Assembling Exposed Modules Patents (Class 52/747.1)
  • Patent number: 10622937
    Abstract: Photovoltaic modules are mounted onto a solar tracker array torque tube via pairs or left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors having spring latch assemblies. The left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors have orientation projections that couple with and extend into the interior body of the torque tube. The orientation projections on the spring latch assemblies of each pair of left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connector allow for the photovoltaic array connectors to fit over and settle on a torque tube, and thereby support and mount a photovoltaic module as part of a solar tracker array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Kathryn Austin Pesce, Charles Bernardo Almy
  • Patent number: 10602841
    Abstract: A video screen holding assembly for holding an electronic device in a landscape position or a portrait position includes a frame and a plurality of holding units. Each of the holding units is pivotally coupled to and extends outwardly from the frame and the holding units are spaced from each other and distributed horizontally along the frame. Each of the holding units has a deployed position and a stored position and each of the holding units holds an electronic device when in the deployed position. A plurality of first couplers is provided and each of the first couplers pivotally couples a respective one of the holding units to the frame. A plurality of second couplers is provided and each of the second couplers pivotally couples a respective one of the holding units to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Todd Hawkinson
  • Patent number: 10367445
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carrier structure (1) for solar panels. The invention also relates to a carrier (6) for use in a carrier structure (1) according to the invention. The invention then relates to an accessory (3) for use in a carrier structure (1) according to the invention. The invention furthermore relates to an assembly of at least one carrier structure (1) and at least one solar panel. In addition, the invention relates to a method for producing a carrier structure (1) according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Esdec B.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen De Vogel, Vincent De Vogel
  • Patent number: 10340838
    Abstract: A trim-rail for use in a solar panel mounting assembly is disclosed. The trim-rail includes a tilted spring support ledge on a side of the trim-rail. A photovoltaic module is elastically supportable on the tilted spring support ledge when the photovoltaic module is installed on the tilted spring support ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Unirac Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Schuit, Jason Mayfield, Ernest Gallegos
  • Patent number: 10253493
    Abstract: A reflective particulate composition includes a particulate mixture that includes a particulate substrate, a hardness enhancer and a pigment. The reflective particulate substrate has a hydrophobic coating on the particulate mixture. The composition may have a solar reflectance of 70% or greater. The pigment may include a clay, and the particulate substrate may include a feldspar. A method of making the composition may include mixing the particulate substrate, the hardness enhancer, and the pigment to form a particulate mixture, heat treating the particulate mixture, and coating the heat treated mixture with the hydrophobic coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Silica Company
    Inventors: Rhonda Marie Jenree, Rocky Lee Smith, Shih-Jen Wu, David Earl Weller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10087675
    Abstract: A modular fenestration system includes a collection of standardized functional units such as double hung window units, casement window units, picture window units, transom units, and the like. The functional units all share common sightlines, common glass set-back, common interfaces, common design language, and are sized according to a unique modular or incremental sizing grid. The sizing grid specifies individual window units in terms of the rough opening size in which they are designed to be installed. Individual functional units are easily combinable in a vast array of combinations to create a large number of possible composite window units. The above attributes of the functional units ensures that the composite window units are architecturally pleasing and appear as though they were custom crafted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Libby, David Plummer
  • Patent number: 9631373
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes a curtain wall member and a first curtain wall member mounting apparatus coupled to a first end of the curtain wall member. The first curtain wall member mounting apparatus includes a mounting plate and an arm having one or more projections. The first curtain wall member mounting apparatus engages with a first curtain wall member supporting channel having a vertically-disposed member and a horizontally-disposed supporting member having a receiving-and-retaining member extending from an end opposite the vertically-disposed member. The receiving-and-retaining member engages with a channel adjacent to one or more projections of the first curtain wall member mounting apparatus. The first curtain wall member mounting apparatus is adapted to be rotated into position such that a connection mechanism at a second end of the curtain wall member engages with a second curtain wall member supporting channel to retain the curtain wall member in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Stephen N. Loyd Irrevocable Family Trust
