insert and the clamp arrangement, is operable to urge at least one of the insert and the clamp arrangement toward the other in an axial direction of the foundation post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Vast Solar Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce Alexander Leslie, Benjamin Charles Plant
  • Patent number: 11923472
    Abstract: A deformable array of semiconductor devices, and a method of manufacturing such a deformable array. The deformable array comprises a plurality of islands, where each island contains at least one semiconductor device, and the plurality of islands are arranged in an auxetic geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Sabrina M. Curtis, Haotian Wang, Gabriel P. Anfinrud, Alexander O. Randolph, Gabriel L. Smith, Nathan S. Lazarus
  • Patent number: 11919149
    Abstract: An autonomous solar module installation platform can be used for solar module installation onto a solar tracker. The autonomous solar module installation platform can include an autonomous ground vehicle and a robotic arm for the solar module installation onto the solar tracker. The autonomous ground vehicle can autonomously drive itself to the solar tracker using a global positioning system and align itself with the solar tracker using at least a vision system in order to place one or more solar modules onto the solar tracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Rosendin Electric, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Zhou, William Paul Mazzetti, Jr., Halston Ryan Rowe, David Scott Lincoln
  • Patent number: 11908964
    Abstract: A method is provided for fabricating and inspecting a photovoltaic assembly including a base, at least one photovoltaic module, and at least one adhesion layer based on a crosslinkable polymer material. The method includes depositing the at least one adhesion layer on the base; an assembly step; a partial crosslinking step; an electrical connection step; inspecting for mechanical and electrical functioning; in the event of correct functioning being detected, a crosslinking finalization step; in the event of incorrect functioning being detected removing at least one defective photovoltaic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Philippe Voarino, Romain Cariou
  • Patent number: 11894797
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a solar support structures for columns of shingled photovoltaic solar panel assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: POWERSHINGLE, LLC
    Inventor: Elliot Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 11888077
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module (1) with a plurality of photovoltaic units (3) each having a positive contact terminal (8) and a negative contact terminal (7), and a single layer back contact substrate (4). The back contact substrate (4) has a positive surface part (6) electrically connected to the positive contact terminal (8) of each of the plurality of photovoltaic units (3), and a negative surface part (5) electrically connected to the negative contact terminal (7) of each of the plurality of photovoltaic units (3). The photovoltaic module (1) further has at least one contact bridge (9a, 9b) in a layer of the photovoltaic module (1) outside of the single layer back contact substrate (4), which provides an electrical connection in the negative surface part (5) and/or in the positive surface part (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Markus Johan Jansen, Koen Maarten de Groot, Jozef Cornelis Petrus Kester
  • Patent number: 11879669
    Abstract: A flat-plate water-heating photovoltaic/thermal module and a production process thereof are disclosed. The flat-plate water-heating photovoltaic/thermal module includes a frame. The lower surface of the frame is provided with a heat preservation back plate. The upper surface of the frame is sequentially laminated with a glass cover plate, a first photovoltaic cell laminating adhesive, a photovoltaic cell slice, a second photovoltaic cell laminating adhesive, a transparent back plate, a third photovoltaic cell laminating adhesive and a heat absorbing component from top to bottom. A heat preservation cavity is formed between the heat preservation back plate and the heat absorption part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignees: Institute of Energy Research, Jiangxi Academy of Sciences, Nanjing University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Chenglong Luo, Liyuan Sun, Wu Zou, Jihai Xiong, Min Fan, Bin Wan
  • Patent number: 11876241
    Abstract: A system for supplying power to a portable battery pack including a battery enclosed by a wearable and replaceable pouch or skin using at least one solar panel is disclosed, wherein the pouch or skin can be provided in different colors and/or patterns. Further, the pouch or skin can be MOLLE-compatible. The battery comprises a battery element housed between a battery cover and a back plate, wherein the battery element, battery cover, and back plate have a slight curvature or contour. Further, the battery comprises flexible leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: LAT ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Laura Thiel, Giancarlo Urzi, Carlos Cid
  • Patent number: 11875908
