Solar Energy Device Making Patents (Class 29/890.033)
  • Patent number: 10658537
    Abstract: In manufacturing a crystalline silicon-based solar cell having an intrinsic silicon-based thin film and a conductive silicon-based thin film in this order on a conductive single-crystalline silicon substrate, plasma treatment is performed after the intrinsic silicon-based thin film is formed on the conductive single-crystalline silicon substrate. In the plasma treatment, a surface of the intrinsic silicon-based thin film is exposed to hydrogen plasma while a hydrogen gas and silicon-containing gases are being introduced into a CVD chamber. The amount of the hydrogen introduced into the CVD chamber during the plasma treatment is 150 to 2500 times the introduction amount of the silicon-containing gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Toshihiko Uto, Masashi Yoshimi
  • Patent number: 10345009
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a panel capable of bending under the effect of a load and having a peripheral surface provided with a plurality of pivoting attachment devices; each attachment device comprises: a metal gripping member adhered to the peripheral surface of the panel; and a metal clip cooperating by interlocking with the gripping member and configured to allow the gripping member to pivot when the panel bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Chevrier, Antoine Legall, Richard Petri, Emmanuel Turlot
  • Publication number: 20150136206
    Abstract: A concrete roof tile having a panel-shaped base body made from cast material, is characterized in that the base body is furnished with at least two holes in which wires are routed. This facilitates the use thereof in conjunction with a solar panel. In a method for manufacturing a concrete roof tile, a clay or concrete roof tile is digitised, the model is modified in such manner that a flat surface is created on an upper side thereof to enable a solar module to be mounted thereon, a mould is prepared from the model, in which concrete roof tile base bodies are cast, and one solar module is fastened to each base body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Ecomol AG
    Inventor: Cornelius Paul
  • Publication number: 20150136205
    Abstract: A structure, system and method for the in situ ballasting of solar panel ground support structures, the method, system and structures comprising the positioning of supporting posts or anchoring elements therefor within a peripherally enclosing frame, having an open top and preferably open bottom, on the ground at a final solar panel array supporting position. The supporting posts or anchoring elements therefor are vertically aligned and maintained in position relative to each other and a ballast material, such as concrete, is poured into the enclosing frame around the supporting posts or anchoring elements therefor in the final solar panel supporting position thereof with the ballast material being allowed to harden. A solar panel support structure is constructed with the solar panel support structure being ballasted, in final solar panel array position, in situ. Thereafter solar panels are placed on the ballasted support structure to provide the solar panel array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Barron Worden
  • Publication number: 20150135536
    Abstract: A method of making a solar concentrator may include forming a receiving wall having an elongated wall, a first side wall and a second side wall; attaching the first side wall and the second side wall to a reflecting wall to form a housing having an internal volume with an opening; forming a lip on the receiving wall and the reflecting wall; attaching a cover to the receiving wall and the reflecting wall at the lip to seal the opening into the internal volume, thereby creating a rigid structure; and mounting at least one receiver having at least one photovoltaic cell on the elongated wall to receive solar radiation entering the housing and reflected by the receiving wall, the receiver having an axis parallel with a surface normal of the photovoltaic cell, such that the axis is disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the vertical axis of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Adam P. Plesniak, John C. Hall
  • Patent number: 9032625
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a solar power receiving tube and to the resulting tube, which is of the type that includes: an outer glass tube, an inner metal absorber through which a heat-transfer fluid flows, and an intermediate area in which the vacuum is produced. The method comprises the following steps: i. Production of the metal tubes ii. Production of the glass tubes: namely a longer central glass tube and two shorter glass tubes for the ends. iii. Process for the production of the Kovar rings or glass-metal transition elements iv. Process for the welding of the Kovar rings to the tubes v. Process for the production of the bellows or expansion compensating devices assemblies vi. Assembly of the products obtained in the preceding operations vii. Creation of the vacuum and anodising of the welds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Noelia Martínez Sanz, Javier Asensio Pérez Ullivarri, Pablo José Bombin Ortega, Javier Peláez Fombellida, José Ángel Rico Sánchez
