With A Sunlight Activated Device (e.g., Passive Solar Or Photoelectric) Patents (Class 52/173.3)
  • Patent number: 11979107
    Abstract: A solar module mounting bracket system including a plurality of solar modules including mounting slots formed in a sidewall of the solar module, a torque tube configured to support the solar modules such that they can be rotated, a plurality of mounting brackets configured for integration with the torque tube and to which the plurality of solar modules are mounted, at least one first retainer assembly connected to one of the plurality of mounting brackets, the first retainer assembly including a through bolt, a spring, a mounting tab, and nut. When a solar module is placed on the mounting bracket and supported by the torque tube the mounting tab retainer assembly is received in the mounting slot of the solar module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Joseph Watson, Dennis Marvin Lawson, Thao Thanh Hoang, Paul Daniel Habib
  • Patent number: 11962265
    Abstract: A device and system for mounting a solar panel return flange to a rail. The device can include a clamp body and a clamping mechanism. With the clamp body receiving the solar panel return flange and the rail, the clamping mechanism can press the rail upward against the return flange and secure the solar panel to the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Sunmodo Corporation
    Inventor: Roland Jasmin
  • Patent number: 11935979
    Abstract: Light-weight, flexible solar panels adapted to prevent inadvertent stress on silicon solar photovoltaic cells inside solar panels. In some examples, a solar panel comprising solar cells includes a plurality of supports, such as one support for each solar cell, with gaps between the supports to allow the panel to flex when strained while protecting the individual cells. In other examples, a solar panel comprises a plurality of solar cells and a support or plural supports designed to accept force applied to the top of the panel and divert such force around the individual cells, without the use of a heavy glass support over top. Some examples may include both individual supports for each cell, with each individual support further adapted to direct applied forces around the individual cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: HELION CONCEPTS, INC.
    Inventor: Sudarshan Krishnamoorthy
  • Patent number: 11936331
    Abstract: A roof attachment system may comprise a mounting bracket, and a retention bracket. The mounting bracket may be configured to be attached to a roof. The retention bracket may be adjustably coupled to the bracket. The retention bracket may comprise a body portion, a first arm and a second arm. The first arm may be operatively coupled to the body portion. The first arm may also extend away from the body portion. The first arm may be substantially perpendicular to the body portion. The second arm operatively coupled to the body portion. The second arm may also extend away from the body portion. The second arm, like the first arm, may be substantially perpendicular to the body. The first arm may be parallel to the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Ecofasten Solar, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Alex Morano
  • Patent number: 11923801
    Abstract: Features for a solar generation system. The system includes a solar generator that may be installed on a shipping container. The solar generator includes one or more deployable rotating solar arrays. The rotating solar arrays may be deployed and stowed using actuators. The rotating solar arrays may be stowed for transport of the system on ships or to remote locations. The solar panels of the array are unexposed when stowed. A base frame with corner castings may attach to standard connections on cargo containers. The solar generators may be stacked on top of each other when stowed for transport. An actuation system may include linear actuators with two arms connecting at a moving pivot point that attach to a base frame and to the panels for deployment. Another actuation system may include end-mounted linear actuation arms with panel backside-mounted deployment arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Halcyon Energy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Prentice, David J. McMillan
  • Patent number: 11895739
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods relating to wireless communication mesh networks. In one aspect, the disclosed systems and methods may involve (1) a preexisting fiber network associated with a geographical area that includes buildings, where the preexisting fiber network comprises preexisting fiber links, (2) a first fiber link that is spliced into a given one of the preexisting fiber links coupled to the preexisting fiber network at a given location that was identified as being convenient for extending the preexisting fiber network, (3) a second fiber link that is deployed between the given location and a given building that is closest to the given location, where the given building is configured to serve as a seed node of a wireless communication mesh network that has backhaul connectivity through the preexisting fiber network, and (4) one or more point-to-point or point-to-multipoint communication links that originate from the seed node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: L3VEL, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Ross, Muhammad Ahsan Naim
  • Patent number: 11894798