    Inventor: Stephen N. Loyd
  • Patent number: 9260869
    Abstract: Flooring material comprising sheet-shaped floor elements with a mainly square or rectangular shape. The floor elements are provided with edges, a lower side and an upper decorative layer. The floor elements are intended to be joined by means of joining members. The floor elements are provided with male joining members on a first edge while a second edge of the floor elements are provided with a female joining member. The male joining member is provided with a tongue and a lower side groove while the female joining member is provided with a groove and a cheek, the cheek being provided with a lip. The floor elements are provided with a male vertical assembly joining member on a third edge while a fourth, opposite, edge is provided with female vertical assembly joining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: PERGO (EUROPE) AB
    Inventors: Jorgen Palsson, Ake Sjoberg
  • Patent number: 9255414
    Abstract: Flooring material comprising sheet-shaped floor elements with a mainly square or rectangular shape. The floor elements are provided with edges, a lower side and an upper decorative layer. The floor elements are intended to be joined by means of joining members. The floor elements are provided with male joining members on a first edge while a second edge of the floor elements are provided with a female joining member. The male joining member is provided with a tongue and a lower side groove while the female joining member is provided with a groove and a cheek, the cheek being provided with a lip. The floor elements are provided with a male vertical assembly joining member on a third edge while a fourth, opposite, edge is provided with female vertical assembly joining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: PERGO (EUROPE) AB
    Inventors: Jorgen Palsson, Ake Sjoberg
  • Publication number: 20150143760
    Abstract: A roof vent for supporting a solar panel is provided. The roof vent includes a vent member and a solar panel support element. The vent member is sized and shaped to mimic the appearance of a roof cover element. The vent member includes an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion separated from the lower portion by a gap. The solar panel support element is attached to the vent member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory S. Daniels
  • Patent number: 9038326
    Abstract: A ceiling system in one embodiment includes a support grid including intersecting grid support members and grid openings formed between the grid support members. A vertical baffle is positioned in a grid opening and is attached to the support grid. The baffle includes opposing front and rear faces extending between opposing lateral sides of the baffle. First and second mounting grooves formed in the baffle engage and support the baffle from the grid. In one embodiment, one of the mounting grooves is disposed in each lateral side to support the baffle from opposite sides. The baffle may further include a third mounting groove formed in the rear face which engages the support grid to help align and squarely register the baffle with respect to the grid for clean linear visuals. In one embodiment, the grid support members may have a standard T-shaped cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Todd Bergman, Scott Huntzinger
  • Patent number: 9021767
    Abstract: A kit for securing stone veneer panels to a structure, the kit comprising a plurality of stone veneer panels with upper and lower flanges, a plurality of brackets for securing the panels to the structure and a filler panel for placement between adjacent vertically disposed stone veneer panels to fill the gap between the panels. The brackets are secured to the structure through a bracket center mount and also utilize upper and lower wing walls to form a channel for receipt of the flange of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ply Gem Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David Barrett, Jr., John M. Wade, Derek Zimmerman, Alan F. Hoying
  • Publication number: 20150113891
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide systems and methods for providing a window wall with flush slab edge covers. A window wall system can include a sill receptor configured to fixably attach to a top surface of a slab. The window wall system may include a head receptor configured to fixably attach to an underside surface of the slab. The window wall system can include a window wall panel including panel infill and a panel sill configured to detachably couple to the sill receptor. The window wall system may include a slab edge cover including cover infill. The slab edge cover can be configured to detachably couple to the window wall panel and the head receptor. In various embodiments, an exterior surface of the panel infill and an exterior surface of the cover infill are configured to flushly align when the slab edge cover is detachably coupled to the window wall panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Evensen, James Jonathan White
  • Patent number: 9010067