  • Publication number: 20150129016
    Abstract: There is provided an improved roof solar panel, embodying a photovoltaic panel mounted on a frame for easy installation onto a conventional sloped roof and integration with conventional roof coverings. Such panel includes a roof covering mounting surface on an outside support of the frame, a photovoltaic panel mounting surface on an inside support of the frame, and when installed on the roof, a retainer trim for securing the roof covering and photovoltaic panel mounted on said supports while mounting to the frame, The frame also serves to provide means for securing the panel onto roof trusses. Integration with the conventional roof covering provides, inter alia, an attractive low profile with improved water shedding, wind resistance, and thermal regulation properties. The invention also relates to a kit comprising, inter alia, said roof solar panel, and to a method of installing said roof solar panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Robert RICHARDSON
  • Patent number: 9027248
    Abstract: A solar panel mounting system includes a plurality of solar panel support structures which can be formed from solid concrete in adjacent rows with mounting surfaces that are tilted towards the equator. The solar panels can have an adhesive backing which can be used to secure the solar panels directly to the mounting surfaces. The support structures can be made of concrete and formed with a slip form machine. This construction can reduce the time and materials required for the solar panel installation. The solar panel mounting system can also occupy significantly less ground space than conventional solar panel installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Eco PowerDeck, Inc.
    Inventors: David Flaherty, Kevin Flaherty, Christopher Dillon
  • Publication number: 20150125634
    Abstract: A glass vacuum insulating panel comprises at least one sheet of glass including a first sheet portion with a first plurality of attachment locations and a second sheet portion with a second plurality of attachment locations. The first sheet portion and the second sheet portion each extend along a plane of the glass vacuum insulating panel. An insulating space is hermetically sealed between the first sheet portion and the second sheet portion, wherein the insulating space includes an absolute pressure of less than about 10 kPa. Each of the first plurality of attachment locations is attached to a corresponding one of the second plurality of attachment locations to form a plurality of integral attachment areas that are spaced apart in a pattern along the plane of the glass vacuum insulating panel. Methods of making a glass vacuum insulating panel are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Ian Gordon Jefferson
  • Publication number: 20150103427
    Abstract: A solar concentrator has frame members connected together to form a framework, and a flexible sheet attached to the framework such that the flexible sheet takes a loose shape and can flex in response to shaping forces exerted thereon. The sheet has a reflective surface located between the frame members. A shaping force system is operative, when activated, to exert the shaping forces on the sheet, the shaping forces configured to draw the sheet from the loose shape into a desired shape such that solar rays striking the reflective surface are focused on a target, and a solar energy receiver is attached to the framework at a location corresponding to the target. Thin wall tubing filled with pressurized air can provide strong light frame members. When the shaping force system is deactivated, the flexible sheet reverts substantially to the loose shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: SHEC ENERGY Corporation
    Inventor: James Thomas BECK
  • Publication number: 20150096176
    Abstract: An absorber device comprises a substrate; one or more thin film radiation absorbers arranged on the substrate; an integrated optical system, comprising at least one first optical element; a cover medium arranged above the substrate and the one or more radiation absorbers. The at least one first optical element and at least one corresponding one of the one or more radiation absorbers are aligned with respect to their optical axis, such that an incoming radiation is directed onto the one or more radiation absorbers by the optical system. A method of manufacturing an absorber device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Eickelmann, Harold J. Hovel, Ruediger Kellmann, Hartmut Kuehl, Markus Schmidt, Steven E. Steen
  • Patent number: 8991049
    Abstract: A method of installing a solar energy system comprises laying an uninflated elongated tube of flexible material in a substantially flat configuration, winding the uninflated elongated tube on a spool, transporting the spool with the elongated tube, and filling the elongated tube with a gas and/or liquid such that the elongated tube inflates with the gas and/or liquid and unrolls from the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Combined Power LLC