    Abstract: A solar module for a roof covering system that generates electrical power from sunlight includes a frame having a bottom surface supported on a deck of a roof, a top surface, and a thickness between the bottom surface and the top surface. The solar module also includes a solar element mounted to the top surface of the frame which has an upper surface. a micro-inverter mounted to the top surface of the frame and to the side of the solar element, and a raised access panel that is removably coupled to the frame to surround the micro-inverter. The raised access panel has an access panel top surface that is elevated above the upper surface of the solar element. The top surface of the frame forms a water shedding surface below the micro-inverter for directing water away from the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: BMIC LLC
    Inventors: Tommy F. Rodrigues, Sudhir Railkar, Daniel E. Boss, David J. Gennrich, Cory Boudreau, Daniel R. Nett, Kent J. Kallsen
  • Patent number: 11892348
    Abstract: A system for stiffening a structure has at least one pair of tie rods (3), each tie rod (3) of the pair of tie rods (3) having a first end (4) fastened to the structure (2) and a second end (5), and at least one device (6) for tensioning the tie rods (3) having a deformable linking element (7) fastened to the second end (5) of each tie rod (3) so as to connect the tie rods (3). An actuator (10) is configured to deform the linking element (7) so as to make it pass from an inactive configuration in which the tie rods (3) are in a first state of tension to an active configuration in which the tie rods (3) are in a second state of tension, different than the first state of tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: NEXANS
    Inventors: Emilie Chartier, Jérémy Amar, Morgan Printemps, Ludovic Quevillier, Aymeric Richard, Lucas Gillet, Emile Soulie
  • Patent number: 11881810
    Abstract: A module frame includes two longitudinal, and two transverse, frame elements. A longitudinal cover fold, with two longitudinal cover fold end areas, extends from the first longitudinal frame element. A transverse cover fold has two transverse cover fold end areas. The second longitudinal cover fold, and second transverse cover fold, end areas, form a cover fold end area. The bottom surface of the longitudinal cover fold is the height of the top surface of the second longitudinal frame element. The bottom surface of the transverse cover fold is the height of the top surface of the second transverse frame element. The bottom surface of the first transverse cover fold end area is the height of the top surface of the first longitudinal cover end area, and the bottom surface of the cover fold end area is the height of the top surface of the first transverse cover end area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: Helmut Stuphann
  • Patent number: 11859793
    Abstract: An optical storage integrated lamp, comprising a lamp post, a luminaire, at least one photovoltaic panel, and an energy storage device. The lamp post comprises at least two sections of sub lamp posts, and adjacent two sections of sub lamp posts are detachably connected with each other; the luminaire is detachably mounted at the sub lamp post located at the top of the lamp post; an accommodating cavity is formed in one sub lamp post; the energy storage device is accommodated in the accommodating cavity; the at least one photovoltaic panel is provided on the outer surface of at least one sub lamp post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: HUNAN NEPUENERGY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haoyu Huang, Yibo Wang
  • Patent number: 11848638
    Abstract: This disclosure discusses devices and systems for attaching solar panels to metal roofs. A mounting device has two or more hinge bases that can pivot at various angles about a hinge platform assembly. The hinge platform assembly is optionally widthwise adjustable. The above-mentioned adjustments allow the mounting device to secure solar panels to various types of metal roofs such as flat, corrugated, and trapezoidal. The hinge platform assembly interfaces with various components of the solar panel racking system. The hinge platform assembly includes hinge sleeves that pass into slots within the hinge bases and surround hinge pins that project upward from the hinge bases. This allows the hinge bases to captively rotate about the hinge platform assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Sunmodo Corporation
    Inventor: Roland Jasmin
  • Patent number: 11848636
    Abstract: A multi-rail system for mounting solar modules to a surface, such as a roof, uses two rails to support a first row of solar modules, and a single rail to support each subsequent row of solar modules. Splices connect edges of solar modules between rows, providing support along one edge of the solar modules for the subsequent rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: PEGASUS SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Erich Kai Stephan, Glenn Harris, Nicholas Wenzel, Peter Wilke
  • Patent number: 11841170
    Abstract: An A-frame shaped truss foundation system for a single-axis tracker with moderately sloped legs that translate lateral loads into tension and compression without substantially increasing the magnitude of the lateral load force while optimizing material usage. Several such truss foundation systems are installed in a row to support a torque tube of a single-axis solar tracker. An adapter joins ends of adjacent upper legs and separates the truss legs by an angle more than 35-degrees up to 70-degrees. In some cases, the adapter may have an integrated bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Ojjo, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack West, Charles Almy
  • Patent number: 11831273
