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20120199181Mounting System for Photovoltaic Panels - A mounting system for mounting photovoltaic panels on a support structure. The mounting system comprises photovoltaic panel frames in which the photovoltaic panels are mounted, panel support rails, and mounting brackets or cross beams for supporting the panel support rails. The panel frames have inwardly extending panel frame extensions on their back side. The panel support rails are mounted on the support structure with either pivoting brackets or cross beams. In either case, the support rails have pairs of stationary clamps and movable clamps with clamp lips that engage the panel frame extensions of the panel frames.08-09-2012
20120199180SOLAR PANEL ASSEMBLIES - A solar panel module comprises a photovoltaic panel supported on a frame for location on a supporting surface. The frame comprises two generally parallel side walls which taper upwardly from a nose section to a rear section of the frame to provide support for the photovoltaic panel above the roof surface. The frame further comprises connections for attaching it to adjoining frames of the solar panel assembly. The rear section has a curvilinear surface which terminates in a step which extends between the side walls of the frame and is formed in its riser with at least one opening which places the interior of the frame rear section in communication with the external atmosphere. A partition wall is provided which, when the frame is positioned on a supporting surface, extends either downwardly from the step towards the supporting surface or lengthwise of the frame from the step towards the nose section to define with the two side walls (or parts thereof) a space which is closed to the external atmosphere other than through the at least one opening.08-09-2012
20090194147DUAL SEAL PHOTOVOLTAIC ASSEMBLY AND METHOD - A photovoltaic assembly including first and second substrates joined together and spaced apart, on either side of an airspace, by a seal system formed of a first seal and a second seal, the second seal comprising one or more silyl terminated polyacrylate polymers. A photovoltaic functional coating is disposed over a second major surface of one of the substrates, which faces the second major surface of the other substrate. Lead wires are coupled to bus bars and/or electrical contacts affixed to the functional coating and routed out from the airspace. Affixing the seal system to the first and second substrates, in order to join the substrates together, may be accomplished by applying pressure to the substrates.08-06-2009
20130042904SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module includes a window unit integrally formed with a transparent substrate unit, a plurality of solar cells, and an electrode unit electrically connected to the solar cells. The solar cells and the electrode unit are provided in the transparent substrate unit.02-21-2013
20130042905DEVICE, PANEL HOLDER AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING ELECTRICITY FROM SOLAR RADIATION02-21-2013
20120160303BUILDING INTEGRATED THERMAL ELECTRIC HYBRID ROOFING SYSTEM - A building integrated thermal electric hybrid roofing system is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of metal battens having a longitudinal channel mounted horizontally onto a plurality of wooden battens, a thermal tubing containing liquid mounted on the longitudinal channels, a plurality of solar electric roof tiles mounted on the plurality of metal battens and connected in series to form a string, an inverter connected to each of the strings, a heat exchanger connected to the thermal tubing, and a pump connected between the thermal tubing and the heat exchanger. The plurality of solar electric roof tiles generates DC electricity from solar energy and the inverter converts the DC electricity to AC electricity to feed to a utility grid. The plurality of metal battens collects the solar energy and converts into thermal energy through running the liquid which is extracted to the heat exchanger resulting in producing domestic hot water.06-28-2012
20110203642ENVELOPE MATERIAL SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE AND SOLAR CELL MODULE INCLUDING SAME - An encapsulant sheet for solar cell modules comprising a transparent soft resin film having a plurality of hemispherical concave parts of varying sizes formed on one or both surfaces of the transparent soft resin film, can disperse pressure generated in the process of combining the encapsulant sheet and a solar battery cell to prevent damage to the solar battery cell and suppress bubble generation by allowing air to escape easily.08-25-2011
20130025652PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE KIT INCLUDING CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR NON-PENETRATING ARRAY INSTALLATION - A PV module kit for non-penetrating rooftop installation, including a plurality of PV modules and a plurality of connectors. Each of the PV modules includes a PV laminate and a frame forming a mounting region assembled thereto. The connectors include a male connector having a male fastener extending from a head, and a female connector having a female fastener assembled within a head. The heads are entirely formed of plastic. The kit provides a mounted array state including a junction at which the mounting region of at least two of the PV modules are aligned and interconnected by engagement of the male connector with the female connector. The so-formed junction is substantially electrically insulated. The plurality of connectors can further include a spacer connector including a head forming a bore sized to slidably receive the male fastener, with all of the connector heads being identical.01-31-2013
20090194148SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module includes high refractivity layers each being formed between a light-receiving surface of a solar cell and a sealing member and having a refractive index higher than that of the sealing member. The high refractivity layers each have a pair of first tilted surfaces provided on a thin wire electrode (a collecting electrode) and tilted relative to the light-receiving surface.08-06-2009
20110192449PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - This invention provides a photovoltaic module for preventing insulation failure between an outer frame and connection leads. The photovoltaic module comprises: a photovoltaic submodule including a plurality of solar cells interposed between two light-transmitting substrates through the intermediary of an encapsulant and the connection leads extending from an edge between light-transmitting substrates and outputting generated electric currents; a terminal box attached near an edge of the photovoltaic submodule and housing connected parts between the connection leads and cables for outputting the electric currents to the outside; and an outer frame fitting over peripheral edges of the photovoltaic submodule. A side, of the light-receiving side light-transmitting substrate, from which the connection leads are pulled out, is made large so as to extend outward further than the other light-transmitting substrate. The connection leads are led out from the edge between the two light-transmitting substrates to be guided into the terminal box.08-11-2011
20110192448SOLAR-CELL MODULE WITH IN-LAMINATE DIODES AND EXTERNAL-CONNECTION MECHANISMS MOUNTED TO RESPECTIVE EDGE REGIONS - A solar-cell module. The solar-cell module includes a plurality of solar cells that are electrically coupled together. The solar-cell module further includes an in-laminate-diode assembly electrically coupled with the plurality of solar cells. The in-laminate-diode assembly is configured to prevent power loss. The solar-cell module also includes a protective structure at least partially encapsulating the plurality of solar cells. In addition, the solar-cell module includes a plurality of external-connection mechanisms mounted to a respective plurality of edge regions of the protective structure. An external-connection mechanism of the plurality of external-connection mechanisms is configured to enable collection of current from the plurality of solar cells and to allow interconnection with at least one other external device.08-11-2011
20100116325HIGH EFFICIENCY SOLAR PANEL AND SYSTEM - Disclosed is a photovoltaic solar panel with improved efficiency and the output of such panel can be AC. The panel can comprise a hermetically sealed space which comprises a first sheet, multiple energy conversion cells divided into groups, an access matrix and a second sheet. The access matrix can provide electrical access to individual or groups of energy conversion cells from locations outside the panel. Through the access matrix, a power module can be connected to individual energy conversion cells or groups of the cells to optimize the power generation efficiency. Also disclosed are method of making such a panel. Further disclosed is a photovoltaic power generation system comprising at least one such photovoltaic solar panel.05-13-2010
20100116324Flexible Wind Deflector For Photovoltaic Array Perimeter Assembly - A photovoltaic (“PV”) array includes a plurality of interconnected PV modules. A PV array perimeter assembly may be positioned along the perimeter of the PV array to restrain horizontal movement of the array. For improved wind performance, the PV array perimeter assembly may include curbs that come with pre-attached flexible wind deflectors configured to prevent wind from penetrating underneath the PV array. The flexible wind deflectors may be made of a flexible membrane and may include water drainage holes to allow water to flow out of the PV array. The curbs do not necessarily have to be fixedly attached to a rooftop, and may include ballasts to prevent array movement. Embodiments of the invention may be employed on PV arrays installed on flat rooftops, and are especially advantageous when used on uneven roof surfaces.05-13-2010
20130081675SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module according to an embodiment of the invention includes a plurality of solar cells each including a substrate, a first electrode current collector which is positioned at a first edge of a back surface of the substrate and extends in a first direction, and a second electrode current collector which is positioned at a second edge of the back surface of the substrate and extends in the first direction, a conductive adhesive film contacting a first electrode current collector of a first solar cell of the plurality of solar cells, or a second electrode current collector of a second solar cell adjacent to the first solar cell, or both, and an interconnector which contacts the conductive adhesive film and electrically connects the adjacent first and second solar cells to each other.04-04-2013
20130081673ARCHED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module can include an outer surface with an outwardly bulged convex shape. The outer surface can be curved about its longitudinal axis and/or transverse axis. Optionally, the outer surface can be bulged in a generally spherical shape. The convex shape of the outer surface of the PV module can provide the outer surface with additional stiffness, and/or cause water to flow away from the center of the panel toward its edges, thereby reducing soiling caused by accumulated water, debris, and dust and/or other benefits.04-04-2013
20100071757ISOLATED METALLIC FLEXIBLE BACK SHEET FOR SOLAR MODULE ENCAPSULATION - Provided are novel back sheets for solar module encapsulation. According to various embodiments, the back sheets are ungrounded and flexible. In certain embodiments, the back sheets include an integrated flexible and electrically isolated moisture barrier. The electrically isolated moisture barrier may be a thin metallic sheet, e.g., an aluminum foil. The electrically isolated, flexible moisture barrier eliminates the need for grounding.03-25-2010
20100071756ISOLATED METALLIC FLEXIBLE BACK SHEET FOR SOLAR MODULE ENCAPSULATION - Provided are novel back sheets for solar module encapsulation. According to various embodiments, the back sheets are ungrounded and flexible. In certain embodiments, the back sheets include an integrated flexible and electrically isolated moisture barrier and a seal around the edge of the moisture barrier. The electrically isolated moisture barrier may be a thin metallic sheet, e.g., an aluminum foil. The electrically isolated, flexible moisture barrier eliminates the need for grounding.03-25-2010
20100071755Attaching Solar Collectors to a Structural Framework Utilizing a Flexible Clip - Methods and apparatuses described herein provide for the attachment of solar collectors to a structural framework in a solar array assembly. A flexible clip is attached to either end of each solar collector and utilized to attach the solar collector to the structural framework. The solar collectors are positioned to allow a member of the framework to engage a pair of flexible clips attached to adjacent solar collectors during assembly of the solar array. Each flexible clip may have multiple frame-engaging portions, each with a flange on one end to cause the flexible clip to deflect inward when engaged by the framework member during assembly and to guide each of the frame-engaging portions into contact with a surface of the framework member for attachment.03-25-2010
20100147362MULTI-FUNCTION FRAME AND INTEGRATED MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER GENERATING LAMINATES - PV modules are provided that have a frame construction which permits the photovoltaic power-generating cells, DC/AC power conversion means, electrical wiring and other installation aspects to be merged into the module. The modules also are provided with means for coupling them to mounting stands whereby they can be mounted to a roof and also the frame construction is adapted to facilitate mechanically securing adjacent modules to one another.06-17-2010
20130074909SOLAR ENERGY DEVICE AND USING METHOD OF THE SAME - A solar energy device including at least one solar energy module and a connecting structure is provided. The connecting structure includes a body and a connecting belt. The body assembled to the solar energy module has a recess. The connecting belt has a first end, a second end, and a connecting protruding configured at the second end, wherein the first end connects to the body. A using method of the solar energy module is also provided.03-28-2013
20120174968SOLAR MODULE ATTACHMENT DEVICE AND MOUNTING METHOD - A device for attaching a module for collecting energy originating from solar radiation on a structure such as a roof, a façade or a mounting structure of a ground-mounted system, in which the module is provided with at least one fastener on its face designed to be facing the structure. The device includes at least one support secured to the structure by snap-fitting, the fastener and the support being suitable for being coupled to one another for the attachment of the module to the structure.07-12-2012
20120174967PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES AND MOUNTING SYSTEMS - A photovoltaic module includes a support member for securing a photovoltaic cell. The support member includes a plurality of holes extending through at least a portion of the support member. A mounting system includes a buss bar for coupling the photovoltaic module to a power transmission system.07-12-2012
20130081674SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module according to an embodiment of the invention includes a plurality of back contact solar cells each including a substrate, a plurality of first electrodes, each of which is positioned on a back surface of the substrate and extends in a first direction, and a plurality of second electrodes, each of which is positioned between the two adjacent first electrodes and extends in the first direction, a plurality of first conductive adhesive films, each of which contacts one end of each of the first electrodes of one of the two adjacent back contact solar cells, a plurality of second conductive adhesive films, each of which contacts one end of each of the second electrodes of the other of the two adjacent back contact solar cells, and an interconnector positioned between the two adjacent back contact solar cells.04-04-2013
20130081676Multi-Purpose Solar Panel - A multi-purpose solar panel providing for electricity generation and for additional digital and analog services that may be provided for one end user, other third party end users and/or the community at large.04-04-2013
20130032200Connection Slider, Frame and Arrangement for Attaching Photovoltaic Modules or Collector Modules and Method for Attaching Frames - The invention relates to a connection slider for attaching two adjacent frames of photovoltaic modules or collector modules on a profile rail, the connection slider comprising: a main element; two mandrels which extend from two surfaces of the main element oriented in opposite directions, wherein one respective mandrel is insertable into one of the adjacent frames; and a transversal element protruding from the main element, wherein the transversal element has an opposite profile adapted to a profile of the profile rail for providing a form locking connection with the profile rail.02-07-2013
20130032198ATTACHMENT STRUCTURES FOR BUILDING INTEGRABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - Provided are novel building integrable photovoltaic (BIP) modules having specially configured attachment structures for securing these modules to building structures and other BIP modules. In certain embodiments, a BIP module includes a base sheet supporting photovoltaic cells and having a rigid polymer portion and a flexible polymer portion. The flexible portion is designed to be penetrated with mechanical fasteners during installation. The flexible portion may include fastening pointers and/or through holes for identifying specific penetration locations. The rigid portion provides necessary structural rigidity and support to the module and more specifically to the photovoltaic cells. In certain other embodiments, a BIP module includes an adhesive bumper strip disposed along one edge of the module and configured for secure this module with respect to another module. During installation, the strip is positioned between a back sealing sheet of one module and a front sealing sheet of another module.02-07-2013
20130032199PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module conductor supporting structure that can be used to secure the conductor during manufacturing and in some situations to seal the terminal-area opening.02-07-2013
20130074910POLYVINYL ACETAL FILM AND USES THEREOF - A polyvinyl acetal film as an intermediate film for a laminated glass, can provide a laminated glass that exhibits a low degree of yellowness and excellent surface appearance, and is useful as a sealing material or intermediate film that can prolong the life of a laminated glass provided with a solar cell or functional unit. The content of corrosion-causing substance in the polyvinyl acetal film is low, so that the polyvinyl acetal film permits high-temperature lamination and ensures excellent productivity. A solar cell module and a laminated glass are prepared using the polyvinyl acetal film. A plasticized polyvinyl acetal film which comprises 15 to 60 parts by mass of a plasticizer having a total number of 28 or more of carbon atoms and oxygen atoms constituting a molecule based on 100 parts by mass of a polyvinyl acetal resin, and which has an acid value of 5.0 meq/kg or less.03-28-2013
20100043871Thermal Conducting Materials for Solar Panel Components - This invention relates to solar panels with improved encapsulants and back sheets for greater power output and/or increased efficiency by using materials with higher thermal conductivity than conventional solar panels. According to certain embodiments the improved materials include fillers while maintaining sufficient dielectric properties. According to certain other embodiments, the invention includes a solar panel with the improved encapsulant between solar cells and the improved back sheet. The invention also includes a method of making a solar panel including the improved materials. The invention also includes solar modules and methods related to encapsulants and the back sheets including filler materials with an enhanced particle size distribution, a brightening agent, or an infrared extinguisher.02-25-2010
20100043870SOLAR PANEL MONITORING SYSTEM - A solar panel of a solar power generation system consisting housing within a roofing tile, photovoltaic panels and solar panel monitoring system disposed within the housing. The solar panel monitoring system, in turn, consists of solar panel processing circuitry, solar panel communications interface, solar panel memory and solar panel sensor coupled to the photovoltaic panel. The solar panel processing circuitry performs monitoring and maintenance activities within the roofing tile, by receiving sensory data from the solar panel sensor regarding performance of the photovoltaic panel and other modules and stores the received sensory data in the solar panel memory. In addition the solar panel processing circuitry is operable to deliver the stored sensory data to a central control unit via the solar panel communications interface. The other modules within the roofing tile includes solar panel communication and power interfaces, solar panel memory, heater assembly, electrical rotational assembly and lighting module, all of which are coupled to the photovoltaic panel via a solar panel power bus to receive power and interconnected via a solar panel communication bus.02-25-2010
20100043869SOLAR PANEL LIGHT INDICATOR/DECORATIVE SYSTEM - A solar power generation system containing a plurality of roofing tiles, each of which containing a housing that encloses photovoltaic panels, solar panel control systems and light sources (light source). The housing and solar panel control system, in addition, may also contain modules and assemblies such as solar panel processing circuitry, communication and power interfaces, heater assembly, electrical rotational assembly, self cleaning assembly, and so forth. For optimal functioning, it is essential that all these modules incorporated within the housing function properly. The light sources are communicatively coupled to the solar panel processing circuitry and a central control unit; and are operable to produce a visible output. The light sources identify a solar panel among plurality of solar panels of the solar power generation system, and display a visible light that indicates operating condition of that solar panel. The visible light may indicate, for instance, problems related to the maintenance, cleaning, solar panel positional adjustment, and heater assembly. The visible light may also indicate operational conditions of a plurality of solar panels, within a block of roofing tiles; where rest of the roofing tiles are incorporated with minimum number of light sources, to minimize the cost. In addition, the visible output may display colorful holiday lighting and advertisements, especially at the roofing edges.02-25-2010
20100043868System and method for integrated solar power generator - Apparatuses, methods, and systems directed to an integrated solar electric power generation system. Some embodiments of the present invention allow the integrated solar electric power system to be plugged into a wall outlet to supply electrical power via an extension cord. Other embodiments of the present invention can be used outdoors and plugged into an outdoor wall outlet. Yet other embodiments of the present invention comprise integrated solar electric power systems that may be used indoors and connected to an indoor wall outlet to supply the generated electric power.02-25-2010
20130037089DYE-SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL AND DYE-SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL MODULE - There are particularly provided a dye-sensitized solar cell and a dye-sensitized solar cell module that can ensure a sealing structure for, in particular, external connection terminals and can prevent an electrolytic solution from leaking from a solar cell. A dye-sensitized solar cell 02-14-2013
20130037088FOUNDATION SYSTEM FOR SOLAR PANELS HAVING PREASSEMBLED FITTINGS - A foundation system for supporting solar panels provides longitudinal beams thereof that are pivotally supported on the transverse beams about axes running substantially coaxially to the longitudinal axis of the transverse beams or substantially horizontally, and fittings that are preassembled for fastening the longitudinal beams to the transverse beams, in which the fittings have pairs of clamping claws having members on a longitudinal beam side for clamping to the longitudinal beams in a fixed location, and on a transverse beam side for pivotally clamping to the transverse beams in a fixed location, and tie rods arranged between the longitudinal and transverse beam side members so that the clamping claws can be clamped against each other and against the longitudinal beams and the transverse beams.02-14-2013
20090159118Roofing Products Having Receptor Zones and Photovoltaic Roofing Elements and Systems Using Them - The present invention relates generally to roofing products. The present invention relates more particularly to roofing products for use with photovoltaic elements, and to photovoltaic systems that include one or more photovoltaic elements is joined to a roofing substrate. In one embodiment, a roofing product includes a flexible roofing substrate having a top surface, the top surface having one or more receptor zones thereon, each receptor zone being adapted to receive one or more photovoltaic elements, each receptor zone having a different surfacing than the area of the top surface adjacent to it.06-25-2009
20090159119TECHNIQUE AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING FLEXIBLE AND MOISTURE RESISTIVE PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - An apparatus and method of making moisture resistant solar cells, strings and modules is provided. The method includes reducing the roughness of the finger patterns by coating them fully or partially with a surface preparation film. The surface preparation film firmly attaches itself to underlying finger patterns and electrical leads while forming a smooth surface on which a moisture barrier film is subsequently deposited. Process flows to obtain moisture resistive solar cells, solar cell strings are described.06-25-2009
20090159117HOT MELT SEALANT CONTAINING DESICCANT FOR USE IN PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A thin film photovoltaic panel and a method for making same including providing a photovoltaic layer on a substrate having at least one edge; a sealant is applied in a liquid form by a pump on a planar surface of the substrate; an adhesive layer is applied between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the first adhesive layer is disposed between the photovoltaic layer and at least one of the first and second substrate; and the first and second are secured together to form the thin film photovoltaic panel. The sealant layer includes a desiccant material having a concentration of less than about 20 weight %, which increases the diffusion time lag time for the sealant to reach steady state, thereby extending the duration of the thin film photovoltaic panel.06-25-2009
20090159116INTERCONNECTOR, SOLAR CELL STRING USING THE INTERCONNECTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF, AND A SOLAR CELL MODULE USING THE SOLAR CELL STRING - An interconnector includes a strip-shaped and electrically conductive member for electrically connecting respective electrodes to each other of solar cells adjacent to each other. The conductive member includes a stress relief part that is planer and has a notch forming an obtuse angle at a lateral end or has a linear lateral end. This structure remarkably alleviates a stress due to a difference in thermal expansion coefficient between the interconnector and the solar cells, so that a warp occurring to the solar cells is reduced and the reliability of connection between the interconnector and the solar cells is improved.06-25-2009
20130037087Integrated Solar Module - Integrated solar modules are provided. In one example, a corner cap for coupling to a solar module is described. The solar module has a solar panel and a frame circumscribing the solar panel. The corner cap includes a first wall and a second wall. The first wall and the second wall define a corner angle substantially the same as an angle defined by a corner of the solar module. The corner cap includes a flange extending from the corner cap. The flange is configured for coupling the corner cap to a solar module.02-14-2013
20100108127ARTICLES WITH HIGHLY ABRASION-RESISTANT GRAFTED POLYOLEFIN LAYERS - An article is disclosed which comprises a substrate and an outermost layer where the outermost layer or a portion thereof adheres to or in contact with the substrate and comprises a grafted polyolefin composition and the article provides long lifetime, highly abrasion-resistant articles for use in a wide range of aggressive environmental conditions and can be used as safety glass or solar cell laminate.05-06-2010
20100108125SOLAR CELL MODULE HAVING A LOW HAZE ENCAPSULANT LAYER - A solar cell module comprising a solar cell layer and a sheet comprising at least one layer of a sodium ionomer composition, wherein the sodium ionomer composition consists essentially of a sodium ionomer that is an ionic, neutralized derivative of a precursor α-olefin carboxylic acid copolymer, wherein about 10% to about 35% of the total content of the carboxylic acid groups present in the precursor α-olefin carboxylic acid copolymer have been neutralized with sodium ions, and wherein the precursor α-olefin carboxylic acid copolymer comprises (i) copolymerized units of an α-olefin having 2 to 10 carbons and (ii) about 20 to about 25 wt %, based on the total weight of the α-olefin carboxylic acid copolymer, of copolymerized units of an α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8.05-06-2010
20100108126SOLAR CELLS MODULES COMPRISING LOW HAZE ENCAPSULANTS - Provided is a solar cell module comprising a solar cell layer and an ionomer sheet comprising an ionomer composition, said ionomer composition comprises a first ionomer that is the neutralized product of a first precursor acid copolymer, wherein, (A) the first precursor acid copolymer comprises copolymerized units of a first α-olefin having 2 to 10 carbon atoms and about 20 to about 30 wt %, based on the total weight of the first precursor acid copolymer, of copolymerized units of a second α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms; (B) the first precursor acid copolymer has a melt flow rate of about 70 to about 1000 g/10 min, as determined in accordance with ASTM D1238 at 190° C. and 2.16 kg; and (C) the first precursor acid copolymer, when neutralized to a level of about 40% to about 90% and when comprising counterions that consist essentially of sodium cations, produces a sodium ionomer, and said sodium ionomer has a melt flow rate of about 0.7 to about 25 g/10 min and a freeze enthalpy that is not detectable or that is less than about 3.0 j/g, when determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in accordance with ASTM D3418. The ionomer composition may further comprise a second ionomer that is the neutralization product of a second precursor acid copolymer, wherein, (D) the second precursor acid copolymer comprises copolymerized units of a second α-olefin having 2 to 10 carbon atoms and about 18 to about 30 wt % of copolymerized units of a second α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms; (E) the second α-olefin may be the same as or different from the first α-olefin; and the second α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid may be the same as or different from the first α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid; and (F) the second precursor acid copolymer has a melt flow rate of about 60 g/10 min or less; and (G) the second ionomer has a melt flow rate of about 10 g/10 min or less.05-06-2010