    Inventors: John D. H. King, Nicholas A. Kramer
  • Publication number: 20150083115
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for collecting and utilizing energy generated by the sun, comprising a layered construction provided with a substrate layer and a cover layer comprising a curable mortar, wherein there is arranged on the substrate layer a tube system through which a fluid can be transported in order to regulate the temperature in the tube system, this tube system being at least partially embedded in the mortar, and wherein the mortar of the cover layer comprises insulating granules, cement, water and additives. The invention further relates to a method for manufacturing a layered construction for a device for collecting and utilizing energy generated by the sun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Manu NYS, Johan VERMEIREN, Kristof VERMEIREN
  • Patent number: 8984751
    Abstract: A support system for solar panels utilizes metal and polymer support members having different coefficients of expansion in order to adapt to the expansion and contraction of a polymer liner that extends over a landfill. A fixation system utilized to interconnect the metal and polymer support members is molded into the polymer support members and is slidably connected to the metal and polymer support members to strengthen the support system and to compensate for different expansion and contraction rates of support system components and of the polymer liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew R Ramos
  • Publication number: 20150059734
    Abstract: A solar thermal collector including a carrier, channels and a solar selective coating is provided. The channels are embedded in the carrier for a heat transfer fluid flowing therein. The solar selective coating is deposited on an outer surface of the carrier. The solar selective coating includes a damping layer, an absorbing layer and an anti-reflecting layer. The damping layer is deposited on the outer surface of the carrier. The absorbing layer is deposited on the damping layer, wherein the absorbing layer has a transition region including plural sub-layers and located adjacent to the damping layer. The anti-reflecting layer is deposited on the absorbing layer, wherein a light beam is adapted to enter the absorbing layer through the anti-reflecting layer, and irradiation energy of the light beam is transformed by the collector into thermal energy, which is then transmitted to the heat transfer fluid in the channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jen-Huang Tsai
  • Publication number: 20150059826
    Abstract: A solar panel array system has posts for mounting vertically in earth along a Z-axis. A torque tube extends along an X-axis at upper ends of the posts for supporting and pivoting solar panels to track the sun. A bearing saddle base has a downward-facing surface that is placed on an upward-facing surface of the post. Lugs and slots on the upward-facing and downward-facing surfaces are positioned so that rotating the base about the Z-axis causes the lugs to enter the slots. A bearing saddle cradle is adjustably mounted to the base at selected pitch angles relative to the base. The base is rotatable about the Z-axis to various positions either centered or placing the X-axis at a yaw angle relative to the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Max W. Reed, Brian D. Kirtland
  • Patent number: 8959770
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a laminated glazing unit so that it withstands a predetermined load, in which the unit includes at least one substrate having a glass function and at least one layer of polymeric interlayer. The process: obtains viscoelastic behavior of constituent material of the interlayer; calculates maximum value of at least one quantity representative of the loading resistance of the laminated glazing unit subjected to the predetermined load; adjusts dimensions of the unit such that the calculated maximum value of the quantity representative of the loading resistance of the unit is less than or equal to a permissible maximum value; and the or each substrate and the or each layer of interlayer are prepared and assembled to the adjusted dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Jean-Clement Nugue, Fabien Levasseur, Romain Decourcelle
  • Patent number: 8938881
    Abstract: System for manufacturing facets comprising a frame a series of mirrors and multiple securing parts in which said parts are the key to the invention and are formed by a rod and a circular metal sheet provided with a series of small circular perforations, where the rod and the circular sheet are attached by electric arc welding or any other equivalent fixation and the purpose of which is to secure a curved mirror to the rear structure or frame of a heliostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Abengoa Solar New Technologies, S.A.