    Abstract: Solar tracker systems include an array of solar panels, a drive for rotating the array about a longitudinal axis, and a mounting assembly including a plurality of posts and a pivotable frame assembly supporting the array of solar panels on the posts. The frame assembly includes a first frame tube connected to the drive and extending therefrom in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis and a second frame tube laterally offset from the first frame tube and extending parallel to the first frame tube. The first frame tube and second frame tube are sized to support at least one solar panel of the array of solar panels thereon. The frame assembly further includes a lateral beam attached to the first frame tube and the second frame tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: FTC Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamilarasan Mouniandy, Nagendra Srinivas Cherukupalli, Rajesh Shanmugasundaram, Baskaran Subbarayan
  • Patent number: 11828060
    Abstract: A method of making an insulated material comprises melting a phase change material to form liquid phase change material, combining the liquid phase change material with an insulating material, and forming a composite insulation material in response to the combining. The insulating material can be a porous material that comprises a plurality of pores, and the liquid phase change material is disposed in the plurality of pores. The phase change material can also be stored in a container and used as layer in an insulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
    Inventors: Sheldon Q. Shi, Weihuan Zhao, Liping Cai
  • Patent number: 11821574
    Abstract: A panel mounting device base and kit therefor are described herein. The described base comprises: a lower member, an upper member, a surface fastener, and a connecting fastener. The profile of the lower member and the profile of the upper member are identical, and the lower member and the upper member are rotated about its longitudinal axis 180 degrees relative to each other and attached to form the base. The base is secured to a surface, and the base receives a panel mounting device to retain a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Jonathan Young
  • Patent number: 11817820
    Abstract: A device for attaching a junction box to a photovoltaic. The photovoltaic panel has a photovoltaic side and a non-photovoltaic side. The device includes a bracket with a first side attachable to the junction box and a second side attachable to the non-photovoltaic surface of the photovoltaic panel. A central fastener is attachable at one end to the bracket and a plate is adapted for connecting to the other end of the central fastener and for mounting on the photovoltaic side of the photovoltaic panel. One or more rotatable spacers, connectible to the central fastener, may be located on the non-photovoltaic side of the photovoltaic panel. One or more fixed spacers may be located on the non-photovoltaic side connectible to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Vadim Shmukler, Lior Handelsman, Nir Armony
  • Patent number: 11814846
    Abstract: A method of forming a leakproof pitched wall or roof section with the use of solar panels includes arranging the solar panels in rows so that at least one panel on the second row is offset upwardly relative to at least one panel on the first row. Seals are provided to prevent the leakage of liquid through the pitched wall or roof section formed by the solar panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Practical Renewables Racking, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. McDonald
  • Patent number: 11811361
    Abstract: A rapid shutdown device for rapidly de-energizing a photovoltaic module system is disclosed. The rapid shutdown device includes power lines connected to a photovoltaic string of modules on a roof of a structure. A high voltage switch on a first power line is disconnected when the high voltage switch is open. The rapid shutdown device includes a gate drive circuit that receives an electronic photovoltaic string status signal associated with an operating status of the photovoltaic string. The gate drive circuit may determine that the operating status indicates the presence of a hazard based on the electronic photovoltaic string status signal. Based on presence of the hazard, the rapid shutdown device generates a high voltage switch command signal to cause the high voltage switch to open to disconnect the photovoltaic string from an electrical connection to a grid power supply, thereby enhancing protection of the string and safety for responders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Babak Farhangi, Hasib Amin, Lewis Abra, Richard Perkins
  • Patent number: 11811358
    Abstract: A system and method for mounting solar modules includes a step of positioning a solar module in a clamp to orient the solar module in a desired first position. The clamp has a top bracket and a resilient clip operatively connected to the top bracket. The top bracket has at least one flange that extends over an upper surface of the solar module. The clip has at least one leg that extends under a lower surface of the solar module. The at least one leg has at least one barb on the end of the leg. The at least one leg supports the solar module in the first position. The method also includes steps of advancing the solar module to a second desired position, and advancing the top bracket in a direction towards the clip to secure the solar module in the desired second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: APA Solar, LLC
    Inventor: Josh Von Deylen
  • Patent number: 11799415