    Abstract: An electrode for beta-photovoltaic cells includes: a substrate formed of a conductive layer with a thickness ranging between about 10 nm to 1 micron; a composite layer of radioluminescent phosphor with radioisotope particles homogeneously dispersed therein formed on conductive substrate with a thickness ranging between about 1 and 25 microns; and a semiconductor comprising a P-i-N/P-u-N junction or a N-i-P-P junction. The radioisotope may be a beta-emitter, such as Ni-63, H-3, Pm-147, or Sr-90/Y-90.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: John A Russo, Marc S. Litz, William B. Ray, II
  • Patent number: 11870387
    Abstract: Proposed is a corner piece for palletization of solar cell panels, wherein the corner piece prevents stacked solar cell panels from colliding with each other, keeps the stacked solar cell panels from being shaken or impacted, and enables a solar cell panel having a frame fabricated with two types of sides having different widths to be interlocked. The corner piece includes: a right-angled corner part covering two right-angled sides of a frame of a solar cell panel, a support piece supporting the frame thereon; a pressing piece extending inward from the right-angled corner part so as to press the frame, and having a first locking protrusion; a fixing protrusion part protruding upward from the top of the right-angled corner part; and a concave hole formed in the lower surface of the right-angled corner part so as to receive the fixing protrusion part of another corner piece for combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventor: Sang Chae Chung Yoo
  • Patent number: 11863119
    Abstract: A solar panel bracket with a water conducting function for carrying a plurality of solar photovoltaic panels, comprising: a plurality of first brackets, each of the first brackets is arranged in parallel with each other, each of the first brackets has a first water conducting groove; a plurality of second brackets, each of the second brackets is arranged in parallel with each other, each of the second brackets has a second water conducting groove, the second brackets and the first brackets are arranged perpendicular to each other, and the second brackets and the first brackets surround to form a plurality of square spaces, the solar photovoltaic panels are arranged on the square spaces; and a plurality of third water conducting groove groups, each of the third water conducting groove groups is disposed on the side of each of the first brackets, and each of the third water conducting groove group has a third water conducting groove, and the second water conducting grooves communicate with the third water condu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: HS Renewable Energy Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 11863115
    Abstract: A solar panel mounting system for forming a solar array includes longitudinal support rails mounted to a support structure such as a roof. A first solar panel disposed on the rails has a peripheral frame including a locking frame member with deformable clamping portion configured for slideably receiving a peripheral frame portion of an adjacent second solar panel. A pair of captive T-bolt sets passing through the clamping portion include T-bolts having locking heads and nuts frictionally engaged with the T-bolts to rotate the T-bolts. The heads are each inserted and rotationally locked into fastening channels of respective support rails. The second solar panel is inserted into the first panel clamping portion and the nuts are fully tightened producing a clamping action which locks the first and second panels together. Power/control cables may be routed inside covered cable compartments on rears of the panels for protection against rodent damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Stuart Koch, Jon Costanza
  • Patent number: 11848635
    Abstract: A high-grade post or pile system for the foundation of a solar array, which may facilitate the installation of a solar array rack in more corrosive soils. Such a post may also satisfy the need for a foundation able to resist ground forces, in particular the effects of wind on the exterior of the array, and may reduce problems with beam refusal. The post may be used in other applications such as guardrail posts. In contrast to existing posts for solar arrays, the high-grade post may be formed from higher-grade steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventor: Thomas E. Russell
  • Patent number: 11843065
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solar cell module including a first solar cell unit including a plurality of solar cells and a plurality of condensing layers, which are arranged alternately, a second solar cell unit including a plurality of solar cells and a plurality of condensing layers, which are arranged alternately, and each of the plurality of solar cells of the first solar cell unit and the second solar cell unit includes a first electrode disposed on one side thereof and a second electrode disposed on an opposite side thereof, whereby a visibility, by which the light passes through the solar cell module, is increased by including the plurality of solar cells and the plurality of condensing layers, through which a visual ray may pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventors: Donghwan Kim, Yoonmook Kang, Yongseok Jun, Hae-Seok Lee, Yujin Jung, Jongwon Ko
  • Patent number: 11843067
