Roof Patents (Class 248/237)
  • Patent number: 11221034
    Abstract: Mounting clamps may be utilized to quickly and easily secure solar panel modules relative to mounting rails, which may in turn be secured relative to a mounting surface (e.g., a roof). The mounting clamps may be configured to quickly secure the solar pane modules relative to the mounting rails by tightening a tightening element to pull a clamp element toward the surface of a mounting rail, thereby clamping a portion (e.g., a frame) of a solar panel module between the clamping element and an outer surface of the mounting rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Tamarack Solar Products, Inc.
    Inventor: David Katz
  • Patent number: 11118724
    Abstract: An adjustable support for a panel is provided to allow control of the height and the tilt angle of the panel. The support includes a hollow cylindrical base having an outer diameter D1; a first hollow piston having an outer diameter D2 threadably engaged with the base; a second hollow piston having an outer diameter D3 threadably engaged with the first piston; a third piston having an outer diameter D4 threadably engaged with the second piston, such that D1>D2>D3>D4. A ball pod extends from the third piston and accommodates a ball attached to the panel. One or more stepper motors are provided, where each stepper motor is coupled to a bottom portion of a respective piston, and a rotor of each stepper motor is configured to rotate the corresponding piston, thereby causing the piston to move along a longitudinal axis of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventor: Mohannad Bayoumi
  • Patent number: 10998847
    Abstract: A structural support block cooperates with a cone-shaped protrusion in a roof flashing. The support block and protrusion have a through-hole allowing a fastener to secure the support block and flashing to a roof. Cooperation of the support block and the cone-shaped protrusion in the roof flashing diverts water, particularly on sloped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PEGASUS SOLAR INC.
    Inventors: Erich Kai Stephan, Glenn Harris
  • Patent number: 10876319
    Abstract: A support assembly for a rooftop shade system is provided. The support assembly includes a plate defining a plurality of parallel, angled slots that extend inward from one edge of the plate. The support assembly also includes a pole that is operatively connected to the plate such that the angle formed between the plate and the pole is selectively variable. The pole terminates at a pin that is insertable through a grommet on a tarp to thereby support the tarp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Howard R. Moeggenberg
  • Patent number: 10873288
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are disclosed including PV modules having a frame allowing quick and easy assembling of the PV modules into a PV array in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, the PV modules may have a grooved frame where the groove is provided at an angle with respect to a planar surface of the modules. Various couplings may engage within the groove to assemble the PV modules into the PV array with a pivot-fit connection. Further examples of the present technology operate with PV modules having frames without grooves, or with PV modules where the frame is omitted altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Raymond West, Tyrus Hawkes Hudson
  • Patent number: 10837627
    Abstract: An inline clip for holding a light bulb along a light string includes a top flat area, two symmetrical sides, and two symmetrical tabs. The flat area has a constant width extending across a side profile and a constant thickness extending from a top surface of the top flat area to an internal surface of the top flat area. The two symmetrical sides extend in a continuous manner at respective upper ends from a left end and a right end of the top flat area, and are arcuate shaped for forming a hollow interior space configured to receive within the light bulb and a portion of the light string aligned side-by-side along a diameter of the light bulb. The two symmetrical tabs extend in a continuous manner at respective connecting ends from the lower ends of the two symmetrical sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ulta-Lit Tree Company
    Inventors: John DeCosmo, Gregory J. Foster, Robert W. Sheldon
  • Patent number: 10766430
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles are made by fitting sensors to non-autonomous vehicle platforms. A mounting structure to mount rear-facing sensors to the vehicle is needed to provide sensor data about the rear environment of the vehicle. The mounting structure is secured to the vehicle by utilizing existing vehicle body structures. The vehicle body structures include rearward roof chassis parts that provide stability and security to the mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L Frederick, Andrew L Sakowski, Bill Castleman
  • Patent number: 10749459
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solar panel top clamp assembly for securing solar panels to a support section such as a rail or rail-less mounting structure. The solar panel top clamp assembly includes a panel clamp and a base. The panel clamp includes a crossbar and a pair of legs projecting obliquely downward from the crossbar and angled inward toward one another. The panel clamp is secured to a pedestal that projects upward from a platform. The platform is captively slidable within the support section. The pedestal and platform together form a portion of the base. Thanks in part to the unique structure of the panel clamp, the solar panel top clamp assembly can perform the function of both an end-clamp and a mid-clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sunmodo Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Liu, Roland Jasmin