    Abstract: A method of mechanically joining wood panels side edge to side edge by providing a panel with a groove between a top and bottom surfaces of the panel having two holding ramps with an angle of between 25 degrees and 60 degrees relative to the groove insertion axis which is parallel to the top surface; providing a connector adapted to mate with the groove of the panel having two right-side sub-tongues extending from right side and two left-side sub-tongues extending from the left side of a rectangular base support, and outward extending distal catches on the sub-tongues in a direction substantially normal to the groove insertion axis; and inserting the sub-tongues with distal catches into the groove along the groove insertion axis allowing the distal catches on the two right-side or two left-side sub-tongues to touch the two holding ramps causing the sub-tongues to flex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Geoffrey Alan Baker, Nicholas Gerrard Vitale
  • Publication number: 20150096251
    Abstract: A façade (100) comprising at least one façade panel (112) having a front face (131) and a rear face (113) and at least two panel support elements (108). Each panel support element (108) comprises a first arm (110), a second arm (109) wherein at least a portion of the second arm (109) is attached to the rear face (113) of the façade panel (112). The panel support element (108) also comprising at least two panel retaining elements (101), each comprising a first flange (104) and a channel 106, wherein at least a portion of the second arm (109) of the panel support element (108) is restrained within the channel (106) and each panel retaining element (101) is attached to a building structural substrate (102).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Jeremy McCandless, James Gleeson
  • Publication number: 20150083197
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon a system and method for an improved photovoltaic cladding device array with an interface member (500) for use on a building structure with other non-solar cladding materials (600). The interface member is disposed under a portion of the photovoltaic cladding elements (P) and includes a photovoltaic cladding element nesting portion and a building sheatin nesting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
  • Publication number: 20150075087
    Abstract: The present invention relates particularly to photovoltaic roofing products for use in photovoltaically generating electfrical energy and provides inside corner flashings useful for flashing photovoltaic roofing systems in which photovoltaic roofing elements are disposed in a staggered configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Robert L. Jenkins, Christopher C. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8966844
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a masonry wall system consisting of a plurality of panels and artificial masonry units. The panels are provided with channels sized to receive the artificial masonry units and delimited by protruding ribs. The protruding ribs have a predetermined width w and also have notches uniformly spaced along the ribs. The artificial masonry units have protuberances devised and positioned on the masonry units to be fitted in the notches of the protruding ribs so that the masonry units are equally spaced-apart from each other by a predetermined gap (g).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Bouchard
  • Patent number: 8966853
    Abstract: A fastening system for floor panels, which has profiles on small faces of the panels. Opposite retaining profiles match so that similar panels can be interlinked. The panels have opposite first retaining profiles configured so on a panel in first line, a new panel can be locked in second line by attaching the new panel to the installed panel at an angle relative to the installed panel and then swiveling it down into the plane of the installed panel. The panel has opposite second retaining elements that have corresponding hook elements. A hook connection can be established by a hook element of the new panel and hook element of a panel already installed in second line by swiveling the new panel. Every hook connection is associated with an additional locking element that prevents the release of the hook connection in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the installed panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Akzenta Paneele + Profile GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Hannig
  • Patent number: 8950131
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes a plurality of curtain wall members positioned in a horizontal array, a first curtain wall member separated from an adjacent second curtain wall member by a gap. The system further includes a gap-filling member positioned in the gap separating the adjacent first and second curtain wall members, the gap filling member comprising one or more vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen N. Loyd
  • Patent number: 8938932
    Abstract: A rail-less roof mounting system for installing photovoltaic (PV) modules on a roof structure comprises a base mount assembly that engages with a clamp assembly and attaches to the roof structure. The base mount assembly comprises a base member having a waterproof means, a block slider, a top slider and a covering means. An elevated seal portion of a block slider includes a borehole to receive the waterproof means. A vertical engaging portion of the block slider is attached with a sliding seal member of the top slider. The clamp assembly includes a clamp member and a plate member and the clamp member is attached with a track of the top slider. The clamp member interlocks the PV modules to provide a corner-to-corner coupling arrangement, which enables the connection of PV module corners to adjacent PV module corners by sandwiching above and beneath frame members of the PV modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Quality Product LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Wentworth, Claudia Wentworth