20130133722DYE-SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Disclosed is a dye-sensitized solar cell module and a method of manufacturing the same. More specifically a counter electrode has connection parts formed within the side surfaces of the transparent conductive substrates. Edges of the working electrode and the counter electrode are bonded with each other by a sealant along the outer peripheral except for at one or more portions of the edges to form an electrolyte injection port. An electrolyte is then injected through the electrolyte injection hole into a space between the working electrode and the counter electrode. The electrolyte injection hole is then sealed by a sealant.05-30-2013
20090151774Method for Producing Weather-Resistant Laminates for Encapsulating Solar Cell Systems - A process produces weather-resistant laminates (06-18-2009
20100065108Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The inventive apparatus provides a one-piece coupling for interlocking the sides of PV modules together to form an array, resulting in a parallel beam support system. The inventive coupling member attaches to the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame, and interlocks the photovoltaic module with adjacent photovoltaic modules. The inventive apparatus further includes a novel bracket member which attaches to a surface of the frame member and secures the frame member directly to a roof or other mounting surface.03-18-2010
20100065104RETRACTABLE SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM - A solar panel system, which includes a plurality of solar panels; a support structure comprised of a track system adapted to receive a plurality of solar panels; and a system for extending and retracting the plurality of solar panels.03-18-2010
20100065109SOLAR CELLS WHICH INCLUDE THE USE OF CERTAIN POLY(VINYL BUTYRAL)/FILM BILAYER ENCAPSULANT LAYERS WITH A LOW BLOCKING TENDENCY AND A SIMPLIFIED PROCESS TO PRODUCE THEREOF - The present invention provides a solar cell laminate comprising a preformed bi-layer sheet having a poly(vinyl butyral) sub-layer.03-18-2010
20130068288PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE WITH METAL-TO-GLASS MOISTURE BARRIER - Methods and devices are provided for improved sensor systems. In one embodiment of the present invention, sensor system is provided that includes a sensor and sensor electronics integrated into the same ground plane.03-21-2013
20130068289Solar Module - A solar module includes a back sheet, a solar cell unit, and a cover sheet. The back sheet includes a substrate, and a rib formed on the substrate. The solar cell unit is disposed on the back sheet next to the rib. In addition, the solar cell unit includes a bottom surface facing the back sheet and a light-receiving surface disposed opposite to the bottom surface. The cover sheet is disposed on the solar cell unit. A first height from a top surface of the substrate to an upper end of the rib is greater than a second height from the top surface of the substrate to the bottom surface of the solar cell unit, and the first height is not greater than a third height from the top surface of the substrate to a lower surface of the cover sheet facing the solar cell unit.03-21-2013
20120180851CRYSTALLINE SOLAR CELL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAID TYPE OF SOLAR CELL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SOLAR CELL MODULE - A crystalline solar cell is provided that includes a front-sided n-doped area and a rear-sided p-doped area, a front-sided contact, a rear-sided contact and at least one front-sided first layer made from SiN. In order to reduce degradation of the parallel resistance, a second layer made of at least one material selected from the group SiN, SiOx, Al2Ox, SiOxNy:Hz, a-Si:H, TiOx or containing said type of material is disposed between the first layer and the n-doped area and is then doped for forming imperfections.07-19-2012
20120180850PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A photoelectric conversion module in which a plurality of photoelectric cells are modularized and a method of manufacturing the photoelectric conversion module with reduced number of manufacturing processes are provided.07-19-2012
20090044852SOLAR PANEL - A solar panel including a flexible polymeric support element and a plurality of photovoltaic cells supported by the support element. At least some of the photovoltaic cells are spaced apart such that the flexible support element provides a hinge between the spaced apart photovoltaic cells. A plurality of bypass diodes are connected in parallel with the cells, so that if one of the cells ceases to operate, electrical current generated by the other cells is able to bypass the inoperative cell.02-19-2009
20100006141PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE - The purpose of the invention is to provide a highly reliable photoelectric conversion device having flexibility and resistance to external stress. In the photoelectric conversion device, following are included: a first sealing layer and a second sealing layer that are provided to face each other; and a photoelectric conversion element group which is provided by being interposed between the first sealing layer and second sealing layer that are provided to face each other. The first sealing layer includes a first structure body in which a first fibrous body is impregnated with a first organic resin, the second sealing layer includes a second structure body in which a second fibrous body is impregnated with a second organic resin, and a periphery of the photoelectric conversion element group includes a region where the first sealing layer and second sealing layer that are provided to face each other are attached to each other.01-14-2010
20130048057PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module includes an encapsulated photovoltaic element and an infrared transmissive decorative overlay simulating conventional roofing.02-28-2013
20130087186Photovoltaic module carrier - A novel PV module carrier and methods of use provide protection for PV modules during transportation, field handling, and assembly with racking systems. The carrier contains elements of a racking system to allow for quicker installation in the field. The PV module carrier reduces manufacturing costs by eliminating the need for frame elements, while reducing field installation time and labor cost for system installation.04-11-2013
20090320905PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE KIT INCLUDING CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR NON-PENETRATING ARRAY INSTALLATION - A PV module kit for non-penetrating rooftop installation, including a plurality of PV modules and a plurality of connectors. Each of the PV modules includes a PV laminate and a frame forming a mounting region assembled thereto. The connectors include a male connector having a male fastener extending from a head, and a female connector having a female fastener assembled within a head. The heads are entirely formed of plastic. The kit provides a mounted array state including a junction at which the mounting region of at least two of the PV modules are aligned and interconnected by engagement of the male connector with the female connector. The so-formed junction is substantially electrically insulated. The plurality of connectors can further include a spacer connector including a head forming a bore sized to slidably receive the male fastener, with all of the connector heads being identical.12-31-2009
20090301549SOLAR MODULE STRUCTURES AND ASSEMBLY METHODS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS - Solar module structures 12-10-2009
20120216856SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module, having a solar cell panel including a front-surface light-transmitting member, a rear-surface light-transmitting member, and a solar cell arranged between these members, and a terminal box for taking out an electric current from the solar cell panel, and further having a bus bar laid to transmit an electric current generated from the solar cell inside the solar cell panel through an end of the solar cell panel to a terminal plate inside the terminal box, wherein the terminal box is fitted to the panel in a manner so as to cover the end of the solar cell panel, through which the bus bar is passed, and further cover a light-receiving surface side region of the front-surface light-transmitting member, and a light-receiving surface side region of the rear-surface light-transmitting member, these regions being adjacent to the end.08-30-2012
20120216855SOLAR ARRAY SUPPORT METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Systems and methods for disposing and supporting a solar panel array are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for supporting a solar panel array includes the use of support columns and cables suspended between the support columns, with the solar panels received by solar panel receivers that are adapted to couple to the cables. The solar panel array may then be used to provide power as well as shelter. Cooling, lighting, security, or other devices may be added to the solar panel array. Embodiments of the invention include differing ways to support the solar panels by receivers of differing construction. Special installations of the system can include systems mounted over structure, such as parking lots, roads and aqueducts.08-30-2012
20130056049MULTILAYER MATERIAL, ENCAPSULANT FOR A SOLAR CELL, INTERLAYER FOR SAFETY (LAMINATED) GLASS, SOLAR CELL MODULE, AND SAFETY (LAMINATED) GLASS - The present invention provides a multilayer material which has a layer (A) that contains a silane coupling agent and an ethylene type zinc ionomer, and a layer (B) that contains at least one of an ethylene type magnesium ionomer or an ethylene type sodium ionomer. The multilayer material is suitable for use as an encapsulant for a solar cell or an interlayer for safety (laminated) glass. It is preferable that the multilayer material contains at least two of the layer (A) and at least one of the layer (B) and has a multilayered structure in which the layer (B) is interposed between the two of the layer (A).03-07-2013
20130056047PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH SEALED PERIMETER AND METHOD OF FORMATION - A photovoltaic module is formed by encasing the edge of the photovoltaic module with a dielectric while passing internal module conductors through the edge encased. The edge encasing may be an overmolded dielectric through which the internal conductors pass or connectors may be provided in the overmolded dielectric to allow for external connection to the module. The photovoltaic module can also include mechanical attachment points formed in the molded dielectric to allow the module to be attached to a support structure.03-07-2013
20130056048WEDGE-SHAPED CARRIER FOR SOLAR CELLS - A photovoltaic system including a wedge-shaped carrier and at least one solar cell. The photovoltaic system has an intermediate space for means for electrically connecting the at least one solar cell.03-07-2013
20110005579SOLAR CELL PANEL - A solar cell panel is discussed. The solar cell panel includes a solar cell module, a support member attached to an edge of the solar cell module to support the solar cell module by elasticity of the support member, and a frame including a female type coupling unit including an upper coupling unit, a lower coupling unit, and a connection coupling unit connecting the upper coupling unit to the lower coupling unit. The support member includes an upper part, a lower part, and a connection part connecting the upper part to the lower part. An end of the lower part protrudes further than an end of the upper part toward a middle of the solar cell module. The frame supports the solar cell module by coupling the support member to the female type coupling unit.01-13-2011
20090095342SUN-TRACKING POWER GENERATING APPARATUS - A solar-tracking power generating apparatus includes a plurality of sensing units having a directional light-extraction member each, a plurality of solar batteries associated with a light-gathering device each, and a solar trajectory simulation unit. Therefore, the solar-tracking power generating apparatus enables more accurate tracking of solar position and focusing of more sunlight on the solar batteries, so that the solar batteries could absorb more sunlight and convert the same into an increased amount of electric power.04-16-2009
20120103399PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE AND PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE - The invention relates to a photovoltaic module (PVM) for installation in a photovoltaic device, wherein the photovoltaic module (PVM) comprises an arrangement of a plurality of solar cell strings (ST), each made of a number of solar cells connected in series, and wherein the arrangement of the solar cell string (ST) is received in an enclosure (E) formed of a plurality of module part (FRM, GLP, BP), and wherein the module parts (FRM, GLP, BP) are designed in an electrically conductive manner and are interconnected, so that the enclosure (E) implements an electrostatically effective casing of the at least one solar cell string (ST). In order to prevent high field intensities in the interior of the enclosure (E), the enclosure (E) has at least one contact element (R; EMB) for connecting the potential (PA; PA′) of the electrostatically effective casing to at least one defined electrical potential.05-03-2012
20120305054PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE - A photoelectric conversion module includes first and second substrates facing each other, sealing members, each of the plurality of sealing members defining a border at least partially enclosing one of a plurality of photoelectric cells, each of the sealing members being disposed between the first and second substrates, connection members formed between neighboring sealing members and for electrically connecting neighboring photoelectric cells to each other, and openings between the connection members and neighboring sealing members.12-06-2012
20100126559Semi-Transparent Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules and Methods of Manufacture - Semi-transparent thin-film photovoltaic modules and methods of making the same are described. A thin-film photovoltaic module comprises a transparent conductive oxide layer, a photoabsorptive layer and a reflective back contact layer. A series of scribes is created between application of each layer with some scribes rendering transparent portions of the final module.05-27-2010
20090272428Insulating Glass Unit with Integrated Mini-Junction Device - An insulating glass unit (IGU) is provided that includes a first substrate and a second substrate. The first and second substrates are spaced apart and substantially parallel to each other. The two substrates are hermetically sealed. A mini-junction device is positioned between the two substrates. The mini-junction device is at an edge of the two substrates without extending beyond their periphery. The mini-junction device houses an electrical coupling between a pair of wires and a pair of leads. A first end and the pair of wires and a first end of the pair of leads are coupled together. A second end of the pair of wires extends beyond the periphery of the substrates. A second end of the pair of leads extends through the first substrate. The IGU also includes a photovoltaic module coupled to the first substrate and electrically coupled to the second end of the pair of leads.11-05-2009
20100084005SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module comprises a solar cell panel, a solar cell frame including an insertion groove in which a peripheral portion of the solar cell panel is inserted and a protrusion located within a corner part of the solar cell frame between a rear surface of the solar cell panel and a surface of the insertion groove facing each other.04-08-2010
20090056792Interconnecting support panel providing substantially planar upper surface - An interconnecting support panel configured to be utilized with a support structure to provide a substantially planar upper surface on which a work object may be beneficially attached or mounted. In a preferred use of the support panel, the work object is a photovoltaic element, such as photovoltaic laminate strips, which can be attached to the planar upper surface in a manner that does not place shade thereon. In a preferred configuration, the support panel has a panel member with opposing ends and sides and the planar upper surface. A first side has a downwardly projecting first connector and a second side has a downwardly projecting second connector. The first and second connectors are configured to cooperatively engage the opposite configured connectors on adjoining support panels. If desired, an endcap at one end of the support panel provides a raceway for wires connecting the photovoltaic elements.03-05-2009
20120222728SOLAR CELL MODULE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A solar cell module of the present invention is arranged such that is at least one of two-dimensionally arranged solar cells is positioned on an extended line of a boundary line between other adjacent solar cells. This makes it possible to provide a solar cell module which is less likely to be broken even if a bending stress and/or a twisting stress is applied, as compared to a conventional solar cell module.09-06-2012
20120222727Module Arrangement Consisting of Solar Modules - The invention relates to a module arrangement having the following: double module arrangements, each consisting of two solar modules oriented at an angle to each other; wherein the two solar modules (09-06-2012
20120222726THIN FILM SOLAR CELL MODULE - A thin film solar cell module comprises a solar cell panel with a layer of solar cells, two bus bars extending along edges of the solar cell panel, and a junction box with a connecting circuit that extends along an edge of the solar cell panel. A bypass diode in the junction box connecting circuit prevents circuit breaking or reverse current from occurring in the cell panel. The two bus bars are connected to the junction box connecting circuit at opposite ends of the solar panel edge and on at opposite sides of the bypass diode. The thin film solar cell module has an improved appearance, is easy to assemble and maintain, and reduces the need for fastening and protection of cables.09-06-2012
20120222725FLEXIBLE BUILDING-INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC STRUCTURE - Improved BIPV materials configured to meet various long-term requirements including, among others, a high degree of water resistance, physical durability, electrical durability, and an ability to withstand variations in temperature and other environmental conditions. In some embodiments, the disclosed BIPV materials include modules wherein two or more layers of the module are configured to be joined together during lamination to protect edge portions of the top sheet and/or back sheet of the module, such as in the vicinity of any multi-layer vapor barrier structure(s) of the module.09-06-2012
20110011446Solar Cell Module - A technology of enhancing drainability of a hollow member of a frame without reducing strength of the frame is provided. A solar cell module according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: a first frame that includes a first hollow member having a first space therein and has a first drain port through which the first space and an outer space are communicated with each other; and a second frame that is connected to the first frame and includes a second hollow member having a second space therein. An opening that is open so as to overlap part of the first drain port is formed at an end part of the second hollow member.01-20-2011
20130061913ARCHITECTURAL PANELS WITH ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC INTERLAYERS AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAME - A method of making a photovoltaic panel includes previously preparing one or more pre-formed substrates with a first temperature and pressure to be non-planar, textured, embossed, colored, or combinations thereof. A manufacturer can then prepare a laminate assembly comprising one or more organic photovoltaic components one or more pre-formed substrates, and a barrier layer with one or more thermally-activated thermoplastic tie layers there between. The manufacturer can then finish the photovoltaic panel lamination by subjecting the assembly to a second set of temperatures and pressures sufficient to activate and bond the pre-formed substrate, barrier layer, and photovoltaic components without significantly softening the pre-formed substrates or otherwise degrading/damaging the organic photovoltaic components. A non-planar panel made by this method can be used in both exterior and interior decorative and/or structural applications where electrical generation is desired.03-14-2013
20130061912DIAGONAL MOUNTING BRACKET FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module has a diagonal mounting bracket for structural attachment of the module to a support structure. The photovoltaic module has a back cover with an outer surface and a diagonal mounting bracket is attached to the back cover and extends along at least a portion of a diagonal of the back cover. A method of forming a photovoltaic module with a diagonal mounting bracket is also described.03-14-2013
20090260675ENCAPSULATION OF SOLAR MODULES - A method for encapsulating interconnected solar cells including Group IBIIIAVIA absorbers and an apparatus according to the same, whereby a light receiving side encapsulant layer including thermoplastic polyurethane is used to cover the light receiving sides of the interconnected solar cells. The back sides of the interconnected solar cells are covered with a back side encapsulant layer that is different from the light receiving side encapsulant layer.10-22-2009
20090205704PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE FOR ROOFS - A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. The module is constructed as a laminated sandwich having a transparent protective upper layer adhered to a photovoltaic layer. The photovoltaic layer is adhered to a rigid layer formed from a fiber reinforced plastic. The laminated sandwich has a frame around the perimeter. The laminated panel has a layer of double stick tape on the bottom to adhere the panel to the surface of a roof.08-20-2009
20090014060SOLAR CELL MODULE - A drawing-out opening part and a first insertion slit formed in a back-surface-side sealing body in a direction almost orthogonal to the principal surface of the solar cell module are designed not to overlap each other on a projection plane in parallel to the principal surface of the solar cell module.01-15-2009
20120111393INTEGRATED CARTRIDGE FOR ADHESIVE-MOUNTED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A photovoltaic module mounting cartridge has a frame structure for mounting a plurality of photovoltaic modules thereon, the frame structure having supports for engaging with and supporting an associated mounting rail provided on the underside of a photovoltaic module such that the photovoltaic module can be selectively installed or removed from the cartridge. A method of assembling a photovoltaic module mounting cartridge is also described, comprising providing a frame structure, providing a plurality of photovoltaic modules having at least one associated mounting rail, arranging the photovoltaic modules atop the frame structure, and attaching each associated mounting rail to the frame structure.05-10-2012
20120111392BACK PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE, SOLAR CELL MODULE PROVIDED WITH SAME, AND PRODUCTION METHOD OF SOLAR CELL MODULE - A back protective sheet for a solar cell module in which a thermoplastic resin sheet containing heat-expandable particles is formed on at least one side of a base sheet, a solar cell module having this back protective sheet for a solar cell module, and a production method of this solar cell module.05-10-2012
20080308142SOLAR COLLECTOR DEVICES AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLY - In one embodiment, a method of assembling optical elements is provided. At least a portion of each optical element is disposed against at least a portion of a high precision surface. A structural frame is disposed adjacent the optical elements. At least two portions of the structural frame are aligned relative to each other and to the high precision surface with high precision. Adhesive is applied to adhere the structural frame to the optical elements. The adhesive is cured. In other embodiments, optical element assemblies are provided.12-18-2008
20120234379SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - The shape of a sealing material between a frame and a solar cell panel in a drainage notch is regulated so that rainwater, etc., is smoothly drained from the drainage notch. A frame of a solar cell module is provided with: a main body; a fitting part disposed on the top of the main body and receiving the peripheral edge portion of the solar cell panel; and a drainage notch formed by cutting out the fitting part from a position near a front member of the solar cell panel to a position below the front member. A sealing material in the notch is shaped so as to cover at least the peripheral edge portion of the solar cell panel and an exposed top part of the main body of the frame, but not to exceed the front member of the solar cell panel.09-20-2012
20120234377Unitized photovoltaic assembly - A unitized photovoltaic assembly is disclosed. The unitized photovoltaic assembly consists of a unitary frame designed to retain a plurality of photovoltaic modules. The unitary frame is formed by orienting a plurality of rails in the lateral direction above and mounted too a plurality of struts oriented in the vertical direction. Once the unitary frame is formed, photovoltaic modules slide into slots running the length of the rails and are thus retained in the unitary frame. Also added to the unitary frame are a series of power conversion elements, retaining brackets, mounting brackets, and cleaning elements. The completed unitized photovoltaic assembly can be fabricated off-site, transported as a single unit and installed to a roof or other surface with the use of a specialized lifting frame, also disclosed. Additional unitized photovoltaic assemblies can be mechanically and electrically interconnected to form a complete photovoltaic system.09-20-2012
20120234376WEATHERABLE LAYER FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - The invention relates to a photovoltaic (PV) module including a weatherable layer, wherein the weatherable layer comprises an acrylic polymer. The weatherable layer endows the PV module with excellent temperature resistance, weatherability, and chemical resistance.09-20-2012
20130160823INTEGRATED STRUCTURAL SOLAR MODULE AND CHASSIS - A solar module having a curved surface to facilitate shedding of accumulated snow and water. The module can also be angled to achieve the same. The module includes a housing with a curved or angled upper surface and solar cells are positioned within the housing.06-27-2013
20130160824ROOF INTEGRATED SOLAR MODULE ASSEMBLY - A solar module having a curved surface to facilitate shedding of accumulated snow and water. The module can also be angled to achieve the same. The module includes a housing with a curved or angled upper surface and solar cells are positioned within the housing.06-27-2013
20130160825BACK CONTACT PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH GLASS BACK-SHEET - An integrated back sheet for a back-contact solar cell module and a back-contact solar cell module made with an integrated glass back-sheet are provided. Processes for making such integrated back-sheets and back-contact solar cell modules are also provided. Elongated electrically conductive wires are mounted on a layer of the integrated back-sheet adhered to the glass back-sheet. The elongated electrically conductive wires of the integrated back-sheet electrically connect to solar cell back contacts when the back-sheet is used in a back-contact photovoltaic module.06-27-2013
20130160826FRAMELESS PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module employing an array of photovoltaic cells disposed between two optically transparent substrates such as to define a closed-loop peripheral area of the module that does not contain a photovoltaic cell. The module is sealed with a peripheral seal along the perimeter; and is devoid of a structural element affixed to an optically transparent substrate and adapted to mount the module to a supporting structure. The two substrates may be bonded together with the use of adhesive material and, optionally, the peripheral seal can include the adhesive material. The module optionally includes diffraction grating element(s) adjoining respectively corresponding PV-cell(s).06-27-2013
20100089438PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE AND ENERGY OR LIGHT PRODUCTION MODULES - The invention relates to a module (04-15-2010
20120266945THIN-FILM COMPONENT ON GLASS, A METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF AND THE USE THEREOF - A thin-film component comprising a film structure and an electrically conductive protection device is disclosed, together with and a method for the production and use thereof.10-25-2012
20100154867MECHANICALLY RELIABLE SOLAR CELL MODULES - A thin film solar cell module comprising thin film solar cells deposited on a first float glass sheet, an ionomer encapsulant sheet and a float glass protective sheet.06-24-2010
20110146762HIGH PERFORMANCE BACKSHEET FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC APPLICATIONS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - The present invention provides a high performance backsheet (alternatively referred to backing sheet) for photovoltaic applications and method for manufacture of the same. The high performance backsheet includes a compounded thermoplastic polyolefin or compounded ethylene vinyl acetate (“EVA”). The compounded thermoplastic polyolefin or EVA may be used by itself as one layer, or incorporated into a layer, or as a layer in multilayer laminate. The compounded thermoplastic polyolefin or EVA is useful in eliminating the necessity of using polyester in the backing sheet.06-23-2011
20090114269QUICK RELEASE MECHANISM FOR SOLAR PANELS - Some aspects of the present invention relate to an example solar energy system that includes a solar panel and a support which is secured to the solar panel such that the support may be detached from the solar panel by manually manipulating at least one of the support and the solar panel. In some embodiments, the solar energy system further includes a clamp that secures the solar panel to the support. It should be noted that the support may be adapted to be secured to a structure that includes a roof. In some embodiments, the support may be adapted to extend through the roof in order to be secured to a portion of a structure that is below the roof. The solar energy system makes it easier to install, displace and/or remove the solar panels which form the solar energy system from the structure where the solar panels are attached.05-07-2009
20090255573Photovoltaic heat-weldable thermoplastic roofing membrane - Disclosed herein is the fusing of photovoltaic modules or cells to a heat-weldable thermoplastic roofing membrane, and related methods of manufacturing of the same. The resulting membrane may be used as the back sheet for sealing the back surface of photovoltaic cells/modules. In one embodiment, such a photovoltaic roofing structure may comprise a photovoltaic module with an active layer and electrodes, a transparent superstrate, and a thermoplastic olefin membrane. The transparent superstrate may be positioned on top of the photovoltaic module. Also included may be an underlying membrane comprising heat-weldable thermoplastic material positioned beneath the photovoltaic module. In addition, a frame comprised of the same heat-weldable thermoplastic material as the underlying membrane may be located on a perimeter of the superstrate and the photovoltaic module. The frame is then heat-welded to the underlying membrane around the perimeter of the photovoltaic module. Also disclosed herein are related methods of manufacturing such a photovoltaic roofing structure.10-15-2009