  • Patent number: 10720882
    Abstract: A system for evaluation of soiling of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules may comprise a first pair of solar PV modules exposed to the elements, a second pair of solar PV modules enclosed within a protective housing having a glass cover; a component coupling the glass cover to the protective housing. The component may be configured to displace the glass cover for a limited period of time to temporarily expose the second pair of solar PV modules to the atmospheric elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Govindasamy Tamizhmani, Sai Tatapudi
  • Patent number: 10707803
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module mounting system can have mounting clips that can be moved up and down a roof, and can allow the height of the mounting clips to be adjusted relative to the roof. At least a portion of the system can be made of a non-conductive material so that the system can be free of a grounding unit. The system can allow solar modules to be quickly installed, and can allow the solar modules to be removed quickly for repair or in the event of a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tessolar Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Van Reenen Pretorius, Leslie G. Fritzemeier, Malcolm Cummings, Yang Jin, Katherine Hartman, Alastair Taylor, Michael Ross Everman
  • Patent number: 10670168
    Abstract: A Conduit Tile Hook is disclosed for supporting a conduit above a roof. The Conduit Tile Hook simply slides under an existing roof tile, without cut-outs or removing any nails, and allows the conduit to sit 1.5? off of the roof surface to decrease the effects of heating caused by solar irradiance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MYCROGRID ELECTRIC CORP.
    Inventors: Isaac Jorge Gamez, Matthew Christopher De La Torre
  • Patent number: 10601363
    Abstract: A device and method for a rotatable photovoltaic (PV) panel mount is described. A moving frame, comprising a standard PV panel, connects via a hinge to a fixed frame. In an “operative” position, the moving frame and its PV panel are coplanar with a larger, fixed array of PV panels. A spring between the fixed frame and the moving frame powers the moving frame to rotate around the hinge pivot from horizontal (operative) to vertical (roof access), when an emergency handle releases a latch. The roof access position provides unobstructed roof access to a portion of the roof previously under the PV panel. A damper limits speed of motion of the moving frame. Embodiments include an additional horizontal (folded) position, on top of an adjacent PV panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Kim Rubin
  • Patent number: 10576315
    Abstract: There is disclosed an anchor assembly for coupling a tether to a structure such as a rock wall (14) in a fitted condition with a fastening arrangement having a fastener. The anchor assembly includes an anchor body having a first portion located toward a first end adapted to couple with the tether and a second portion located toward a second end. The second portion is adapted to receive the fastener in the fitted condition. The anchor assembly also includes an indicator arranged to be engagable in the fitted condition between the fastening arrangement and the anchor body. The indicator includes a body portion and a deformable portion extending from the body portion, the deformable portion being adapted to be moveable relative to the body portion between an initial non-deformed condition and a deformed condition in response to loading of the fastening arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: LIFEPOINT INTERNATIONAL PTY. LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew John Pascoe, Paul David Barwick
  • Patent number: 10511255
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to an attachment system for attaching at least one panel to a supporting structure that includes at least one girder extending in a first direction, the girder including a holding rim and a surface for bearing the panel thereon. The system includes a flange, a clamp and a clamping assembly linking the flange to the clamp, which are arranged so as to sandwich, during assembly, the holding rim of the girder with the panel so that they bear on the bearing surface of the girder. The clamp includes a first series of teeth projecting towards the flange in a manner substantially parallel to an axis of the clamping assembly. The teeth are to engage, via gripping, with the holding rim of the girder during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: EXOSUN
    Inventors: Alexandre Prat, François Paponneau
  • Patent number: 10469023
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the mounting systems described herein may be configured to mount a solar panel array to a flat concrete roof like those found throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. Other systems described herein may be configured to facilitate mounting structures on standing seam metals roofs. Still other systems described herein may be configured to facilitate mounting structures on composite shingle, slate, or tile roofs. The mounting systems described herein may be configured as rail-less or rails free roof mounting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: EcoFasten Solar, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Cecil Stearns, Alexander Grant Bornemann