  • Publication number: 20150000219
    Abstract: A wall siding corner cover apparatus having an elongated length is provided. A corner portion is formed from first and second sides connected together at proximal ends of each of the first and second sides, wherein the first side is positioned substantially perpendicular to the second side. A first ending portion is connected to a distal end of the first side and a second ending portion is connected to a distal end of the second side. A first rear leg is connected to the first ending portion and a second rear leg is connected to the second ending portion. Each of the first and second rear legs extends towards the proximal ends of each of the first and second sides, respectively. Each of the first and second rear legs terminates in a position between the proximal and distal ends of each of the first and second sides, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Brandon Yarmo
  • Patent number: 8915036
    Abstract: An interlocking panel system for top-down or bottom-up installation on an underlying structure including a plurality of panels, with an uphill course and a downhill course where each panel is generally rectangular, having an uphill edge and opposing downhill edge. An interlocking member is disposed along the uphill edge, and a receiving member adapted to receive the interlocking member and a joining flange are disposed along the downhill edge. A first panel is positioned on an underlying structure. In top-down installation, a clip is disposed along the downhill edge of the first panel and affixed to the underlying structure, and a second panel is engaged with the receiving member of the first panel. In bottom-up installation, the first panel is affixed to the underlying structure, and a second panel is engaged with the interlocking member of the first panel, and then affixed to the underlying structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Quality Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Vander Laan, Mike Moerler, Todd Alexander
  • Patent number: 8898998
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel wall or ceiling paneling or flooring manufactured from curved cask staves used in the aging of liquors, including wine and whiskey, having a desirable patina that emits a scent having a bouquet associated with the bouquet of the fermented liquor that was aged in the cask, as well as a method to manufacture the paneling or flooring that includes the steps of first straightening the curved staves, and then scrapping a portion of the stained surface layer of the stave to remove any splintering that may have occurred during the stave straightening process. The straightened, scraped stave is affixed to a wall or predetermined sub flooring surface with the stained surface layer remaining exposed for viewing or foot traffic and to permit the release of the wine, whiskey or other spirit bouquet into the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph P. Triglia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8898971
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a photovoltaic (PV) module on a surface, including a support with an upper surface, a lower surface, tabs, one or more openings, and a clip comprising an arm and a notch, where the apparatus resists wind forces and seismic forces and creates a grounding electrical bond between the PV module, support, and clip. The invention further includes a method for installing PV modules on a surface that includes arranging supports in rows along an X axis and in columns along a Y axis on a surface such that in each row the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the longest side of a PV module and in each column the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the shortest side of a PV module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventors: John Raymond West, Brian Atchley, Tyrus Hawkes Hudson, Emil Johansen
  • Patent number: 8898999
    Abstract: A support structure for elevating a building surface above a fixed surface including a plurality of support pedestals disposed in spaced-apart relation on the fixed surface, a plurality of stabilizing braces interconnecting adjacent of the plurality of support pedestals, and a plurality of restraint members. The restraint members include a mounting portion securable to one of the plurality of stabilizing braces and a restraint portion operatively attached to the mounting portion and securable to an outer edge segment of one or more of the surface tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: United Construction Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Kugler, Stephen J. Knight, III, Lisa K. von-Gunten
  • Publication number: 20140345216
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for cornerbead or corneraide for finishing the junction between two or more walls. Embodiments include at least one generally central web portion with at least a portion thereof extending and/or deformed away from a person viewing that web portion as assembled in the finished assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: David Kartler
  • Publication number: 20140338273
