With A Sunlight Activated Device (e.g., Passive Solar Or Photoelectric) Patents (Class 52/173.3)
  • Patent number: 10609831
    Abstract: Entry of water from the terminal portion side to the electronic component side is inhibited. A circuit unit includes: a circuit section including a terminal portion that can be connected to an external terminal, and a body portion to which an electronic component is mounted; a first waterproofing portion that is in intimate contact with a portion to be waterproofed located between the body portion and the terminal portion of the circuit section, and that includes a resin containing an adhesive component; and a second waterproofing portion that is in intimate contact with an outer surface of each of the circuit section and the first waterproofing portion, and that is made of a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Sasaki, Jun Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10605282
    Abstract: Panel mounting devices are disclosed herein. The disclosed panel mounting devices comprise a clamp assembly and a configurable leg. The clamp assembly comprises a bolt, a nut and a body. The body comprises a first pressure surface operative to apply pressure to a first adjacent panel. The leg is configurable in at least two positions. In one position the leg rests on a rail thereby preventing lateral movement of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Jonathan Young
  • Patent number: 10587216
    Abstract: Photovoltaic modules are mounted onto PV module mounting brackets of a solar torque tube via clamps. The clamps include a first hook rotatably attached to a main body, and a second hook rotatably attached to the main body. The clamps provide for simultaneously securing a first photovoltaic module to the bracket with the first hook and securing a second photovoltaic module to the bracket with the second hook without the need for tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Bernardo Almy, Kathryn Austin Pesce
  • Patent number: 10574176
    Abstract: A waterproof connecting structure is used in coordination with a solar panel array in order to construct a vertical wall or a rooftop panel of a building. The waterproof connecting structure comprises two half components and a connecting component. The two half components are disposed between the two solar panels. The connecting component covers a joint between the two half components so that rainwater flowed into a conduit passage formed by each of the half components is guided out. Thereby, the rainwater is prevented from infiltrating into a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Lien-Feng Hsueh
  • Patent number: 10563406
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to roofing products. The present invention relates more particularly to roofing products for use with photovoltaic elements, and to photovoltaic systems that include one or more photovoltaic elements is joined to a roofing substrate. In one embodiment, a roofing product includes a flexible roofing substrate having a top surface, the top surface having one or more receptor zones thereon, each receptor zone being adapted to receive one or more photovoltaic elements, each receptor zone having a different surfacing than the area of the top surface adjacent to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Husnu M. Kalkanoglu, Gregory F. Jacobs, Wayne E. Shaw, Peter Chihlas
  • Patent number: 10511253
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module may include a plurality of photovoltaic shingles disposed on and electrically interconnected by an integrated backsheet, to which are attached a plurality of electrically conductive shingle connectors. A plurality of photovoltaic shingles may be installed upon a roof and electrically interconnected in a single step by aligning openings in the shingles with apertures in the backsheet, simplifying module installation. The photovoltaic module may mimic the appearance of asphalt shingles and may be integrated within a roof of a house or other structure. Photovoltaic shingles or arrays of photovoltaic shingles can be pre-manufactured for easier installation or constructed at the application site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Global Solar Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Britt
  • Patent number: 10505494
    Abstract: Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing to an observer, with minimal visible difference between photovoltaic and non-photovoltaic areas of the BIPV system. BIPV systems can be incorporated as part of roof surfaces as built into the structure of the roof, particularly as roofing tiles that have photovoltaic elements embedded or incorporated into the body of the roofing tiles. BIPV systems can also include mimic or dummy tiles that appear similar to tiles with photovoltaic elements, but do not collect solar energy. In some configurations, the appearance of BIPV tile roof systems can be generally uniform to an observer at ground level, where the blending and distribution of photovoltaic and non-photovoltaic elements generate a consistent and elegant appearance that camouflages any differences between photovoltaic tile or non-photovoltaic tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Preston Flanigan, Jack Raymond West
  • Patent number: 10502459
    Abstract: Systems and methods that increase the residence time of particles falling through a solar receiver using an induced magnetic field to suspend or slow down and/or alter the flight path of the particles falling through the concentrated beam of sunlight are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Armijo, Ryan R. Anderson, Sean Michael Babiniec, Clifford K. Ho, Malay Mazumder
  • Patent number: 10483904