    Abstract: A system includes a photovoltaic module including at least one solar cell with electrical bussing, an encapsulant encapsulating the at least one solar cell and having a first surface with a first opening, and a frontsheet juxtaposed with the first surface of the encapsulant. The frontsheet includes a second opening extending from a first surface to a second surface thereof. The second opening of the frontsheet is in fluid communication with the first opening of the encapsulant. The electrical bussing is positioned in the first opening. An electrical wire is connected to the electrical bussing through the first and second openings. A cover is attached to the frontsheet and covers one end of the electrical wire and the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Thierry Nguyen, Brian Atchley, Lewis Abra, Jonathan Hewlett
  • Patent number: 11824485
    Abstract: The invention relates to a photovoltaic roof covering comprising a base tile having an anchor portion to anchor the base tile to part of a roof in use and wherein a spacer is provided to support a portion of another overlaid base tile in use by spacing the overlaid tile from the photovoltaic panel. Also included is a roof covering with a base tile having a first planar upper face and a second opposing lower face. The base tile comprises an anchor portion located towards one end of the second lower face of the base tile and is configured to anchor the base tile to part of a roof structure in use. A connecting portion is configured to connect the base tile to an adjacent base tile in use. The roof covering further comprises a rectilinear cover panel having upper and lower opposing faces and a width that is smaller relative to a width of the first planar upper face of the base tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventors: Stewart William Brown, Antonio Lanzoni
  • Patent number: 11824486
    Abstract: A system including a plurality of photovoltaic modules and a plurality of roofing shingles installed on a roof deck. Each of the photovoltaic modules includes a plurality of solar cells. Each of the plurality of roofing shingles includes a core layer and a cap layer composed of a first polymer material and having a first surface and a pattern printed on the first surface. The pattern includes a depiction of a plurality of solar cells that extends between the first end and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Thierry Nguyen, Matthew Grigsby, Anna Wojtowicz, Richard Perkins, Henry Krevor, Caleb Cheung, Rory Runser, Dan Hua
  • Patent number: 11824482
    Abstract: A roof-mounted solar power system for generating electrical power that includes a plurality of solar modules adapted for generating electrical power from sunlight, and with each of the plurality of solar modules having substantially the same size, aspect ratio and surface coloring. The plurality of solar modules are mounted on the deck of a roof to form a bank of solar modules having at least one irregular edge. The solar power system further includes one or more non-power generating edge treatments having substantially the same size, aspect ratio and surface coloring as the solar modules and that are adapted for installation along the irregular edge. Each edge treatment is adapted for a cutting away of at least one corner thereof to smooth the irregular edge of the bank of solar modules to a regular edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: BMIC LLC
    Inventors: Tommy F. Rodrigues, Sudhir S. Railkar, Daniel E. Boss, David J. Gennrich, Cory R. Boudreau, Daniel R. Nett, Kent J. Kallsen
  • Patent number: 11824487
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to methods that may include attaching a first photovoltaic module and a second photovoltaic module to a back-sheet, wherein the first photovoltaic module includes a first end and a second end, and wherein the second photovoltaic module includes a first end and a second end; forming a seam on the back-sheet between the first and second photovoltaic modules; forming an electrical connection between the first and second photovoltaic modules by electrically connecting the first end of the first photovoltaic module to the second end of the second photovoltaic module; and separating the first and second photovoltaic modules along the seam while maintaining the electrical connection between the first and second photovoltaic modules. Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to roofing systems that may include photovoltaic modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Gabriela Bunea, Thierry Nguyen, Richard Perkins, Nicholas Boitnott, David Kavulak, Lewis Abra
  • Patent number: 11815289
    Abstract: An attic ventilation system including a fan assembly, a power source assembly and an attic assembly is disclosed herein. The fan assembly includes fan blades, a fan housing and a motor, the fan housing covers the fan blades. The motor makes the blades rotate. The fan housing is attached to a window frame of an attic assembly by support bars. The power source assembly includes a solar panel attached to a support frame. The support frame is attached to the window frame by top support bars and bottom support bars. The top support bars are larger than the bottom support bars. The solar panel has an inclination to face a sun path. The solar panel supplies power energy to the motor. The fan assembly blows fresh air to an interior of an attic assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventor: Yasmany Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11817515