  • Patent number: 10461684
    Abstract: A device and method for a rotatable photovoltaic (PV) panel mount is described. A moving frame, comprising a standard PV panel, connects via a hinge to a fixed frame. In an “operative” position, the moving frame and its PV panel are coplanar with a larger, fixed array of PV panels. A spring between the fixed frame and the moving frame powers the moving frame to rotate around the hinge pivot from horizontal (operative) to vertical (roof access), when an emergency handle releases a latch. This “roof access” position now allows roof access through a portion of the roof that was covered by the moving frame in its operative position. A damper, such as a flywheel, limits the rotational speed and prevents injury or damage. Embodiments include kits, installation of embodiments, and use of the invention to access a roof portion in a fire emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Kim Rubin
  • Patent number: 10432136
    Abstract: An installation assembly for a photovoltaic module comprises a base plate, a pressing block, a elastic member, and a connecting member. The base plate comprises a connecting portion. The pressing block comprises a pressing portion, a supporting portion, and a sliding portion. The sliding portion is movably connected to the base plate. The elastic member is located between the connecting portion and the supporting portion. The connecting member sequentially inserted into the pressing block, the elastic member, and the base plate. The pressing block, the elastic member, and the base plate are positioned between two ends of the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD.
    Inventor: Kai-Ming Lu
  • Patent number: 10367446
    Abstract: A mount for a solar panel capable of changing a tilt angle of the solar panel easily and positively, includes a tilted support frame including a pair of horizontal members extending along a horizontal direction in parallel with different heights and a pair of tilted members arranged between the horizontal members and extending in parallel to be tilted in one side, a fixed support member fixing and supporting the tilted support frame, a square-shaped panel support member on which a solar panel is fixed, a support shaft extending between the tilted support frame and the panel support member and supporting the panel support member to rotate, and a pair of stopper members respectively provided on both rotating end sides of the panel support member so that one end portions rotate freely and including engaging concave portions engaged with half circumferences of outer peripheries of the horizontal members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: FUJI SEIKO CO., LTD., FUJI SHOJI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsumi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10347993
    Abstract: An antenna module installation system comprising a baseplate and a carrier chassis. The baseplate is configured to couple to an antenna dish assembly, and comprises an antenna module mounting apparatus including an alignment portion and a retention portion. The carrier chassis is configured to retain an antenna module, such as antenna hub amplifier, and comprises an engaging apparatus. The carrier chassis is configured to allow multiple manufacturers versions of a component to be used through adapter components. The engaging apparatus is configured to engage with the alignment portion, which positions the carrier chassis in a mounting alignment, and to move from the alignment portion to the retention portion which retains the carrier chassis in engagement with the baseplate. The engaging apparatus is designed to allow that direct connections to the component in the carrier chassis are disconnected prior to its removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Peter McLaren, Kumud Patel
  • Patent number: 10329779
    Abstract: A standing seam mounting bracket and a method of using two or three to provide attachment points along a standing seam roof is provided. The standing seam mounting brackets enable complementary use of commonly-owned equipment for enabling roof maintenance and construction. The standing seam mounting brackets may be used in concert with roof jacks, roof ladders, scaffolding members and the like that are commonly owned by most contractors so as to facilitate safe and easy horizontal and vertical movement along the sloped roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Scott G. Bond
  • Patent number: 10312854
    Abstract: A roof vent for supporting a solar panel is provided. The roof vent includes a vent member and a solar panel support element. The vent member is sized and shaped to mimic the appearance of a roof cover element. The vent member includes an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion separated from the lower portion by a gap. The solar panel support element is attached to the vent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory S. Daniels
  • Patent number: 10298170