    Abstract: An integrated solar building product panel that may be integrated into an existing structure's building materials providing an esthetically pleasing appearance and structural integrity. The shock absorbing and vibration damping construction panel comprises at least one solar cell assembly supported by a bottom support component with a vibration damping component surrounding each solar cell assembly. A top transparent protective component is mounted on the vibration damping layer with a gap between the solar cell assembly for protecting each solar cell assembly, and transferring any impact forces to the vibration damping layer isolated from the solar cells. Accordingly, in response to a force applied to the top protective component, the top protective component is deformable up to the width of the gap, and the vibration damping component transfers the force to the compressible bottom support component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Roderick Matthew Costain
  • Patent number: 10469022
    Abstract: The invention relates to retention systems and, more particularly, for a modular retention apparatus, system and method for securing and leveling a photovoltaic (PV) panel and other objects on a wall, rooftop and other structure to secure and ground electrically. The photovoltaic panel retention assembly utilizes a solar cap with one or more integral elongated flange extensions of a predetermined dimension to provide spacing between PV solar panels and/or to stabilize the solar cap from tipping under installation forces and load in use. The flanges extend through a support bracket configured with a base portion to support adjacent PV panels in a PV panel array and a base platform portion. The solar cap comprises integral teeth on a surface of the solar cap spaced apart from the flanged projections to locate the teeth adjacent a frame of the PV panel for electrical grounding thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: PMC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Tamas Kovacs
  • Patent number: 10439548
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes a solar panel and a protecting portion. The solar panel has first and second surfaces each having a rectangular shape. The protecting portion holds the solar panel along each of a first side and a second side of the solar panel that are opposed to each other, and exposes a third side of the solar panel except at end portions of the third side. The protecting portion includes first and second protecting members. The first protecting member sandwiches the first side from both the first and second surface sides to protect the first side. The second protecting member sandwiches the second side from both the first and second surface sides to protect the second side. The first and second sides each includes a portion located on an outer side of the solar panel than the third side in a first direction along the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuta Nishio
  • Patent number: 10396705
    Abstract: A system for mounting flexible photovoltaic (PV) modules on ribbed rooftops (e.g., purlin bearing rib-style roofs) may include a pair of mating mounting brackets, one affixed to the PV module and the other affixed to a rib of the roof. The PV module may have a concave-down profile when installed, with standoffs installed on a bottom side of the module and hold-down ridge caps installed on adjacent ribs of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Global Solar Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Huber Anderson
  • Patent number: 10355636
    Abstract: A structure and support device for photovoltaic arrays is provided. The device provides a structural connection between photovoltaic modules, wind deflectors and similar hardware. The invention provides an advantage of quick and easy installation of hardware components and associated parts, and meets the demand for a single device capable of combining solar energy associated hardware into photovoltaic arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Everest Solar Systems LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Danning
  • Patent number: 10340836
    Abstract: Assemblies and couplings for mounting PV modules are provided. An assembly is provided to avoid conflicts between linkages used to adjoin adjacent PV modules and leveling feet used to mount the PV modules to supporting structure. Specifically, an interlock support coupling is provided that may include a shaft with a locking portion disposed at the end that interfaces with an interlock bracket used to couple adjacent PV modules and a housing with an opening for receiving a connection with a supporting foot. An interlock bracket may be provided with a slot for receiving an interlock support coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Seery
  • Patent number: 10333458
    Abstract: A multi-drive solar-tracking photovoltaic (PV) system having several PV modules mounted on a torque tube is described. In an example, several motor drives input torque to the torque tube, and the motor drives are controlled by a single controller. The torque tube may include several sections joined by a torque tube coupler. For example, the torque tube coupler may having a medial section and end sections to join to the torque tube sections. The medial section and the adjoined torque tube sections may have a same outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler Grushkowitz, Brian Wares, Zachary Z. Judkins, Mark Adam Schimelpfenig, Richard Joseph Erb, Nicholas James McKibben
  • Patent number: 10298172
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a photovoltaic (PV) module, and systems including such mounting assemblies, are described. In an embodiment, the mounting assembly includes a top strut to support a PV module, and a retainer fixed relative to the top strut. The retainer may have an upright and retaining tab portion forming a receiving gap to receive the PV module. The retainer may constrain movement of the PV module mounted on the top strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Oh, Brian Wares, Nicholas James McKibben