20120012164PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - A protective sheet for a solar cell module prepared by forming an acrylic urethane resin layer on one surface or both surfaces of a base sheet. The acrylic urethane resin layer is preferably formed on the opposite surface of the base sheet to the surface that contacts an encapsulant.01-19-2012
20120167957SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A system for installing a preassembled array of solar panels on a rooftop of a facility includes a primary beam member having a plurality of transverse receptacles, a plurality of transverse rails engaged with the transverse receptacles, and a plurality of panel supports, each having a hook portion, and movably supported by the transverse rails, so that each corner of the solar panels in the preassembled array is supported by at least one panel support. A system for transporting solar panels to a rooftop of a facility for subsequent assembly into an array includes a high density rack having a plurality of parallel tracks, each of the parallel tracks are arranged in a progressively staggered configuration, so that one of the solar panels is receivable on each of the parallel tracks, with one side of each of the solar panels having at least one downwardly extending standoff coupled thereto.07-05-2012
20120211059PENETRATED GROUND MOUNT SOLAR RACKING SYSTEM - The present invention is a penetrated ground mount solar racking system with a top that includes a plurality of C-shaped channels that are disposed on top of the system, a plurality of U-shaped channels that are disposed on top of the system and are attached to the C-shaped channels forming a plurality of I-beam supports and a plurality of ground screws that are attached to the I-beam supports and are inserted into a penetrable surface. The system also includes a plurality of photovoltaic modules that are removably attached to the I-beam supports that receive sunlight and convert the sunlight into electrical energy, a plurality of adjustable support bracket that includes an I-beam support clamp, a fastener and a washer and are disposed on top of the ground screws and a photovoltaic module bracket that includes an I-beam solar slider, a slider clamp portion and a fastener.08-23-2012
20120073630RECTANGULAR PROTECTIVE FRAME FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE - A rectangular protective frame for a solar cell module is disclosed. The rectangular protective frame for a solar cell module includes: four bar elements, each including: a supporting portion, having an L-shape cross-section, encompassing edges of the solar cell module for supporting the solar cell module; and a body portion, having a rectangular cross-section with a long side connected to the supporting portion for increasing strength of the supporting portion. The rectangular protective frame also includes at least one carrying mechanism, connected to a short side of the body portion of at least one of the four bar elements, having an L-shape cross-section, for preventing fingers from slipping off while carrying the rectangular protective frame.03-29-2012
20100258162PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE USING PVDF BASED FLEXIBLE GLAZING FILM - The invention relates to flexible photovoltaic (PV) modules, and in particular to those having a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) glazing layer. The PVDF layer may be a monolayer or a multi-layer structure.10-14-2010
20090000656Photovoltaic Module - The present invention involves the use of specially formulated polymers into which anti-static and conducting metal additives have been incorporated to create a flexible, optically transparent cover for mechanical protection of the incident light-facing surface of the photovoltaic cells. The polymer coating imparts higher conversion efficiencies to photovoltaic cells and modules and is resistant to the destructive effects of UV. In the preferred embodiment, the surface comprising a flexible optically transparent polymer cover has a relief or “crinkle coat” structure morphology comprising a random set of rounded ridge and valley features that impart higher conversion efficiencies to photovoltaic cells and modules due to a concentration affect.01-01-2009
20090139564Sealing Film for Photovoltaic Cell Module and Photovoltaic Module - A photovoltaic cell module sealing film including a layer composed of at least one substance selected from the group consisting of metals, metal oxides, and inorganic compounds; and a polyester film having a thermal shrinkage ratio within (0±2) % at 150° C. in both length-wise and width-wise directions, and a difference between the thermal shrinkage ratios at 150° C. in the length-wise and width-wise directions of 2% or less.06-04-2009
20090145475Multilayer Composite Films and Articles Prepared Therefrom - The present invention is an optically transparent laminate film comprising: at least three layers of film, wherein at least two of the at least three layers comprise ionomeric films, and wherein the film can be suitable for use in a photovoltaic cell or in packaging.06-11-2009
20110126887PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE COMPRISING INSULATION LAYER WITH SILANE GROUPS - The present invention relates to a photovoltaic module comprising a solar cell element and an insulation material laminated to at least one side of the solar cell element wherein the insulation material comprises an olefin copolymer which comprises silane group-containing monomer units, to a process for the production of such a photovoltaic module, and to the use of an olefin copolymer which comprises silane group-containing monomer units for the production of an insulation layer of a photovoltaic module.06-02-2011
20090126781Multilayer terionomer encapsulant layers and solar cell laminates comprising the same - The present invention provides a solar cell pre-lamination assembly comprising a terionomer multilayer film or sheet and solar cell modules prepared therefrom.05-21-2009
20110297210FASTENING BASE AND PACKAGING CONTAINER - Disclosed herein is a fastening base including: an enclosure shaped to fasten a dye sensitized solar cell at a predetermined position in a predetermined posture relative to the enclosure; and a shorting circuit adapted to short the two poles of the dye sensitized solar cell fastened to the enclosure.12-08-2011
20110272005BACKSHEET FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A rapid-crystallizing polymer, which can rapidly crystallize from its melted state to solid state, is used to be the insulation layer of the polymer backsheet for photovoltaic modules.11-10-2011
20110272004Solar panels with opaque EVA film backseets - Laminates of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer resin with opacifying pigment provide excellent performance as backing sheets for photovoltaic cells.11-10-2011
20110284058MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR A SOLAR PANEL - An integrated module frame and racking system for a solar panel is disclosed. The solar panel comprises a plurality of solar modules and a plurality of splices for coupling the plurality of solar modules together. The plurality of splices provide a way to make the connected modules mechanically rigid both during transport to the roof and after mounting for the lifetime of the system, provide wiring connections between modules, provide an electrical grounding path for the modules, provide a way to add modules to the panel, and provide a way to remove or change a defective module. Connector sockets are provided on the sides of the modules to simplify the electrical assembly of modules when the modules are connected together with splices.11-24-2011
20110272006SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module and a method for manufacturing a solar cell module are provided. The solar cell module includes an interconnect sheet and a back contact solar cell mounted on the interconnect sheet. Electrodes of the back contact solar cell and interconnects of the interconnect sheet are connected to each other. An electrically insulating cured resin is disposed in a region between interconnects adjacent to each other of the interconnect sheet, the region being located between a semiconductor substrate of the back contact solar cell and an insulating base material of the interconnect sheet.11-10-2011
20100307567VARIANT PACKAGING STRUCTURE FOR A SOLAR MODULE - A variant packaging structure for a solar module in the present invention includes a solar module that is shaped as a non-regular square and has an outer side sealed with a packaging layer. In addition to having function of converting solar energy into electric energy, the solar module of this invention can be made into various shapes for increasing decorative effect.12-09-2010
20110290307MODULAR SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM - A modular solar panel system includes solar panels mechanically and electrically interconnectable to create a modular solar panel array, and an electrical connection module on each panel, the module having an input connection and an output connection for electrically interconnecting the panels in the solar panel array. A peripheral frame member is disposed about each panel, and includes a first set of receptacles arranged on a back face, and a second set of receptacles arranged along an outside edge. The second set of receptacles are arranged along each side so that the receptacles on one panel align with the receptacles on another panel when placed adjacent one another in a generally planar edge-to-edge manner. A support structure supports the solar panel array, and includes a third set of receptacles that have a size, shape and spacing that correspond to the size, shape and spacing of the first set of receptacles on the back face and are alignable with one another to facilitate mounting of the solar panels to the support structure. Connection devices are configured to interconnect the solar panels to one another and to the support structure.12-01-2011
20100147363Encapsulant material, crystalline silicon photovoltaic module and thin film photovoltaic module - An encapsulant material with enhanced light reflectivity, a crystalline silicon photovoltaic module and a thin film photovoltaic module are provided. The encapsulant material has a porous structure therein, and an average pore diameter of the porous structure is between several hundreds of nanometers and several hundreds of micrometers, so that the light reflectance of the encapsulant material is improved. Moreover, the encapsulant material is crosslinked by a physical or chemical crosslinking method, so heat resistance thereof is improved. Therefore, the encapsulant material is suitable for the crystalline silicon photovoltaic module and the thin film photovoltaic module, so as to increase power conversion efficiency of these modules.06-17-2010
20110284057RAIL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAYS - Rail system and method for a photovoltaic array. The system includes at least one modular rail in a first direction. The modular rail includes a first vehicle support surface along the first direction and a first mounting surface along the first direction. The first vehicle support surface is configured to support at least a first vehicle moving in the first direction, and the first mounting surface is configured to support one or more photovoltaic modules mounted on the first mounting surface.11-24-2011
20100139740Module Level Solutions to Solar Cell Polarization - A solar cell module includes interconnected solar cells, a transparent cover over the front sides of the solar cells, and a backsheet on the backsides of the solar cells. The solar cell module includes an electrical insulator between the transparent cover and the front sides of the solar cells. An encapsulant protectively packages the solar cells. To prevent polarization, the insulator has resistance suitable to prevent charge from leaking from the front sides of the solar cells to other portions of the solar cell module by way of the transparent cover. The insulator may be attached (e.g., by coating) directly on an underside of the transparent cover or be a separate layer formed between layers of the encapsulant. The solar cells may be back junction solar cells.06-10-2010
20110290303ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - An electrical connector is provided for electrically connecting a junction box of a photovoltaic (PV) module to an electrical cable of a power distribution system. The electrical connector includes a housing extending along a central longitudinal axis from a cable segment to a mating segment. The housing has an intermediate segment that extends between the cable and mating segments. The intermediate segment includes a flange. The housing is configured to be mounted to a frame for the PV module. An electrical contact is held by the housing and is configured to establish an electrical connection between the junction box and the electrical cable. A biasing mechanism extends over the intermediate segment of the housing. The biasing mechanism extends from a flange end to a frame end. The flange end is engaged with the flange of the housing. The frame end is configured to engage the frame such that, when the housing is mounted to the frame, the biasing mechanism extends between and exerts a biasing force on the flange and the frame. The housing is movable relative to the frame and along the central longitudinal axis with and against the biasing force of the biasing mechanism.12-01-2011
20110290304PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES ON A TEXTILE SUBSTRATE - A photovoltaic module having a textile substrate having conductors, an array of functional tiles on the substrate, wherein the functional tiles include solar tiles, the functional tiles arranged to be spaced apart from each other and to contact at least one conductor, and the solar tiles electrically connect in one of either electrical series or parallel configuration to produce and electrical power output. A method of manufacturing flexible, photovoltaic modules includes manufacturing at least one functional material, forming the functional material into functional tiles, mounting the functional tiles onto a textile substrate into an array of functional tiles, and forming circuitry on the flexible substrate to electrically connect the functional tiles to one of either input/output circuitry or other tiles.12-01-2011
20110297212LAMINATED POLYMER FILM AND SOLAR MODULE MADE THEREOF - Disclosed is a laminated film having: (a) a substrate; and (b) a bonding layer of ethylene polymer on one major surface of the substrate wherein the bonding layer is placed directly on the substrate or there is a (c) primer layer between the substrate and bonding layer. Also disclosed is a solar module made of such a laminated polymer film.12-08-2011
20110297208METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A SOLAR PANEL AND SEMI-PRODUCT - A method for the production of a solar panel with plural solar cells, includes steps of: 12-08-2011
20110297209SILICONE RESIN COMPOSITION FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - The invention provides a silicone resin composition for solar cell modules including (A) an organopolysiloxane in a liquid state with a viscosity at 25° C. of 10,000 mPa·s or more or in a solid state, which is represented by the following formula (1):12-08-2011
20100012172Photovoltaic Modules Manufactured Using Monolithic Module Assembly Techniques - Photovoltaic modules comprising back-contact solar cells manufactured using monolithic module assembly techniques comprising a flexible circuit comprising a back sheet and a patterned metallization. The module may comprise busses in electrical contact with the patterned metallization to extract the current. The module may alternatively comprise multilevel metallizations. Interlayer dielectric comprising islands or dots relieves stresses due to thermal mismatch. The use of multiple cord plates enables flexible circuit layouts, thus optimizing the module. The modules preferably comprise a thermoplastic encapsulant and/or hybrid adhesive/solder materials. An ultrathin moisture barrier enables roll-to-roll processing.01-21-2010
20090283137SOLAR-CELL MODULE WITH IN-LAMINATE DIODES AND EXTERNAL-CONNECTION MECHANISMS MOUNTED TO RESPECTIVE EDGE REGIONS - A solar-cell module. The solar-cell module includes a plurality of solar cells that are electrically coupled together. The solar-cell module further includes an in-laminate-diode assembly electrically coupled with the plurality of solar cells. The in-laminate-diode assembly is configured to prevent power loss. The solar-cell module also includes a protective structure at least partially encapsulating the plurality of solar cells. In addition, the solar-cell module includes a plurality of external-connection mechanisms mounted to a respective plurality of edge regions of the protective structure. An external-connection mechanism of the plurality of external-connection mechanisms is configured to enable collection of current from the plurality of solar cells and to allow interconnection with at least one other external device.11-19-2009
20090139565MODULAR MULTIFUNCTIONAL SOLAR STRUCTURE - The Modular Multifunctional Solar Structure is an innovative design in the field of Renewable Energy. This system, the schematic diagram of which is shown in FIG. 06-04-2009
20100263714JUNCTION BOX FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A junction box is provided for electrically connecting a photovoltaic (PV) module to a power distribution system having a mating connector. The junction box includes a housing having a mounting side configured to be mounted on the PV module. The housing includes a mating interface and an opening extending into the housing through the mounting side. The housing is configured to mate with the mating connector of the power distribution system at the mating interface. An electrical contact is held by the housing. The electrical contact includes an integrally formed, one-piece body. The body of the electrical contact includes a base, a mating end extending from the base, and a PV module end extending from the base. The base of the body of the electrical contact is held within the opening of the housing such that the mating end extends along the mating interface for engagement with the mating connector. The PV module end of the body extends outwardly from the opening on the mounting side of the housing for engagement with foil of the PV module.10-21-2010
20100032006PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES WITH IMPROVED RELIABILITY - A solar module includes a protective shell with at least two sealed sections formed by moisture barrier sealants. Each sealed section is separated from the adjacent sections and includes at least a portion of a solar cell. In this sectioned configuration, any local defect through the protective shell will only affect the performance of the portions of the solar cells within a particular section that contains this defect and will not affect the portions of the solar cells that are in other sections.02-11-2010
20110214717LIGHT CURABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL ENCAPSULANT - Provided are photovoltaic modules that can include a liquid encapsulant formulation. Also provided are such liquid encapsulant formulations.09-08-2011
20110214716ISOLATED METALLIC FLEXIBLE BACK SHEET FOR SOLAR MODULE ENCAPSULATION - Provided are novel solar modules including electrically isolated moisture barriers. According to various embodiments, the solar modules include two distinct seals: one to electrically isolate the moisture barrier and one to protect photovoltaic cells of the module. Also provided are novel back sheets for solar module encapsulation, and novel solar modules including such back sheets. According to various embodiments, the back sheets are ungrounded and flexible. In certain embodiments, the back sheets include an integrated flexible and electrically isolated moisture barrier. The electrically isolated moisture barrier may be a thin metallic sheet, e.g., an aluminum foil. The electrically isolated, flexible moisture barrier eliminates the need for grounding.09-08-2011
20110214715SOLAR PANEL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THEREOF - The invention relates to a solar panel assembly and a method of making thereof. The solar panel assembly includes a solar panel having a non-light receiving surface and a support member. The support member is attached to the non-light receiving surface of the solar panel by means of a hot melt moisture curable composition.09-08-2011
20110214713SOLAR BATTERY MODULE - A solar battery module comprises a frame member and a solar battery panel. The frame member includes frame strips and coupling members. Each frame strip has an open-ended mounting slot, and two engaging grooves formed respectively in two ends. Each coupling member has two abutment portions abutting respectively against two adjacent ends of two adjacent frame strips, a curved connecting portion interconnecting the abutment portions, a curved positioning slot in spatial communication with the mounting slots in two adjacent frame strips, and two engaging arms extending respectively from the abutment portions and retained respectively within two corresponding engaging grooves. The panel includes mounting portions disposed respectively within the mounting slots in the frame strips, and positioning portions disposed respectively within the positioning slots in the coupling members.09-08-2011
20120097220SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - Provided are a sheet for a solar cell of a monolayer construction or a multilayer construction based on a polyphenylene ether-based resin layer formed of a resin composition using a polyphenylene ether as a main component, which has excellent durability, excellent flame retardancy, excellent dimensional stability and high adhesiveness with a encapsulating resin layer or the like, and a solar cell module obtained by providing the sheet for a solar cell.04-26-2012
20120097219LIGHT WEIGHT SOLAR CELL MODULES - Provided herein are light weight solar cell modules having an ionomeric encapsulant sheet and at least one glass sheet. In particular, the weight of the solar cell modules is reduced by reducing the thickness of the at least one glass sheet to about 2.0 mm or less, or to about 1.5 mm or less. The light weight modules retain favorable performance properties such as good pummel adhesion levels, good moisture resistance, and low stress. Further provided are lightweight solar cell modules equipped with integral mounting devices.04-26-2012
20100101634THIN PROFILE SOLAR PANEL ROOF TILE - The present invention is directed toward apparatuses, systems and methods for solar panels capable of rooftop installation. In some embodiments, a low profile solar panel is provided, comprising: a solar laminate; and a flexible material sheet adhered to the solar laminate, wherein the flexible material sheet is configured to operate as a frame that supports and houses the solar laminate. In some such embodiments, the low profile solar panel further comprises a secondary sheet, wherein the secondary sheet is disposed on an edge formed by adhering the flexible material sheet to the solar laminate.04-29-2010
20090101196EVM IN SOLAR MODULES - The present invention relates to a solar module containing at least one layer made up of at least one α-olefin-vinyl acetate copolymer which has a vinyl acetate content of ≧40% by weight, based on the total weight of the α-olefin-vinyl acetate copolymer, and has been prepared by a solution polymerization process at a pressure of from 100 to 700 bar, the use of the α-olefin-vinyl acetate copolymer mentioned in solar modules, the use of the solar module of the invention for stationary or mobile power generation and also a solar power plant containing at least one solar module according to the invention.04-23-2009
20100101635PACKAGINGS FOR THIN-LAYER SLICE-FORM PRODUCTS - The invention concerns a packaging for slice-form, in particular thin brittle products. According to the invention the packaging is a film wraparound packaging.04-29-2010
20090151776Solar cell module and process for the production thereof - The invention concerns a solar cell module which has a layer-form translucent carrier substrate and at least two solar cells arranged on the carrier substrate and including at least one organic solar cell, wherein at least one upper solar cell is arranged on a top side of the carrier substrate and at least one lower solar cell is arranged on an underside of the carrier substrate, and a process for the production of such a solar cell module.06-18-2009
20090151775System for Assisting Solar Power Generation - A system for assisting solar power generation contains several racks for fastening power conversion modules. The racks each have a pivot axis and are mounted for pivotal movement about the pivot axis. The racks each have a lever, a movement of the lever causing a respective one of the racks to pivot. A coupling rod is provided on which the levers are each carried for rotation. The coupling rod couple the levers of the racks together and are further coupled to a linear drive unit so that the racks may be caused to pivot together through an action of the linear drive unit. A common mounting configuration mounts the racks so as to have the pivot axis carried on the common mounting configuration. The linear drive unit has a first end hinge-linked to the common mounting configuration and a second end hinge-linked to the coupling rod.06-18-2009
20090151773Acid Terpolymer Films or Sheets and Articles Comprising the Same - The present invention provides a safety laminate or solar cell module comprising an acid terpolymer containing film or sheet, wherein the acid terpolymer comprises copolymerized units derived from an α-olefin, about 15 to about 30 wt. % of an α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbons, and about 0.5 to about 40 wt. % of an α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid ester having 4 to 12 carbons, based on the total weight of the acid terpolymer.06-18-2009
20120024356PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE KIT INCLUDING CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR NON-PENETRATING ARRAY INSTALLATION - A PV module kit for non-penetrating rooftop installation, including a plurality of PV modules and a plurality of connectors. Each of the PV modules includes a PV laminate and a frame forming a mounting region assembled thereto. The connectors include a male connector having a male fastener extending from a head, and a female connector having a female fastener assembled within a head. The heads are entirely formed of plastic. The kit provides a mounted array state including a junction at which the mounting region of at least two of the PV modules are aligned and interconnected by engagement of the male connector with the female connector. The so-formed junction is substantially electrically insulated. The plurality of connectors can further include a spacer connector including a head forming a bore sized to slidably receive the male fastener, with all of the connector heads being identical.02-02-2012
20120024355METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COVER PLATE FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE - A method for producing a cover plate for a photovoltaic device, which exhibits at least one surface relief texture where air is evacuated from a mold cavity by using a vacuum; the mold containing an inverse image of the surface relief texture and the mold cavity is created by closing the mold: bringing a resin, which is a liquid material at room temperature, by using a pressure into contact with the mold; and hardening the resin, such that the relief texture of the mold is transferred into the hardened resin.02-02-2012
20120024354SOLAR CELL MODULE - The solar cell module includes a solar panel that includes a transparent substrate and is configured by aligning solar cells, a reinforcing frame arranged on the back surface of the solar panel, and a shock absorbing unit arranged between the solar panel and the reinforcing frame, where the shock absorbing unit has the first main surface facing the solar panel, which is a flat surface, and a second main surface facing the reinforcing frame, which is a curved surface bowed in the longitudinal direction of the reinforcing frame, having an arc shape in cross section, and convexed toward the reinforcing frame side.02-02-2012
20120024352FLUOROPOLYMER COATED FILMS USEFUL FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module backsheet includes a polyester film having opposite first and second surfaces, and first and second fluoropolymer coatings on the first and second surfaces of the polyester film. The first and second fluoropolymer coatings each include fluoropolymer selected from homopolymers and copolymers of vinyl fluoride and homopolymers and copolymers of vinylidene fluoride polymer blended with compatible adhesive polymer. The compatible adhesive polymer includes a backbone that is compatible with the fluoropolymer and pendant functional groups. The pendant functional groups are selected from carboxylic acid, sulfonic acid, aziridine, anhydride, amine, isocyanate, melamine, epoxy, hydroxy and mixtures thereof. The surfaces of the polyester film include functional groups on each surface that interact with the pendant functional groups of the compatible adhesive polymer in the first and second fluoropolymer coatings to promote bonding of the first and second fluoropolymer coatings to the respective surfaces of the polyester film.02-02-2012
20120024350Photovoltaic module frame and a photovoltaic module having the frame - This invention discloses a photovoltaic module comprising a photovoltaic module panel and a plurality of photovoltaic module frame segments adapted for holding the photovoltaic module therein; each of the photovoltaic module frame segments comprises a base wall, a photovoltaic module holding part and a first side wall extending between the base wall and the photovoltaic module holding part; the photovoltaic module holding part has a recess facing toward a first direction, the photovoltaic module holding part defines an upper face and a bottom face opposite to each other, wherein said first side wall is oriented at an obtuse angle relative to the bottom face of the photovoltaic module holding part. The advantageous effects of this invention are: the simple structure and the unique configuration of the frame can realize the stable stacking and the fast and stable assembly of the photovoltaic modules and improve the space efficiency when packaging and transporting, thereby reducing the packaging and transporting costs.02-02-2012
20120024347SOLAR PACKAGE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - The invention provides a solar package structure and a method for fabricating the same. A solar package structure includes a carrier wafer. A conductive pattern layer is disposed on the carrier wafer. A solar cell chip array is disposed on the conductive pattern layer, wherein the solar cell chip array electrically connects to the conductive pattern layer. A first spacer dam is disposed on the carrier wafer, surrounding the solar cell chip array. A first optical element array is disposed over the carrier wafer to concentrate sunbeams onto the solar cell chip array, wherein the first optical element array is spaced apart from the carrier wafer by the first spacer dam.02-02-2012
20110259406PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE BACKSHEET, MATERIALS FOR USE IN MODULE BACKSHEET, AND PROCESSES FOR MAKING THE SAME - Improved photovoltaic module backsheets, and processes for making the same, are disclosed, including nylon resin films filled with mineral additives, for use in photovoltaic laminated modules. The present disclosure provides nylon-11 and/or nylon-1010 films and mineral additives for use as backsheet materials in photovoltaic modules having improved thermal and humidity performance.10-27-2011