    Inventors: Francisco Ceron Garcia, Valerio Fernandez Quero, Antonio Esteban Garmendia
  • Publication number: 20150020794
    Abstract: A solar heat collector is presented for heating a circulating fluid with an inner glass tube and an outer glass tube. The glass tubes are connected at their open ends, and the space between the inner tube and the outer tube being evacuated, wherein the inner space of the inner tube is divided by an insert to define a first channel and a second channel. Said channels are connected at the closed end of the inner tube. The inner glass tube and the outer glass tube have smooth inner and outer surfaces, and the insert is provided such that the first and second channels and a space between the end of the insert and the closed end of the inner tube define the same cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Urs FURTER
  • Publication number: 20140360488
    Abstract: A solar collector receiver tube containing an improved getter system is described. The solar collector receiver tube has a base, pills of getter material that are uniform in height, and a containment metallic mesh having a non-uniform height and presenting at least one depression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Mauro Brancaleoni, Andrea Conte, Franco Veronelli
  • Publication number: 20140347756
    Abstract: A method for erecting a solar field includes inserting piles into the ground in a predefined pattern covering an area of the solar field, and deploying rails between the piles. Elements of an array of solar collectors are transported along the rails to respective deployment locations in the solar field. The solar collectors are erected on the piles using the elements at the respective deployment locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Brenmiller Energy Consulting Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi Brenmiller, Dan Raz
  • Publication number: 20140338732
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a solar power system and a solar panel installation method with which, by using a positioning configuration which is not prone to visible vertical misalignment while preserving sunlight lighting efficiency in the positioning of a plurality of solar panels, solar panel installation is easy, and which is suitable to installing a large solar power system on a hill, in wetlands, etc. [Solution] A solar power system comprises a solar panel group (2) in which a plurality of vertically oriented rectangular solar panels (21) are inclined in the same direction, either left or right, at a prescribed angle of inclination (theta), and the lighting faces (22) of each of the solar panels (21) are arrayed in the same plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Makoto Nishioka
  • Patent number: 8875394
    Abstract: A solar energy collecting module includes a frame that is assembled without using screws. The peripheral frame components are joined together using locking links and one or more ribs extend along the back side of the solar panel and are coupled to opposed sides of the frame. The ribs are coupled to the frames by an edge key fastener that includes opposed first flanges and opposed second flanges, the first flanges separated from the second flanges by a gap. The edge key fastener is inserted into an opening formed in a side wall of a frame component and rotated such that the opposed first flanges are disposed behind the side wall and within the frame and the opposed second flanges are received in a corresponding cavity formed in each of opposed ends of the rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Szu-Han Li, Thomas Tong Hong Fu
  • Patent number: 8863386
    Abstract: Support structure, comprising a supporting wall, advantageously with a substantially parabolic profile or suchlike, for solar plants of the concentration type, and able to support at least a thin and flexible reflection plate, able to reflect the sun's rays in order to concentrate them in correspondence with collectors to exploit the solar energy. The support structure comprises clamping elements movable with respect to the supporting wall, and able to clamp the reflection plate in cooperation with the supporting wall. The support structure comprises adjustment means constrained to the clamping elements and able to cooperate with relative elastic means constrained to the supporting wall. The elastic means are disposed and conformed with respect to the supporting wall so as to exert an action of traction on the adjustment means and on the clamping elements, so as to exert the desired action of deformation on the reflection plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Vetraria Biancadese di Lucatello & C. SAS
    Inventor: Domenico Paolo Maria Cogliati
  • Publication number: 20140305490
    Abstract: An solar energy harvester and method for controlling the solar energy harvester, in which an insolation collector is formed of one or more elements each having two opposite major sides, a first side and a second side, and being configured to collect energy from insolation incident on any of the first and second sides. A cradle enables installation of the insolation collector on a roof with the first side generally towards the sun independently of the form of the roof. One or more heliostats reflect insolation to the second side of the insolation collector. A controller controls the one or more heliostats to maintain reflected insolation incident on the collector and to decrease the reflected insolation incident on the collector when necessary to inhibit the insolation collector receiving insolation exceeding given threshold through its first and second sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jyri Jaakkola