  • Patent number: 10285478
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multi-functional waterproof protective sleeve for a mobile terminal comprising a face cover comprising a screen window and a face cover affixing portion provided in the peripheral edge of the screen window; a middle frame provided with a middle frame affixing portion and a middle frame clamping portion, a rear cover comprising a rear cover body and a rear cover clamping portion adapted to the middle frame clamping portion; a solar charging module, a wireless charging module, a portable power, a control mainboard and a charging plug connected with the control mainboard are provided in order on the side of the rear cover body in the vicinity of middle frame. The invention can obtain waterproof function without using seal ring, and is provided with solar charging module, wireless charging module and portable power, which improve the endurance ability of mobile terminal greatly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Lixin Deng
  • Patent number: 10270385
    Abstract: A module connector connects a first solar module to a second solar module. A first part of the module connector includes a top component having a top flange that is slightly tilted lower at a tip of the top flange. A bottom component has a hook-shaped end that is shaped to slide and enclose an inner side of a module frame bottom of the first solar module. A first fastener is used to secure the first solar panel module between the top component and the bottom component. A second part of the module connector includes a top component having a top flange that is slightly tilted lower at a tip of the top flange. A bottom component of the second part has a hook-shaped end that is shaped to slide and enclose an inner side of a module frame bottom of the second solar module. A second fastener is used to secure the second solar panel module between the top component and the bottom component of the second part. A third fastener fastens the top component of the first part to the bottom component of the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Sen Xie
  • Patent number: 10270383
    Abstract: A mounting system for supporting a plurality of photovoltaic modules on a sloped support surface, such as a sloped roof, is disclosed herein. The mounting system may include one or more support surface attachment devices, each support surface attachment device configured to attach one or more photovoltaic modules to a support surface; and one or more module coupling devices, each module coupling device configured to couple a plurality of photovoltaic modules to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolibrium Solar, Inc
    Inventor: Brian James Wildes
  • Patent number: 10270384
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dual tilt, ballasted photovoltaic module racking are provided herein. Under one aspect, a system for supporting first and second photovoltaic modules can include first and second elongated stiffeners respectively configured to be coupled to and support the first and second photovoltaic modules. The system also can include first and second feet respectively configured to be coupled to first and second grooves respectively provided within first and second ballasts. The system also can include a first stiffener hinge rotatably coupling the first and second stiffeners to one another, a first foot hinge rotatably coupling the first foot to the first stiffener, and a second foot hinge rotatably coupling the second foot to the second stiffener. At least one of the first stiffener hinge and the first and second foot hinges can include a respective mechanical stop inhibiting rotation of that hinge beyond a respective predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Alion Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kingsley, Jesse Atkinson, Sean Bailey, Karl Johnson, Brett West, Luis Francisco Castro Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10256766
    Abstract: A solar panel mounting system may include a solar panel mounting assembly for mounting to a support structure. The solar panel mounting assembly may include a restraining element, a retaining element and a biasing assembly that supports the restraining and retaining elements. The support structure may include an upper surface and a lower surface spaced from the upper surface. The biasing assembly may further include a biasing element that resiliently urges the retaining element toward a securing element for supporting a solar panel that is positioned between the retaining element and the upper surface of the support structure, and resiliently urges the restraining element toward the lower surface of the support structure. A retention device may resiliently bias the solar panels of a solar panel assembly together on a support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Marc M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10243507
    Abstract: A solar power system may include rails, solar modules, and a plurality of clamps to secure the solar modules to the rails. An end clamp may be partially disposed inside a rail at an end of the rail. The end clamp may secure a solar module to the rail by coupling to the frame of the solar module. The end clamp may include a fastener that may be tightened to engage the end clamp and secure the solar module by holding it on top of the rail. The end clamp may establish an electrical grounding connection between the frames of the solar module and the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Paul Kapla, Kyle Donald Feldmann, Dylan Benjamin
  • Patent number: 10205421