    Abstract: A system for mounting at least one solar panel on a roof may include a plurality of panel mounting brackets each including a base to be positioned on the roof having a first opening(s) therein, and a vertical extension having a proximal end coupled to the base, a distal end, and a central portion extending between the proximal and distal ends. The distal end may define a fastener channel having a fastener slot opening vertically aligned with the first opening(s) in the base. The central portion may include a cross member(s) defining a second opening(s) therein vertically aligned with the fastener slot opening and the first opening(s) in the base. The system may further include a bracket fastener(s) to be inserted through the fastener slot opening, the second opening(s), and the first opening(s) of a respective panel mounting bracket and coupled to the roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: KEVIN STAPLETON
  • Publication number: 20140325923
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to electrical systems. The present invention relates more particularly to electrical wiring systems suitable for use in roofing applications. One aspect of the invention is a wiring system on a roof comprising a roof deck having a slope and one or more roofing elements disposed on the roof deck, the wiring system including one or more wires extending along the roof on top of the roofing elements; and a wire covering disposed over the one or more wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Chihlas, Christopher C. Fisher, Gregory F. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8850756
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mounting one or more solar panel modules are disclosed. First and second support structures can be provided. Each support structure can include a lateral support member extending laterally between two post members, and a clamp movably attached to the lateral support member and movable along a length of the lateral support member. Each of the support structures can be configured to be separately mounted to the supporting surface and aligned along an axis to have each lateral support member support a portion of the first solar panel module. The clamp of the first support structure can configured to be moved to a first Airy point of the first solar panel module and the clamp of the second support structure can be configured to be moved to a second Airy point of the first solar panel module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Panelclaw, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anderson, Vasilije Jovanovic
  • Patent number: 8844243
    Abstract: An arbitrary structural insulated panel and an adjoining structural insulated panel, which include magnesium oxide boards as the exterior panels, can be connected together by a first spline and a second spline. The arbitrary structural insulated panel is first connected to a building floor foundation. Then the first spline and the second spline are adhered into the arbitrary structural insulated panel. The adjoining structural insulated panel is then secured to the arbitrary structural insulated panel as the first spline and the second spline engage with the adjoining structural insulated panel. A plurality of fasteners is used as the final step to further secure the arbitrary structural insulated panel and the adjoining structural insulated panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry Gillman
  • Publication number: 20140283479
    Abstract: The multi-purpose tile is formed solely of randomly arranged and uniformly distributed non-woven plastic fibers. The non-woven plastic fibers are fused together without a binder and compressed while in a heated state to establish a predetermined thickness of the tile. The tile is flexible, self-supporting and non-collapsible, and can be installed as a lay-in ceiling tile on a grid for use as a suspended ceiling, or bonded directly to a ceiling, or bonded directly to a wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: TOWER IPCO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Norman Stone
  • Publication number: 20140283466
    Abstract: Floorboards provided with a mechanical locking system including a locking strip protruding from a first edge of a first floorboard. The locking strip is provided with a locking element configured to cooperate with a locking groove at a lower side of a second edge of a second floorboard for locking the first edge and the second edge in a horizontal direction. The first edge and the second edge are configured to be assembled by a vertical downward motion of the second edge towards the first edge. The second edge is provided with a calibrating groove adjacent the locking groove. The disclosure also relates to a method for producing a mechanical locking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Välinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Christian Boo
  • Publication number: 20140260077
    Abstract: A rolled ridge vent dispenser having a housing including a plurality of walls defining an internal chamber configured to receive a rolled ridge vent. A longitudinal slot is disposed in one of the plurality of walls. The longitudinal slot has a width sufficient to allow a free end of the rolled ridge vent to protrude externally from the housing. A handle is disposed on one of the plurality of walls. Ridge line engaging members are provided to align the dispenser with the ridge line of a roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: QUALITY EDGE, INC.