  • Publication number: 20140299175
    Abstract: A device with a collector for collecting light energy from a light source includes a transparent plate between the light source and the collector, whereof a first face is structured by an array of lenses separated by slots, while the second face contains areas of pixels, and transparent areas. An observer can view an image on the surface of the screen, even though the screen is transparent to solar radiation. This solar radiation reaches a solar collector behind the plate. The slots are provided in the thickness of the plate and have the effect of making the screen flexible and rollable about an axis. These slots also have the optical property of increasing the angles of view of the image. This invention is particularly suitable for the visual integration of solar collectors into the environment, generally on any imaged media, including electronic images, and on any planar or non-planar surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Joël Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20140290248
    Abstract: A solar heat receiver includes a heat receiver tube support member that holds, with regular distances, longitudinally intermediate potions of a plurality of heat receiver tubes arranged in parallel and in plane. The support member extends to cross a longitudinal direction of the heat receiver tubes, and thus does not naturally move in the longitudinal direction of the heat receiver tubes, and when a predetermined force is applied in the longitudinal direction of the tubes, a position of the support member is maintained by a frictional force such that there is a slide between the heat receiver tube support member and the heat receiver tubes. Also, a plurality of heat receiver tube support members are provided in one solar heat receiver, and the heat receiver tubes are divided into a plurality of groups by the plurality of heat receiver tube support members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Kazuta Kobayashi, Masashi Tagawa, Toshiyuki Osada, Takeshi Okubo, Akira Furutani
  • Patent number: 8844135
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a trough mirror for a solar trough, in particular longitudinal solar trough mirrors for solar power stations. One object is to provide a method for manufacturing a trough mirror for a solar trough mirror power station which reduces the costs for installing the solar power station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Denkmann, Wilhelm Schenkel, Andreas Siemen, Ulrich Hampel, Sandra Eberhard
  • Publication number: 20140261387
    Abstract: A concentrating solar collector is disclosed, comprising: A nested main frame and reflector carriage with vertically folding reflectors in a Fresnel-type array, using a one-piece pre-formed panel. A hand-winch operated cable system provides for a full range of reflector altitude adjustment. A one-piece, pre-formed reflector panels provide for pre-aligned mounting of reflective material. An alignment guide allows assessment of solar tracking alignment without gazing toward the focal area. A flattop receiver for heating smaller flat-bottomed pots and pans or for direct griddle cooking, and an adjustable rack for positioning larger cooking vessels in the focal area for use as direct receivers. Also described is a method for making one-piece, pre-formed reflector panels. One embodiment has a lower frame portion substantially forming a rolling chassis. An additional embodiment describes lower frame structure for a fixed location installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Harold Travis Hansen
  • Patent number: 8835747
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for a two axis tracking mechanism for a concentrated photovoltaic system. Two or more paddle structures containing multiple CPV modules are installed onto each tilt axle on the common roll axle as part of the two-axis tracking mechanism's solar array. The two or more paddle structures couple across the common roll axle on that tilt axle. The common roll axle and each paddle assembly are manufactured in simple modular sections that assemble easily in the field while maintaining the alignment of the tracker assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Soitec Solar GmbH
    Inventors: Wayne Miller, Jerry Dejong, Victor Ocegueda, Vayardo Lalo Ruiz, Anthony Wlodarczyk
  • Patent number: 8832938
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present inventions are directed to systems, devices for use with systems, and method of mounting and retaining solar panels. A solar module mounting system may include: a support mechanism including a support post pivotably attached to a support base, and an attachment module for attaching a solar panel to the support mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panelclaw, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Charles Gies, David P. Anderson, Daniel P. Leary
