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1. US20190020301 - Photovoltaic roof tiles and method of manufacturing same

Office United States of America
Application Number 16034299
Application Date 12.07.2018
Publication Number 20190020301
Publication Date 17.01.2019
Grant Number 10771006
Grant Date 08.09.2020
Publication Kind B2
IPC
H02S 20/25
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 MODULES
20Supporting structures for PV modules
20Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object
22specially adapted for buildings
23specially adapted for roof structures
25Roof tile elements
H01L 31/048
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
31Semiconductor devices sensitive to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength, or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control of electrical energy by such radiation; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
04adapted as photovoltaic conversion devices
042PV modules or arrays of single PV cells
048Encapsulation of modules
H01L 31/18
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
31Semiconductor devices sensitive to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength, or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control of electrical energy by such radiation; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
18Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment of these devices or of parts thereof
H01L 31/046
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
31Semiconductor devices sensitive to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength, or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control of electrical energy by such radiation; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
04adapted as photovoltaic conversion devices
042PV modules or arrays of single PV cells
0445including thin film solar cells, e.g. single thin film a-Si, CIS or CdTe solar cells
046PV modules composed of a plurality of thin film solar cells deposited on the same substrate
H01L 31/032
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
31Semiconductor devices sensitive to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength, or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control of electrical energy by such radiation; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
0248characterised by their semiconductor bodies
0256characterised by the material
0264Inorganic materials
032including, apart from doping materials or other impurities, only compounds not provided for in groups H01L31/0272-H01L31/0312154
H01L 31/0296
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
31Semiconductor devices sensitive to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength, or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control of electrical energy by such radiation; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
0248characterised by their semiconductor bodies
0256characterised by the material
0264Inorganic materials
0296including, apart from doping material or other impurities, only AIIBVI compounds, e.g. CdS, ZnS, HgCdTe
Applicants Tesla, Inc.
Inventors Daniel Preston Flanigan
Alex Christopher Mayer
Agents Dentons US LLP
Title
(EN) Photovoltaic roof tiles and method of manufacturing same
Abstract
(EN)

A solar tile and method for manufacturing solar tiles as a roofing surface with improved aesthetics that reduce the visual differences between solar and non-solar portions of tile. Roof tiles include an active area of thin-film photovoltaic material and an inactive area of thin-film photovoltaic material.