    Abstract: Disclosed are a photovoltaic module, an integrated photovoltaic/photo-thermal module and a manufacturing method thereof. The photovoltaic module includes: a front glass plate (1), a first back plate (4), an adhesive layer (3) located between the front glass plate and the first back plate, and cell sheets (5) located in the adhesive layer. At least a hollow layer (2) is included between the front glass plate and the adhesive layer. Since the photovoltaic module and the integrated photovoltaic/photo-thermal module include the hollow layer, making the integrated photovoltaic/photo-thermal module itself has a partial heat insulation function without the need to add a front glass blocking plate or a hollow heat insulation layer directly in front of the light-receiving surface of the module, thereby simplifying the structure and manufacturing process of the integrated photovoltaic/photo-thermal module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai
    Inventors: Wenbing Cao, Delin Yan, Hongming Liu, Jiahui Lin, Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 11817821
    Abstract: A modular solar panel including multiple solar panel modules. Each solar panel module includes a solar cell assembly. The solar cell assembly includes a protective glass, a base plate, a solar cell array located therebetween, and an electrical connection ribbons extending from the ends of the solar cell array. The solar panel module further includes one or more coupling modules. Each coupling module includes an interior cavity to receive one end of the solar cell assembly, two or more magnets removably embedded in the coupling module, a pin joint located on exterior of a first coupling module to interlock with a pin joint located on exterior of a second coupling module, and an electrical connection plug to receive one of the first and the second electrical connection ribbons. The electrical connection plug of the first coupling module electrically connects with an electrical connection plug of the second coupling module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
    Inventors: Muhammad Saleem, Abdulrahman Magdi Marzouk, Mohammed Alqhtani, Abdulmalik Almakytah
  • Patent number: 11817511
    Abstract: Disclosed is a positive electrode of a crystalline silicon solar cell with a break-proof grid function, comprising a positive electrode busbar (1), a positive electrode grid (2), and a break-proof grid structure (3). The break-proof grid structure (3) and the positive electrode grid (2) are integrally printed and formed. The break-proof grid structure (3) is an octagon with a hollow-out groove (4) provided on its rear side. The break-proof grid structure (3) includes a rectangular grid segment (31) located in the middle, and two isosceles trapezoidal grid segments (32) that are located at both sides of the rectangular grid segment (31) and are provided symmetrically with the rectangular grid segment (31) as a center. The rectangular grid segment (31) spans the positive electrode busbar (1), and the left and right ends of the rectangular grid segment (31) extend out of the positive electrode busbar (1). The extended grid segment is a rectangular extensional break-proof grid segment (311).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignees: Zhejiang Aiko Solar Energy Technology Co., Ltd., Guangdong Aiko Solar Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kang-Cheng Lin, Mingzhang Feng, Jiebin Fang, Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 11817699
    Abstract: A solar array power generation system includes a solar array electrically connected to a control system. The solar array has a plurality of solar modules, each module having at least one DC/DC converter for converting the raw panel output to an optimized high voltage, low current output. In a further embodiment, each DC/DC converter requires a signal to enable power output of the solar modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: F. William Capp, William J. Driscoll
  • Patent number: 11810991
    Abstract: A solar cell panel according to the present embodiment includes a solar cell string including a plurality of solar cells and a plurality of wiring members connecting the plurality of solar cells in first direction, a sealing member sealing the solar cell string, a first cover member positioned on one surface of the solar cell string on the sealing member and a second cover member positioned on other surface of the solar cell string on the sealing member, wherein the plurality of wiring members positioned in at least one of the plurality of solar cells include, a first wiring member having a first width, and a second wiring member having a second width less than the first width and positioned outer to the first wiring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongha Lee, Juseok Kim, Seiyoung Mun, Sanghwan Park
  • Patent number: 11791763
    Abstract: The invention relates to renewable energy generation and, more particularly, to a cladding system that generates energy from renewable sources. The cladding system comprises, inter alia, a single and/or plurality of renewable energy generating units, such as solar panels, mounted on or integrated into a building's exterior cladding. The renewable energy generating unit(s) are connected to an energy storage system and/or the building's electrical grid, so that the energy generated by the unit(s) can be used to power the building or sold back to the Grid. The invention's features and purpose is to generate energy from a renewable source and allow usage of this energy to either power building resources (e.g. lighting, mechanicals, common areas etc.) and/or to sell the energy to the city grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Zev Laine, Simon Arzouan