20080264472Volume compensation within a photovoltaic device - A photovoltaic device having (i) an outer transparent casing, (ii) a substrate, the substrate and the outer transparent casing defining an inner volume, (iii) at least one solar cell on the substrate, (iv) a filler layer sealing the at least one solar cell and (v) a container within the inner volume is provided. The container decreases in volume when the filler layer expands, and increases in volume when the filler layer contracts. In some instances, the container is sealed and has a plurality of ridges. In some instances, the container has an opening that is sealed by a spring loaded seal. In some instances, the container has a first opening and a second opening, where the first opening is sealed by a first spring loaded seal and the second opening is sealed by a second spring loaded seal. In some instances, the container has an elongated asteroid shape.10-30-2008
20080264474Solar System and Method for the Operation Thereof - Disclosed is a solar system comprising a solar panel (10-30-2008
20080264473Volume compensation within a photovoltaic device - Volume compensation in photovoltaic device is provided. The photovoltaic device has an outer transparent casing and a substrate that, together, define an inner volume. At least one solar cell is on the substrate. A filler layer seals the at least one solar cell within the inner volume. A container within the inner volume has an opening in fluid communication with the filler layer. A diaphragm is affixed to the opening thereby sealing the interior of the container from the filler layer. The diaphragm is configured to decrease the volume within the container when the filler layer thermally expands and to increase the volume within the container when the filler layer thermally contracts. In some instances, the substrate is hollowed and the container is formed within this hollow. The container can have multiple openings, each sealed with a diaphragm. There can be multiple containers within the photovoltaic device.10-30-2008
20080264471Solar cell modules comprising compositionally distinct encapsulant layers - The present invention provides a solar cell pre-laminate assembly comprising one or more solar cells laminated between two compositionally distinct encapsulant layers, and the method of preparing a solar cell module from such an assembly.10-30-2008
20110146763SOLAR CELL MODULE ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE AND SOLAR CELL APPARATUS - A solar cell module attachment structure according to one embodiment of the present invention is a solar cell module attachment structure for attaching, face-to-face, edges of two solar cell modules (06-23-2011
20110146760PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - The invention concerns a photovoltaic module with a transparent cover, that forms a first main surface of the module, a protective layer, that runs parallel and with a distance to the cover and forms a second main surface of the module, a first adhesive layer between the cover and a photovoltaic layer formed from a multitude of cells, a second adhesive layer between the protective layer and the photovoltaic layer, wherein the first and second adhesive layer are extending into an area between the cells of the photovoltaic layer and around the cells and are projecting the module circumferentially at the edge by 0.1 to 3 mm.06-23-2011
20110197955SOLAR MODULE HAVING AN ENCAPSULANT MOUNTING ADHESIVE - A solar module includes a photovoltaic device that is partially encapsulated on a front side by a laminate layer. A front substrate is located over the laminate layer. The photovoltaic device is also at least partially encapsulated on a back side by a pressure sensitive adhesive layer. The adhesive layer acts as an encapsulant to protect the photovoltaic device as well as acts as an adhesive for attachment to a substrate.08-18-2011
20110197954PHOTOVOLTAIC APPARATUS AND PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAY ATTACHED TO A SUPPORT STRUCTURE - A photovoltaic apparatus is provided. The photovoltaic apparatus includes a photovoltaic module. The photovoltaic apparatus also includes at least one support strip attached to a bottom surface of the photovoltaic module. Each support strip has a first edge portion, a center portion, and a second edge portion. The second edge portion includes a flange having a first end and a second end. A photovoltaic array is also provided. The photovoltaic array includes a first photovoltaic apparatus and a second photovoltaic apparatus. The photovoltaic array is attached to a support structure.08-18-2011
20090211624Solar powered spa and hot tub down light sconce - An apparatus includes a solar-powered lighting system supported by a wedge-shaped housing. The housing has a back, an upper side and a lower side. The back is adapted to be mounted against a supporting surface such as a wall or the like. The upper side is adapted to support a solar panel. The lower side is adapted allow light to be projected through it.08-27-2009
20120211056PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module is disclosed, which includes a support, a photovoltaic module, and four brackets for fastening the photovoltaic panel on the support. The ratio of the length distance to the width distance of the s centers of the brackets is same as the ratio of the length to the width of the photovoltaic panel with 3% tolerance.08-23-2012
20120227792System and Method For Storing Panel-Specific Data onto a Wireless Tag Affixed to a Solar Panel - A solar panel includes a wireless tag affixed to the solar panel where the wireless tag includes a wireless communication interface, a memory, and an auxiliary communication port. The memory of the wireless tag is configured to store at least panel-specific data of the solar panel where the panel-specific data includes at least current-voltage characteristics of the solar panel. The data is stored onto the memory of the wireless tag through the auxiliary communication port and the stored data is accessible through the wireless communication interface of the wireless tag. In another embodiment, a method for storing panel-specific data in a solar panel includes placing the solar panel with a wireless tag affixed thereto in a solar panel characterization chamber to perform characterization test and storing panel-specific data of the solar panel, including at least current-voltage characteristics of the solar panel, in the memory of the wireless tag.09-13-2012
20120227791Mounting, grounding and wire management systems for solar panel arrays - Systems for mounting and retaining solar panels are disclosed. In particular, systems for conventional tilted roofs (gable, hip, etc.) and for ground installations. Additionally, systems for electrically grounding the components of a solar panel assembly and systems for managing the many electrical wires that must be run along the installation to interconnect and ground the solar panels and supporting structures are disclosed.09-13-2012
20100126560PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE COMPRISING A POLYMER FILM AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A MODULE - A photovoltaic module comprising front and back plates each comprising inner and outer faces, a plurality of photovoltaic cells arranged side by side between the front and back plates and each comprising an antireflection layer, and a peripheral seal arranged between the front and back plates around the photovoltaic cells. The part of the inner face of the front plate delineated by the seal is coated with a polymer film presenting a refractive index comprised between that of the front plate and that of the antireflection layers of the photovoltaic cells, said film being in contact with the photovoltaic cells.05-27-2010
20090205702Solar panel and associated method - Module for a solar panel, comprising a glass plate and a monolithic solar cell, wherein the monolithic solar cell is joined to the glass plate. A glass frit layer is located between the solar cell and the glass plate and forms the join between a surface of the glass plate and a photoactive surface of the solar cell.08-20-2009
20090205703APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MOUNTING AND SUPPORTING A SOLAR PANEL - The present invention generally relates to a simple and cost effective device and method for mounting and supporting solar panels. A solar panel according to the present invention is supported from the backside via a plurality of elongated support members. The elongated support members may have open V-shaped or W-shaped arrangements and may be adhered to the solar panels through strong, flexible glue or double-sided tape that withstands significant environmental loads, such as wind uploading, yet remain flexible enough to minimize stress concentrations in the solar panels. The support members may be attached to a solar panel by a support member attachment module incorporated into an automated solar panel production line. A plurality of solar panels may be field mounted to a solar panel support structure having one or more piles or the like with at least a lower and upper transverse support rails spanning the plurality of solar panels.08-20-2009
20090120489Encapsulating Material for Solar Cell - An encapsulating material for solar cell containing a laminated adhesive and heat resistant layer (A) and a buffering layer (B), wherein a difference in flexural modulus between the heat resistant layer (A) and the buffering layer (B) is at least 30 MPa or more, is provided. The adhesive and heat resistant layer (A) is preferably an olefin polymer (a) having a melting point (according to JIS K7121) of 75° C. or higher and having a storage elastic modulus at 150° C. of 1005-14-2009
20130098429SOLAR CELL MODULE - Disclosed is a solar cell module which uses polyvinyl chloride as the backing and does not undergo a decrease in adhesive strength between the backing and a sealing layer even when exposed to an outdoor environment. The solar cell module has a polyvinyl chloride backing, and a encapsulant-covered photoelectric conversion component and a weather-resistant layer that are laminated in this order on the backing. The module includes a first adhesive layer between the polyvinyl chloride backing and the encapsulant-covered photoelectric conversion component. The first adhesive layer is formed of a single layer, and contains a plurality of resins.04-25-2013
20090151772Terionomer Films or Sheets and Solar Cell Modules Comprising the Same - The present invention provides a solar cell module comprising a terionomer containing film or sheet, wherein the terionomer is derived from an acid terpolymer that comprises copolymerized units derived an α-olefin, about 15 to about 30 wt % of an α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbons, and about 0.5 to about 40 wt % of an α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid ester having 4 to 12 carbons, based on the total weight of the acid terpolymer, and is about 5% to about 90% neutralized with one or more metal ions, based on the total carboxylic acid content of the acid terpolymer.06-18-2009
20110168239Method of Making a Laminated Glass/Polyolefin Film Structure - Laminated structures comprising a (i) glass layer, (ii) first alkoxysilane-containing polyolefin (PO) layer, (iii) catalyst layer, and (iv) second alkoxysilane-containing polyolefin layer, each layer having opposing facial surfaces, are prepared by a method comprising the steps of applying in adhering contact: A. One facial surface of the first PO layer to one facial surface of the glass layer; B. The catalyst layer to the facial surface of the first PO layer opposite the facial surface of the first PO layer in adhering contact with the glass layer; and C. The second PO layer to the facial surface of the catalyst layer opposite the facial surface of the catalyst layer in adhering contact with the first PO layer.07-14-2011
20110168238FLEXIBLE SOLAR MODULES AND MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A flexible solar cell assembly having solar cells that are positioned within a sealed module chamber. A sealed wiring chamber is positioned on an end of the sealed module chamber and is interposed between the sealed module chamber and a junction box. Wiring interconnecting the junction box to the solar cells in the sealed module chamber are routed through the sealed wiring chamber to inhibit water entry into the sealed module chamber via the wiring.07-14-2011
20110139224ORIENTED REINFORCEMENT FOR FRAMELESS SOLAR MODULES - A frameless photovoltaic module retains the required load rating by incorporation of an oriented fibrous reinforcement (e.g., fibers, scrim or mesh) in the back side encapsulant, in the back sheet, or as a separate sheet between the encapsulant and the back sheet to increase the overall stiffness of the module. The reinforcement is compatible with the materials around it, in particular having good wet out, and may be freestanding or anchored to outer edges of the module, for example to the front glass, by means of an adhesive in order to further enhance the stiffness conferred to the module.06-16-2011
20090288702Solar Cell and Solar Cell Module Using the Same - Provided is a solar cell module having improved energy efficiency. The solar cell module includes a frame, first solar cells arranged at the frame, and second solar cells smaller than the first solar cells. The second solar cells are disposed in regions surrounded by the first solar cells. The first solar cells have a substantially circular shape. The second solar cells have a rectangular shape, and each of the second solar cells is surrounded by four of the first solar cells.11-26-2009
20090288701SOLAR CELL LAMINATES HAVING COLORED MULTI-LAYER ENCAPSULANT SHEETS - Solar cell modules are provided having a solar cell layer and a colored multi-layer encapsulant sheet where an uncolored surface sub-layer of the encapsulant sheet is in direct contact with the solar cell layer.11-26-2009
20120167955Solar panels with clear encapsulant layer - Solar panels of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer resin having at least one layer of substantially clear encapsulant and a second layer of laminar encapsulant having a substantially clear layer and a pigmented layer provide excellent long term performance.07-05-2012
20090293941Photovoltaic power farm structure and installation - The patent teaches an installation suitable for expansive surface area photovoltaic modules. Installation structure comprises conducting rails functioning as a power conduits to convey power from expansive modules. Multiple modules may be mounted on the installation structure in a parallel or series arrangement. The high current carrying capacity rails minimize power loss in conveyance of power. Module installation and electrical connections are accomplished in a facile fashion using mechanical fasteners to thereby simplify and reduce installation cost associated with production of large photovoltaic generating facilities.12-03-2009
20080210293SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SOLAR ENERGY UTILIZATION - The present invention relates to systems and methods for solar energy utilization. One embodiment of the present invention relates to a rotating panel system for solar energy utilization, including thermal, electrical, and visual applications. The system includes a plurality of rotatable panels, a rotation system, and a housing. The housing both mechanically supports the rotatable panels and thermally insulates and/or redirects the heat and/or electricity generated by the panels. A second embodiment of the present invention relates to an automatic climate control system utilizing a rotating panel system. The system includes an enclosed region and a multi-panel solar system. The multi-panel solar system is positioned to extend between the interior and exterior regions of an enclosed region. A third embodiment of the present invention relates to a method for utilizing a plurality of panels to desirably accommodate for visual and thermal forms of solar energy. The method includes positioning a multi-panel solar system in an unobstructed interior to exterior recess and rotating the panels so as to optimally affect the thermal and visual components of the solar energy, depending upon the application.09-04-2008
20120291855SOLAR TILE STRUCTURE - A solar tile structure includes a base, a first hook structure disposed on a first side of the base, a second hook structure dispose on a second side of the base opposite to the first side for engaging with a hook structure of an adjacent solar tile structure so as to constrain the relative movement of the base and the adjacent solar tile structure, a first slot structure disposed on a third side of the base different from the first side for draining water from the base, and a second slot structure disposed on a fourth side of the base opposite to the third side for engaging with a slot structure of other adjacent solar tile structure so as to constrain the relative movement of the base and the other adjacent solar tile structure. A combination of solar tile structures is also provided.11-22-2012
20100275978ACID TERPOLYMER FILMS OR SHEETS AND ARTICLES COMPRISING THE SAME - The present invention provides a safety laminate or solar cell module comprising an acid terpolymer containing film or sheet, wherein the acid terpolymer comprises copolymerized units derived from an α-olefin, about 15 to about 30 wt % of an α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbons, and about 0.5 to about 40 wt % of an α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid ester having 4 to 12 carbons, based on the total weight of the acid terpolymer.11-04-2010
20120291857Organic Passivation Layer Composition, Transistor And/Or Electronic Device Including Organic Passivation Layer Fabricated Therefrom - According to example embodiments, an organic passivation layer composition includes a cross-linking agent and an oligomer or a polymer including structural units represented by the following Chemical Formulae 1 and 2:11-22-2012
20120291856BARRIER FILMS AND HIGH THROUGHPUT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES - Methods and devices are provided for improved roofing devices. In one embodiment of the present invention, a photovoltaic roofing assembly is provided that comprises of a roofing membrane and a plurality of photovoltaic cells supported by the roofing membrane. The photovoltaic cells may be lightweight, flexible cells formed on a lightweight foil and disposed as a layer on top of the roofing membrane. The roofing assembly may include at least one flexible encapsulant film that protects the plurality of photovoltaic cells from environmental exposure damage, wherein the encapsulant film is formed using a non-vacuum process. Optionally, the process may be a lamination process. In other embodiments, the process is a non-vacuum, non-lamination process. The resulting roofing membrane and the photovoltaic cells are constructed to be rolled up in lengths suitable for being transported to a building site for unrolling and being affixed to a roof structure.11-22-2012
20080245405Integrated Solar Cell Roofing System and Method of Manufacture - An integrated solar cell roofing system comprised of strips of solar cell groups. Each strip is comprised of a length of a substrate of a flexible, waterproof material. A first layer of bonding material is laid on the substrate onto which a group of pre-wired photovoltaic (PV) cells are positioned. A second layer of bonding material is applied and an individual rigid sheet of glass is laid on the second layer over each group of PV cells. Heat and vacuum is then applied to melt the bonding materials thereby bonding the group of PV cells and the glass sheet onto the substrate to form spaced solar cell groups thereon. The strip can then be folded into a fan-fold configuration for handling.10-09-2008
20080245404Apparatus and method for attaching solar panels to roof system surfaces - An apparatus and method for attaching photovoltaic solar panels to a roof system surface. Thin film flexible panels are attached using a hook and loop system in which either the hook or loop material is attached to the underside of panel, and the other of the hook and loop material is attached the roof. Solar panels that are encased in a frame are attached using the hook and loop material directly to the roof system structure, or to an intermediate structure, which is in turn attached to the roof system surface. The method also determines the amount of mated hook and loop material that must be attached to each installed panel to ensure that the installed panels will be able to withstand the wind pressure uplift force required, and to ensure that in the event unexpected and exceessive uplift force is ever encountered, the panels separate at the hook and loop interface10-09-2008
20110203643SOLAR CELL BACKSHEET AND SOLAR CELL MODULE PROVIDED WITH SAME - The present backsheet for solar cell (08-25-2011
20100269889Photoelectric Solar Panel Electrical Safety System Permitting Access for Fire Suppression - An apparatus and method is provided to allow fire fighters and other personnel unimpeded access to a roof no matter the placement or configuration of a plurality of solar panels installed on the roof. A user first disables the flow of electricity from the solar panels by activating a fail-safe system, thus electrically isolating each solar panel from a common power line and making safe manipulation of the solar panel possible. The user then unlocks the solar panel from its mounting frame by opening a latch and rotates the solar panel on the frame to expose the portion of the roof beneath the panel. The solar panel rotates over the end of the frame and remains coupled to the frame. With the solar panel swung out of the way, full and unimpeded access of the roof below the panel is now accessible to the firefighter.10-28-2010
20110023945LAMINATE FOR A SOLAR BATTERY BACK-SHEET AND BACK-SHEET COMPRISNG SAME - Provided is a laminate for a solar battery back-sheet, which is capable of exhibiting and maintaining an excellent water-vapor barrier property even under a severe natural environment for a long time, i.e., excellent in weather resistance and humidity resistance, and which is produced by laminating a vinylidene chloride-based resin layer and a silicone-modified acrylic-based resin layer.02-03-2011
20110023944HOT-MELT COMPOSITION, SEALING MATERIAL, AND SOLAR BATTERY - A hot-melt composition according to the present invention includes (a) butyl rubber and (b) one or more selected from a group consisting of hydrogenated terpene phenol, styrene modified terpene, and hydrogenated terpene. The hot-melt composition of the present invention can be used as a sealing material used to provide sealing of a solar battery.02-03-2011
20110023943CROSS-LINKABLE ENCAPSULANTS FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS - Provided herein is a blend composition useful as a cross-linkable encapsulant layer and consisting essentially of two ethylene copolymers and optionally one or more additives. The first ethylene copolymer comprises copolymerized units of ethylene, optionally a first olefin having the formula CH02-03-2011
20110023942PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE HAVING IMPROVED CORROSION RESISTANCE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME - The improved photovoltaic module contains a solar cell made of metallic silicon, which is embedded in at least one embedding material, and a corrosion inhibitor. Preferably the corrosion inhibitor is an organic compound, which has at least one nitrogen atom. As a result, the photovoltaic module according to the present invention has an extended service life, since it withstands corrosive influences.02-03-2011
20130213459PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE WITH A POLYMERIC MAT AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME - This invention relates to a photovoltaic device with a polymeric mat and a method of making a photovoltaic device with a polymeric mat. The photovoltaic device includes a transparent layer for receiving solar energy, and at least one photovoltaic cell disposed below the transparent layer. The photovoltaic device also includes a polymeric mat disposed below the at least one photovoltaic cell, and a backsheet disposed below the polymeric mat. The photovoltaic device also includes an encapsulant bonding the transparent layer, the at least one photovoltaic cell, the polymeric mat, and the backsheet.08-22-2013
20090266406MOUNTING FOR SOLAR PANELS - A mounting for solar panels has fixings which enable it to be easily attached to other mountings for a solar array and can be made of recycled plastic by vacuum forming.10-29-2009
20080236655Solar module manufacturing processes - Solar module manufacturing methods for manufacturing a solar electric module including photovoltaic cells. The method includes applying an interconnect material to a flexible electrical backplane having preformed conductive interconnect circuitry to form interconnect attachments. The method aligns an array of back contact PV cells with the interconnect attachments. Conductive pathways are formed between the PV cells and the conductive interconnects of the flexible electrical backplane. The method applies an encapsulant material to fill spaces formed between the PV cells and the flexible electrical backplane to form a solar cell subassembly, which is incorporated into a solar electric module.10-02-2008
20080264470Solar Battery Module Device and Method of Installing the Same - A solar battery module device (10-30-2008
20120291858PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE - Water is appropriately discharged, resulting in an increase in the reliability of a photoelectric conversion device. Said photoelectric conversion device is equipped with a U-shaped panel frame section (11-22-2012
20120031470SOLAR PANEL CONFIGURATIONS - The invention provides solar panel systems, which may be applied to surfaces such as residential rooftops. The invention also provides methods of installing solar panel systems. A solar panel system may comprise one or more module, which may comprise one or more solar panels and a rack. A solar panel may comprise a polymer, and may not comprise glass or a metal frame. The rack may include three footings and a plurality of adjustable fasteners that may enable the module to reside on an uneven surface. The rack may also include integrated electronic components and a microinverter. A module may yield a desired power output, and may generate performance monitoring data.02-09-2012
20080283117Solar Cell Module and Method of Manufacturing Solar Cell Module - A solar cell module capable of suppressing reduction of the quantity of power generation while retaining adhesive strength of a laminated resin film also when exposed to environment influenced by heat, moisture, light (ultraviolet light) etc. over a long period is obtained. This solar cell module (11-20-2008
20080283118PHOTOVOLTAIC AC INVERTER MOUNT AND INTERCONNECT - A replaceable photovoltaic inverter is mounted on each of a plurality of photovoltaic module for the conversion of direct current, produced by the photovoltaic cells, to alternating current. The inverter is coupled to a mounting bracket on the photovoltaic module such that is can be easily replaced. Replacement of an individual photovoltaic module inverter can occur during continuous operation of the photovoltaic module system with minimal impact on overall power production. The inverter is also mounted apart from the photovoltaic module to facilitate heat transfer generated by operation of the inverter.11-20-2008
20080289681STRUCTURES FOR LOW COST, RELIABLE SOLAR MODULES - Methods and devices are provided for improved large-scale solar installations. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic module is provided comprising a module front layer comprising a glass plate, a module back layer comprising an electrically conductive foil, and a plurality of solar cells arranged to be protected by the front layer and the back layer. In some embodiments, the module back layer is aluminum foil. The module back layer may have an externally exposed surface. The module back layer may be electrically grounded. An electrically insulating pottant material may be used with the solar cells to separate them from the module back layer. This allows for a high voltage withstand between the cells and the outer surface of the back layer.11-27-2008
20080289682Structures for Low Cost, Reliable Solar Modules - Methods and devices are provided for improved large-scale solar installations. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic module is provided comprising a module front layer comprising a glass plate, a module back layer comprising an electrically conductive foil, and a plurality of solar cells arranged to be protected by the front layer and the back layer. In some embodiments, the module back layer is aluminum foil. The module back layer may have an externally exposed surface. The module back layer may be electrically grounded. An electrically insulating pottant material may be used with the solar cells to separate them from the module back layer. This allows for a high voltage withstand between the cells and the outer surface of the back layer.11-27-2008
20120090668Photovoltaic Module and Method for the Production Thereof - A photovoltaic module, particularly a thin-film photovoltaic module, includes at least one carrier panel preferably implemented as a glass panel, one or more coatings applied to the carrier panel for generating electrical current, at least one or more electrically conductive contacts, at least one cover coating for covering at least one partial region of the carrier panel with the coatings generating electricity, the electrically conductive contacts and optionally a glass cover panel. The cover coating is particularly implemented as a melted coating, at least one bulk granular granulate being used for the production thereof.04-19-2012
20080216889MULTILAYER FILM - A solar panel backside film used in solar panel constructions. The film comprises a PET film having a net peak area as measured by differential scanning calorimetry of about −15 J/g to about 5 J/g measured from the endpoint of the glass transition (Tg) up to 230° C., and an additive to opacify the PET film. A polymeric layer is adhered to the PET film to create a solar panel backside film. The solar panel backside film generally has a reflectivity of 50% or greater at a point in the visible range of light. Additionally, the solar panel backside film, when applied to a solar panel and exposed to 2000 hours at 85° C. and 85% relative humidity, does not result in exfoliation or visible cracks in the PET film.09-11-2008
20080236653PHOTOVOLTAIC ROOFING PANEL - Disclosed is a photovoltaic roofing panel including at least one photovoltaic collector strip and a substrate configured to be disposed on a roof deck, the at least one photovoltaic collector strip being fixedly associated with the substrate.10-02-2008
20130118558FLEXIBLE CONNECTORS OF BUILDING INTEGRABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES FOR ENCLOSED JUMPER ATTACHMENT - Provided are novel Building Integrable Photovoltaic (BIPV) modules having one or more connectors that are movable between extended and retracted positions. Connector adjustment may be performed in the field, for example, during installation of a module. In certain embodiments, a connector includes a connector body and extension body. The extension body flexibly attaches the connector body to the module and allows the connector body to move with respect to the module edge. In an extended position, the connector body is positioned closer to the edge and is configured to make electrical connections to a joiner connector for interconnecting with an adjacent module. In a retracted positioned, the connector body is positioned further from the edge and is configured to make electrical connections to a jumper for interconnecting the conductive elements of the connector. In certain embodiments, a jumper does not protrude beyond the edge when connected to the connector body.05-16-2013
20130118560SEALING STRUCTURE FOR PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT MODULE - Provided is a sealing structure of a photoelectric conversion element in which the open side end section of the photoelectric conversion element can be surely and continuously sealed by a simple structure with high durability, and also the problem of insufficient sealing of the extraction electrode can be solved. A sealing structure 05-16-2013