    Abstract: A photovoltaic mounting system having an elongated connector base. The elongated connector base can included photovoltaic module connector portion for supporting a pair of elevated photovoltaic modules above the base. The base may include a captive screw system for holding a pair of mounting screws in place prior to installation and functioning as a screw guide during installation. An assistance clamp fits over the elongated base under the photovoltaic module connector portion to secure the elongated connector base to relatively narrow portion of a roof to provide lateral stability to the elongated connector base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: David Molina, Geoffrey John Fedoroff
  • Patent number: 10288319
    Abstract: A color steel tile fixture includes a limit part having a limit groove; a clamping assembly including two opposite clamping parts which are each equipped with, from top to bottom in sequence, a clamping head, a bump defining a slope, and a clamping splice; a connecting block provided with a threaded hole and two opposite arc grooves on either side of the threaded hole, the clamping head of each clamping part being rotatably engaged in a respective arc groove of the two opposite arc grooves; a threaded part which is screwed into the threaded hole; and a connecting part. When the threaded part is screwed, the connecting block moves upward along the threaded part causing side panels of the limit groove to engage the slopes of the bumps, so that the clamping parts are biased inwardly such that the clamping splices are configured to clamp a color steel tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu Chiko Solar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinbei Li, Yuanling Lin
  • Patent number: 10224452
    Abstract: A method is provided of fabricating a photo voltaic generator panel (15) including a polymer back sheet (24) with at least one attachment feature (21) so as to provide means of attaching the panel to a structural support (25) upon subsequent installation. At least one polymer attachment feature (21) is applied to the outer side of the polymer back sheet of the panel during the manufacturing process for the panel whereby the attachment feature projects with respect to the back sheet. The application may be in conjunction with a lamination process, or subsequent to the lamination process, or as an integral part of the back sheet manufacturing process. The attachment feature is adapted to engage with a corresponding feature (26) or features to be found on a support structure (25) located at a site for the installation of the panel. The said at least one polymer attachment feature and said outer side of the polymer back sheet have a similar thermal expansion coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: REC SOLAR PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Borge Bjorneklett, Oystein Holm, Erik Sauar
  • Patent number: 10132074
    Abstract: The invention is related to methods and pergola systems comprising a plurality of pergola components, a plurality of pergola brackets that engage with the pergola components and allow for the pergola components to attach to a building at a range of angles with respect to the pergola bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Grady Pace
  • Patent number: 10126188
    Abstract: A hail strike recording device is operable to provide quantifiable information about a hail storm event experienced by a roof. The recording device is operable to be installed on a roof and includes a panel component and a mounting assembly. The panel component presents a hail impact zone to sense one or more hail strikes, with the recording device operable to provide recorded data associated with the sensed one or more hail strikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hail Signature Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Carl Edwin Martin, Matthew Shane Sutter, Walter Wayne Sutter
  • Patent number: 9960481
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide an antenna hitch mount for securing an antenna, such as a satellite dish, to a vehicle. According to one embodiment, the hitch mount includes a hitch mounting portion, a plate, and an antenna mounting portion. The hitch mounting portion is configured to be inserted in to a hitch. The hitch mounting portion includes holes that are on opposite sides of the hitch mounting portion and are aligned with each other. The plate is used to couple the hitch mounting portion and the antenna mounting portion to each other. The antenna mounting portion is configured to support an antenna. Namely, an antenna is secured to the antenna mounting portion by a fastening device, such as a mast clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: William Roberts, Matthew Bailey
  • Patent number: 9951557
    Abstract: A roofing ladder bracket and safety assembly adapted to be secured to a roof of a building comprising a base member and a clamping member configured as a ladder clamping mechanism for firmly securing a ladder to a roof of a building and including a safety mechanism to which a worker's safety equipment or a worker's tethered tool can be attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SLATOR, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Newman Roseveare, Jr., Bryan Douglas Relyea, Nicholas Mark Liberto
  • Patent number: 9856900