    Abstract: A solar energy system includes at least one solar energy efficiency enhancement device (1), at least one solar power generating device (2), at least one maximum power point tracking device (3), and an electric power storage unit (4). The at least one solar energy efficiency enhancement device includes multiple efficiency enhancing modules (11) each having a capacitor boost element (12), a communication monitoring element (13), a smart control chip element (14), a working time extending element (15), an electricity output element (16), and an electricity management operation element (17). The voltage produced by the at least one solar power generating device is delivered through the capacitor boost element to the electricity output element which outputs an electric power to the at least one maximum power point tracking device which stores the electric power in the electric power storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Season Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 11791430
    Abstract: A solar panel includes a substrate. The substrate includes a front portion and a back portion that are bonded together. The front portion includes an electrical insulation layer and a front face sheet layer that is bonded to the electrical insulation layer. The back portion includes a honeycomb core layer and a back face sheet layer that is bonded to the honeycomb core layer. A channel is defined in the honeycomb core layer. The solar panel also includes a first wire that is positioned at least partially in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Kevin B. Van Gaever
  • Patent number: 11784607
    Abstract: A solar panel racking system that can include end clamps, mid clamps, bottom clamps, L-foot adapter assemblies, rails, and L-foot assemblies. The solar panel racking system minimizes the use of tools by snapping many of the mounting components in place. The end clamps, mid clamps, and bottom clamps can snap over the rail sides and lock into upper detented portions of the rail sides. The upper detented portions are structured to prevent upward movement of the end clamps, mid clamps, and bottom clamps. The L-foot adapter body of the L-foot adapter assembly snaps over lower detented portions of rail sides and secures the rail to an L-foot assembly. The end clamps, mid clamps, bottom clamps, rails, and L-foot adapter assemblies are independent of the L-foot assembly, allowing a selection of L-foot assemblies to be used as appropriate with the solar panel racking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Sunmodo Corporation
    Inventors: Roland Jasmin, Jun Liu, Steve Mumma, Boutros Abou Chacra
  • Patent number: 11770096
    Abstract: A system for attaching a solar panel to a support, includes a support connector and a solar panel connector, where the support connector includes a U-shaped profile having a lower wall and two side walls, where an upper end of the side walls is bent inwards to provide vertical rails for receiving the panel connector; and the panel connector include a profile having: an upper C-shaped portion configured for receiving a side edge of a solar panel; a lower, upwardly oriented channel portion configured for receiving the vertical rail of the support connector; and at least one box-shaped portion connecting the upper C-shaped portion and the lower channel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: SOLTEC INNOVATIONS, S.L.
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Carpio Obre, Pablo Sánchez Huertas
  • Patent number: 11757400
    Abstract: This disclosure discusses devices for mounting solar PV panels to a roof and other mounting structures. One device may include a railless mounting assembly that includes a roof attachment bracket and a panel attachment bracket. The roof attachment bracket may include a spring clip and a hook. The device may include a solar panel frame with built-in detents for mounting. It may include a solar panel frame capable of attaching to the spring clip and hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Sunmodo Corporation
    Inventors: Roland Jasmin, Jun Liu, Steve Mumma
  • Patent number: 11742668
    Abstract: A microgrid system that supports EV charging. The microgrid system powers the load with one or more renewable energy sources (for example, solar, wind), battery storage, in combination with optional access to limited utility power and automatically-controlled generator power as a backup. The system can deliver clean uninterrupted power. The system provides flexibility to support the export of power for net metering, gross metering or peer-peer trading, as permitted by local regulations. The system includes a main storage sub-system and an optional secondary storage that may be brought online and increased or decreased as needed, and optimized based on guidance provided by the microgrid controller. The system also includes modules that decide how to optimally use the energy from the various sources, in order to maximize renewable energy usage, minimize the cost of electricity, while maximizing the life of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Hygge Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Sundara Raju Giridhar Bangalore, Rajagopalan Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 11728764
    Abstract: A solar module skirt assembly includes a skirt that is attached to a frame of a solar module, and a clip to attach the skirt to the solar module. The clip includes a first portion to attach to a frame of the solar module and to the skirt, a second portion to hold a portion of the frame of the solar module and a portion of the skirt, and a fastener to affix the clip to the frame of the solar module and the portion of the skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary Rossi, Ethan Ely
  • Patent number: 11728759