20130118561SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME - Disclosed is a solar cell module in which a reduction in the adhesive strength of the sealing resin used is suppressed even after use in a severe environment for a long period of time, in which corrosion of an electrode is prevented, and which has favorable flame resistance. The solar cell module uses, as the sealing resin, a blended polymer of a thermoplastic ester polyol polyurethane resin including an ester-based polyol unit and a thermoplastic ether polyol polyurethane resin including an ether-based polyol unit. The blending mass ratio of the thermoplastic ester polyol polyurethane resin to the thermoplastic ether polyol polyurethane resin in the blended polymer is 10:90 to 50:50. The thermoplastic ether polyol polyurethane resin includes a polyurethane resin A having flame resistance and a polyurethane resin B having lower flame resistance but higher adhesion properties than the polyurethane resin A.05-16-2013
20090032090METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A TERRESTRIAL SOLAR ARRAY INCLUDING A RIGID SUPPORT FRAME - A method for assembling a concentrator photovoltaic solar cell array system for producing energy from the sun includes installing a foundation on a surface and coupling a central support to the foundation. A cross member is coupled to the central support and one or more inclined arms are coupled to the cross member and the central support. A support frame, which includes a first frame assembly arranged to couple to one or more solar cell subarrays, is coupled to the cross member. One or more solar cell subarrays are coupled to the first frame assembly thereby forming a solar cell array, wherein each solar cell subarray includes a plurality of triple junction III-V semiconductor compound solar cell receivers. To enable rotation of at least a portion of the central support coupled to the support frame, an actuator is installed.02-05-2009
20080276983Encapsulation of Photovoltaic Cells - This invention relates to a photovoltaic cell module and a process of applying a silicone based hot melt encapsulant material (11-13-2008
20080251115Solar Panel Array Sun Tracking System - A solar panel tracking system that can simultaneously rotate large arrays of solar panels position in multiple rows utilizing a single drive system. The drive system comprises a single actuation device that drives multiple rotational translation stages at each solar array row for tilting the panels to the correct position. A dual beam structure within each row insure appropriate panel support during rotation and provide the framework for simplified installation and maintenance.10-16-2008
20100269888System for mounting and selectable adjustment of angle of elevation of groups of PV panels - A system for the selectable adjustment of an angle of elevation of groups of PV panels or panel arrays, relative to a roof to which the panels are attached, includes a platform, upon or thru the roof. The platform including horizontally secured rails. Also included are a parallel series of lower couplings, each member of the series provided upon the rails, and having a transverse distance between them sufficient to accommodate a PV panel array. Each of the couplings are provided with integral extensions or tabs, each having an aperture within a portion not in engagement with the platform. The system also includes linear support members secured to undersides of the panel arrays to be selectably elevated, each of the support members substantially co-planar with the rails of the parallel series of lower couplings. Struts of fixed lengths are selectably provided between alternates of the lower couplings within each of the series of couplings, in which alternate couplings, not associated with the struts, are rotationally or pivotally secured by extension tabs of each coupling and selectably secured to couplings upon the linear support members of the panel arrays. Also provided are equal length strut pairs of selectable lengths, each strut having an aperture at each end, detachably securable between corresponding lower and upper couplings of each of the series pairs of couplings between the rotational couplings. Selection of a pair of corresponding equal length struts, related to coupling pairs upon the parallel series of couplings and rails, effects an angle of elevation of a PV panel array as a function of the length of the co-equal lengths of the struts within the parallel series of couplings and rails.10-28-2010
20110005581Photovoltaic Power Generating System - A photovoltaic power generating system of the present invention includes a solar cell module 01-13-2011
20110005580SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS - A solar energy module includes a photovoltaic unit including a layer of one or more solar cells. The layer has a front side exposed to incident radiation and an opposite back side. The solar energy module also includes a thermal unit thermally coupled to the back side of the layer of one or more solar cells. The thermal unit includes one or more channels through which a thermal transfer fluid flows, wherein a portion of the incident radiation is converted into electricity by the layer of one or more solar cells and a portion of the incident radiation is simultaneously converted to heat for increasing the temperature of the thermal transfer fluid. The solar energy module also includes a heating system to further increase the temperature of the thermal transfer fluid. The heating system is powered by electricity generated by the one or more solar cells. The solar energy module further includes a controller for controlling the relative amounts of heat and electricity output by the solar energy module by controlling the amount of electricity produced by the one or more solar cells that is diverted to the heating system for increasing the temperature of the thermal transfer fluid.01-13-2011
20090114268REINFORCED SOLAR CELL FRAMES - A solar assembly apparatus is provided that comprises one or more photovoltaic modules, a first end rail to which the first ends of the one or more photovoltaic modules are fixed and a first stiffening member to which the first end rail is attached. In some instances, the one or more photovoltaic modules are a plurality of electrically-interconnected elongated photovoltaic modules forming an array and each elongated photovoltaic module in the plurality of elongated photovoltaic modules is elongated along an axis and has a first end and a second end that are axially opposite each other. Furthermore, in such instances, each elongated photovoltaic module in the plurality of elongated photovoltaic modules has photovoltaic surface portions facing away from the axis in different directions to receive light to generate electricity.05-07-2009
20090114270Rapid Mounting System for Solar Modules - Methods and devices are provided for rapid solar module installation. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic module is provided comprising of a plurality of photovoltaic cells positioned between a transparent module layer and a backside module layer. The module may be a frameless module. The module may have brackets that slidably engage a mounting structure.05-07-2009
20090114271Slidable Mounting System for Solar Modules - Methods and devices are provided for rapid solar module installation. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic module is provided comprising of a plurality of photovoltaic cells a plurality of photovoltaic modules; at least a first type of mounting bracket in contact with the module; at least a second type of mounting bracket, wherein the brackets are configured to interlock and connect multiple modules together.05-07-2009
20100139742Photovoltaic Module Assembly With Integrated Junctions - One embodiment relates to a photovoltaic (PV) module assembly with integrated junctions manufactured in a factory. The assembly includes a plurality of PV laminates and a frame surrounding and supporting each of the PV laminates in the module. A plurality of environmentally-protected electrical junctions interconnect the photovoltaic laminates. Another embodiment relates to a method of manufacturing a PV module assembly in which pin terminals of PV laminates are inserted into corresponding sockets of junction boxes that are integrated into a frame of the assembly. Another embodiment relates to a method of manufacturing a PV module assembly in which non-insulated conductors are extended from PV laminates, electrical junctions are formed between the conductors, and material is applied to encapsulate the junctions. Other embodiments and features are also disclosed.06-10-2010
20100139741Frame-Integrated Pivot Bearing For Solar Collector Assembly - One embodiment relates to a photovoltaic array assembly which includes a plurality of photovoltaic modules and a frame surrounding and supporting each of the photovoltaic modules in an array. A plurality of pivot bearings are advantageously integrated into the frame along a single axis. Another embodiment relates to a method of manufacturing a photovoltaic array assembly. The method includes manufacturing a frame to surround and support a plurality of photovoltaic modules in an array. The method further includes integrating a plurality of pivot bearings into the frame and inserting the plurality of photovoltaic modules into the frame. Other embodiments, features and aspects are also disclosed.06-10-2010
20100139743Novel System and Method for Addressing Solar Energy Production Capacity Loss Due to Field Buildup Between Cells and Glass and Frame Assembly - Systems and methods are disclosed for removing charge buildup/leakage from solar modules. A discharge controller may be coupled between a solar module and a string bus of a solar array. The discharge controller may be configured to disconnect the solar module from the string bus, and to connect a grounded frame to solar cells of the solar module. Since the grounded frame of the solar module may be grounded, connecting the grounded frame and the solar cells allows charge buildup/leakage to discharge into ground.06-10-2010
20130213458SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module includes a solar cell panel including a plurality of solar cells sealed between a front surface member and a back surface member with a sealing material, and a frame supporting a peripheral edge portion of the solar cell panel. The frame includes a main body portion, a fitting portion which is located above the main body portion and in which the peripheral edge portion of the solar cell panel is to be fitted. The frame further includes an inner flange portion provided at a part of the main body portion below the fitting portion and not below a bottom portion of the main body portion and extending in a direction inward from the peripheral edge portion of the solar cell panel.08-22-2013
20080257403PHOTOVOLTAIC WINDOW PANEL WITH HIGH VIEWING TRANSPARENCY - The invention is a photovoltaic window panel comprising a parallel array of strips of photovoltaic cells incorporated within the body of a transparent panel such that the active area or surface plane of a photovoltaic cell is nearly perpendicular to the plane of the transparent panel. The narrow strips of photovoltaic cells are inserted into slots formed in the transparent panel with the strips encapsulated within the slots with a clear potting material. The slotted panel containing the strips of photovoltaic cells is protected by lamination with a clear protective cover. Alternatively the strips of photovoltaic cells may be molded into a panel of transparent material. The electrical outputs of each strip of photovoltaic cells emerge from the two side edges of the transparent panel so that the strips of photovoltaic cells may be connected in parallel or in series to contacts external to the photovoltaic window panel.10-23-2008
20080257402Solar Power System with a Number of Photovoltaic Modules - The invention relates to a solar power system comprising a plurality of mounting supports (10-23-2008
20080257401Photovoltaic module and method for production thereof - The photovoltaic module comprises front and rear plates. An organic seal is arranged between the plates and delineates a tight internal volume, kept at a pressure lower than atmospheric pressure, wherein the photovoltaic cells are arranged. The seal is an organic seal, for example of thermoplastic nature, for example of the polybutylene family. The production method comprises formation of a negative pressure by suction. The method can comprise sweeping by neutral gases, establishment of the negative pressure and sealing by compression. The method can also comprise partial sealing of the module so as to leave two openings in the seal, sweeping of the internal volume by neutral gases by means of the two openings, establishment of the negative pressure and closing of the openings.10-23-2008
20110220185METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - The invention relates to a method of manufacturing a photovoltaic module comprising the following steps: a) assembling a front end part (09-15-2011
20120192925FRAME-MOUNTED WIRE MANAGEMENT DEVICE - A wire management device is disclosed. The device comprises a clip comprising an upper planar member and a lower planar member, each planar member having an inner and outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the upper planar member includes a post extending toward the inner surface of the lower planar member, a stem extending from the outer surface of the lower planar member, the stem including two outwardly-extending flanges, each of the first and second outwardly-extending flanges including an edge portion extending toward the outer surface of the lower planar member, and a transverse passage extending along the outer surface of the lower planar member, the transverse passage extending across the stem, wherein the stem has a recessed portion along the transverse passage.08-02-2012
20110220184FLUORORESIN FILM AND ITS USE - To provide a fluororesin film on which no bubble streaks are formed even when it contains a sufficient amount of titanium oxide, in which deterioration of the fluororesin is suppressed, and which has a low transmittance of ultraviolet light at a wavelength of at most 360 nm and has excellent weather resistance and heat resistance, a method of its use, a backsheet for a solar cell module, and a solar cell module.09-15-2011
20110220181PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE - A photoelectric conversion module includes first and second substrates on which first and second electrodes are respectively formed and which are disposed to face each other; an electrolyte injected through an electrolyte inlet formed in the first substrate, and filled between the first and second substrates; and a conductive sealing member for sealing the electrolyte inlet and electrically connected to at least one of the first and second electrodes. As such and according to an embodiment of the present invention, the photoelectric conversion module has a simple structure and/or may be easily mounted.09-15-2011
20090199894Photovoltaic devices protected from environment - A photovoltaic module includes a first photovoltaic cell, a second photovoltaic cell, and a transparent barrier disposed over the first photovoltaic cell and the second photovoltaic cell. The transparent barrier includes least one inorganic layer and at least one electrical conductor which electrically connects the first photovoltaic cell to the second photovoltaic cell. The transparent barrier may include a flexible sheet, web, foil or ribbon containing at least one glassy layer.08-13-2009
20090320908PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH DRAINAGE FRAME - A PV module including a PV device and a frame. The PV device has a PV laminate maintaining a plurality of PV cells at a front face. The PV cells are arranged in rows, including a first row adjacent an edge of the PV laminate. Adjacent ones of the PV cells of the first row are separated by a column spacing. The frame is assembled to the PV laminate, and includes a frame member having a ledge and a plurality of spaced fingers that are connected to, and spaced from, the ledge. The PV laminate is mounted between the ledge and the fingers, with one of the fingers being aligned with one of the column spacings. The PV module facilitates liquid drainage between the spaced fingers. Further, the fingers minimize shading effects presented by the frame member, thereby enhancing a GCR of the PV module.12-31-2009
20120067403Photovoltaic module - A photovoltaic module includes a substrate structure photovoltaic cell, sealing layers, and front and rear surface protection layers. The photovoltaic cell includes a film substrate, on which a metal electrode layer, a thin film photoelectric conversion layer, and a transparent electrode layer are stacked. The sealing layers are stacked on light receiving surface side and non-light receiving surface side of the photovoltaic cell, and directly joined to each other in a periphery of the photovoltaic cell. The front surface protection layer is joined to the light receiving surface side sealing layer, and a rear surface protection layer is joined to the non-light receiving surface side sealing layer. The front surface protection layer is formed of a transparent resin film, and a glass coating layer is formed on the light receiving surface side thereof.03-22-2012
20120067404PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE COMPRISING PLASTICIZED INTERMEDIATE LAYER FILMS HAVING HIGH RADIATION TRANSMISSION - The invention relates to the use of plasticiser-containing, polyvinyl acetal-based films that have a UV transmission of more than 35% to manufacture photovoltaic modules.03-22-2012
20110220183PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE - The present invention is premised upon an improved photovoltaic device (“PV device”), more particularly to an improved photovoltaic device with a multilayered photovoltaic cell assembly and a body portion joined at an interface region.09-15-2011
20090050194SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - A method and modular assembly provide shade and generate electricity using photovoltaic cells. In the method, a kit includes a plurality of columns, a truss assembly, a rack, and a plurality of photovoltaic cells for converting solar energy into electricity. First, four columns are erected at a distance from one another to define an area. Then, the truss assembly is suspended between the columns. Thereafter, the rack is mounted to the truss assembly to form an open roof. To enclose the roof, the photovoltaic cells are arranged on the rack to block sunlight to shade the area, while converting the sunlight to electricity.02-26-2009
20090165843SOLAR PANEL - A solar panel according to the present invention includes a solar cell module body (07-02-2009
20090084433THIN-FILM SOLAR BATTERY MODULE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME - A thin-film solar battery module comprising: a plurality of thin-film solar batteries; a supporting plate; and a frame, the thin-film solar battery having a string in which a plurality of thin-film photoelectric conversion elements, each formed by sequentially stacking a first electrode layer, a photoelectric conversion layer and a second electrode layer on a surface of an insulated substrate, are electrically connected in series, wherein the frame is attached to an outer circumference of the supporting plate in a condition that the plurality of thin-film solar batteries are arranged and fixed on the supporting plate.04-02-2009
20110186113TERMINAL BOX FOR SOLAR CELL AND ATTACHING STRUCTURE - Provided are a terminal box, which protects a lead line of a frameless solar cell module from external moisture and the like and easily connects the solar cell modules to each other, and an attaching structure of a solar cell module having such a terminal box attached thereto. The terminal box is provided for a frameless solar cell having no frame for protecting a substrate glass and a cover glass from external forces. The terminal box is connected to an electrode for taking out power generated by receiving light, and a lead line for outputting the power to the outside is led out from an end portion of the solar cell module. The terminal box includes: a bonding section to be bonded to a side end portion of the solar cell module; an output terminal, which is electrically connected to the lead line to output the power obtained from the electrode of the solar cell module to the outside through the lead line; and a connecting section for connecting the terminal box to a prescribed external connector.08-04-2011
20090250100SOLAR CELL MODULES COMPRISING HIGH MELT FLOW POLY(VINYL BUTYRAL) ENCAPSULANTS - A solar cell module comprising a solar cell layer comprised of one or a plurality of electrically interconnected solar cells and an encapsulant layer comprised or made of a poly(vinyl butyral) sheet having melt flow rate (MFR) of about 0.8 to about 2 g/10 min as determined according to ASTM 1238 (150° C., 5 kg load, 2 mm orifice) and a process for producing the same.10-08-2009
20090255571Thermal Conducting Materials for Solar Panel Components - This invention relates to solar panels with improved encapsulants and backsheets for greater power output and/or increased efficiency by using materials with higher thermal conductivity than conventional solar panels. According to certain embodiments the improved materials include fillers while maintaining sufficient dielectric properties. According to certain other embodiments, the invention includes a solar panel with the improved encapsulant between solar cells and the improved backsheet. The invention also includes a method of making a solar panel including the improved materials.10-15-2009
20090255570GLAZING ASSEMBLIES THAT INCORPORATE PHOTOVOLTAIC ELEMENTS AND RELATED METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - A photovoltaic panel includes a substrate, a photovoltaic coating extending over, and being adhered to, a central region of a major surface of the substrate, and a flexible and electrically non-conductive film overlaying the photovoltaic coating, such that the photovoltaic coating is sandwiched between the film and the substrate. An assembly, which includes the photovoltaic panel, further includes a second substrate, which is joined to the first substrate, for example, by a seal member, such that an air space is enclosed between the film and the second substrate.10-15-2009
20120192927Photovoltaic Module with Integral Junction - A photovoltaic module with integral junction includes a photovoltaic assembly having at least one photovoltaic cell. A by-pass diode is located at the junction between a positive output cable and a negative output cable of the photovoltaic module. The diode selectively electrically joins the positive output cable with the negative output cable, thereby by-passing the photovoltaic cell assembly. Encapsulating material completely surrounds the photovoltaic assembly and the by-pass diode within a single integral unit. In one advantageous form, the encapsulating material is a polymer, such as ethylene vinyl acetate polymer.08-02-2012
20090255572Sealed Thin Film Photovoltaic Modules - A sealed photovoltaic module comprising a first substrate, a second substrate, a seal between the first and second substrates positioned at or near the edges of the substrates and forming a sealed chamber defined by the first and second substrates and the seal, and at least one thin film photovoltaic element positioned between the first and second substrate and at least partly within the chamber.10-15-2009
20090260676Solar panel junction box and components thereof - A solar panel junction box and components thereof including a plurality of generally L-shaped connecting elements, each comprising a conductive member with a flat section and a first angular section. The first angular section having a resilient cut-out connecting member forming an electrical contact and the flat section having one or more retaining slots for receiving an electronic component terminal. The junction box further includes a plate having rectangular extensions for retaining and positioning solar ribbon and cylindrical extensions for positioning the plate with respect to a base which has cylindrical receptacles for receiving the cylindrical extensions and also has a channel section for edgewise accommodation of the connecting element and compartment areas which position the diodes adjacent the respective retaining slots.10-22-2009
20090260677Fluoropolymer Coated Films Useful for Photovoltaic Modules - A fluoropolymer coated film comprising polymeric substrate film and fluoropolymer coating on the polymeric substrate film. The fluoropolymer coating comprises fluoropolymer selected from homopolymers and copolymers of vinyl fluoride and homopolymers and copolymers of vinylidene fluoride polymer blended with compatible adhesive polymer comprising functional groups selected from carboxylic acid, sulfonic acid, aziridine, anhydride, amine, isocyanate, melamine, epoxy, hydroxy, anhydride and mixtures thereof. The polymeric substrate film comprises functional groups on its surface that interact with the compatible adhesive polymer to promote bonding of the fluoropolymer coating to the substrate film.10-22-2009
20100263715Integrated Edge Clamping Mechanism for Processing of Laminates - Apparatuses, assemblies and methods for decreasing the frequency and severity of bubble defects in a photovoltaic module laminate. The apparatuses, assemblies and methods utilize at least one clamp having a plurality of grooves sized to apply pressure on the back surface of the glass substrate in the direction of the top glass layer and pressure on the top glass layer of the module directed toward the glass substrate to apply compressive force to the module without causing damage to the module.10-21-2010
20100163099SOLAR CELL MODULES COMPRISING ENCAPSULANT SHEETS WITH LOW HAZE AND HIGH MOISTURE RESISTANCE - A solar cell module comprising a solar cell layer and an ionomer sheet comprising a sodium/zinc mixed ionomer that is the neutralization product of a precursor acid copolymer; wherein the precursor acid copolymer comprises copolymerized units of an α-olefin having 2 to 10 carbon atoms and about 20 to about 30 wt % of copolymerized units of an α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms based on the total weight of the precursor acid copolymer; wherein the precursor acid copolymer has a melt flow rate of about 70 to about 1000 g/10 min, as determined in accordance with ASTM D1238 at 190° C. and 2.16 kg; and wherein when about 40% to about 90% of the total content of the carboxylic acid groups present in the precursor acid copolymer are neutralized to carboxylate groups to comprise carboxylate groups and counterions that consist essentially of sodium ions, the resulting sodium ionomer has a freeze enthalpy that is not detectable or that is less than about 3.0 j/g, when determined by differential scanning calorimetry in accordance with ASTM D3418.07-01-2010
20100147364THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE MANUFACTURING METHODS AND STRUCTURES - The present invention provides module structures and methods of manufacturing rigid or flexible photovoltaic modules employing thin film solar cells fabricated on flexible substrates, preferably on flexible metallic foil substrates. The solar cells may be Group IBIIIAVIA compound solar cells or amorphous silicon solar cells fabricated on thin stainless steel or aluminum alloy foils. In one embodiment, initially a solar cell string including two or more solar cells is formed by interconnecting the solar cells with conductive leads or ribbons. At least one bypass diode electrically connects conductive back surfaces of at least two solar cells. The bypass diode and the solar cells are encapsulated with support material and are packed with the protective shell such that the at least one bypass diode is placed between at least one solar cell and the bottom protective sheet. The bypass diode is thermally connected to the back conductive surface of one of the solar cells so that the back conductive surface of the solar cell functions as a heat sink.06-17-2010
20100175743RELIABLE THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE STRUCTURES - The inventions described herein generally relate to photovoltaic or solar module design and fabrication and, more particularly, to modules utilizing thin film solar cells. In one aspect is described a solar module and method of making the same that has a shield material that is both an electrical insulator and a moisture barrier provided at a location corresponding to at least one hole that is used to route a wiring member, such that the shield material seals the at least one hole against moisture entering into the internal space and electrically insulates the wires of the wiring member from the at least one metallic layer of the back protective sheet.07-15-2010
20100175741Dual Axis Sun-Tracking Solar Panel Array - Apparatuses are disclosed for adjusting the position of the photovoltaic panels. The adjustments of the photovoltaic panels can be performed in two axes: pivot and tilt. The photovoltaic panels can be pivotably mounted along the longitudinal axis of rotatable frames. The substantially parallel photovoltaic panels in a frame can be simultaneously pivoted by a pivoting drive mechanism attached to the frame. Multiple tiltable frames can be arranged in parallel to each other, thus creating a 2-D matrix of the photovoltaic panels. The tiltable frames can be supported by an elevated structure permitting the unobstructed rotation of both the frames and the panels inside the frames. A controller can synchronize the tilt and pivot, such that the combined rotation of the photovoltaic panels results in the photovoltaic panels of the entire array being substantially perpendicular to the incident solar radiation.07-15-2010
20100175742PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES HAVING A POLYVINYLIDENE FLUORIDE BACKSHEET - The invention relates to a photovoltaic module for capturing and using solar radiation having as a backsheet a composition containing polyvinylidene fluoride. The polyvinylidene fluoride backsheet layer is exposed to the environment and provides chemical resistance, low water vapor transmission, electrical insulation, and UV light protection.07-15-2010
20100154868PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH MULTI-LAYER FLUOROPOLYMERIC FILM - The present invention discloses photovoltaic modules with a multi-layer fluoropolymeric film wherein the reflectance spectrum of the multi-layer fluoropolymeric film exhibits at least one minimum in the wavelength between 400 and 1100 nm. The film is useful as a light capture front sheet in solar modules, and more broadly as an antireflection layer. The invention further discloses photovoltaic arrays formed from such modules.06-24-2010
20120103401SOLAR CELL PANEL - A solar cell panel that is capable of preventing damage to the edge portions of the panel. The solar cell panel is provided with a pair of first protective ribs (05-03-2012
20120103400WET SOLAR CELL MODULE - A wet solar cell module includes two or more photoelectric conversion devices spaced from each other and sandwiched between a first insulating substrate and a second insulating substrate. The photoelectric conversion device includes a first electrode, a photoelectric conversion portion, and a second electrode that are stacked in this order on the first insulating substrate. One of the first electrode and the second electrode included in the photoelectric conversion device has a through portion. Between respective photoelectric conversion portions of two photoelectric conversion devices adjacent to each other, an inter-cell insulating portion extends through the through portion. In a space surrounded by the first insulating substrate, the second insulating substrate, and the inter-cell insulating portion, a carrier transporter is provided.05-03-2012