    Abstract: A step bolt connector and bolt assembly creates steps on a structure for accommodating a worker's boot. A first threaded bore is formed in a cylindrical end of a step bolt connector and this first threaded bore is threaded onto an exposed bolt on a structure. A sight hole extends from the exterior of the connector to the inward end of the first threaded bore for visually checking to see if the bolt is adequately attached in the first bore. A recess is formed in the cylindrical end and the recess is dimensioned to fit over fastening nut on the exposed bolt on the structure. When the first threaded bore is screwed onto the exposed bolts on the structure, the recess at least partially surrounds shields and protects the fastening nut on the exposed end of the bolt. A second threaded bore is formed in a second end (a truncated conical end) of the connector, and a step bolt is secured in the second threaded bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Allfasteners USA, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Strange, Bruce A. Carmichael
  • Patent number: 9853595
    Abstract: A fixture includes a substitutive roof member that includes a base part, a base opening, a tubular wall that is erected from a peripheral edge of the base opening, a top face that extends inwardly from a top end of the tubular wall and forms a top face opening, and a pair of guide surfaces that each extend downward from peripheral sides of the top face opening, the substitutive roof member being made of a metal; and a mounting base that includes a pair of planar bottom plates that is provided in such a size as to pass through the top face opening, a pair of rising walls that are each erected from inner sides of the bottom plates, a connection part that connects upper sides of the rising walls, and a fixing member mounting part that is exposed at the connection part for mounting a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Yanegijutsukenkyujo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Okado
  • Patent number: 9819166
    Abstract: A curb and cap junction box assembly protecting joined electrical conductors includes a curb member with a planar flashing and central housing extending upwardly from the flashing, forming an enclosed space. The central housing has top and bottom openings. A plate, secured over the bottom opening has a knockout section and a mounting pan for circuit boards. A cap member has a planar top and peripheral edge extending downward. The cap member reversibly fastens over the top opening of the central housing. The junction box assembly is secured to a structure by the flashing and receives an electrical conductor from the structure through the knockout aperture in the plate member. The electrical conductor extends through the top opening of the central housing and under the downward extending peripheral edge of the cap member and outside the junction box assembly. The junction box provides enclosure for high voltage applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen J. Capozzi
  • Patent number: 9816279
    Abstract: A standing seam mounting bracket and a method of using two or three to provide attachment points along a standing seam roof is provided. The standing seam mounting brackets enable complementary use of commonly-owned equipment for enabling roof maintenance and construction. The standing seam mounting brackets may be used in concert with roof jacks, roof ladders, scaffolding members and the like that are commonly owned by most contractors so as to facilitate safe and easy horizontal and vertical movement along the sloped roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Scott G. Bond
  • Patent number: 9813014
    Abstract: A holding member of a solar cell array according to the present invention includes a first holding portion that holds a first side portion of a solar cell module and that extends along the first side portion, and a second holding portion that holds a second side portion and that extends along the second side portion. The first holding portion includes a covering portion, a first supporting portion, and a first side wall portion. The second holding portion includes a second supporting portion, a second side wall portion, an extending portion, and a pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuta Nishio, Yusuke Yasuno, Kitae Hirayama
  • Patent number: 9797584
    Abstract: A decorative lighting displaying system for arranging a light cord into a plurality of coils on a stanchion includes a stanchion that extends upwardly from a support surface. A mount is positioned on the stanchion. The mount is vertically oriented on the stanchion. A light cord is wrapped around the stanchion. The mount engages the light cord such that the light cord is retained on the stanchion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Francesca Andretta-Pulera
  • Patent number: 9748893
    Abstract: A system for mounting a photovoltaic array onto short sections of mounting rails such that a section of mounting rail is only installed fewer than all the photovoltaic modules in the array. A single section of mounting rail may support one, two or three photovoltaic modules depending on it's length and position respect to the edge of each module frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Emil Johansen, Martin Seery
  • Patent number: 9551159
    Abstract: A quick connect metal roof jack clip that releasably attaches between adjacent roof boards for holding a worker on the roof without the need for any typical jack cross boards or planks. The quick connect clip comprises a plurality of folds for inserting between the boards, flipping down into place and standing thereon before easy flip up, removal and reinsertion into another roof shingle removal and/or installation location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Hutchison, Jeffrey W. Hutchison
  • Patent number: 9550879