    Inventors: John Mankowski, Nathaniel Richardson
  • Publication number: 20140259996
    Abstract: A roofing product can include a substrate and a heater. The roofing product may be placed along portions of a roof where heat can help to reduce the likelihood of water freezing into ice while along a roof. In an embodiment, a hinge can be used in a roofing product to aid in folding of the roofing product or to retain a non-planar shape of the roofing product. The roofing product may or may not include a self-adhesive backing. A roofing product can include plurality of heaters that can provide sufficient heating should a particular heater fail. Method of fabricating the roofing product can be adapted for a fabrication line that can operate continuously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Certain Teed Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. JENKINS, Stephen A. KOCH, Gregory F. JACOBS
  • Patent number: 8833038
    Abstract: A casing system for covering the edges of structural frameworks and the like. The system includes a first casing piece and a second casing piece shaped to fit together. The first casing piece has a decorative profile milled into at least one side or end edge. The second casing piece has a reverse image of the decorative profile milled into a side or end edge. The pieces fit together by abutting edges or sides having a decorative profile and the reverse image of the decorative profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Walter Karl Stavenjord
  • Patent number: 8813460
    Abstract: An integrated module frame and racking system for a solar panel is disclosed. The solar panel comprises a plurality of solar modules and a plurality of splices for coupling the plurality of solar modules together. The plurality of splices provide a way to make the connected modules mechanically rigid both during transport to the roof and after mounting for the lifetime of the system, provide wiring connections between modules, provide an electrical grounding path for the modules, provide a way to add modules to the panel, and provide a way to remove or change a defective module. Connector mount assemblies are provided on the sides of the modules to simplify the electrical assembly of modules when the modules are connected together with splices and to simplify the final connection of external wiring to the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Andalay Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Cinnamon, Emanuel E. Levy, David E. Baker, Alexander A. Au
  • Patent number: 8789331
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and a method for covering a surface of a wall, preferably the surface of a wall of a ship, more preferably the surface of the deck of a ship. The system according to the invention comprises: a number of first wall-covering elements; two mounting assemblies, each comprising a second wall-covering element and a connecting assembly for releasable connection of the second wall-covering element to the surface of the wall for covering; and a number of first coupling elements for coupling the first wall-covering elements to the mounting assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bolidt Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Kunststoffen en Bouwwerken B.V.
    Inventor: Rientz Willem Bol
  • Publication number: 20140202109
    Abstract: A siding system includes a plurality of siding panels having a substrate formed to define a plurality of decorative units. Each of the decorative units includes an average unit distance that is equal to the sum of an average width of the decorative units, and an average width of keyways separating the decorative units. An actual centerline of each of the decorative units is horizontally located within a maximum offset tolerance of a theoretical horizontal center of each of the decorative units. The theoretical horizontal center of each of the decorative units is located at a center location distance measured from a first vertical edge of the substrate. A second siding panel is disposed vertically above a first siding panel when attached to the wall surface. The second siding panel is horizontally offset relative to the first siding panel a panel offset distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: TAPCO INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew Jason Michalski, Michael W. Maurer, Clyde Allen, Daniel Franklin, Jonathan Wierengo
  • Publication number: 20140190120
    Abstract: A method of retrofitting a home includes providing a structural base on a ground surface adjacent to and outside the outer walls, the structural base comprising one or more air passages; installing insulation adjacent to an outer surface of the outer walls, the insulation being supported by the structural base; and installing siding material on an outer surface of the insulation, the siding material and the existing outer walls enclosing the insulation and defining a flow path, a top of the flow path comprising one or more air passages into the attic space such that air flows along the insulation in the flow path between the structural base and the attic space. A plurality of new trusses may be supported at an apex of the existing roof that overhanging the existing outer walls and the insulation, the trusses sloping direction of the slope of the existing roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Keith Warren
  • Patent number: 8763346
    Abstract: An attachment device for a module for collecting energy originating from solar radiation to a structure, such as a roof, a façade, or a mounting structure of a ground-mounted structure, wherein the module includes on its rear face at least one reinforcing profiled section. The attachment device includes at least one support secured to the structure. The support includes a snap-fastening mechanism with respect to the reinforcing profiled section of the module, which snap-fastening mechanism can be activated by applying a one-way thrust force pushing the module in the direction of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Hans-Werner Kuster, Felix Kuster
  • Publication number: 20140174004
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the photovoltaic generation of electrical energy. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic roofing products for use in photovoltaically generating electrical energy. One aspect of the invention is a photovoltaic roofing element including a roofing substrate; a photovoltaic element disposed on the roofing substrate; an electrical connector operatively connected to the photovoltaic element, the electrical connector having a top side, a down-roof side and an electrical terminus; and a shield disposed adjacent the electrical terminus of the electrical connector on its down-roof side, its top side, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Robert D. Livsey, Robert L. Jenkins, Gregory F. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8756898