  • Patent number: 11791762
    Abstract: A solar panel for pitched roof and construction method of the solar panel are disclosed. The solar panel includes a substrate, a first bonding layer, an insulating layer, a second bonding layer, a solar cell module layer, a third bonding layer, a brightness enhancement film layer, a fourth bonding layer and a transparent fluorine element film layer from bottom to top. Since the peripheral fixing area of the substrate has fixing holes for fixing purposes, the solar panels of the present invention can replace the existing asphalt shingles and be applied on the pitched roof, and have the characteristics such as water removal, moisture resistance, extreme temperature resistance and windproof. The solar panel can not only provide renewable energy, but its neat appearance can also increase the beauty of the pitched roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventor: Yaue-Sheng Chang
  • Patent number: 11791429
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lightweight photovoltaic module (1) comprising: a transparent first layer (2) forming the front face, photovoltaic cells (4), an assembly (3) encapsulating the photovoltaic cells (4), and a second layer (5), the encapsulating assembly (3) and the photovoltaic cells (4) being arranged between the first (2) and the second (5) layer. The invention is characterised in that the first layer (2) comprises a polymer material and has a thickness (e2) of less than 50 ?m, in that the second layer (5) comprises at least one composite material of the prepreg type containing polymer resin and fibres and has a areal weight of less than 150 g/m2, and in that the encapsulating assembly (3) has a maximum thickness (e3) of less than 150 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Julien Gaume, Thomas Guerin, Yannick Veschetti
  • Patent number: 11784268
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module includes a transparent first layer forming the front side of the photovoltaic module; a plurality of photovoltaic cells placed side-by-side and electrically connected; a polymer encapsulating assembly able to encapsulate the plurality of photovoltaic cells between a lower portion and an upper portion; a second layer made of a composite material based on polymer resin and on fibres, the encapsulating assembly and the photovoltaic cells being located between the first and second layers, at least the first and second layers defining edges of the photovoltaic module, the plurality of photovoltaic cells being spaced apart by a non-zero distance DA from at least one edge of the photovoltaic module; the photovoltaic module further comprises a third layer made of a composite material based on polymer resin and on fibres, the layer being located below the plurality of photovoltaic cells and above the lower portion of the encapsulating assembly and forming at least one peripheral strip extending f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignees: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, Thales, Concept Composites Auvergne 2CA
    Inventors: Julien Gaume, Rodolphe Chaix, Jean-Baptiste Billard, Thomas Guerin, Pierre Ruols
  • Patent number: 11756743
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion element may include a first substrate, a first transparent electrode disposed on the first substrate, a hole-blocking layer disposed on the first transparent electrode, an electron-transporting layer that is disposed on the hole-blocking layer and includes an electron-transporting semiconductor on a surface of which a photosensitizing compound is adsorbed, a hole-transporting layer that is connected to the electron-transporting layer and includes a hole-transporting material, and a second electrode disposed on the hole-transporting layer, wherein the photoelectric conversion element includes an output extraction terminal part configured to extract electricity out from the photoelectric conversion element, and the output extraction terminal part is formed with a plurality of micropores piercing through the hole-blocking layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Matsuyama, Yuuji Tanaka, Tamotsu Horiuchi, Takahiro Ide, Tokushige Kino, Shigeyo Suzuki, Naomichi Kanei
  • Patent number: 11746957
    Abstract: Screen-printable metallization pastes for forming thin oxide tunnel junctions on the back-side surface of solar cells are disclosed. Interdigitated metal contacts can be deposited on the oxide tunnel junctions to provide all-back metal contact to a solar cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Zhejiang Kaiying New Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mohamed M. Hilali
  • Patent number: 11737538
    Abstract: A go-bag is disclosed. The bag is designed to contain valuables and important documents, and protect these contents during an emergency evacuation situation. The bag can waterproof and float in water. The bag can also be made of a flame resistant material. The bag can include a self-orienting feature where the bag can float in water and automatically rotate to achieve the proper orientation so that the integrated solar panel is facing upwards towards the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Meredith Beveridge Lecocke, Michael J. Maciolek, Robert Wiseman Simpson, Daniel Christopher Bitsis, Jr., Bobby Lawrence Mohs, Manfred Amann, Emily Margaret Gray, Donnette Moncrief Brown