    Abstract: A hydraulic barrier composition can include granules of a water-swellable clay and a water-soluble polymer. Upon contact with a leachate at least portion of the polymer is solvated by the leachate and becomes entrapped in at least one of clay pores, at clay platelet edges, and between adjacent platelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AMCOL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Donovan, Christos Athanassopoulos
  • Patent number: 9548524
    Abstract: An antenna mount comprising: a building attachment section including an accessible end; and an antenna support section including a free end and a second accessible end. The accessible end and the second accessible are attached to each other by a joint. The free end is designed so that the antenna can be attached to it. The invention is designed so that the free end is vertical and the antenna is situated far away enough from the building so that it will clear the building when rotated 360°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Kenneth Wallman
  • Patent number: 9493959
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in erecting a temporary guardrail on a stair, having a stair stringer. The apparatus has an elongated stanchion. A first jaw assembly is operatively attached to the stanchion for engaging one side of the stringer, proximal the bottom edge thereof, and includes a first compression assembly to operatively urge the stanchion against the stringer. A second axially spaced, jaw assembly is operatively attached to the stanchion for engaging the one side of the stringer proximal a top edge thereof, and includes a second compression assembly to urge the stanchion against the stringer, and a bracket attached to the stanchion, and being adapted to receive a temporary guardrail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Safety Maker, Inc.
    Inventors: Miguel Osvaldo Gutierrez, Andrew H. Hilliard
  • Patent number: 9494342
    Abstract: A mounting unit for mounting a solar panel on a roof includes a base having a first flange and a second flange that extend laterally from the base and a mounting surface positioned above the base via walls that connect the mounting surface and the base. The mounting surface is couplable with the solar panel to elevate and orient the solar panel above a surface of the roof. The mounting unit also includes a flexible membrane material that is coupled with the first flange of the base and that extends laterally therefrom. The mounting unit further includes an adhesive or tape that is applied to an underside of the second flange so that the second flange is free of the flexible membrane material. The flexible membrane material is couplable with the roof and the adhesive or tape is adherable to the roof to secure the mounting unit to the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Francis John Babineau, Jr., Brian G Shamas, Eric Smith
  • Patent number: 9410332
    Abstract: Systems and methods relate to a operator selectable, variable-height attachment point system for a safety harness, where the attachment point is disposed on a radial support member that can be reversibly coupled to a vertical support member, and where the attachment point height can be selected by the operator by reversing a coupled orientation of the radial support member to the vertical support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Justin S. Patton, Preston L. Anderson, Brian Montgomery, Alex Tsen, William Zachar
  • Patent number: 9395103
    Abstract: A support structure for orienting and supporting at least one solar panel includes a lock rail and a support rail that are engaged together through a locking mount. The locking mount has a retaining pin that permits the locking rail to be connected to the support rail without tools. The locking mount may provide a permanent or a releasable connection that retains the solar panel to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Conley, Thomas Truman, Eddie Bugg
  • Patent number: 9345986
    Abstract: A method for evaporation and possibly distillation of liquids by means of a heat pump is provided. By using a heat pump (2), energy is taken from energy reservoir(s) (1) such as rivers, sea water, air, or ground heat. However, it is difficult to obtain temperatures high enough to evaporate water at atmospheric conditions. According to the invention, low temperature heat is utilized by means of a heat pump by using the condenser of the heat pump to evaporate liquids in an evaporator (4?) at a pressure lower than atmospheric pressure, and thus at a lower evaporation temperature. Furthermore, the saturation of the evaporated liquids is eliminated before the evaporated liquids enter the compressor (10) by the further heating of the evaporated liquids leaving the liquids evaporator (4?) in a heat exchanger (11) that utilizes the peak temperature of the refrigerant that leaves the heat pump's refrigerant compressor (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Ola Heggen, Lars Harald Heggen
  • Patent number: 9308403
    Abstract: A roof safety device includes a fixed arm having a generally arched portion and a first cross-beam, a hook-slide slidably cooperating with the arched portion of the fixed arm. The hook-slide also includes a second cross-beam. The roof safety device includes a means for removably locking the hook-slide into fixed engagement with the fixed arm. A harness is connected to the fixed arm and worn by a user of the roof safety device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Brian K. Strawder