    Abstract: A photovoltaic modular system is disclosed. One or more photovoltaic (PV) modules are connected together with embedded parallel wiring that facilitates the sharing of power from a plurality of PV modules to power one or more electrical devices. Control electronics within each individual PV module allows the isolation of PV modules that are shaded or otherwise not productive. No external connecting wiring, or devices are required to make the system functional. All wiring, connectors and electronics are integral and embedded within each individual PV module. The PV modules have adhesive on the back to allow them to be installed without additional mounting hardware. All PV module system components are completely encapsulated together in one modular component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LL
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Austin Carlson, Seth Myer
  • Patent number: 10186791
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an apparatus for clamping and grounding solar panel frames to a mounting rail is disclosed herein. The apparatus comprises a fastener with an enlarged end, and a shank, with the enlarged end having one or more sharp protrusions that resemble teeth, and a washer with one or more sharp protrusions, and an opening. When installed, the shank is inserted through the opening of the washer, the sharp protrusions of the enlarged end penetrate either the lower or upper surface of the mounting rail and the sharp protrusions of the washer penetrate the other surface of the solar panel frames while at the same time creating a grounding path through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Meine, Jon Ash, Bryan Lester
  • Patent number: 10170941
    Abstract: A non-contact type power transfer apparatus includes a power converter configured to convert input power into transmission power; a power transmitter configured to transmit the transmission power in a non-contact manner; and a controller configured to provide a power conversion control signal to control a power conversion operation of the power converter according to a state of the transmission power, and to output an input power control signal to control a power level of the input power according to the power conversion control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Ho Cho, Tae Seok Ko
  • Patent number: 10158321
    Abstract: Methods and systems for mounting an array of photovoltaic modules atop a rooftop are disclosed. In particular the mounting hardware includes a photovoltaic module tray supported above the rooftop by a number of support structures fastened to the rooftop. The photovoltaic module trays include bottom and sidewalls configured to support and align photovoltaic modules along the rooftop. Since the bottom wall supports the weight of the photovoltaic module, the sidewalls can have a thin form-factor that allows the photovoltaic modules trays to be tightly spaced. In this way, the photovoltaic module tray can occupy very little area on the roof allowing the effective collection area of photovoltaic modules supported by the photovoltaic module trays to be significantly larger than photovoltaic modules using wider photovoltaic module frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor B. Guthrie, Gregory Philip Patnude, Brian Despard West, David Molina, Ryan Devine
  • Patent number: 10153724
    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 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Francis John Babineau, Jr., Brian G Shamas, Eric Smith
  • Patent number: 10103682
    Abstract: A module bracket includes first and second mounting clips (202, 204) that are spaced from each other along the pitch of a roofing surface. An inlet (212) to the first mounting clip (202) faces or projects in the general direction that the second mounting clip (204) is spaced from the first mounting clip (202). An inlet (212) to the second mounting clip (204) faces or projects in the general direction that the first mounting clip (202) is spaced from the second mounting clip (204). A second module flange (134) of a first photovoltaic module (120) is slid into the first mounting clip (202) of the module bracket. A first module flange (128) of a second photovoltaic module (120) is slid into the second mounting clip (204) of this same module bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: RMH TECH LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. M. Haddock, Dustin M. M. Haddock
  • Patent number: 10036577
    Abstract: A photovoltaic system comprises a photovoltaic module attached to a photovoltaic mount frame, the mount frame having a rectangular shape. A deflector is attached to the mount frame by a rotatable deflector and mount frame attachment wherein the deflector pivots around the rotatable deflector and mount frame attachment from a nesting position under the photovoltaic module in the mount frame to an installation position raising at least a first side of the mount frame. A mount foot is attached to the deflector by a rotatable mount foot and deflector attachment wherein the mount foot pivots around the rotatable mount foot and deflector attachment from a nesting position in a mount foot nesting indention in the deflector to an installation position planar to a mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: David Ching
  • Patent number: 9985576
    Abstract: A system for mounting one or more photovoltaic (PV) modules to a structure. The system can include a base having quarter turn receptacles. A coupling member can mate to one of the receptacles to compress a mounting foot to the base and prevent it from moving. A handle attached coupling member can be used to lock the coupling member to the base. A PV module coupling device attached to the foot may support two PV modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Almy
  • Patent number: 9970685
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fixing objects, in particular solar panels, to a roof. The invention also relates to an assembly of such devices. The invention further relates to a method for fixing objects, in particular solar panels, to a roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ESDEC B.V.