    Abstract: A system includes a roof deck having a slope of 0.25 inch to 3 inches per foot and a roofing membrane is composed of a first material, and at least one photovoltaic module installed on the roof deck. The photovoltaic module includes at least one solar cell, an encapsulant, a frontsheet, and a backsheet. The backsheet includes a head flap located at a first end of the backsheet, and a bottom flap located at a second end of the backsheet. The backsheet is composed of the first material. At least a first portion of the head flap is attached to the roofing membrane, and at least a second portion of the bottom flap is attached to the roofing membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Thierry Nguyen, Gabriela Bunea, Gary Rossi, Nicholas Boitnott, Richard Perkins, David Kavulak
  • Patent number: 11705855
    Abstract: Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing to an observer. BIPV systems can be incorporated as part of roof surfaces as built into the structure of the roof, particularly as photovoltaic modules having the appearance of a plurality of roofing tiles that each have photovoltaic cells. Each photovoltaic module may include a metal backer, photovoltaic cells, and light transmissive top sheets adhered to both the metal backer and the photovoltaic cells. BIPV systems can also include non-photovoltaic modules that appear similar to photovoltaic modules, but do not collect solar energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Seery, Charles Bernardo Almy, Kathryn Austin Pesce
  • Patent number: 11705858
    Abstract: A solar electrical generator comprising an outer wall (1, 2) arranged to partially surround a cavity. A hub (3) is provided within the cavity wherein the outer face (4) of the wall is provided with solar cells (5). At least one of the hub (3) and the inner face (6) of the wall are provided with solar cells (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: SOLIVUS LIMITED
    Inventors: Jo Parker-Swift, James Baker, Ben Crundwell
  • Patent number: 11680755
    Abstract: An air-permeable carrier includes at least one temperature adjusting unit and a carrier body having a plurality of pores. The temperature adjusting unit includes an adhesive and a plurality of phase change microcapsules. The temperature adjusting unit is distributed and fixedly embedded within the carrier body by an adhesive-dispensing injection process, such that the temperature adjusting unit is filled in at least one of the pores in a partial region of the carrier body to form at least one temperature adjusting region at a position corresponding and proximate to the temperature adjusting unit. Each horizontal distance or vertical distance between any two adjacent temperature adjusting units can be substantially the same or different, so that when a user leans against the carrier, phase change microcapsules can be communicated with air from the surrounding environment through the pores to achieve the effect of heat adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: SEDA CHEMICAL PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chi-Shu Wei
  • Patent number: 11668105
    Abstract: A floor panel with a substrate and a decoration provided thereon. The substrate includes at least a foamed layer of thermoplastic material and at least a reinforcement layer. Additionally, a method for manufacturing such floor panels with a substrate and a decoration, where the substrate includes at least a foamed layer of thermoplastic material and at least a reinforcement layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Kristof Van Vlassenrode, Paul Brusseel, Nick Vanhulle, Jochen Bossuyt
  • Patent number: 11621361
    Abstract: A photovoltaic apparatus is provided including a first photovoltaic module and a second photovoltaic module. Each photovoltaic module includes a front sheet having an outer portion and an inner portion. The outer portion is disposed around a core to form a keder. Each photovoltaic module further includes a back sheet and a photovoltaic device disposed between the front sheet and the back sheet. Each photovoltaic device includes an array of photovoltaic cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: FLISOM AG
    Inventors: Stephan Stutterheim, Andreas Bogli, Ivan Sinicco
  • Patent number: 11601087
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a covering for a clamping assembly used to connect and ground solar panel modules to a mounting rail. The covering comprises a sleeve including an outer cover for connecting to the solar panel module and a connector shaped to be contained within the outer cover and connected to the outer cover through two or more flanges. The connector has an opening there through to receive a female member of the clamping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, David Briggs, Shawn Meine, Bryan Lester
  • Patent number: 11581845
    Abstract: Solar trackers that may be advantageously employed on sloped and/or variable terrain to rotate solar panels to track motion of the sun across the sky include bearing assemblies and other mechanical features configured to address mechanical challenges posed by the sloped and/or variable terrain that might otherwise prevent or complicate use of solar trackers on such terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: NEVADOS ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Yezin Taha, Amitoj Gill
  • Patent number: 11572690
    Abstract: A mounting device includes a base having an internal cavity, a top, and an open bottom in communication with the internal cavity. The device includes a first upper member above the base, wherein the first upper member extends upwardly from the base, and a second upper member is above the base, wherein the second upper member extends upwardly from the base. The device further includes a fastener opening formed though the base for receiving a fastener when the mounting device is secured to a roof. The fastener opening is in communication with the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Unirac Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn J. Meine