  • Patent number: 9273515
    Abstract: A roofing ladder with a modular angularly adjustable platform facilitates roofing work by providing a platform assembly which can be adjusted angularly to provide a desired slope for sitting or standing on or for storing tools or supplies. A beam provides structural support. A roof anchor hook connected to the beam contacts the opposing roofing surface to hold the ladder in place. A wheel assembly allows a user to easily mount the ladder on a roof. A plurality of step rods laterally connected to the beam provides steps for climbing the ladder as well as attachment locations for the platform assembly. A plurality of beam lifters provides a means to lift the beam off the roof surface for performing work on the roof surface underneath the beam. An extension slot allows the ladder to be extended for longer roofs or more easily manipulated into place using an extension pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin John O'Grady, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9267712
    Abstract: A novel solar panel mounting system including a strap and one or more supports, having top flanges, attached to each other. The strap is attached between a first point and a second point on a surface. The mounting system is designed to support a solar panel on this surface. The top flange of the support may be parallel to or at an angle to the surface. The strap may be singular or comprised of two straps one above the other. The strap may be attached to the top flange or the bottom or both. The supports may have any cross sectional shape. The strap may be attached to the support at its end or at a distance from the end; or normal to the support or at an angle to it. The length of the support is greater than the width of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Jonathan Port
  • Patent number: 9227094
    Abstract: A height safety anchor for fitment to a building support structure, the height safety anchor comprising: first attachment means for fitment to the building support structure; second attachment means remote from the first attachment means for attaching safety equipment; and shock absorbing means having a deformable region extending between the first and second attachment means in a first length when not subject to a deformation force corresponding to a critical sudden load, the shock absorbing means lying substantially in a single plane and comprising a substantially rigid structure that, when subject to the critical sudden load, deforms, elongating to a greater length than the first length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: H2FLO Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Arvo Poldmaa
  • Patent number: 9175878
    Abstract: A solar module retention unit for clamping retention of a solar module has a base retention unit that is attachable at the mounting site, an intermediate element, and a clamping element, a clamping surface for the clamping element, with a counter-clamping surface of the base retention unit, forming a retention clip for the solar module, and the intermediate element being held on the base retention unit, displaceable transverse to the clamping direction of the retention clip, and the clamping element being mechanically linked to the intermediate element by a screw connection having a rotational axis. The clamping element is guided on the intermediate element rotation-fast by an anti-rotation element with respect to the rotational axis of the screw connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: K2 SYSTEMS GmbH
    Inventors: David Kemmer, Melanie Wiggers, Thomas Seeg
  • Patent number: 9175478
    Abstract: A roof mount apparatus for mounting on a roof surface includes a first solar panel having a first frame secured to the roof surface, a second solar panel having a second frame secured to the roof surface, the second solar panel spaced from the first solar panel and defining a slot between the first and second frames, and a snow fence secured to the first and second frames. The snow fence includes a bracket positioned adjacent to a top of the first and second frames, the bracket protruding from the first and second frames to inhibit sliding of snow along at least one of the first and second solar panels, and a coupling device including an elongated portion positioned in the slot and extending substantially perpendicular to the roof surface and a wide portion positioned within a channel to couple the bracket to the first and second frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Vermont Slate & Copper Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Cecil Stearns, Alexander Grant Bornemann
  • Patent number: 9021749
    Abstract: Described is a temporary roof anchor for fitment to a roof support structure, the roof anchor comprising: first attachment means for temporary fitment to the roof support structure; second attachment means remote from the first attachment means for attaching safety equipment; and shock-absorbing means having a deformable region extending between the first and second attachment means in a first length when not subject to a deformation force corresponding to a critical sudden load, the shock-absorbing means lying substantially in a single plane and comprising a substantially rigid structure that, when subject to the critical sudden load, deforms, elongating to a greater length than the first length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: H2Flo Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Arvo Poldmaa