  • Publication number: 20140246076
    Abstract: Thermal device comprising a thermal part (20) comprising a multitude of heat-transfer tubes (21) for the passage of a heat-transfer fluid, characterized in that it comprises a light guide (10) placed above the thermal part (20), this light guide (10) having an optical property allowing an incident light ray to be guided in various exit directions depending or the angle of incidence of the incident light ray, so as to orient most of the incident light onto the heat-transfer tubes (21) at low incidence, such as in winter, and to beside these heat-transfer tubes (21) at high incidence, such as in summer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Commissariat a L'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Eric Pilat, Mickael Albaric
  • Publication number: 20140238464
    Abstract: An elongate photovoltaic (PV) module for use in a solar energy conversion plant for the production of electricity from incident light, the PV-module comprising a top portion with a support panel (G) carrying on a front side a plurality of electrically connected PV cells (D), and a transparent protective layer (A) sealed to the support panel (G) so as to encapsulate the PV-cells (D) between the support panel (G) and the protective layer (A), wherein prior to installation of the PV-module at the deployment site a collapsible portion of the PV-module is configured to be collapsible in a longitudinal direction by folding and/or rolling, wherein the collapsible portion includes at least the top portion, wherein the PV-module further comprises one or more integrated ballast chambers (I) in a bottom portion of the PV-module arranged on a rear side of the support panel (G), wherein said integrated ballast chamber (I) after installation of the PV-module at the deployment site contains an amount of a ballasting materia
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Christian Kjaergaard Vesborg
  • Publication number: 20140237933
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame for a plate-shaped solar element. The frame includes a bottom frame element (21) with a first surface (24) and a top frame element (11) with a second surface (14). The second surface (14) is disposed opposite the first surface (24) and is at spaced from the first surface forming a gap that accommodates an edge region of the plate-shaped solar element (31). The first surface and the second surface are each self-adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: tesa SE
  • Patent number: 8815123
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an IBIIIAVIA-group amorphous compound used for thin-film solar cells is provided. A mixture solution including elements of Group IB, IIIA, VIA or combinations thereof is provided. The mixture solution is heated and filtered. IBIIIAVIA-group amorphous powders are acquired after drying the heated and filtered mixture solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yu Huang, Chiou Yen Chiou, Bing Joe Hwang, Hsuan-Fu Wang, Shih-Hong Chang, Chih-Lung Lin, Chih-Chung Wu
  • Publication number: 20140215824
    Abstract: A solar boiler includes a plurality of solar boiler panels forming a perimeter surrounding a boiler interior space. A support structure within the boiler interior space supports the solar boiler panels. A steam/water vessel, such as a steam drum, is mounted to the support structure within the boiler interior space. A method of constructing a solar boiler includes raising a steam/water vessel, such as a steam drum, through a leave-out area in a boiler support structure. The method also includes mounting the steam/water vessel within the boiler support structure below an upper extent of the boiler support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Russell Ricci, Andrew Plotkin
  • Publication number: 20140209089
    Abstract: Methods and systems for solar water heating are provided herein. A modular pipe system for a solar water heater is provided in one embodiment. The system includes a plurality of first manifolds which are interchangeably connectable to any other first manifold. The system also includes a plurality of second manifolds which are interchangeably connectable to any other second manifold. The system further includes a plurality of pipe panels which are interchangeably connectable to any other panel, any first manifold, and any second manifold. Connecting the first manifolds and the second manifolds end to end expands the system along a first axis, and connecting a plurality of panels expands the system along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Formula Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Elias Mora
  • Patent number: 8791703
    Abstract: A method for testing a conductive web includes moving a conductive web past at least one electrostatic probe, providing an alternating current or voltage which generates an alternating current to the at least one electrostatic probe, measuring a current or voltage in the at least one electrostatic probe induced by a capacitance between the conductive web and the at least one electrostatic probe, comparing the measured current or voltage to a reference value, and determining a level of bagginess of the conductive web based on the step of comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hanergy Holding Group Ltd.