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method by which a plurality of connecting rods are located within and slidable through a first concrete panel so that the connecting rods extend outwardly from the first panel for receipt inwardly of a second concrete panel at mating channels formed therewithin, whereby the first and second concrete panels are joined together such as, for example, in the case of roadway construction. A plurality of slots which are formed through the top of the first panel communicate with respective ones of the plurality of connecting rods. A tool is moved into contact with the connecting rods by way of respective ones of the slots. The tool applies a pushing force to each of the connecting rods to cause the rods to slide through the first panel and into receipt by the mating channels of the second panel to establish a reliable joint therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas J. Backhaus, Baltazar Siqueiros
  • Patent number: 8756899
    Abstract: A method of assembling resilient floorboards is disclosed that includes the step of bending an edge of a floorboard during the assembling. The bending reduces the force required for connection of the edge to another edge of a juxtaposed floorboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Mats Nilsson, Per Nygren
  • Patent number: 8752350
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a thermal protection element, a number of washers, a ceramic layer, a number of blind fasteners, and a number of tabs. The thermal protection element has an upper surface, a lower surface, and a plurality of sides. The ceramic layer covers at least the plurality of sides of the thermal protection element. The number of tabs is connected to the number of sides by the number of blind fasteners secured to the ceramic layers. The tabs may be part of a frame secured to a groove around the plurality of sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas R. Pinney, Conley Siddoway Thatcher, Jonathan Embler, Kaia Elena David, Leanne L. Lehman, Edward A. Zadorozny
  • Publication number: 20140157701
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention provide systems, methods, and apparatus for decorating and/or protecting a surface with one or more nonplanar panels. Particularly, the nonplanar panels can form a panel system that can conceal a support surface, structural components or elements, and can provide a decorative façade, and/or protect the underlying structure or components or elements thereof from elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Carlos Bernardo Gonzalez Jedia
  • Patent number: 8745951
    Abstract: A flange component used to secure a first panel to a second panel including a first section to be affixed to the first panel and a second section to be affixed to the second panel. The second section is integrally formed with the first section, which has a length dimension that is longer than a length dimension of the second section forming first and second tabs. The second section of the flange component is integral to an intermediate section between the first and second tabs. The second tab is offset relative to the intermediate section and first tab whereby when the first section is attached to the first panel, a space is formed between the second tab and the first panel. A first tab of an adjacent flange component is inserted this space, and the second section protrudes from a periphery of the first panel for receiving the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Ned C. Bowers, Russell Ortner
  • Patent number: 8745949
    Abstract: An apparatus for flooring including a first connecting piece, a first floor plank, a second connecting piece, and a second floor plank. The first connecting piece may be permanently connected to the first floor plank. The second connecting piece may be permanently connected to the second floor plank. The first floor plank may be temporarily connected to the second floor plank. The first connecting piece may be L-shaped, having a first section and a second section, with the first section of the first connecting piece substantially perpendicular to the second section of the first connecting piece. The second connecting piece may be L-shaped, having a first section and a second section, with the first section of the second connecting piece substantially perpendicular to the second section of the second connecting piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Chao Kang Pien
  • Publication number: 20140144102
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to building panels, structures comprising building panels, and methods of manufacturing building panels. In a representative embodiment, a building panel comprises a fiber-reinforced polymer layer and an insulative layer disposed adjacent the fiber-reinforced polymer layer. The building panel can further comprise a rigid planar member disposed adjacent the insulative layer such that the insulative layer is located between the fiber-reinforced polymer layer and the rigid planar member. The building panel can further comprise one or more fiber-reinforced polymer connectors extending through the insulative layer between the fiber-reinforced polymer layer and the rigid planar member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: University of Idaho
    Inventor: An Chen
  • Publication number: 20140115981
    Abstract: A shingle and method is provided, wherein the shingle includes a shingle back having at least one back conductive trace and a shingle front configured to securely include at least one solar cell. The shingle front includes at least one front conductive trace configurable such that when the shingle front includes a solar cell, the solar cell is conductively connected to the at least one front conductive trace in a series fashion. At least one of the back conductive traces is conductively connected to at least one of the front conductive traces. The back conductive traces and the front conductive traces are configured such that when the shingle is associated with a like shingle, the back conductive trace of the like shingle is conductively connected to the at least one front conductive trace of the shingle to be in a series fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Dube