  • Patent number: 11558008
    Abstract: Solar trackers that may be advantageously employed on sloped and/or variable terrain to rotate solar panels to track motion of the sun across the sky include bearing assemblies and other mechanical features configured to address mechanical challenges posed by the sloped and/or variable terrain that might otherwise prevent or complicate use of solar trackers on such terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Nevados Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Yezin Taha, Amitoj Gill
  • Patent number: 11545927
    Abstract: A system includes a first photovoltaic module and a second photovoltaic module, each having a first end, an opposite second end, a first side extending from the first end to the second end, a second side opposite the first side and extending from the first end to the second end, a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, at least one solar cell, an encapsulant encapsulating the at least one solar cell, and a frontsheet juxtaposed with a first surface of the encapsulant. A second surface of the first photovoltaic module proximate to a second side thereof is attached to the first surface of the second photovoltaic module proximate to the first side thereof. A second surface of the first photovoltaic module proximate to a second end thereof is attached to the first surface of the second photovoltaic module proximate to the first end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Lewis Abra, Nate Peterson, Thierry Nguyen, Richard Perkins
  • Patent number: 11545929
    Abstract: A method of installing on a horizontal or near-horizontal support surface a solar panel array including multiple solar panels may include, at the deployment site, fabricating from metal coil stock longitudinally continuous rack channels each having upstanding legs of different heights, locating the channels in parallel rows with a spacing determined by a width of the solar panels with interior spaces of the channels facing upwardly, weighing the channels down on the support surface by placing ballast in the channel spaces, and positioning the solar panels each with an edge supported by a high leg of one channel of the channels and an opposite edge supported by a low leg of an adjacent channel of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
    Inventors: Donald S. Scipione, Rob Martens
  • Patent number: 11527990
    Abstract: Photovoltaic panels may be aggregated in various ways and may be aggregated with the use of a backplane where the backplane comprises electrical connectors positioned to electrically connect the PV panels. The PV panels may have various sizes and shapes and may overlap one or more other PV panels or PV panels being aggregated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: David C. Okawa, Zachary S. Judkins, Tamir Lance, Tyler D. Newman, Thierry H. Nguyen, Ryan Reagan
  • Patent number: 11515832
    Abstract: Solar trackers that may be advantageously employed on sloped and/or variable terrain to rotate solar panels to track motion of the sun across the sky include bearing assemblies and other mechanical features configured to address mechanical challenges posed by the sloped and/or variable terrain that might otherwise prevent or complicate use of solar trackers on such terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: NEVADOS ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Yezin Taha, Amitoj Gill
  • Patent number: 11502639
    Abstract: An actuator comprising a bottom plate, a top-plate and one or more hub assembly extending between and rotatably coupling the bottom and top plates. The actuator also includes one or more bellows units disposed between the top plate and bottom plate, the one or more bellows units comprising a first and second inflatable bellows coupled by a web extending between the first and second bellows, the first and second bellows defining respective and separate first and second bellows cavities, with the first bellows of the bellows units disposed on a first side of the bottom plate, and the second bellows of the bellows units disposed on a second side of the bottom plate, opposing the first side, and between the top and bottom plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SUNFOLDING, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Douglass Betts, Saul Thomas Griffith, Jeffrey Charles Lamb, Peter Sturt Lynn, Leila Marcia Madrone, Matthew Ness Schneider, Kevin Patrick Simon, Louis Basel, Victoria Hammett Macomber, Dan Goldwater
  • Patent number: 11502638
    Abstract: A solar module mounting bracket system including a plurality of solar modules including mounting slots formed in a sidewall of the solar module, a torque tube configured to support the solar modules such that they can be rotated, a plurality of mounting brackets configured for integration with the torque tube and to which the plurality of solar modules are mounted, at least one first retainer assembly connected to one of the plurality of mounting brackets, the first retainer assembly including a through bolt, a spring, a mounting tab, and nut. When a solar module is placed on the mounting bracket and supported by the torque tube the mounting tab retainer assembly is received in the mounting slot of the solar module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Joseph Watson, Dennis Marvin Lawson, Thao Thanh Hoang, Paul Daniel Habib
  • Patent number: 11496087