    Inventors: Theo Jacob Smidt, Jeroen de Vogel
  • Patent number: 9923511
    Abstract: A solar module connector connects a first solar module to a second solar module. A solar module connector top part includes a slot insert that fits within a frame slot of a first solar module frame of the first solar module. A solar module connector bottom part includes a slot insert that fits within a frame slot of a second solar module frame of the second solar module. A fastener securely fastens the solar module connector top part to the solar module connector bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Sen Xie
  • Patent number: 9923515
    Abstract: A solar panel array comprises a first plurality of solar panels arranged side-by-side in a first course and a second plurality of solar panels arranged side-by-side in a second course, the second course partially overlapping the first course. Electrical energy produced by each solar panel of the array is aggregated with the electrical energy produced by the other solar panels of the array without physical electrical contacts between the solar panels. In one embodiment, contactless inductive couplers are used to couple the electrical energies of the panels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Tommy F. Rodrigues, Sudhir Railkar, Daniel E. Boss, Adem Chich
  • Patent number: 9911891
    Abstract: A method of installing and connecting together one or more photovoltaic (PV) modules is disclosed. Electrically conductive contacts embedded into the surface of each of one or more photovoltaic (PV) modules provide the connection point for two PV modules to be connected together. PV modules are connected together by removing a protective backing material from an adhesive area surrounding a first set of contacts of a first PV module, and adhering to an adhesive area surrounding a second set of contacts of a second PV module, the adhesive making the connection and sealing and protecting the contact area. No external wiring, connectors or devices are required to make the electrical connection between two PV modules. Contacts are integral and embedded into the surface of each individual PV module. The PV modules have adhesive on the back to allow them to be adhesively attached to a surface without additional mounting hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Seth Myer
  • Patent number: 9890530
    Abstract: An underlayment for supplementing one or more physical properties of wall, ceiling, and floor construction components is used to in a wall, ceiling, or floor assembly that may be fabricated on site. The assembly includes: first and second wall, ceiling, or floor construction components which each have physical properties and an underlayment component which has at least one supplemental physical property for supplementing the physical properties of the first and second construction components. The construction components may or may not be secured together with the underlayment sandwiched between the second and first construction components to form a wall, ceiling, or floor assembly with the supplemental physical property or properties of the underlayment. The supplemental physical property or properties of the underlayment may include, but are not limited to, latent storage of thermal energy, sound transmission reduction, and/or burn through resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Patrick Tierney, Ralph Michael Fay
  • Patent number: 9824897
    Abstract: A method is provided for the processing of a device having a crystalline silicon region containing an internal hydrogen source. The method comprises: i) applying encapsulating material to each of the front and rear surfaces of the device to form a lamination; ii) applying pressure to the lamination and heating the lamination to bond the encapsulating material to the device; and iii) cooling the device, where the heating step or cooling step or both are completed under illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NEWSOUTH INNOVATIONS PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Brett Jason Hallam, Matthew Bruce Edwards, Stuart Ross Wenham, Phillip George Hamer, Catherine Emily Chan, Chee Mun Chong, Pei Hsuan Lu, Ly Mai, Li Hui Song, Adeline Sugianto, Alison Maree Wenham, Guang Qi Xu
  • Patent number: 9781884
    Abstract: In the soil cultivation system equipped with a solar panel, the space between ridges of a plurality of frame units supporting the solar panels is coupled with a roof member, furthermore, the perimeter surface thereof is integrally covered with a cover unit. In this way, a cultivation house in which the frame units are used as support columns is established. Then, in the solar panels, light transmitting regions are provided, a transmissive member is used as the roof member and thus agricultural plants are cultivated by light passing through the light transmitting regions and the roof member. Furthermore, the cultivation of the agricultural plants is performed in cultivation tanks in which a soil is put, and an appropriate cultivation nutrient solution is supplied through a supply means. In this way, the cultivation environment of the agricultural plants is managed, and thus the agricultural plants can be efficiently cultivated while the burden of an operator is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Farm Land Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Iwai