20120103398SURFACE-TREATED SUBSTRATE, LIGHT-RECEIVING-SIDE PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL USING THE SAME, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - There is provided a surface-treated substrate obtained by forming a cured material layer composed of a resin composition on a surface of a substrate and then treating a surface of the cured material layer composed of the resin composition with a sulfur trioxide-containing gas, wherein the resin composition contains a composite resin (A) obtained by bonding a polysiloxane segment (a1) having a structural unit represented by general formula (1) and/or general formula (2) and a silanol group and/or a hydrolyzable silyl group to a vinyl-based polymer segment (a2) through a bond represented by general formula (3). There are also provided a light-receiving-side protective sheet for solar cells that uses the surface-treated substrate having a sheet shape and a solar cell module. The surface-treated substrate has good long-lasting antifouling properties.05-03-2012
20120103397PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF - A method for the production of a photovoltaic module, which essentially combines a transparent front substrate, such as a glass cover 05-03-2012
20130213456METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING A SOLAR MODULE AND A SOLAR MODULE HAVING FLEXIBLE THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS - A thin film solar module including a first film web, a series of electrically conductive contact pads arranged at intervals on the first film web, where the contact pads each have a first and a second area, and a series of flexible thin film solar cells. The thin film solar cells each include a first side which at least partially forms a first electrically conductive pole, a second side, which at least partially forms a second electrically conductive pole, a photovoltaically active layer composition, and at least one electrical contact located on the layer composition, which contacts the first electrically conductive pole, wherein the electrical conductor extends past a side of the photovoltaically active layered composition.08-22-2013
20130213457SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE STRUCTURE - A system and method for improved photovoltaic module structure is described. One embodiment includes a photovoltaic module comprising a front substrate, a photovoltaic structure attached to the front substrate, wherein the photovoltaic structure comprises at least one photovoltaic cell, a back substrate, wherein the back substrate is spaced apart from the photovoltaic structure, and a structural component, wherein the structural component is located between the back substrate and the photovoltaic structure. In some embodiments, the structural component may be configured to provide thermal conduction between the front substrate and the back substrate, and/or the structural component may be configured to retain the front substrate and/or back substrate during breakage.08-22-2013
20100193012Non-Corrosive Photovoltaic Panel Mounting Bracket - A system and method of mounting photovoltaic panels includes a mounting bracket.08-05-2010
20090078306Apparatus and methods for retaining a plurality of elongated photovoltaic modules - In some embodiments, an apparatus for assisting in retaining at least two elongated photovoltaic modules includes a carrier having at least first and second adjacent receptacles. Each receptacle is engageable with at least one elongated photovoltaic module and the carrier is moveable between the first and second receptacles.03-26-2009
20100193013SOLAR POWER PLANT - A solar power plant is provided. The solar power plant includes a plurality of first support members positioned in the front end of the solar power plant, main frames hinged to the respective first support members, a plurality of second support members positioned in the rear ends of the main frames, a plurality of sub frames rotatably installed on the main frames and arranged in parallel with one another, photovoltaic modules installed on the respective sub frames, and rotating means simultaneously rotating the sub frames with respect to the main frames by a predetermined angle in forward and reverse directions.08-05-2010
20090044854Framed Solar Module and Method of Installing - A framed solar module and a method for installing. The frame comprises contoured sides that can conform with the tiers of tiles on an inclined roof. The framed solar module can be installed with brackets which do not require roof-penetrating fasteners. Each front bracket has a clip portion and a face portion. The front brackets are manipulated between two adjacent overlapping tiers of tiles until the clip portion of each bracket engages the rear of a tile. A first module is then attached to the front bracket, e.g. the module is positioned so that the faces of the front brackets will lie inside the front edge of the frame. A fastener, such as a bolt or other threaded faster, is passed through an opening in the front of the frame and is threaded into an opening in the face of the front bracket to secure the module to the bracket. Additional modules to form an array are installed in the same manner by using additional, properly spaced sets of front brackets. A back bracket(s) is attached to the back of the uppermost module to aid in securing the array to the roof.02-19-2009
20100236608Photovoltaic module with heater - The photovoltaic module with heater is a solar panel with a heated upper surface, thus preventing snow and ice from collecting on the upper surface and diminishing the intensity of sunlight to be converted into electrical power. The photovoltaic module includes a frame formed from aluminum or the like, and at least one photovoltaic cell supported by the frame. A transparent panel is attached to the frame to cover and seal the photovoltaic cell(s) within the frame in a fluid-tight manner. A plurality of heating filaments are embedded within, or disposed on, the transparent panel. The heating filaments are electrically connected to an external power source by a switch for selectively heating the transparent panel and melting any snow or ice that collects thereon.09-23-2010
20100236610Mounting System for Solar Modules - Methods and devices are provided for rapid solar module installation. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic module is provided comprising of a plurality of photovoltaic cells a plurality of photovoltaic modules; at least a first type of mounting bracket in contact with the module; at least a second type of mounting bracket, wherein the brackets are configured to interlock and connect multiple modules together.09-23-2010
20100224235LIGHT WEIGHT SOLAR CELL MODULES - Provided herein are light weight solar cell modules having an ionomeric encapsulant sheet and at least one glass sheet. In particular, the weight of the solar cell modules is reduced by reducing the thickness of the at least one glass sheet to about 2.0 mm or less, or to about 1.5 mm or less. The light weight modules retain favorable performance properties such as good pummel adhesion levels, good moisture resistance, and low stress. Further provided are lightweight solar cell modules equipped with integral mounting devices.09-09-2010
20100212723PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module includes a photovoltaic module body and frames mounted to a periphery thereof. The frame includes a main body having a hollow structure and a fit-engagement portion located above the main body and fittingly receiving the periphery of the photovoltaic module body. The main body of the frame is formed with a mounting portion into which a press-insertion member is press-inserted and which has a great outside wall thickness and a small inside wall thickness in section. The frames are fixed to each other by press-inserting the press-insertion member into the mounting portions thereof.08-26-2010
20100275977PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAY AND METHODS - A photovoltaic array having a plurality of photovoltaic modules having first structural members. The photovoltaic modules are disposed upon and connected to a plurality of framework elements. The framework elements being interconnected to form a framework. The framework elements have electrically non-conductive second structural members with internally disposed electrical conductors. Electrical and mechanical connections to the photovoltaic module disposed upon the framework element and electrical connections among framework elements are internal to the framework elements. The output voltage of the photovoltaic array can be electrically referenced to an arbitrary voltage.11-04-2010
20100275975SOLAR PANEL SYSTEMS - A clamping assembly for securing two or more solar panels to a frame assembly is disclosed. The clamping assembly may include an extruded first clamping member having first and second surfaces and a receiving portion disposed between the first and second surfaces, the first and second surfaces being within a first plane and the first clamping member being free from a void between the first and second surfaces; a second clamping member configured to be attached to the receiving portion, first and second solar panels being disposed between the first and second clamping members; and a first fastener configured to be at least partially received by the receiving portion of the first clamping member and the second clamping member to secure together the first and second clamping members and the first and second solar panels.11-04-2010
20100275974PV Module Frame, PV Module and Installation System Thereof - The present invention discloses a PV module frame, comprising: an module recess, a sidewall vertical to the module recess and a bottom portion vertical to the sidewall. Said bottom portion extends from the bottom of said sidewall along the opposite direction of the recess of said module recess. The present invention also discloses a PV module having said PV module frame and further discloses a PV module installation system for installing said PV module onto a support, wherein the bottom portions of the adjacent solar cell assemblies are socket jointed and fixed to at least one installation beam which is fixed to said support. The beneficial effect of the present invention is that: fast installation of a PV module could be realized only by using the improved frame and one installation beam, which reduces the quantity of the members in an installation system module and makes the installation more efficient, easier and more economical.11-04-2010
20100212722Photovoltaic Module and Interlocked Stack of Photovoltaic Modules - One embodiment relates to an arrangement of photovoltaic modules configured for transportation. The arrangement includes a plurality of photovoltaic modules, each photovoltaic module including a frame having at least a top member and a bottom member. A plurality of alignment features are included on the top member of each frame, and a plurality of alignment features are included on the bottom member of each frame. Adjacent photovoltaic modules are interlocked by the alignment features on the top member of a lower module fitting together with the alignment features on the bottom member of an upper module. Other embodiments, features and aspects are also disclosed.08-26-2010
20110108093FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL - A frame assembly for a photovoltaic panel is disclosed, as is a method for framing a photovoltaic panel. An exemplary embodiment of the frame assembly includes the following: a first elongate support component including a first end, an opposing second end, and a cross section that is approximately F-shaped; a second elongate support component including a third end, an opposing fourth end, and a cross section that is approximately F-shaped; a first elongate retainer component including a cross section that is approximately L-shaped and is configured to be secured to the first end and the third end; and a first elongate retainer component including a cross section that is approximately L-shaped and is configured to be secured to the second end and the fourth end. The disclosed frame assembly permits rapid top-down assembly to increase manufacturing throughput.05-12-2011
20100236609PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR PANEL MOUNTING SYSTEM - A system and method for mounting photovoltaic solar panels onto a roof. The system includes first and second strut rails spaced from the roof employing a series of standoffs, the strut rails having a length, cross section, a base and side walls, side walls terminating with first and second turned in edges First and second mounting fixtures are attached to the photovoltaic solar panels which are of a type and geometry enabling the solar panels to be removably appended to the strut rails. The first and second mounting fixtures can be applied to the photovoltaic solar panels before being elevated to a roof09-23-2010
20130125958PREVENTING CHARGE BUILDUP IN PV MODULE BACKSHEET METAL FOIL VAPOR BARRIERS - Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to sealing and supporting an encapsulated photovoltaic module using a supporting frame. In one embodiment, a supporting frame is grounded and configured to support a peripheral portion of an encapsulated photovoltaic module. The peripheral portion of the encapsulated photovoltaic module may be covered and in physical contact with an electrically conductive foam tape, which is configured to protect the encapsulated photovoltaic module from being abraded by the supporting frame while providing a conductive path between a metal vapor barrier layer laminated in the encapsulated photovoltaic module and the supporting frame. The placement of the electrically conductive foam tape between the supporting frame and the encapsulated photovoltaic module insures a constant discharging of the electrostatic charges accumulated on the metal vapor barrier without any arcing.05-23-2013
20130125959MOUNT MEMBER, STRUCTURAL OBJECT MOUNT, METHOD FOR INSTALLING THE MOUNT, AND SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM USING THE MOUNT - A mount member (05-23-2013
20120192926SOLAR ARRAY - A solar array includes a plurality of solar modules arrayed along at least one of an X-direction and a Y-direction perpendicular to the X-direction in a not-overlapped state with rear surfaces of the solar modules being directed downwards, and a mounting member arranged between corners of the solar modules adjacent to each other. The mounting member includes a first member extending in at least one of the X-direction and the Y-direction, a second member including a support portion supporting the rear surface of the solar module, a third member including a clamping portion clamping the solar module in cooperation with the support portion of the second member, and a fixing member fixing the second member and the third member to the first member. The second member and the third member are movable along a lengthwise direction of the first member.08-02-2012
20120192929SOLAR CELL MODULE - The solar cell module includes a solar panel that includes a transparent substrate and is configured by aligning solar cells, a reinforcing frame arranged on the back surface of the solar panel, and a shock absorbing unit arranged between the solar panel and the reinforcing frame, where the shock absorbing unit has the first main surface facing the solar panel, which is a flat surface, and a second main surface facing the reinforcing frame, which is a curved surface bowed in the longitudinal direction of the reinforcing frame, having an arc shape in cross section, and convexed toward the reinforcing frame side.08-02-2012
20100243034Combined Frame for a Photovoltaic Module - A combined frame for a photovoltaic module has four connecting beams and four connectors. The connecting beams are connected to each other and each connecting beam has a body, a basal panel and two miter faces. The body has a mounting segment and a connecting segment. The basal panel is formed on and protrudes from the connecting segment and has two free opposite ends. The miter faces are respectively formed obliquely on the free opposite ends of the basal panel. The connectors are connected to the connecting beams and each connector has a corner hub and two inserting bars. The corner hub has two inner adjacent surfaces, two outer adjacent surfaces and a mounting recess. The inserting bars are respectively formed on and protrude from the inner adjacent surfaces of the corner hub and are respectively mounted in the connecting segments of two adjacent connecting beams.09-30-2010
20100243035SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module 09-30-2010
20100126558SOLAR CELL MODULES COMPRISING AN ENCAPSULANT SHEET OF AN ETHYLENE COPOLYMER - Disclosed is a solar cell module comprising a polymeric encapsulant sheet, wherein the polymeric encapsulant sheet comprises an ethylene copolymer composition, wherein the ethylene copolymer comprises copolymerized units of ethylene and about 5 to about 20 wt % of an ester of a C05-27-2010
20110056540THREE-DIMENSIONAL SOLAR ARRAYS - An assembly for retaining a plurality of photovoltaic modules in a three-dimensional array, the assembly including a plurality of overlapping vertically spaced grid layers each defining a plurality of horizontally spaced positions, wherein the photovoltaic modules are arranged and retained in the positions of successive grid layers in substantially non-overlapping vertical relationship so that none of the photovoltaic modules in any grid layer substantially vertically occludes any other of the photovoltaic modules in any other grid layer.03-10-2011
20120031472Support for Photovoltaic Module and Photovoltaic Module - The present invention discloses a photovoltaic module and a support thereof. The photovoltaic module comprises a photovoltaic cell laminate and a support adapted to be mounted onto an installation surface. The support is connected to a back surface of the photovoltaic cell laminate and comprises a first connecting portion close to a front side of the photovoltaic cell laminate and a second connecting portion disposed close to a back side of the photovoltaic cell laminate. When a plurality of photovoltaic modules is mounted onto the installation surface, the first connecting portion of one photovoltaic module is engaged with the second connecting portion of another adjacent photovoltaic module, so that a relative position of the photovoltaic module and another adjacent photovoltaic module is maintained and the plurality of photovoltaic modules is mounted onto the installation surface.02-09-2012
20120192928LAMINATED PV MODULE PACKAGE - Laminated packages and photovoltaic modules having a glass substrate layer or a plurality of glass substrate layers encapsulated between top and bottom glass protective layers. The glass substrate layers can have similar CTE. Likewise, the top and bottom glass protective layers can have similar CTEs, CTEs that may be different from the CTE of the glass substrate layer or layers.08-02-2012
20090038674Photovoltaic Module - A photovoltaic module with photocells mounted between two superposed and adhesively connected panes of toughened safety glass (ESG-glass) and a web of suitable material with grooves in a surface placed over and adhesively connected to one of the panes to form channels for the flow of cooling liquid.02-12-2009
20090038675SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module is provided that comprises: a solar cell; a connection electrode provided on each of a light-receiving surface and back surface of the solar cell; a conductive resin adhesive arranged on an upper surface of the connection electrode; and a wiring material electrically connected to the solar cell and connected with the connection electrode and the conductive resin adhesive, wherein the conductive resin adhesive changes color upon curing, and the conductive resin adhesive on the upper surface of the connection electrode provided on the light-receiving surface of the solar cell is arranged within a region corresponding to at least one of the connection electrode and the wiring material, on a projection plane parallel with the light-receiving surface and exposed on a light-receiving surface side.02-12-2009
20100294342SOLAR CELL MODULE AND ELECTRONICS DEVICE INCLUDING THE SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module 11-25-2010
20100294343HOLE-THRU-LAMINATE MOUNTING SUPPORTS FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A mounting support for a photovoltaic module is described. The mounting support includes a pedestal having a surface adaptable to receive a flat side of a photovoltaic module laminate. A hole is disposed in the pedestal, the hole adaptable to receive a bolt or a pin used to couple the pedestal to the flat side of the photovoltaic module laminate.11-25-2010
20130133724SOLAR CELL APPARATUS - Disclosed is a solar cell apparatus. The solar cell apparatus includes a solar cell panel; a protective substrate formed on the solar cell panel such that a step difference is formed between the protective substrate and the solar cell panel; and a sealing member at a lateral side of the solar cell panel and on a bottom surface of the protective substrate05-30-2013
20130133726Polyolefin-Based Solar Backsheet - Multi-layered protective backsheet for solar modules comprising in this order (i) an optional top layer (layer (i)), (ii) an insulating layer (layer (ii)), (iii) a back layer (layer (iii)), wherein between each layer there may or may not be one or more sublayers, wherein the top layer (i), the insulating layer (ii) and the back layer (iii) contain a polyolefin as the major component, wherein the polyolefin is selected from polyethene homo- and copolymers (PE's) and polypropene homo- and copolymers (PP's) and preferably the insulating layer (ii) has a thickness of at least 210 or at least 310 μm. Also provided are solar modules containing the backsheets and methods for making the backsheets and for making solar modules containing the backsheets.05-30-2013
20100200048SEALING MEMBER FOR SOLAR CELL PANEL AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - Disclosed is a sealing member for solar cell panels, which comprises an elastic layer, an insulating resin film arranged on the elastic layer, and a first water-stopping adhesive layer arranged on the insulating resin film.08-12-2010
20110108094LAMINATED SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL AND SOLAR CELL MODULE USING THE SAME - Provided is a laminated sheet for solar cell having a back sheet base material including a fluoro-resin or a polyester resin, and a sealing material layer which includes an ethylene copolymer composition containing a copolymer of an ethylene and a polar monomer which has a polar group selected from a group consist of a carboxylic acid group and a group derived from a carboxylate and a dialkoxysilane having an amino group is laminated on a surface of the back sheet base material where a chemical treatment or a physical treatment for improving adhesiveness has been applied, by a melt extrusion lamination method. Thereby, a laminated sheet having excellent productivity and excellent interlayer adhesion strength between the back sheet and the sealing material is obtained.05-12-2011
20110017281SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLAR CELL MODULE - The present invention provides a solar cell module in which at least one portion of a wire (01-27-2011
20110017278ROOFING PRODUCTS, PHOTOVOLTAIC ROOFING ELEMENTS AND SYSTEMS USING THEM - The present invention relates generally to roofing products. The present invention relates more particularly to roofing products for use with photovoltaic elements, and to photovoltaic systems that include one or more photovoltaic elements is joined to a roofing substrate. In one embodiment, a roofing product includes a flexible roofing substrate having a top surface having an exposure area, the exposure area having one or more receptor zones thereon, each receptor zone being adapted to receive one or more photovoltaic elements, each receptor zone having a different surfacing than the area of the top surface adjacent to it, wherein the one or more receptor zones and/or the exposure area have a height of about eight inches. In another embodiment, a photovoltaic roofing element includes a flexible roofing substrate having a top surface, the top surface having an exposure area having a height of about eight inches; and one or more photovoltaic elements disposed in the exposure area of the top surface of the flexible roofing substrate, each photovoltaic element having a height of about eight inches.01-27-2011
20110000525SOLAR ENERGY PANEL FRAME AND INSTALLATION SYSTEM DEVICE THEREOF - The present invention disclosed a solar energy panel frame and installation system device there of. Said solar energy panel frame includes a frame body which is consist of a plurality of profile brackets abutting joint to each other. Wherein an automatic cleaning device is set on said frame body. And said automatic cleaning device comprises a motor located in the profile bracket symmetrically, a transmission mechanism connected to the output shaft of the motor, a cleaning brush moved in upper and lower direction by said transmission mechanism which it connected to, and a remote control integrated circuit system. Said installation system device of the solar energy panel frame includes a pedestal, a rail bracket which is fixedly connected to the pedestal by a bracket fixing part, and a frame fixing part which is used to lock up the solar energy panel. Wherein said rail bracket is consist of a plurality of profiles having a grooved rail which is on the match usage with above component parts, and said bracket fixing part and said frame fixing part are both eccentric rotary locking solid structure.01-06-2011
20110000526PIVOT-FIT FRAME, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - 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.01-06-2011
20110030767PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR MODULE - The present invention relates to a photovoltaic solar module, a process for the preparation thereof, and a device for generating electric energy employing such a solar module. The photovoltaic solar module has a wholly or partly surrounding frame of polyurethane which is characterized in that said frame has an elongation at break of at least 50%, a modulus of elasticity of at least 30 N/mm02-10-2011
20110126888SOLAR CELL MODULE - In one embodiment of a solar cell module having a configuration in which at least one module support member (06-02-2011
20100132767SOLAR CELL MODULE DEVICE - A solar cell module device includes a solar cell module formed by arranging plural solar battery cells; a reinforcing frame arranged on a back surface of the solar cell module; and a buffer material made of a rigid material and arranged between the solar cell module and the reinforcing frame. The buffer material has a size not causing the back surface of the solar cell module to come in contact with the reinforcing frame when the solar cell module is bent relative to a length of the reinforcing frame in a longitudinal direction. Therefore, the reinforcing frame does not bury into the buffer material, moreover, the buffer material does not abrade by coming in contact with the reinforcing frame.06-03-2010
20110083725Solar Cell Module - There are provided a solar cell panel (04-14-2011
20110240102Multilayer Film - A solar panel backside film used in solar panel constructions. The film comprises a PET film having a net peak area as measured by differential scanning calorimetry of about −15 J/g to about 5 J/g measured from the endpoint of the glass transition (Tg) up to 230° C., and an additive to opacify the PET film. A polymeric layer is adhered to the PET film to create a solar panel backside film. The solar panel backside film generally has a reflectivity of 50% or greater at a point in the visible range of light. Additionally, the solar panel backside film, when applied to a solar panel and exposed to 2000 hours at 85° C. and 85% relative humidity, does not result in exfoliation or visible cracks in the PET film.10-06-2011
20110240101STRUCTURE INSTALLATION STAND AND SOLAR CELL SYSTEM - A stand is assumed to be a stand having a triangular structure, increases the strength between the front end portion of a mounting bar and a bracket and readily positions a solar cell module even without particularly increasing the number of components, and further prevents the corrosion of the bracket and metal fittings around the bracket.10-06-2011
20110240100THERMOSTATICALLY CONTROLLED TERMINAL BOX AND PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER GENERATION SYSTEM UTILIZING THE SAME - A system comprising a photovoltaic module and a terminal box. Two terminals of the box output voltage generated by the photovoltaic module. A thermal switch shorts the two terminals in response to temperature rise to a threshold temperature and is structured to prevent short-circuit due to the temperature rise of the normally operating photovoltaic module and bypass diodes in the terminal box.10-06-2011
20090032088Sealants for Solar Energy Concentrators and Similar Equipment - This invention increases the longevity and performance of solar concentrators, optical switches; and reflection, illumination, and projection equipment in general. To achieve long lifetimes this equipment is sealed to prevent egress of internal lubricant or ingress of undesirable fluids. The rotational elements are sealed to increase their abrasion resistance. Many plastic materials if not sealed as taught in the instant invention are vulnerable to UV degradation, static dust attraction, poor weatherability, and ineffective abrasion resistance resulting in damage in the field and during cleaning. This invention improves the above optical equipment by sealing them with a tough, thin, transparent film. Even in equipment with no internal lubricant, tailored sealants as described in the instant invention can improve the performance of the mirrored elements, Fresnel lenses, and parabolic reflectors. For all the devices, the sealant of the instant invention hardens the surface to prevent scratching, and furthermore can be tailored to be an anti-fogant to keep water vapor off.02-05-2009
20090320906PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH REMOVABLE WIND DEFLECTOR - A photovoltaic (PV) module assembly including a PV module, a deflector, and a clip. The PV module includes a PV device and a frame. A PV laminate is assembled to the frame, and the frame includes a support arm forming a seat. The deflector defines a front face and a rear face, with the clip extending from either the trailing frame member or the rear face of the deflector. In a mounted state, the deflector is nested within the seat and is releasably mounted to the trailing frame member via the clip. In some embodiments, the support arm forms a second seat, with the PV module assembly providing a second mounted state in which the deflector is in a differing orientation/slope, nested within the second seat and releasably mounted to the trailing frame member via the clip.12-31-2009
20100193014PHOTOVOLTAIC RECEIVER - A solar receiver can have a base plate having a first surface and a second surface, a plurality of solar cells positioned over and supported by the first surface of the base plate, each solar cell having a cell face suitable for receiving solar radiation that faces away from the base plate, the plurality of solar cells being arranged in at least one string having a string axis, and a plurality of fins attached directly to the second surface of the base plate, wherein the fins extend outwardly from the second surface of the base plate in a direction that is generally perpendicular to both the string axis and the solar cell faces.08-05-2010
20110146761SOLAR MODULE ARRAY AND GROUNDING STRUCTURE THEREOF - A solar module array includes a plurality of solar cell modules. Each solar cell module includes a solar cell panel and a metal frame for securing the solar cell panel. The metal frame includes an upper horizontal member, a lower horizontal member and a vertical member. The upper horizontal member is for holding the solar cell panel. The vertical member is interconnected between the upper and lower horizontal members, and a set of bolt and nut electrically connect any adjacent-two vertical members. In an alternate way, the auxiliary member extends from the vertical member, and a set of bolt and nut electrically connect two overlapped auxiliary members of any adjacent-two vertical members.06-23-2011
20110209746Tubular Photovoltaic Device and Method of Making - A tubular photovoltaic device capable of collecting light from a variety of angles is disclosed. The tubular photovoltaic device is sealed at an end with a sealing ring and hermetic sealing cap. Novel deposition electrodes and processes for depositing thin films inside a tubular substrate are also disclosed.09-01-2011