    Abstract: A roof-mounted solar power system for generating electrical power that includes a plurality of solar modules adapted for generating electrical power from sunlight, and with each of the plurality of solar modules having substantially the same size, aspect ratio and surface coloring. The plurality of solar modules are mounted on the deck of a roof to form a bank of solar modules having at least one irregular edge. The solar power system further includes one or more non-power generating edge treatments having substantially the same size, aspect ratio and surface coloring as the solar modules and that are adapted for installation along the irregular edge. Each edge treatment is adapted for a cutting away of at least one corner thereof to smooth the irregular edge of the bank of solar modules to a regular edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: BMIC LLC
    Inventors: Tommy F. Rodrigues, Sudhir Railkar, Daniel E. Boss, David J. Gennrich, Cory Boudreau, Daniel R. Nett, Kent J. Kallsen
  • Patent number: 11489481
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mounting a solar panel array on a surface is disclosed. The solar panel array includes a plurality of solar panel modules and a hybrid solar panel module mounting assembly. The hybrid solar panel module mounting assembly includes a component of a rail-based mounting system and a component of a rail-less mounting system. At least one of the plurality of solar panel modules is mounted on the component of the rail-based mounting system and at least one of the plurality of solar panel modules is mounted on the component of the rail-less mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Unirac Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Schuit, Jason Mayfield, December Cowen, Darren Womacks
  • Patent number: 11489482
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an integrated photovoltaic (PV) roofing shingle comprising a photovoltaic (PV) module and a roofing shingle. In some embodiments, the roofing shingle is bonded to the PV module. In some embodiments, a bond strength between the roofing shingle and the PV module is from 5 N/mm to 60 N/mm tested according to ASTM D1876. In some embodiments, the integrated PV roofing shingle has a mass per unit area of 0.5 lb per square foot to 5 lbs per square foot. Methods, systems, and kits including the integrated PV roofing shingle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Peterson, Richard Perkins, Alex Sharenko, Gabriela Bunea
  • Patent number: 11459757
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of roofing shingles installed on a roof deck. Each of the roofing shingles includes first and second ends, first and second edges, a head lap, a reveal portion, a first side lap at the first end, and a second side lap at the second end. The second side lap includes a first surface, which has an adhesive. The first side lap of a first one of the roofing shingles overlays and is attached to the second side lap of a second one of the roofing shingles to form a sealed portion between the head lap of the first one of the roofing shingles and the head lap of the second one of the roofing shingles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Thierry Nguyen, Evan Michael Wray, Toby Tonascia, Michael David Kuiper, Jonathan Hewlett, Brian West
  • Patent number: 11456775
    Abstract: A slotted electrically conductive structure attachable to a substrate and configured to enhance penetration of an incidental radio wave through the substrate is disclosed. The structure allows a substantial portion of the incidental radio wave to penetrate from a first region to a second region through the substrate. The slotted electrically conductive structure comprises a metallic base layer of transparent metal or metal oxide; and one or more patterned slots provided on the metallic base layer. Each of the patterned slots comprises a plurality of feature elements covering an entire area of the patterned slot. The structure reduces thermal energy loss through the substrate and the plurality of feature elements is configured to allow the incidental radio wave to pass through the slotted electrically conductive structure. A multilayer structure comprising the slotted electrically conductive structure and a film structure having randomly distributed irregularly shaped protrusions or pits is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: ANTwave Intellectual Property Limited
    Inventors: Kung Bo Ng, Chun Kai Leung, Hang Wong, Chi Sun Yu
  • Patent number: 11444569
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of photovoltaic modules, each having a mat with an edge and a spacer with an edge, the edge of the mat being attached to the edge of the spacer. The spacer includes a plurality of support members and a solar module mounted to the support members. Each of the support members includes a ledge. The solar module and the ledge form a space therebetween. The space is sized and shaped to receive an edge of a solar module of another of the photovoltaic modules. The spacer of one of the photovoltaic modules overlays the mat of another of the photovoltaic modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: GAF Energy LLC
    Inventors: Peter Clemente, Brian Atchley, Brian West, Evan Wray, Daniel East, Mike Kuiper, Thierry Nguyen, Richard Perkins
  • Patent number: 11431284
    Abstract: An example canopy includes a plurality of panels arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of sequences, including a first sequence, second sequence, and a third sequence. The second sequence is disposed between the first and third sequences and forms a rainwater collection channel. The panels of the second sequence are angled with respect to the panels of the first and third sequences to optimize solar radiation and rainwater collection efficiency. Photovoltaic cells are provided on a flexible top surface of some or all of the panels. A hybrid canopy, a method of making a hybrid canopy, and a method of using and learning from a hybrid canopy, are shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Constance Bodurow, Andrew Bradford