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1. WO2012116121 - PIVOT-FIT FRAME, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

Publication Number WO/2012/116121
Publication Date 30.08.2012
International Application No. PCT/US2012/026200
International Filing Date 22.02.2012
IPC
E04D 13/18 2006.1
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
E04D 13/00
EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
04BUILDING
DROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS
13Special arrangements or devices in connection with roof coverings; ; Protection against birds; Roof drainage; ; Sky-lights
F16M 13/02
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
MFRAMES, CASINGS OR BEDS OF ENGINES, MACHINES OR APPARATUS, NOT SPECIFIC TO ENGINES, MACHINES OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS; SUPPORTS
13Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles
02for supporting on, or attaching to, an object, e.g. tree, gate, window-frame, cycle
F24S 2025/02
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
01Special support components; Methods of use
02Ballasting means
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
F24S 25/613
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
613in the form of bent strips or assemblies of strips; Hook-like connectors; Connectors to be mounted between building-covering elements
Applicants
  • ZEP SOLAR, INC. [US]/[US] (AllExceptUS)
  • WEST, John, Raymond [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • HUDSON, Tyrus, Hawkes [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • WEST, John, Raymond
  • HUDSON, Tyrus, Hawkes
Agents
  • JOHNSON, Larry, D.
Priority Data
61/445,04222.02.2011US
Publication Language English (en)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) PIVOT-FIT FRAME, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES
(FR) CADRE À MONTAGE PIVOTANT, SYSTÈME ET PROCÉDÉ POUR MODULES PHOTOVOLTAÏQUES
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.
(FR) La présente invention concerne un système et un appareil comprenant des modules photovoltaïques présentant un cadre permettant un assemblage rapide et facile des modules photovoltaïques dans un ensemble photovoltaïque d'une manière robuste et durable. Dans des exemples de la présente technologie, les modules photovoltaïques peuvent présenter un cadre à rainures dans lequel la rainure est pratiquée suivant un angle par rapport à une surface plane des modules. Divers couplages peuvent s'insérer dans la rainure pour assembler les modules photovoltaïques dans l'ensemble photovoltaïque au moyen d'un raccordement à montage pivotant. D'autres exemples de la présente technologie fonctionnent avec des modules photovoltaïques présentant des cadres exempts de rainures ou avec des modules photovoltaïques dans lesquels le cadre est complètement omis.
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