20090242015Photovoltaic Roofing Elements, Laminates, Systems and Kits - The present invention relates generally to the photovoltaic generation of electrical energy. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic systems and roofing products for use in photovoltaically generating electrical energy. One aspect of the invention is a photovoltaic roofing element including: a roofing substrate; one or more photovoltaic elements disposed on the roofing substrate; a first electrical terminus and a second electrical terminus, the one or more photovoltaic elements being connected in series between the first electrical terminus and the second electrical terminus; a third electrical terminus and a fourth electrical terminus; and a return electrical path connecting the third electrical terminus to the fourth electrical terminus.10-01-2009
20090320904BALLASTED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE AND MODULE ARRAYS - A photovoltaic (PV) module assembly including a PV module and a ballast tray. The PV module includes a PV device and a frame. A PV laminate is assembled to the frame, and the frame includes an arm. The ballast tray is adapted for containing ballast and is removably associated with the PV module in a ballasting state where the tray is vertically under the PV laminate and vertically over the arm to impede overt displacement of the PV module. The PV module assembly can be installed to a flat commercial rooftop, with the PV module and the ballast tray both resting upon the rooftop. In some embodiments, the ballasting state includes corresponding surfaces of the arm and the tray being spaced from one another under normal (low or no wind) conditions, such that the frame is not continuously subjected to a weight of the tray.12-31-2009
20090032089Solar tracker having louver frames - A solar tracker does not need to stand high. The solar tracker has a strong structure and a stable center of gravity for tracking sunlight. Thus, the solar tracker does not need a foundation to be connected for standing upon. And the solar tracker is fit to be used on a bare ground or roof with a low cost.02-05-2009
20100059104HOOK AND LOOP ATTACHMENT OF SOLAR PANELS TO ROOFING MEMBRANES - An energy generating system for placement on a roof structure is disclosed including one or more solar panels (03-11-2010
20100059105USE OF POLYAMIDE AS AN ENCAPSULATING MATERIAL FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - Polyamide as an encapsulating material for the production of photovoltaic modules.03-11-2010
20100065105Thin Film Photovoltaic Module Having a Contoured Substrate - The present invention provides a thin film photovoltaic module that has a protective substrate, such as glass, that has been contoured to define a space that overlies a bus bar on the thin film photovoltaic device. The contouring of the protective substrate greatly facilitates the deairing and lamination of the module because it reduces or eliminates the amount of trapped air and the degree to which the underlying polymeric material is forced to flow during lamination. Photovoltaic modules of the present invention can be processed with a minimum of waste caused by deairing and related lamination problems.03-18-2010
20100065106FLOATING WATER INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A WIPV (Water Integrated Photovoltaic) module including a photovoltaic (PV) device bonded to a geomembrane with an adhesive interface, the adhesive interface being formed with a buoyancy chamber that is at least partially filled with a material, wherein a volume of the buoyancy chamber and properties of the material are selected such that the PV device does not completely sink below an upper surface of a body of water when the WIPV module is placed on the body of water.03-18-2010
20120240984SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A solar cell module comprises a rear contact solar cell in which positive (+) and negative (−) electrode patterns are alternately formed on a rear surface of a solar cell; insulating layers formed on both sides of the rear surface of the solar cell to be vertical to the electrode patterns; and a pair of conductive pattern bars that is disposed in a gap between both sides of the rear surface of the solar cell. Each conductive pattern bar includes a stem part formed on the each insulating layer and a plurality of branch parts extending from the stem part to be electrically connected to the same electrode patterns on the rear surface of the solar cell; and an encapsulant layer that protects the conductive pattern bars and at least the rear surface of the solar cell.09-27-2012
20120240983SOLAR CELL APPARATUS - Disclosed is a solar cell apparatus. The solar cell apparatus includes: a solar cell panel including a central region and an outer region surrounding the central region; a first adhesive member adhered to the central region; a second adhesive member adhered to the outer region and having an adhesive strength greater than the first adhesive member.09-27-2012
20110073167POLYCHLOROTRIFLUOROETHYLENE FILM AND BACKSIDE PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL - The present invention provides a polychlorotrifluoroethylene film having ultraviolet shielding ability, moisture resistance and small absolute values of thermal deformation rates. The present invention is a polychlorotrifluoroethylene film having an ultraviolet shield rate of not lower than 70%, a water vapor transmission rate of not higher than 1.00 g/m03-31-2011
20100132766STRUCTURAL ATTACHMENT OF SOLAR MODULES TO FRAMES BY GLAZING - A solar module and method of making same is provided. The assembly includes a solar module. A frame having a support surface for supporting the solar module is provided. A structural sealant is disposed between the solar module and the frame for structurally securing the solar module to the frame. The structural sealant comprises a silicone-containing structural adhesive, a structural adhesive tape, or a hot melt sealant. The frame comprises a metal, plastic, composite material or combinations thereof. The frame is preassembled to form a integral frame before the solar module is attached. The frame may include an opening for accommodating electrical components.06-03-2010
20110100434ATTACHMENT MEANS FOR SOLAR PANELS - The invention relates to an attachment system for the attachment of a solar panel. The attachment system comprises a support structure for supporting an underside of the panel. Furthermore, the attachment system comprises a pin-shaped attachment member which is connected to the support structure and, in use, extends along one of the edges of the panel and substantially at right angles to the panel. A clamping member which is coupled to the pin-shaped attachment members, in a fitted state, is situated over an edge region on the upper side of the panel and is clamped against the respective edge region by means of the pin-shaped attachment member in order to fasten the panel against the support structure. The clamping member, at least in the pre-fitting state, is rotatable with respect to the pin-shaped attachment member in a plane at right angles to the pin-shaped attachment member. The clamping member has a peripheral edge and is rotatable with respect to a panel to be fitted or fitted on the support structure into an inactive position in which that portion of the peripheral edge which is turned towards the respective panel is not situated over the edge region of the panel, so that fitting a panel on or removing a panel from the support structure is made possible.05-05-2011
20110067751PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES MANUFACTURED USING MONOLITHIC MODULE ASSEMBLY TECHNIQUES - Photovoltaic modules comprising back-contact solar cells manufactured using monolithic module assembly techniques comprising a flexible circuit comprising a back sheet and a patterned metallization. The module may comprise busses in electrical contact with the patterned metallization to extract the current. The module may alternatively comprise multilevel metallizations. Interlayer dielectric comprising islands or dots relieves stresses due to thermal mismatch. The use of multiple cord plates enables flexible circuit layouts, thus optimizing the module. The modules preferably comprise a thermoplastic encapsulant and/or hybrid adhesive/solder materials. An ultrathin moisture barrier enables roll-to-roll processing.03-24-2011
20110100437SOLAR BATTERY MODULE AND SOLAR BATTERY ARRAY - A solar battery module (05-05-2011
20110100433SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GROUNDING PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A system for grounding photovoltaic (PV) modules, comprising a frame for supporting PV modules, a support structure, and a viscous grounding material disposed between the frame and the support structure.05-05-2011
20110073164Isobutylene-Based Elastomers in Voltaic Cell Applications - Disclosed in one aspect is a voltaic cell assembly comprising one or more voltaic cells, a photovoltaic cell in one embodiment; an elastomeric film and a transparent film, the voltaic cell sandwiched there between. The elastomeric film can be formed from a natural rubber or an isobutylene-based elastomer. More particularly, the elastomeric film may comprise a DVA of a polyamide and a functionalized poly(isobutylene-co-p-methylstyrene). The assembly described is useful for a number of end use articles including roofing shingles, automotive components, building components, and, in general, solar arrays.03-31-2011
20110073166SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A solar cell module and a method of manufacturing the same are discussed. The solar cell module includes a plurality of back contact solar cells, an interconnector that is positioned on back surfaces of the plurality of back contact solar cells and electrically connects adjacent back contact solar cells to one another, upper and lower protective layers for protecting the plurality of back contact solar cells, a transparent member that is positioned on the upper protective layer on light receiving surfaces of the plurality of back contact solar cells, and a back sheet that is positioned under the lower protective layer on surfaces opposite the light receiving surfaces of the plurality of back contact solar cells. The upper protective layer and the lower protective layer are formed of different materials.03-31-2011
20110073165SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A solar cell module and a method of manufacturing the same are discussed. The solar cell module includes a plurality of solar cells, an interconnector configured to electrically connect adjacent solar cells of the plurality of solar cells to one another, a protective layers configured to protect the plurality of solar cells, a transparent member positioned on light receiving surfaces of the plurality of solar cells, and a back sheet positioned opposite the light receiving surfaces of the plurality of solar cells. The interconnector includes holes in connection portions between the interconnector and electrode parts of the adjacent solar cells.03-31-2011
20110073163PHOTOVOLTAIC LAMINATION AND ROOF MOUNTING SYSTEMS - A photovoltaic system including a first component comprising a lamination of a non-glass photovoltaic module and a support panel having flanges positioned along opposing sides, and a second component configured for attachment to a roof and defining corresponding flanges, wherein the flanges of each component are aligned and secured together to attach the first component to the roof and maintain the photovoltaic module in a position elevated from the underlying roof to permit airflow between the module and the roof.03-31-2011
20110247682Solar Balls: Solar Collection System for Any Climate - The energy crisis that has long been accepted in the scientific community is being embraced by society along with an increasing sense of environmental responsibility. Solar will be a large part of the renewable energy revolution. Solar harnessing technology has primarily focused on solar farms or on off-grid, residential use and mostly on warm, dry climates that have high percentages of clear sky. Cooler, wetter climates have seen less research and resources dedicated to solutions and indeed have a different set of requirements than for traditional desert solar farms. This invention provides a simple tracking solar solution that combines both concentrated photovoltaic CPV and traditional photovoltaic (PV), although the solution can use only CPV or PV. The invention reduces the structural and drive demands by shielding the solar collecting mechanisms inside an enclosure and then connecting the collecting mechanisms in synchronous arrays. By shielding the collecting mechanisms from moisture and wind, the drive and support mechanisms can be very simple and inexpensive. The use of both CPV and PV increases the efficiency, particularly in cooler climates.10-13-2011
20110247681METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MULTILAYER FILMS AND SOLAR PANEL BACKSHEETS FORMED THEREOF - Disclosed herein is a method for manufacturing of multilayer laminated films, comprising: (a) providing a fluoropolymer film; (b) providing a stretched polyester film; (c) providing an ethylene polymer; and (d) forming a multilayer laminated film comprising fluoropolymer/ethylene copolymer/stretched polyester by an extrusion coating method at a temperature of 270° C. or higher, wherein the ethylene copolymer of step (c) is a copolymer of ethylene and one or more monomers selected from the group of consisting of C10-13-2011
20110247683BACK SHEET FOR SOLAR BATTERY, AND SOLAR BATTERY MODULE COMPRISING SAME - The present backsheet for solar cell (10-13-2011
20110048503SOLAR CELL DEVICE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING, AND USE - A solar cell device comprising a photovoltaically active layer between a transparent front cover and a back cover, wherein the front cover comprises a first surface region and a second surface region opposite thereto and facing the photovoltaically active layer, and the back cover comprises a third surface region facing the photovoltaically active layer and a fourth surface region opposite thereto, wherein at least one of the first to the fourth surface regions is provided with a first area and a second area, which areas have different light modulation properties, wherein both areas are light transparent, and wherein the solar cell device further comprises at least one light source (03-03-2011
20110048506MANUFACTURING OF OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES - A method for manufacturing optoelectronic devices is disclosed. A layered structure may be formed with a plurality of layers including a bottom electrode layer, a top electrode layer, and one or more active layers between the top and bottom electrode layers. The layered structure is divided into one or more separate device module sections by cutting through one or more of the layers of the layered structure. At least one of the layers is an unpatterned layer at the time of cutting. Each of the resulting device module sections generally includes a portion of the active layer disposed between portions of the top and bottom electrode layers. An edge of a device section may optionally be protected against undesired electrical contact between two or more of the bottom electrode, top electrode and active layer portions. Two or more device module sections may be assembled into a device and connected in series by electrically connecting the bottom electrode layer portion of one device section to the top electrode layer portion of another device module section.03-03-2011
20110048504PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAY, FRAMEWORK, AND METHODS OF INSTALLATION AND USE - A photovoltaic array having a framework comprising a plurality of electrically and mechanically interconnected electrically non-conductive framework elements disposed to supportively receive and mutually electrically interconnect a plurality of photovoltaic modules; a plurality of photovoltaic modules supportively disposed upon the plurality of framework elements and electrically interconnected therewith, each photovoltaic module having one or more edges that define a periphery; and, an electrical connection between the photovoltaic array and an external electrical load; and, wherein each the framework element has a pair of generally parallel rails and a pair of generally parallel stiles interconnected therewith, wherein at least one rail and/or stile is an electrically non-conductive hollow member having an interior, the interior defining a fully enclosed guideway; a longitudinally extended electrically conductive member disposed in at least one the guideway; one or more electrical connectors disposed interior to the at least one hollow member; and, wherein a combination of the wires and the connectors electrically interconnect the frame elements and the photovoltaic modules to one another. The method of installation and the method of use are also included herein.03-03-2011
20120266944SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A photovoltaic system includes a plurality of rectangular-shaped photovoltaic modules and a plurality of separate and spaced-apart support members supporting and orienting the photovoltaic modules in an array on the support surface without penetrating the support surface. The support members are formed of plastic and each of the photovoltaic modules is supported by at least four of the support members. Each of the support members is secured to and supports at least one of the photovoltaic modules but is not directly secured to any of the other support members. Thus the support modules can be utilized to support a wide variety of different sizes of photovoltaic modules. A wind shield is located at the rearward most support members. The wind shield is spaced a distance from the rearward photovoltaic modules and shaped to deflect wind up and over the array of photovoltaic modules.10-25-2012
20120266943SOLAR CELL MODULE STRUCTURE AND FABRICATION METHOD FOR PREVENTING POLARIZATION - A solar cell module includes solar cells encapsulated in a high resistivity encapsulant. A protective package is created by forming together the high resistivity encapsulant, the solar cells, a transparent top cover and a backsheet. The protective package is mounted on a frame that is electrically isolated from the solar cells. The protective package may be created by lamination. The transparent top cover may comprise glass or a high resistivity material.10-25-2012
20110017280PARTIALLY TRANSPARENT SOLAR PANEL - A method is described for forming a partially transparent thin film solar panel by providing an array of unconnected holes in an opaque layer of the panel the holes being sufficiently small so that they are not discernable to the human eye and the light transparency factor caused by the holes being selectively controlled so that it can be graded in two dimensions by varying the size and/or spacing of the holes. A thin film solar panel with an opaque layer which is made partially transparent by providing an array of unconnected holes therein, the holes being sufficiently small so that they are not discernable to the human eye and the light transparency factor caused by the holes being graded in one or two dimensions by variations in the size and/or spacing of the holes is also described together with a laser ablation tool for forming such a panel, the tool comprising a laser, a scanner for scanning a laser beam relative to the panel, focussing means for focussing the laser beam on the opaque layer and control means for selectively controlling the laser repetition rate, the scanning speed, the pulse energy and/or the focussing of the laser beam whereby the light transparency factor caused by the holes can be graded in two dimensions by varying the size and/or spacing of the holes.01-27-2011
20130125956MOISTURE-PROOF EXPANSION CHAMBER FOR EQUALIZING PRESSURE IN SEALED CONCENTRATOR PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR MODULES - A concentrator-type photovoltaic device includes at least one light receiving module having a plurality of photovoltaic devices therein, and a pressure regulating device comprising a volume-adjustable chamber that is pneumatically coupled to the at least one light receiving module. The volume-adjustable chamber may be configured to expand and contract in response to temperature fluctuations within the at least one light receiving module. The volume-adjustable chamber can be made from a flexible metalized film with a low water vapor transmission rate. In this way the module can remain sealed from water penetration and yet maintain uniform internal pressure during thermal excursions. The volume-adjustable chamber may be combined with a desiccant such that, as air moves into the expansion chamber, it passes over the desiccant, which removes moisture that has penetrated into the sealed module.05-23-2013
20100252093MULTILAYER TERIONOMER ENCAPSULANT LAYERS AND SOLAR CELL LAMINATES COMPRISING THE SAME - The present invention provides a solar cell pre-lamination assembly comprising a terionomer multilayer film or sheet and solar cell modules prepared therefrom.10-07-2010
20100294340Solar Module with a Frame for Mounting a Solar panel - This invention relates to a frame for mounting a solar panel where a tubular frame member has a generally triangular cross section. The frame member includes a riser element, a span element and a truss element. 11-25-2010
20100294345SOLAR MODULE FASTENING SYSTEM - A solar module fastening system including a stationary or moveably supported carrier, on which the solar modules (11-25-2010
20100252092PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAY WITH MINIMALLY PENETRATING ROOFTOP SUPPORT SYSTEM - A photovoltaic array including a plurality of photovoltaic assemblies and a plurality of mounting units. The mounting units each include an elongate rail and a plurality of leg assemblies. The rail is sized and configured to maintain a portion of at least two of the photovoltaic assemblies, with the leg assemblies extending from the rail in a spaced-apart fashion and terminating in a foot for placement against a rooftop structure for minimally penetration installation. Further, at least one of the leg assemblies can include a retractable leg. When the photovoltaic array is installed to a rooftop structure including a membrane intermittently secured to a rooftop deck, the retractable leg accommodates upward billowing of the membrane under windy conditions.10-07-2010
20110253201Solar Cell Module and Solar Cell Array - A reliable solar cell module is provided whereby the liquid is less likely to stay thereon, thus dirt is less likely to occur on the light receiving surface of the solar cell module even in a prolonged use. A solar cell module comprising a solar cell panel, and a module frame. The solar cell module comprising a light receiving surface side member with a light receiving surface: a rear surface side member; and a solar cell element between the light receiving surface side member an the rear surface side member. The module frame fixed to the solar cell panel and surrounding the solar cell panel with its interior surface being abutted with an external peripheral part of the solar cell panel. The module frame comprises a notch extending from its inner part towards its external part in plan view from a side of the light receiving surface side member. The notch member comprises: a first portion on an upper surface of the module frame extending so as to reach an exterior side surface of the module frame, a second portion on the exterior side surface of the module frame connected to the first portion and extending from the upper surface of the module frame so that a lower end of an exterior side surface of the light receiving surface side member is exposed, and a draw part with smallest width.10-20-2011
20130167907Photovoltaic Mounting Apparatus and Method of Installation - A photovoltaic mounting apparatus includes a mounting frame coupled to a pile capable of being anchored in numerous terrain and slope conditions, universal clamping for mounting any type of solar panel thereto, and components enabling customized angles of inclination of photovoltaic modules mounted onto the frame. Optimized testing and preparation for installation are part of a process ensuring that design of materials and installation of a photovoltaic mounting apparatus is customizable to reduce time and expense in a method of installation.07-04-2013
20110253200REFLECTIVE TANDEM SOLAR CELL - A novel solar cell architecture consisting of multiple fiber-based photovoltaic (PV) cells. Each PV fiber element is designed to maximize the power conversion efficiency within a narrow band of the incident solar spectrum, while reflecting other spectral components through the use of optical microcavity effects and distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) coatings. Combining PV fibers with complementary absorption and reflection characteristics into volume-filling arrays produces an array of spectrally tuned solar cells with an effective dispersion element intrinsic to the architecture, resulting in high external quantum efficiency over the visible spectrum.10-20-2011
20090000657Photovoltaic System And Trim Strip For Use in Roofing Applications - The present invention relates generally to photovoltaic systems. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic systems suitable for use in roofing applications, and to building elements useful in conjunction therewith. One aspect of the invention is a photovoltaic system for use on a building, the building having at least one edge, the building comprising a roof comprising a roof deck, the photovoltaic system comprising: a trim strip disposed along the edge of the building and having an inner surface facing toward the bulk of the building and an outer surface facing away from the bulk of the building; an electrical cable running along the inner surface of the trim strip; and at least one set of wired-together photovoltaic elements disposed on the roof deck, the set having an electrical terminus, the electrical terminus being electrically connected to the electrical cable.01-01-2009
20090000655Photovoltaic Module With Full Utilization of Surface Area - A photovoltaic module comprising: (i) three or more substrates (01-01-2009
20090126782Photovoltaic Roofing Systems and Methods for Installing Them - The present invention relates generally to photovoltaic systems. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic roofing systems in which photovoltaic elements are disposed upon roofing elements such as shingles, tiles, shakes or slates. For example, in one embodiment, the present invention provides a photovoltaic roofing system for use on a roof deck, the photovoltaic system comprising: a first plurality of horizontally-arranged roofing elements disposed on the roof deck, each having a headlap region and a butt region having a bottom end; a bus bar batten system extending across the headlap regions of the first plurality of roofing elements, the bus bar batten system comprising one or more rigid supports and an electrical interconnection system; a first plurality of photovoltaic elements, each disposed on a butt region of one of the first plurality of roofing elements, each operatively engaged with the electrical interconnection system of the bus bar batten system; and a second plurality of horizontally-arranged roofing elements disposed on the roof deck and covering the bus bar batten system and the headlap regions of the first plurality of horizontally-arranged roofing elements.05-21-2009
20090126780Solar Cell and Method of Manufacturing a Transparent Cover Plate - A solar cell and a manufacturing method of a transparent cover plate are provided. The solar cell has a receiving room and a transparent cover plate. At least a cell unit is located in the receiving room. The transparent cover plate is placed on the solar cell. The transparent cover plate includes a base plate and a structured plate. The structured plate is adhered to the base plate. The structured plate has a first surface that face to the cell unit. Pluralities of first structures are disposed on the first surface. The base plate has a second surface, which is an incident-plane of the transparent cover plate. The second surface is flat.05-21-2009
20080314440PHOTOVOLTAIC COLLECTION SYSTEMS, FRICTION DRIVES, AND METHOD FOR TRACKING THE SUN AND AVOIDING WIND DAMAGE - Disclosed are photovoltaic collection systems, friction drives, and method for tracking the sun and avoiding wind damage without the use of complicated or expensive mechanical systems. In particular, disclosed is friction drive system for coupling a support beam supporting a photovoltaic collection assembly to a support pillar. The frictional drive system can include a plurality of wheels positioned for rotatably and pivotably coupling the support beam to the support pillar such that the support beam will slip with respect to the support pillar under application of a wind torque of a predetermined amount. Further, at least one motor can apply torques to the wheels for moving the support beam with respect to the support pillar.12-25-2008
20080276984System and Method for Magnetically Attaching Photovoltaic Modules Enabling Enhanced Redeployment - A system and method for magnetically attaching photovoltaic modules enabling enhanced redeployment comprises at least one photovoltaic module with a magnetic membrane disposed on an opposite surface to its light receptive side. The module is removeably attachable by the magnetic force of attraction between it and a magnetically receptive substrate. In one embodiment, an insert is applied between the module and the substrate to enhance performance. Inserts include insulative, metallic foils, fabrics, textiles, polymer films, polymer support mounts and air-seals such as silicon caulk. If the substrate is magnetically receptive, the photovoltaic module is applied directly therein. If the substrate is non-magnetic, a magnetically receptive sheet is applied to the substrate. The magnetically receptive sheet may be applied using a self adhesive. In another embodiment, a low surface energy tape is applied to the perimeter providing additional support and to keep elements such as wind and rain from infiltrating.11-13-2008
20110041897PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES CONTAINING PLASTICIZED INTERMEDIATE LAYER FILMS WITH HIGH ALKALI TITRE - The invention relates to the use of plasticizer-containing films based on polyvinyl acetal and having a high alkali titre for the production of photovoltaic modules.02-24-2011
20110041896DEVICE FOR THE EXTERNAL ELECTRICAL CONNECTION OF ELECTRICALLY ACTIVE CELLS OF AN ELECTRICALLY ACTIVE PANEL, SUCH AS ELECTRICITY-GENERATING CELLS OF A PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL - Device for the external electrical connection of a photovoltaic panel (02-24-2011
20110277821BACK-SHEET MATERIAL FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - Disclosed herein is a back sheet for a photovoltaic module. The back sheet includes a dielectric layer, an adhesive layer disposed on the dielectric layer, a barrier layer disposed on the adhesive layer and a weather resistant layer disposed on the barrier layer. The weather resistant layer includes a bituminous material.11-17-2011
20100126561SOLAR MODULE FOR PITCHED ROOF - The invention provides a device for attaching solar modules that enables an agreeable integration into a roof and which is easy to install. A frame is provided which consists of two lateral frame members, an upper and a lower frame member. Each of the four frame members comprises an area having a rectangular cross section with two long and two narrow sides. The four frame members are interconnected such that the long sides are disposed perpendicular to the main surface of the solar module or the solar cell. It is thereby achieved that the frame is torsion-resistant. Therefore, the solar module can be transported and mounted with comparatively few problems. Such a solar module is attached to a batten of a pitched roof with a projecting portion, in particular by bolting.05-27-2010
