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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
H02N 6/00
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
NELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
6Generators in which light radiation is directly converted into electrical energy
F24J 2/52
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
JPRODUCTION OR USE OF HEAT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Use of solar heat, e.g. solar heat collectors
46Component parts, details or accessories of solar heat collectors
52Arrangement of mountings or supports
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 MODULES
20Supporting structures for PV modules
H02S 20/23
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
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
F24S 25/67
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
67for coupling adjacent modules or their peripheral frames
CPC
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
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
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
F24S 25/632
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
63for fixing modules or their peripheral frames to supporting elements
632Side connectors; Base connectors
F24S 25/65
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
65for coupling adjacent supporting elements, e.g. for connecting profiles together
F24S 25/67
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
67for coupling adjacent modules or their peripheral frames
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.


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