  • Patent number: 9780721
    Abstract: A solar panel assembly includes a solar panel having a frame and a solar harvesting surface held by the frame; and a shield assembly having a solar shield movable between an operating position and a shielding position and a heat sensitive element. The solar shield is configured to automatically assume the shielding position after the heat sensitive element reaches and/or exceeds an activation temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Firestone Building Products Company, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 9755573
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the photovoltaic generation of electrical energy. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic arrays for use in photovoltaically generating electrical energy. Aspects of the present invention provide a variety of photovoltaic roofing elements and systems that include, for example, interlocking geometries to provide for water handling and integration with conventional roofing materials; and wire management features that can protect wiring and associated electrical components from physical and/or environmental damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Livsey, Joseph Charles Gombarick, Peter Chihlas, Husnu M. Kalkanoglu, Michael E. Blackburn, Stephen W. Steffes, Gregory F. Jacobs, Michael J. Noone
  • Patent number: 9726886
    Abstract: An adjustable reflector of a head-up display includes a base, a supporting frame, a control module, a pivot member, an adjusting frame and a reflecting element. A first end of the supporting frame is fixed to the base. The control module includes a flexible transmission member and a driving unit for driving the flexible transmission member to move. The pivot member is configured to move with the flexible transmission member. A first end of the adjusting frame is pivoted to the pivot member, and a second end of the adjusting frame is rotatable around the first end of the adjusting frame. A first side of the adjusting frame is slidably connected to a second end of the supporting frame. The reflecting element is arranged on a second side of the adjusting frame for reflecting a light beam generated by an image source to an optical combiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Shanghai XPT Technology Limited
    Inventor: Bou-Chen Kuo
  • Patent number: 9557120
    Abstract: This invention provides a thermal energy battery having an insulated tank contains a multitude of densely packed plastic tubes filled with a phase-change material (PCM, such as ice) that changes from solid to liquid and vice-versa. Energy is stored when the PCM transitions from liquid to solid form, and released when the PCM transitions back from solid to liquid form. The tubes are arranged vertically, span the height of a well-insulated tank, and are immersed in heat transfer fluid (HTF) contained within the tank. The HTF is an aqueous solution with a freezing point temperature below the freezing point temperature of the chosen PCM. The HTF remains in liquid form at all times during the operation of the battery. Diffusers located allow the HTF to be extracted uniformly from the tank, pumped and cooled by a liquid chiller situated outside the tank and then and inserted back into the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Promethean Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sorin Grama, Matthew H. Dorson, Rebecca Christianson
  • Patent number: 9528270
    Abstract: The present invention relates particularly to photovoltaic roofing products for use in photovoltaically generating electrical energy and provides inside corner flashings useful for flashing photovoltaic roofing systems in which photovoltaic roofing elements are disposed in a staggered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Certain Teed Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Jenkins, Christopher C. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9500354
    Abstract: A lighting unit includes a glass panel including at least two spaced sheets of glass, and a lighting system based on light-emitting diodes the light-emitting portion of which is disposed facing each of the edge surfaces of the sheets of glass and carried by at least one section associated at least with the edge surface of the glass panel. The section is associated with the edge surface of the glass panel without creating thermal bridges. It is attached against the edge surface of the glass panel or demountably fixed to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Anne Gierens, Aude Montgermont, Jingwei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9498854
    Abstract: An anchor for mounting one or more solar modules to a roof is disclosed. The anchor can comprise a clamp body comprising a central surface and a first arm extending from the central surface. The first arm can have a first clamping face. The clamp body can be sized and shaped to receive one or more webs extending from one or more solar modules, each web having a hem at a distal end. The first arm can comprise a first recess sized and shaped to receive a first hem of a first web of the one or more webs. A clamp member can be configured to clamp the first web against the first clamping face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew Danning
