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1. AU2012220665 - Pivot-fit frame, system and method for photovoltaic modules

Office
Australia
Application Number 2012220665
Application Date 22.02.2012
Publication Number 2012220665
Publication Date 10.10.2013
Publication Kind B2
IPC
E04D 13/18
EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
04BUILDING
DROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS
13Special arrangements or devices in connection with roof coverings; Roof drainage
18Roof covering aspects of energy collecting devices, e.g. including solar panels
CPC
Y02E 10/47
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
EREDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
10Energy generation through renewable energy sources
40Solar thermal energy, e.g. solar towers
47Mountings or tracking
H02S 20/24
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
SGENERATION OF ELECTRIC POWER BY CONVERSION OF INFRA-RED RADIATION, VISIBLE LIGHT OR ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT, e.g. USING PHOTOVOLTAIC [PV] MODULES
20Supporting structures for PV modules
20Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object
22specially adapted for buildings
23specially adapted for roof structures
24specially adapted for flat roofs
H02S 20/00
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
SGENERATION OF ELECTRIC POWER BY CONVERSION OF INFRA-RED RADIATION, VISIBLE LIGHT OR ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT, e.g. USING PHOTOVOLTAIC [PV] MODULES
20Supporting structures for PV modules
Y02B 10/20
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
BCLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO BUILDINGS, e.g. HOUSING, HOUSE APPLIANCES OR RELATED END-USER APPLICATIONS
10Integration of renewable energy sources in buildings
20Solar thermal
F24S 25/20
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
SSOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS; SOLAR HEAT SYSTEMS
25Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
20Peripheral frames for modules
F24S 25/61
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
SSOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS; SOLAR HEAT SYSTEMS
25Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
60Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules
61for fixing to the ground or to building structures
Applicants SolarCity Corporation
Inventors Hudson, Tyrus Hawkes
West, John Raymond
Agents FPA Patent Attorneys Pty Ltd
Priority Data 61/445,042 22.02.2011 US
Title
(EN) Pivot-fit frame, system and method for photovoltaic modules
Abstract
(EN) A system and apparatus are disclosed including PV modules having a frame allowing quick and easy assembling of the PV modules into a PV array in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, the PV modules may have a grooved frame where the groove is provided at an angle with respect to a planar surface of the modules. Various couplings may engage within the groove to assemble the PV modules into the PV array with a pivot-fit connection. Further examples of the present technology operate with PV modules having frames without grooves, or with PV modules where the frame is omitted altogether.
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