  • Patent number: 11731742
    Abstract: A floating solar plant supporting photovoltaic panels, resulting from the assembly of structural modules and floating modules on a body of water, forming a network of floating support devices supporting photovoltaic panels. The network including at least: a first row of floating support devices supporting a first row of photovoltaic panels, a second row of floating support devices supporting a second row of photovoltaic panels, and wherein the first row of photovoltaic panels and the second row of photovoltaic panels are spaced apart according to the transverse direction, perpendicular to the longitudinal direction by structural modules, and wherein at least the structural modules ensuring the spacing between the first row of photovoltaic panels and the second row of photovoltaic panels are configured so as to be immersed, at least during the passage of a servicing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: CIEL ET TERRE INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Stéphane Prouvost, Benjamin Le Blan
  • Patent number: 11728452
    Abstract: A solar cell module comprising a plurality of solar cells mounted on a flexible support, the support comprising a conductive layer on the top surface thereof divided into two electrically isolated portions—a first conductive portion and a second conductive portion. Each solar cell comprises a front surface, a rear surface, and a first contact on the rear surface and a second contact on the front surface. Each one of the plurality of solar cells is placed on the first conductive portion with the first contact electrically connected to the first conductive portion so that the solar cells are connected through the first conductive portion. A second contact of each solar cell is then connected to the second conductive portion by a respective interconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: SolAero Techologies Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel Aiken, Daniel Derkacs
  • Patent number: 11722094
    Abstract: A solar cell assembly having a flexible circuit is described. The solar cell assembly includes a solar cell having a solar-facing surface and a non-solar-facing surface, the solar cell comprising a cell corner. The solar cell assembly further includes a flexible circuit coupled to the non-solar-facing surface of the solar. The flexible circuit is substantially coextensive with the solar cell. The flexible circuit includes a flexible insulator including a plurality of edges aligned with the solar cell, a flexible corner extending past the cell corner, and a flexible tab extending from an edge of the plurality of edges. The flexible circuit includes a circuit substantially embedded in the flexible insulator. The circuit comprises a first electric contact exposed at a solar-facing side of the flexible corner, and a second electric contact exposed at a solar-facing side of the flexible tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Christopher M. Fetzer
  • Patent number: 11721775
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a back-sheet comprising a weatherable layer, a structural layer and a functional layer whereby one of the layers comprises polybutylene terephthalate and one or both of the other layers comprises a polyolefin. The layer comprising polybutylene terephthalate preferably further comprises an impact modifier. The impact modifier comprises an elastomer that contains functional groups that bond chemically and/or interact physically with the polybutylene terephthalate and wherein the elastomer constitutes the dispersed phase at a concentration of 1-49 Vol %. Preferably the elastomer contains epoxy functional groups. The polyolefin is selected from the group consisting of polyethylene homo or copolymers, polypropylene homo or (block-)copolymers, cyclic olefin copolymers, polymethylpentene, a thermoplastic polyolefine (TPO), or blends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: ENDURANCE SOLAR SOLUTIONS B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Gerardus Henricus Van Duijnhoven, Robert Hendrik Catharina Janssen, Pieter Gijsman, Mark Martinus Maria Janssen
  • Patent number: 11702840
    Abstract: A roofing, cladding or siding product which is light weight, easy to install, durable and resistant to environmental wear. The module comprises an underlapping region and an exposed region, wherein the underlapping region is adapted to be at least partially covered by the exposed region of an adjacent module when installed on a building surface. The module also includes a textured surface area on an upper surface of the underlapping region and/or an underside of the exposed region. In use, the textured surface (e.g. made up from a densely packed group of cones, pyramids or cylinders) presents an increased surface area for improved contact with an adhesive. The adhesive, e.g. in strip form, may by located on an aligning part of an adjacent module with the textured surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: ZINNIATEK LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Leo Haynes
  • Patent number: 11697178
