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1. USRE047733 - Method and apparatus for mounting photovoltaic modules

Office United States of America
Application Number 13241199
Application Date 22.09.2011
Publication Number RE047733
Publication Date 19.11.2019
Grant Number RE047733
Grant Date 19.11.2019
Publication Kind E1
IPC
H ELECTRICITY
02
GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
N
ELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
6
Generators in which light radiation is directly converted into electrical energy
F MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
24
HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
J
PRODUCTION OR USE OF HEAT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2
Use of solar heat, e.g. solar heat collectors
46
Component parts, details or accessories of solar heat collectors
52
Arrangement of mountings or supports
[IPC code unknown for H02S 20]
[IPC code unknown for H02S 20/23]
[IPC code unknown for F24S 25/61]
[IPC code unknown for F24S 25/67]
[IPC code unknown for F24S 25/20]
[IPC code unknown for F24S 25/65]
[IPC code unknown for F24S 25/632]
[IPC code unknown for F24S 25/60]
H02N 6/00
F24J 2/52
H02S 20/00
H02S 20/23
F24S 25/61
F24S 25/67
CPC
F24S 25/20
H02S 20/00
F24S 25/61
F24S 25/632
F24S 25/65
F24S 25/67
Applicants John Raymond West
Tesla, Inc.
Inventors John Raymond West
Agents Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Title
(EN) Method and apparatus for mounting photovoltaic modules
Abstract
(EN)

An interlocking photovoltaic module mounting system that provides a one piece, integrated photovoltaic module frame portion that is directly mountable to a support structure and interlocks with separate adjoining photovoltaic module frame portions. The apparatus includes a frame member for enclosing the perimeter of a photovoltaic module, having an inside surface and outside surface, with the inside surface including a recess for capture of the panel. The frame member outside surface includes at least one interlocking means for affixation to the complementary outside surface of an adjacent frame-member. The frame member includes a height-adjustable foot portion for supporting the frame member on a roof, so that adjacent frame members may be interlocked to form an array, and the foot portion may be adjusted to level the formed array on the roof.