    Inventor: Philip A. Scott
  • Publication number: 20140196761
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed to a solar tracker assembly. In one embodiment, the assembly includes a base having a track, a centrally-positioned base member, a motor operably coupled to the base member, and a plurality of arms extending from the base member towards the track, with the track including a plurality of arcuate members that are assembled to form the track. A rotatable frame is coupled to the arms and has one or more towers and an actuator positioned on the one or more towers. A pivoting frame is coupled to the one or more towers, with the pivoting frame configured to carry a solar panel array. In operation, the motor can rotate the base member and arms around a Z-axis to position the rotatable frame at azimuth and the actuator can move the pivoting frame around an X-Y axis to position the pivoting frame at zenith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Herbert Alan Tilley, Gregory William Robinson, Edwin Eugene McKenzie
  • Publication number: 20140196765
    Abstract: A system of harvesting solar energy is described whereby cylindrical tubular solar photovoltaic cells are vertically mounted into a high density array with their longitudinal axis in the vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Vinh Minh Glisttenmeer Lam, Ethan Lam, Megan Lam, Victor Lam
  • Publication number: 20140190096
    Abstract: A modular assembly of solar panels is held together in a rigid fashion through the use of two J-channels arranged on either side thereof in oppositely facing directions. Brackets hold these J-channels to flanges on the underside of the solar panels. In the argot of solar panel installation, the J-channels extend in the north-south direction. Between each solar panel there is disposed a liquid collecting pan extending in the east-west direction. This collecting pan also acts as a clip providing both a structural and electrical connection between adjacently disposed solar panels in a column assembly which is rendered capable of installation as a single unit from the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas J. Kacandes
  • Publication number: 20140166077
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for collecting electromagnetic radiation are disclosed. One embodiment of a solar concentration system comprises at least one collector panel, the panel comprising a frame and a plurality of moveable reflector elements mounted therewithin, the plurality of movable reflector elements configured to rotate in unison about a set of parallel first axes and in unison about a second axis relative to an electromagnetic radiation source. The system further comprises at least one receiver comprising a support member and a plurality of energy conversion cells positioned along the support member, each energy conversion cell having an electromagnetic radiation concentrator protruding therefrom, the concentrator comprising an optical element and an entry aperture at a distal end thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Skyven Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Arun K. Gupta
  • Publication number: 20140150357
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a composite insulated panel (1) comprising the steps of: providing a first sheet (2); cutting a hole (7) in the first sheet (2) to accommodate a photovoltaic solar collector module (8); inserting the solar collector module (8) into the cut-out hole; sealing the solar collector module to the first sheet (2); providing a second sheet (3), the second sheet having an opening therein to receive a connector housing (22); leading electrical connections from the solar collector module through the connector housing; and providing a body (4) of insulating material between the inner face of the second sheet and the inner face of the first sheet and the inner face of the photovoltaic solar collector module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Kingspan Holdings (IRL) Limited
    Inventors: James CAROLAN, Gregory FLYNN
  • Publication number: 20140144428
    Abstract: Solar collector modules and techniques for their construction are disclosed. In one aspect, a solar collector module includes a reflector and a three-dimensional structural frame that supports the reflector. The structural frame includes a set of primary structural shapes and a set of axial frame members connected between corners of the primary structural shapes forming helical paths for the transmission of torque from one end of the structural frame to the other. In another aspect, a method for assembling a solar collector module includes pre-assembling part of the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: ABENGOA SOLAR INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Eisinger, Kerry Manning, Patrick Marcotte, Nathan Stegall
  • Patent number: 8732940