  • Patent number: 9441376
    Abstract: Provided are novel building integrable photovoltaic (BIP) assemblies and methods of installation thereof on building structures. The BIP assembly includes a base sheet or a sheath, which may be a plywood board or an oriented strand (OSB) board, and multiple electrically interconnected photovoltaic inserts, which are attached to and supported by the base sheet. The base sheet is configured to be positioned directly the building structures, such as roof rafters. Various electrical components may be positioned within cavities of the base sheet and/or at the back side of that sheet. Such components are configured to align in between the roof rafters during installation. The spacing between the rafters provides access to the components and allows the components to extend away from the base sheet and into the spacing. Various electrical components may be installed and removed from the BIP assembly during its fabrication and/or installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Beijing Apollo Ding Rong Solar Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven T. Croft, Shawn Everson
  • Patent number: 9397605
    Abstract: A system for mounting a solar panel(s) on a building, where the solar panel has an outer frame defining a lip. The system may include a plurality of panel mounting brackets each including a base to be positioned on the building, and a vertical extension having a proximal end coupled to the base and a distal end vertically spaced apart from the base, with the distal end defining a fastener channel therein. The system may also include a plurality of mounting clamps each including a bottom flange, and a top flange spaced apart from the bottom flange and partially overhanging the bottom flange and defining a slot therebetween to receive the lip. An end extension may couple respective ends of the bottom flange and top flange together, and a fastener channel connector may be coupled to the bottom flange and configured to be slidably received within the fastener channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Stapleton
  • Patent number: 9397606
    Abstract: A system for removably and adjustably mounting a device on an object is provided. The system for removably and adjustably mounting a device on an object, according to the present invention, includes an apparatus and method useful for removably and adjustably mounting one or more photovoltaic modules on an object such as a pole or roof, and includes one or more triple track rails. Also included are one or more connector brackets that are demountably attachable to the one or more triple track rails and to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: UNIRAC, INC.
    Inventor: John E. Liebendorfer
  • Patent number: 9391223
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon an assembly including at least a photovoltaic sheathing element capable of being affixed on a building structure, the sheathing element including at least: a photovoltaic cell assembly, a body portion attached to one or more portions of the photovoltaic cell assembly; at least a first and a second connector assembly disposed on opposing sides of the sheathing element and capable of directly or indirectly electrically connecting the photovoltaic cell assembly to at least two adjoining devices that are affixed to the building structure and wherein at least one of the connector assemblies includes a flexible portion; one or more connector pockets disposed in the body portion the pockets capable of receiving at least a portion of the connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A Langmaid, James R Keenihan, Michael E Mills, Leonardo C Lopez
  • Patent number: 9366035
    Abstract: A floor panel includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate. The top layer is composed of a print and a transparent thermoplastic layer having a thickness of 0.5 mm or less and being situated above said print. The floor panel, at least on two opposite edges, is provided with a straight or curved chamfer extending to below the global level of the print.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel
  • Patent number: 9369084
    Abstract: A transparent protective member includes first main surface and a second main surface, and having a curved surface shape. Solar cell panels are attached to the second main surface of the transparent protective member. An amount member attaches the solar cell panels to the second main surface. A connection member electrically connects the solar cell panels each other. The first main surface serves as a light-receiving surface. Each of the panels comprises a solar cell string including solar cells electrically connected to each other, a transparent first resin base member provided on one side of the solar cell string beside the transparent protective member, a second resin base member on the opposite side of the solar cell string from the first resin base member, and a filler layer provided between the first resin base member and the second resin base member and in which the solar cell string is encapsulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Oikawa, Tatsuya Yoneda