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1. (WO2017132475) DUAL-POSITION MOUNT FOR POWER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
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CLAIMS:

1 . An apparatus for mounting a power electronic device to a photovoltaic (PV) module, comprising:

a mounting bracket adapted to mechanically couple the power electronic device to the backsheet of the PV module such that the power electronic device can be interchangeably positioned in a retracted position and an extended position, the extended position having an air gap between the power electronic device and the backsheet.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the mounting bracket comprises a plurality of bi-stable latches disposed on a base member that is adhered to the backsheet; and wherein each bi-stable latch of the plurality of bi-stable latches is adapted for insertion into a corresponding receptacle of the power electronic device and to engage with at least one corresponding bi-stable stop of the receptacle (i) in a first position for maintaining the power electronic device in the retracted position and (ii) in a second position for maintaining the power electronic device in the extended position.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein each bi-stable latch comprises two arms having an inner angle between them, and wherein the at least one corresponding bi-stable stop comprises two bi-stable stops, and wherein when the two arms are engaged with the two bi-stable stops in the second position and no force is applied to the two arms, the inner angle is such that the two bi-stable stops prevent the receptacle from being lowered over the two arms.

4. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein in order to lower the receptacle over the two arms, force must be applied to bring the two arms closer together such that the two arms no longer engage with the two bi-stable stops.

5. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein when the power electronic device is the retracted position, the two arms create a retraction force against the two bi-stable stops that pulls the receptacle toward the base member.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein each arm of the two arms comprises a retraction friction lock disposed on its outer-facing side; and wherein when the power electronic device is in the retracted position, each retraction friction lock engages one of the two bi-stable stops such that the retraction force along with the friction between the two arms and the two bi-stable stops defines the net force retaining the receptacle.

7. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the mounting bracket further comprises a plurality of retaining latches, each retaining latch of the plurality of retaining latches disposed proximate to a corresponding bi-stable latch of the plurality of bi-stable latches; and wherein when the power electronic device is in the extended position, a of each retaining latch of the plurality of retaining latches engages with a corresponding retaining stop of the receptacle to lock the power electronic device in the extended position.

8. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the mounting bracket comprises a base member adhered to the backsheet and an obstruction disposed on the base member such that an output connector of the power electronic device is physically blocked while the power electronic device is in the retracted position.

9. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the power electronic module is removably coupled to the mounting bracket.

10. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein when the power electronic module is in the retracted position, the power electronic module is recessed below the outer profile of a frame of the PV module.

1 1 . The apparatus of any of claims 1 -10, further comprising the power electronic device.

12. The apparatus of any claim 1 1 , further comprising the PV module.