    Abstract: A system for securing photovoltaic panel modules to a support structure includes a first elongate member securable to the support structure. The first elongate member includes a plurality of first mounting sites positionally fixed thereon. A second elongate member is securable to the support structure. The second elongate member includes a plurality of second mounting sites positionally fixed thereon. The second elongate member is spaced from the first elongate member and aligned therewith in a generally parallel orientation. The position of the first and second elongate members is adjustable to align the first and second fixed mounting sites in a predetermined configuration. When the first and second elongate members are aligned in the predetermined configuration, the plurality of first mounting sites and second mounting sites are brought into alignment with each other to permit mounting of a plurality of panel modules to the first and second elongate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Clean Energy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Franklin
  • Publication number: 20140130790
    Abstract: A heat receiver tube having first, second, and further partial heat receiver tube surfaces for absorbing and transferring solar energy to heat transfer fluid is presented. The first and further partial heat receiver tube surfaces are formed by solar absorptive coatings deposited on partial surfaces of core tube. The second partial heat receiver tube surface is formed by emission radiation inhibiting coating deposited on second core tube surface for inhibiting emissivity for infrared radiation. The further partial heat receiver tube surface is arranged in radiation window of second partial heat receiver tube surface such that direct sunlight impinges further partial heat receiver tube surface. The heat receiver tube is arranged in focal line of parabolic mirror of parabolic trough collector. The first partial heat receiver tube surface and sunlight reflecting surface is arranged face to face, second and further partial heat receiver tube surfaces are averted to reflecting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Hagai Aran, Menashe Barkai, Gabriel Cohen, Rami Ezer, Eli Lipman
  • Publication number: 20140130793
    Abstract: In a solar receiver arrangement 300 with a support structure 600, the support structure 600 includes a plurality of tie members 700 for tangentially coupling a plurality of tubes 510, for forming at least one receiver panel 500, in such a manner that the at least one tie member 700 is coupled in at least one crotch portion 520 between a pair of tubes 510. The support structure 600 further includes a plurality of panel support members 800 coupled to the receiver panel 500 selectively in at least one crotch portion 520 between a pair of tubes 510. Furthermore, at least one latching member 900 is configured to detachably attach the plurality of panel support members 800 for engaging the plurality of receiver panels 500.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald G. Payne
  • Publication number: 20140116420
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed provide a sunshade apparatus that integrates a solar collector into an attractive architectural sunshade, and a system for deriving energy, and in particular heat, from such an apparatus. The sunshade is comprised of between one and several solar collector panels. Each panel has an infrared clear pass face and contains tubing. The panel may also contain a layer of insulation underneath the tubing. The tubing contains a fluid and is connected to a solar water system. The clear face extends for most but not all of the upper surface of the panel, such that the ends are solid to provide structural support for the panel. The panels are designed in advance for use in connection with an architectural feature, such as a window on a building, with angles for each of the panels and in some cases the shade as well. Aesthetic architectural options including interior beam colors and clear face coatings are contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: BIO-TECTURE, INC.
    Inventor: BIO-TECTURE, INC.
  • Publication number: 20140109894
    Abstract: The present application relates to a vacuum solar thermal panel (1) of the type comprising: a vacuum- tight envelope (10), having at least a front plate (11) transparent to solar radiation and a support structure (12) for said front plate (11); heat-absorbing means enclosed within said vacuum-tight envelope (10); and main getter means for keeping a vacuum condition within the vacuum envelope (10); wherein the vacuum solar thermal panel (1) further comprises a pressure indicator spot (13) of reactive material deposited on an inner side of said front plate (11), said reactive material undergoing a reaction noticeable from the outside of the vacuum-tight envelope (11) when the pressure within said envelope exceeds a given threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: TVP SOLAR SA
    Inventor: Vittorio Palmieri
  • Publication number: 20140102510
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus by which solar energy is efficiently collected to provide heat, electricity, or a combination of heat and electricity include a solar energy collector having a receiver, a first reflector and a second reflector arranged end-to-end such that an edge of the first reflector overlaps an edge of the second receiver; and a support structure that accommodates movement of the receiver, rotation of the reflectors, or rotation of the receiver and the reflectors about an axis parallel to a long axis of the receiver. The support structure has reflector supports oriented transverse to the rotation axis and reflectors are securable to the reflector support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: COGENRA SOLAR, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Christopher KALUS, Adam Thomas CLAVELLE, Nathan BECKETT, Ratson MORAD, Gilad ALMOGY