    Abstract: Methods of laser processing a transparent material are disclosed. The method may include positioning the transparent material on a carrier and transmitting a laser beam through the transparent material, where the laser beam may be incident on a side of the transparent material opposite the carrier. The transparent material may be substantially transparent to the laser beam and the carrier may include a support base and a laser disruption element. The laser disruption element may disrupt the laser beam transmitted through the transparent material such that the laser beam may not have sufficient intensity below the laser disruption element to damage the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard Grundmueller, Frank Fabian Herrnberger, Michael Klein, Florian Spaeth
  • Patent number: 11696457
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solar cell sheet comprising a first and a second substrate, which first and second substrates are flexible and suitable for roll to roll printing, and the solar cell sheet further comprises one or more self-contained solar cell units, wherein each self-contained solar cell unit comprises one or more solar cell modules, and each solar cell module comprises a plurality of serially connected solar cells, wherein each of the solar cell modules comprises: a first substrate portion of the first flexible substrate and a second substrate portion of the second substrate, a plurality of first electrodes and a plurality of second electrodes arranged between the first and second substrate portions; and at least one organic active layer arranged between the plurality of first electrodes and the plurality of second electrodes; wherein, a continuous or discontinuous portion of a first adhesive material encircles each of the solar cell units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: EPISHINE AB
    Inventors: Jonas Bergqvist, Thomas Österberg
  • Patent number: 11689150
    Abstract: In an example, a clamp assembly for a glass on glass solar module for a tracker is included. The assembly has a lower clamp structure characterized by a top-hat shaped rail structure having a length extending from a first end to a second end. In an example, the assembly has an upper clamp structure configured to sandwich a pair of edges of a pair of solar modules with a portion of the lower clamp structure. In an example, the assembly has a locking spacer configured to the pair of edges of the pair of solar modules. In an example, the pair of edges comprises substantially glass material. In an example, the assembly has a pair of key structures configured with the locking spacer. Each of the key structures is affixed to each of the solar modules to physically lock each of the solar modules to the upper clamp structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER LLC
    Inventor: Alexander W. Au
  • Patent number: 11671051
    Abstract: A slim solar module (1) is proposed. It comprises a solar laminate (3) comprising plural solar cells (9) interposed between front and rear cover sheets (13, 15), a frame (5) enclosing the solar laminate (3) and at least one reinforcement strut (7) arranged at a rear surface of the solar laminate (3). A ratio between a frame surface and a frame thickness shall be between 45000 and 70000. For example, the frame may have a thickness of less than 35 mm. Specifically, the frame may have a length of 1665 mm, a width of 991 mm and a thickness of 30 mm. Due to the reduced thickness, the solar module has a reduced volume being beneficial during transport to a destination location. However, the thickness has been optimized to, with the reinforcement struts, still providing for sufficient mechanical stability for the solar module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: REC SOLAR PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Noel G. Diesta, Shankar Gauri Sridhara
  • Patent number: 11657983
    Abstract: A solar battery cell, comprises a substrate; a first electrode provided on the substrate; a photoelectric conversion layer provided on the first electrode; a second electrode provided on the photoelectric conversion layer; and a barrier layer so provided as to cover a side portion of the photoelectric conversion layer, wherein the photoelectric conversion layer has an electron transport layer, a light absorption layer provided on the electron transport layer, and a hole transport layer provided on the light absorption layer, the light absorption layer includes a compound having a perovskite crystal structure, and the barrier layer is a dense inorganic material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shintaro Miyanishi, Hiroshi Sugimura
  • Patent number: 11652439
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a simple, lightweight, cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and strong system for mounting solar panel tiles (or other tiles/panels) over a roof (surface). The system includes frames (footage) parallelly positioned over the surface using reference bars passing through the frames, and bolts/screws to couple the frames to the surface. The frames include C-shaped grooves at both ends. Each groove is configured with a flat spring that is coupled to the grooves using a spring fixing bracket. Further, Z-shaped clamps are coupled at the bottom surface of the tiles to form a tile assembly. The spring is adapted to be pressed upon application of a force while mounting the tile assembly in the frames, which allows one side of the tile assembly, and the Z-shaped clamp on the other side of the tile assembly to be accommodated and locked in the two opposite C-shaped grooves of the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: ARKA ENERGY INC.
    Inventors: Priyesh Balan, Mahadeva Prasad H S
  • Patent number: 11646384
    Abstract: An optoelectronic module may include one or more non-rectangular optoelectronic dies e.g., light emitting diodes and photodiodes, arranged to maximize the usage of surface area when mounted to a base circuit board. Multi-axis and non-orthogonal axis dicing processes can be used to form the dies which have non-rectangular shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu Charbonneau-Lefort, Saahil Mehra, Tongbi T. Jiang, Saijin Liu
  • Patent number: 11646386
    Abstract: A solar module with a flat substrate and a plurality of solar cells that are connected in series between two conductor tracks and are arranged on a first side of the substrate. The solar cells form an optically active module inner region that is surrounded by an optically inactive module edge region. A hole in the substrate, a junction box on a second side of the substrate, and an electrical connection between a tapping point on the conductor track and a connection point of the junction box are associated with each conductor track. The hole is positioned at least partially in the module inner region such that the tapping point on the conductor track is situated outside an aligning extension of the hole and at least one solar cell is divided or has a shortened length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: CNBM RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED GLASS MATERIALS GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joerg Palm, René Kalio
  • Patent number: 11626835
    Abstract: An energy harvester, wherein it comprises: a flat plate-like energy harvesting part having a power generation region which generates electric power by utilizing an energy in the external environment and an internal wiring to which the electric power thus generated is supplied; a connector part connectable to an external device; a diode of which anode is electrically connected with the internal wiring; and a flexible wiring sub state on which the diode and a connection part for electrically connecting a cathode of the diode to the connector part are provided, wherein the internal wiring extends from the power generation region to a side edge portion of the energy harvesting part, and at least a portion of the flexible wiring substrate is provided in the side edge portion so as to overlap a portion of the internal wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi Yoshida, Kiyoshige Kojima, Takatoshi Matsuo, Midori Yamaai
  • Patent number: 11621663
    Abstract: A solar tracker system is a system and method to integrate the solar cells to a greenhouse. The solar tracker system comprises solar tracker modules that include solar cells, racks, gears, pinons, motors, and mounting brackets to efficiently and conveniently be installed to the roofs and walls of a new greenhouse and/or an existing greenhouse for retrofit application. Additionally, the solar tracker system uses various sensors to provide real-time conditions to the greenhouse. The method uses actual or system default values to adjust the angle and position of solar cells according to various environmental factors, such as DLI, weather, date, time, direction of sunlight, or type of plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: TSO GREENHOUSES, LLC
    Inventor: David Fredrick Hinson
  • Patent number: 11616154
    Abstract: Various processes can apply pressure and/or heat to a photovoltaic (PV) layer, including processes that integrate solar cells into different types of industrial glass such as an autoclave lamination process. The disclosure describes a planarization technique that can be used on the PV layer to eliminate point loads caused by such processes. In an aspect, a method for producing a component is described that includes disposing or placing a planarization material on a PV layer, modifying a physical form of the planarization material to provide a planar surface made of the planarization material on one side of the PV layer having surface irregularities, and forming a stack of layers (e.g., as part of an autoclave lamination process) for the component by disposing a first layer over the planar surface on the one side of the PV layer and a second layer over the other, opposite side of the PV layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: UTICA LEASECO, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Krajewski
  • Patent number: 11610209
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided herein. For example, a method for maintaining a power conversion system can include transmitting, to a computing apparatus in operable communication with the power conversion system, an alert message indicating non-working microinverters and which of the non-working microinverters are under warranty and eligible for replacement; receiving, from the computing apparatus, a request for replacement for the non-working microinverters; and transmitting, to the computing apparatus, an acknowledgment message indicating that the request has been successfully received and replacements for the non-working microinverters are being shipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitish Mathur, Ashish Bansal, Sumit Saraogi, Rohit Harlalka, Karthik Lakshminarayanan, Ashok Kumar Balasubramaniam, Samuel Mattathil Joseph