20080251114Method For Packing Solar Battery Elements and Package For Solar Battery Elements - An object of the invention is to provide a method for packing solar battery elements where cracking or chipping does not occur during the packing work and transportation, and the solar battery elements can be easily packed. In addition, in order to achieve the above described object, the method includes: a first packing step of covering a plurality of layered solar battery elements (10-16-2008
20110253199CORRUGATED PLATE STRUCTURE HAVING SOLAR PANEL - A corrugated plate structure having a solar panel is used for mounting at least one solar panel. The corrugated plate structure has at least one corrugated plate, the corrugated plate has a bottom plate portion and side plate portions bent from two opposite sides of the bottom plate portion, and an accommodation space is formed between the two side plate portions. Thus, the solar panel can be assembled in the accommodation space along the two side plate portions, so as to mount the solar panel on the corrugated plate. Thereby, the construction operation of mounting the solar panel is simplified, the bearing load of the building is reduced, the solar panel is easily dismounted for replacement, and meanwhile the integrity of the appearance of the building is maintained.10-20-2011
20110162693Connection System for a Solar Electric Power Conversion System - A connection system 07-07-2011
20110162694Support for Solar Cells and Method for Producing an Assembly of Solar Cells - A carrier for a plurality of solar cells has a dedicated holding location for each cell for the purpose of mounting it. The carrier is designed like a plate and substantially as a closed plate, each holding location having suction means for a mounted solar cell. A plurality of small holes or passages are provided per holding location in order to come at a mounted solar cell or to reach the latter even from the other side of the carrier at its underside mounted thereon, for example in order to carry out contact soldering.07-07-2011
20110259405PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE - A photoelectric conversion module, for example, a dye-sensitized solar cell, for generating electrical energy from light is disclosed. In one aspect, the module includes a light-receiving substrate, a first functional layer formed on the light receiving substrate and a first bus electrode formed on at least two edge regions of the light receiving substrate. The photoelectric conversion module may have a counter substrate having a second functional layer formed thereon and a second bus electrode formed on at least two edges of the counter substrate an electrolyte layer disposed between the first functional layer and the second functional layer. A first connection line may be electrically connected to the second bus electrode and a second connection line may be electrically connected to the first bus electrode is disclosed. Further, the first bus electrode may be electrically connected to the first functional layer and the second functional layer may be electrically connected to the second bus electrode.10-27-2011
20110048505Module Level Solution to Solar Cell Polarization Using an Encapsulant with Opened UV Transmission Curve - A solar cell module includes interconnected solar cells, a transparent cover over the front sides of the solar cells, and a backsheet on the backside of the solar cells. An encapsulant protectively packages the solar cells. The encapsulant and the transparent cover forms a top protection package that has a combined UV transmission curve and volume specific resistance that addresses polarization. The encapsulant has a relatively wide UV transmission curve.03-03-2011
20120031473Photovoltaic System and Wind Deflector Structure - The present invention discloses a wind deflector structure for a photovoltaic system and a photovoltaic system. The photovoltaic system comprises a photovoltaic module and a wind deflector structure. The photovoltaic module comprises a photovoltaic cell laminate and a support mounted onto the photovoltaic cell laminate. When the photovoltaic module is mounted onto an installation surface, a front side of the photovoltaic cell laminate is close to the installation surface and a back side thereof is far from the installation surface. The wind deflector structure is mounted close to the back side of the photovoltaic cell laminate and substantially shields a space between the back side of photovoltaic module and the installation surface. The wind deflector structure is fixed onto the supports of at least two photovoltaic modules side by side in a left-to-right direction so as to restrict a relative position of the at least two adjacent photovoltaic modules.02-09-2012
20100180933GROUNDING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE WITH SOLAR PANEL MODULES - A grounding system for a solar panel system having a plurality of solar panel cells. The system may have an electrically conductive first frame section adapted to be secured to a first solar panel module having a first channel, the first frame section also having a hole that opens into the first channel. An electrically conductive second frame section is adapted to be secured to a second solar panel module which has a second channel, the second frame section also having a hole that opens into the second channel. An electrically conductive grounding splice member is positioned in the first and second channels. A pair of electrically conductive fasteners is disposed in the holes of the first and second frame sections and engages the electrically conductive grounding splice member, to electrically and mechanically couple the first and second frame sections together.07-22-2010
20110132436SEE-THROUGH TYPE SOLAR BATTERY MODULE - A module includes optically transparent first and second substrates and a plurality of clusters, with each cluster including: a plurality of rod type solar cells; a conductive layer to which first electrodes of the plurality of solar cells are electrically connected in parallel; a conductive member to which second electrodes of the plurality of solar cells are electrically connected in parallel; a bypass diodes connected to the conductive layer and the conductive member; and a conductive connection member that electrically connects the conductive layer to conductive member of the cluster that is adjacent in a predetermined direction. By providing the plurality of clusters arranged in a hexagonal or rectilinear configuration, it is possible to enlarge the permitted scope for selection of the ratio between sunlight transmission ratio and electrical generation capability, so that it is possible to obtain enhanced freedom of design for use as a window material.06-09-2011
20100116323Interconnector, Solar Cell String Using the Interconnector and Method of Manufacturing Thereof, and Solar Cell Module, Using The Solar Cell String - An interconnector includes a strip-shaped and electrically conductive member electrically connecting respective electrodes of adjacent solar cells, the conductive member includes a plurality of planar stress relief parts and the stress relief parts are formed at equal pitches. With this structure, a stress due to a difference in thermal expansion coefficient between the interconnector and the solar cell is uniformly alleviated, so that the warp occurring to the solar cell is reduced and the reliability of the connection between the interconnector and the solar cell is improved.05-13-2010
20090308434Solar Power Generating System - A solar power generating system comprising at least one photovoltaic module for converting solar radiation into electrical energy, and a support frame for supporting said at least one photovoltaic module. The solar system of the invention is wherein it comprises insulating means interposed between said at least one photovoltaic module and said support frame for electrical insulation of said photovoltaic modules from said support frame.12-17-2009
20110132437METHODS TO BOND OR SEAL GLASS PIECES OF PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL MODULES - The apparatus and methods of the present disclosure, in a broad aspect, provide methods for bonding or sealing pieces of glass of photovoltaic cell modules. These methods include providing the first piece of glass, providing a second piece of glass, providing a photovoltaic cell between the first piece of glass and second piece of glass, providing an amount of solder to at least one solder contact area disposed on at least one of the first or second pieces of glass, bringing the first and second pieces of glass into contact at the at least one solder contact area, and heating the solder to about the melting point or working point of the solder to provide the first and second pieces of glass with a bond or seal at the at least one solder contact area.06-09-2011
20110259404PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE FRAME - An apparatus for a photovoltaic module frame assembly comprising a frame member including a vertical member and horizontal member that cover the outer circumference the photovoltaic module, which transforms solar energy into electric energy, and corner member that performs connections and fixation between the horizontal member and vertical member, which provides a solution to alleviate traditional frame structure issues that relate to the sharpness of the corner so that any accidents that may be caused by the corner can be prevented and enhance safety. Also a groove is included to fix the frame onto the corner member that, which covers the photovoltaic module and does not have any sides, and allows accurate coupling by fitting into the frame member so that various designs and formations can be provided.10-27-2011
20100018571ADJUSTABLE INTERLOCKING SOLAR MODULES AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION - This invention relates to frame for a solar panel, a solar module, a solar assembly and a method for easy installation of a solar collector to a structure. A support mounts to the structure and a mounting bar attaches to the support. Each frame for holding a solar panel includes tabs that engage the mounting bar or a second frame and includes a self aligning guide. A mounting element receives an anchor to affix the frame to the support. The adjustable interlocking design of this invention allows removal of a solar module without requiring disturbing an adjacent module.01-28-2010
20110297211ENCAPSULATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - Various combinations of a first encapsulant and a second encapsulant on different locations of a photovoltaic module are used to meet various requirements of optical clarity, tensile strength, waterproofness, and resistivity.12-08-2011
20120145228Photovoltaic Module Mounting System - A solar array mounting system having unique installation, load distribution, and grounding features, and which is adaptable for mounting solar panels having no external frame. The solar array mounting system includes flexible, pedestal-style feet and structural links connected in a grid formation on the mounting surface. The photovoltaic modules are secured in place via the use of attachment clamps that grip the edge of the typically glass substrate. The panel mounting clamps are then held in place by tilt brackets and/or mid-link brackets that provide fixation for the clamps and align the solar panels at a tilt to the horizontal mounting surface. The tilt brackets are held in place atop the flexible feet and connected link members thus creating a complete mounting structure,06-14-2012
20120145227FRAME SYSTEM FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE - A frame system for a solar cell module, the frame system includes: a first frame member including a first body that is configured to be fixed to a substrate of the solar cell module and a male coupling portion that is protruded from the first body; and a second frame member including a second body that is configured to be fixed to an installation object and a female coupling portion that is configured to be coupled to the male coupling portion, wherein at an outer surface of the male coupling portion, a protrusion including an inclined surface having an upper width smaller than a lower width and a separation prevention surface that is positioned at a lower end portion of the inclined surface is formed, and at an inside of the female coupling portion, a protrusion coupling portion that corresponds to the protrusion is formed.06-14-2012
20090283136Panel Form Photovoltaic Frameless Solar Module - The invention relates to a panel form photovoltaic frameless solar module, in particular, a large surface solar module having increased stability and strength. The aim of the invention is to produce the panel form photovoltaic solar module which is insensitive to rough climatic effects of the weather as well as effective at diffusing very high mechanical stresses in the substructure. A planar light weight reinforcement structure (11-19-2009
20100294344DECORATION FILM AND DECORATION DEVICE - A decoration film is provided. The decoration film includes a flexible substrate, a first electrode layer disposed on the flexible substrate, a polymer photoelectric conversion layer disposed on the first electrode layer, a second electrode layer disposed on the polymer photoelectric conversion layer, and an adhesion layer disposed on the second electrode layer. The polymer photoelectric conversion layer is located between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer. At least one of the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer is a transparent conductive layer. The first electrode layer, the polymer photoelectric conversion layer, and the second electrode layer are located between the adhesion layer and the flexible substrate.11-25-2010
20120145226PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module includes cable retaining section provided on rear surface of planar photovoltaic panel that converts sunlight into electric power and configured to retain first and second output cables drawn around on rear surface of photovoltaic panel. The cable retaining section includes intermediate plate erected on the rear surface of the photovoltaic panel, first spring plate having elasticity, erected on rear surface of the photovoltaic panel to be opposed to the intermediate plate, and configured to hold and clamp the first output cable between the first spring plate and the intermediate plate, and second spring plate having elasticity, erected on the rear surface of the photovoltaic panel to be opposed to the intermediate panel on the opposite side of the first spring plate, and configured to hold and clamp the second output cable between the second spring plate and the intermediate plate.06-14-2012
20110083726BACKSHEET FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - To provide a lightweight and highly productive backsheet for a solar cell module, wherein a cured coating film layer of a fluoropolymer coating material formed on one or each side of a substrate sheet is free from problems such as cracking, fracturing, whitening and separation.04-14-2011
20120037215PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH HEATER - The photovoltaic module with heater is a solar panel with a heated upper surface, thus preventing snow and ice from collecting on the upper surface and diminishing the intensity of sunlight to be converted into electrical power. The photovoltaic module includes a frame formed from aluminum or the like, and at least one photovoltaic cell supported by the frame. A transparent panel is attached to the frame to cover and seal the photovoltaic cell(s) within the frame in a fluid-tight manner. A plurality of heating filaments are embedded within, or disposed on, the transparent panel. The heating filaments are electrically connected to an external power source by a switch for selectively heating the transparent panel and melting any snow or ice that collects thereon.02-16-2012
20120037212PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF - The invention relates to a photovoltaic module comprising a first and a second cover layer, an arrangement situated between these of photovoltaic cells which are connected via cell connectors and also an edge seal of the cover layers which extends around the photovoltaic module. The module according to the invention thereby makes possible minimization of the mechanical stresses, e.g. due to different coefficients of thermal expansion, of the photovoltaic cells. Likewise, a method for production of the photovoltaic modules according to the invention is provided.02-16-2012
20120037214SOLAR CELL MODULE, SOLAR CELL ATTACHMENT STAND, PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER GENERATING SYSTEM - To protect a solar cell panel and facilitate the attachment of the solar cell panel on a roof and the like. A solar cell module 02-16-2012
20120037213BACKSHEET FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - Disclosed herein is a backsheet for a photovoltaic module. The backsheet includes a protective layer and a layer of polymeric foam having a predetermined pore volume. The polymeric foam has a bulk density of about 0.01 g/cm02-16-2012
20080210294SOLAR MODULE STRUCTURES AND ASSEMBLY METHODS FOR PYRAMIDAL THREE-DIMENSIONAL THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS - Solar module structures and methods for assembling solar module structures. The solar module structures comprise pyramidal three-dimensional thin-film solar cells arranged in solar module structures. The pyramidal three-dimensional thin-film solar cell comprises a pyramidal three-dimensional thin-film solar cell substrate with emitter junction regions and doped base regions. The three-dimensional thin-film solar cell further includes emitter metallization regions and base metallization regions. The three-dimensional thin-film solar cell substrate comprises a plurality of pyramid-shaped unit cells. The solar module structures may be used in solar glass applications, building façade applications, rooftop installation applications as well as for centralized solar electricity generation.09-04-2008
20110017279SOLAR MODULE - A solar module comprising a sheet; a plurality of solar cells electrically connected in series between first and second conductor lines, and arranged on a first side of the sheet, wherein the first and second conductor lines each extend along a length on the sheet; a first conductor lead in electrical connection with the first conductor line and a second conductor lead in electrical connection with the second conductor line; and a through-hole in the sheet through which the first conductor lead extends to a second side of the sheet and a further through-hole through which the second conductor lead extends to the second side of the sheet.01-27-2011
20110100436PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention is premised upon an improved photovoltaic device (“PVD”) and method of use, more particularly to an improved photovoltaic device with an integral locator and electrical terminal mechanism for transferring current to or from the improved photovoltaic device and the use as a system.05-05-2011
20120031469SUPPORT FOR MOUNTING A SOLAR PANEL - The invention relates to a support (02-09-2012
20120031474BACK PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE, PRODUCTION METHOD OF SAME AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - A back protective sheet for a solar cell module in which a fluorine resin layer containing a pigment is formed on at least one side of a base sheet, wherein the density of the pigment in the direction of thickness of the fluorine resin layer is higher on the side opposite from the base sheet than on the side facing the base sheet.02-09-2012
20120031471SOLAR PANEL MODULE - A solar panel module includes a solar panel, a generally rectangular frame, a pair of bridge members and a beam. The solar panel has a light-receiving surface and a back surface on two opposite sides thereof. The generally rectangular frame is attached to all edges of the solar panel. The pair of bridge members are secured to a pair of parallel edges of the generally rectangular frame on the back surface of the solar panel. The beam is interconnected between the pair of bridge members, wherein each bridge member has a wider width than a width of the beam.02-09-2012
20110114159SOLAR CELL MODULES WITH POLYMER ENCAPSULANT COMPRISING REDUCING AGENTS - A solar cell module comprises a solar cell assembly and a polymeric encapsulant material. The polymeric encapsulant material is in contact with components of the solar cell assembly that comprise oxidizable metals, such as silver. Discoloration may result when metal cations migrate into the encapsulant material. An improved encapsulant material described herein includes one or more reducing agents to lessen or prevent this discoloration.05-19-2011
20110114158REPLACEABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC ROOF PANEL - A replaceable building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) module system for mounting as roofing structures on a building is disclosed. The BIPV module system comprises a module and engagement means coupled to the building, the engagement means adapted to couple to the coupling means to releaseably couple the module to the building. The module comprises a photovoltaic laminate and a frame surrounding substantially entirely the perimeter of the photovoltaic laminate, the frame comprising coupling means.05-19-2011
20100126557SOLAR CELL MODULES COMPRISING AN ENCAPSULANT SHEET OF A BLEND OF ETHYLENE COPOLYMERS - Disclosed is a solar cell module comprising a polymeric encapsulant sheet, wherein the polymeric encapsulant sheet comprises a blend composition of an ethylene copolymer A and an ethylene copolymer B, the blend composition having a melt flow rate of less than 100 g/10 min, as determined in accordance with ASTM D1238 at 190° C. and 2.16 kg, and wherein the ethylene copolymerA comprises copolymerized units of ethylene and about 3 to about 20 wt % of an ester or anhydride of a C05-27-2010
20080302408METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN INTEGRATED SOLAR ROOFING TILE - A method of manufacturing a photovoltaic roofing tile for installing on a roof surface and converting solar energy into electrical energy includes the steps of forming a generally flexible photovoltaic laminate, the laminate including a photovoltaic layer including plurality of electrically interconnected photovoltaic cells and a photovoltaic circuit electrically connecting the photovoltaic cells, inserting the laminate into a tile mold and injecting a molten thermoplastic material into the tile mold to form and fixedly attached a tile base to the laminate.12-11-2008
20120305055SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module includes a plurality of solar cells, a front substrate positioned at first surfaces of the plurality of solar cells, a front protective member positioned between the front substrate and the plurality of solar cells, a back substrate positioned at second surfaces of the plurality of solar cells, and a back protective member positioned between the back substrate and the plurality of solar cells. A refractive index of the front protective member is greater than a refractive index of the back protective member.12-06-2012
20120305057SOLAR BATTERY STRING, SOLAR BATTERY MODULE, AND SOLAR BATTERY CELL - A solar battery string is provided that suppresses a lowering in the mounting density of solar battery cells, that can shorten manufacturing time, and that can prevent solar battery cells from being destroyed. The solar battery string (12-06-2012
20120305056SOLAR CELL MODULE - The invention relates to a solar cell module comprising electrically interconnected solar cells with front and backs, a transparent first layer running along the front sides, which is covered on the front laterally by a transparent cover, as well as a second layer running along the backsides, which is covered at the back by a second cover. In order to prevent and/or minimize a potential-induced reduction to a large extent and/or obtain an improved stability vis-à-vis thermo-cycling, it is suggested that first layer consists of a first polymer material and the second layer consists of a second polymer material deviating from the first polymer material and the fact that specific resistance is larger p12-06-2012
20090044853Composite Sheet and Use Thereof - [Problems to be solved] The present invention provides a sealing sheet that can be used instead of the sealing sheet made from the conventionally widely used EVA, which has good transparency, heat resistance and adhesiveness with a polypropylene resin, and good productivity. 02-19-2009
20100294341APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FRAMELESS BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL - The present invention is directed toward apparatus and methods for solar panels capable of rooftop installation. In some embodiments, a low profile solar laminate is provided, comprising: a base layer; a photovoltaic layer; a semi-rigid panel; an ultraviolet resistant layer; wherein a first adhesive adheres the base layer to the semi-rigid panel, a second adhesive adheres the semi-rigid panel to the photovoltaic layer, and a third adhesive adheres the ultraviolet resistant layer to the photovoltaic layer.11-25-2010
20090173377Solar Enclosure Apparatus and Method - Solar energy has been used for generating electricity by using silicon based solar cells for years by mounting them on the outside surfaces of buildings. These cells have also been used for outdoor recreation, by mounting said silicon solar panels adjacent to a tent. To store the electrical energy produced by the silicon based cells, large, cumbersome battery systems were used. To provide needed working light inside of these solar powered building enclosures, the occupant needed separate light fixtures. This invention combines new light weight structurally flexible organic panels, said panels having three layers, said layers comprising an exterior solar photovoltaic layer, a middle layer of thin batteries and an interior layer of thin organic structurally flexible light emitting diode (“OLED”) film, said OLED's comprising the interior wall of said enclosure system. There is a microprocessor based circuit monitoring and management of the electrical energy produced, stored and used.07-09-2009
20090211625PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH A WIND SUCTION SECURING DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCTION - A photovoltaic module includes a frame structure and a plurality of wind suction securing devices. The frame structure serves to provide a predetermined spacing between a substrate and a flexible photovoltaic panel. The wind suction securing devices have a predetermined height corresponding to the predetermined spacing and are arranged in a spaced relationship on a surface of the photovoltaic panel. Each wind suction securing device includes an upper part securely attachable to the photovoltaic panel and a lower part securely attachable to the substrate. The upper and lower parts are releasably connectable to each other.08-27-2009
20110315200UNDERSIDE PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL, SOLAR CELL MODULE, AND GAS-BARRIER FILM - The present invention provides an underside protective sheet for solar cell that is excellent in gas barrier properties to oxygen, moisture vapor, and the like. The underside protective sheet for solar cell of the present invention contains a composite base material containing a polymer having a moisture vapor transmission rate of 10 g/m12-29-2011
20110315199Polyamide-Grafted Polymers, Photovoltaic Modules with a Backsheet Film Comprising a Polyamide-Grafted Polymer and Manufacturing Process and Use Thereof - One subject of the invention is the use of α film as a protective backsheet in a photovoltaic module, said film comprising at least one layer of a composition containing a polyamide-grafted polymer, this polyamide-grafted polymer comprising a polyolefin backbone containing a residue of at least one unsaturated monomer (X) and at least one polyamide graft, in which: • the polyamide graft is attached to the polyolefin backbone by the residue of the unsaturated monomer (X) that comprises a functional group capable of reacting via a condensation reaction with a polyamide having at least one amine end group and/or at least one carboxylic acid end group; • the residue of the unsaturated monomer (X) is attached to the backbone by grafting or copolymerization; said polyamide-grafted polymer comprising, relative to its total weight: • from 40 to 95% by weight of the polyolefin backbone comprising the unsaturated monomer (X); and • from 5 to 60% by weight of polyamide grafts, and the melting point or glass transition temperature of the polyamide grafts being greater than or equal to 85° C. The invention also relates to a process of manufacturing a photovoltaic module, to a photovoltaic module and also to the use of this module for producing electricity.12-29-2011
20110315198PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A photoelectric conversion module and a method of manufacturing the same are disclosed. The photoelectric conversion module may include a light-receiving substrate in which a first functional layer having a photoelectrode is formed, a counter substrate that faces the light-receiving substrate and is electrically coupled to the light-receiving substrate and in which a second functional layer having a counter electrode is formed. The photoelectric conversion module may include a sealant formed between the light-receiving substrate and the counter substrate and positioned so as to divide a plurality of unit photoelectric cells formed between the light-receiving substrate and the counter substrate. The photoelectric conversion module may include a plurality of interconnection units electrically connecting adjacent unit photoelectric cells. The light-receiving substrate and the counter substrate may be divided into a photoelectric conversion area in which the unit photoelectric cells are formed, a sealing area in which the sealant is formed outside the photoelectric conversion area and a non-photoelectric conversion area outside of the sealing area. The interconnection units may be electrically connected to each other by a bypass unit, which may be configured to electrically connect a plurality of functional unit photoelectric cells and bypass a defective unit photoelectric cell.12-29-2011
20080302410SOLAR CELL MODULE CONNECTOR AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SOLAR CELL MODULE PANEL - A solar cell module connector includes an insulating box (12-11-2008
20120097218Photovoltaic modules, and/or methods of making the same - Certain example embodiments relate to techniques for creating improved photovoltaic (PV) modules. In certain example embodiments and first and second glass substrate are provided. A PV array is provided between the first and second glass substrates. The first and second substrates are laminated together with the PV array between the glass substrates. In certain example embodiments the PV module is dimensioned to be similar to an existing roof system (e.g., a sunroof) in a vehicle.04-26-2012
20120042935PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH COMPOSITE MATERIALS - A photovoltaic module includes a photovoltaic panel and a frame securing to an edge of the photovoltaic panel. The frame includes a metal portion and a composite material of a plastic material and glass fibers or of a silicone resin and glass fibers. The composite material is integrated with the metal portion to form a unitary frame.02-23-2012
20120060903PROTECTIVE FILM FOR A SOLAR CELL MODULE - The invention relates to a protective film for a solar cell module, to a process for manufacturing said protective film and to a solar cell module comprising said protecting and to a method for protecting a solar cell module comprising using of such protective film. The protective film comprises at least one layer comprising a perfluoropolyether (PFPE) polymer [polymer (F)], the polymer being obtainable by cross-linking a composition [composition (C)] comprising: a) at least one functional perfluoropolyether compound [compound (E)], the compound (E) comprising a (per)fluoropolyalkylene chain [chain (R03-15-2012
20090314335INTEGRAL PHOTOVOLTAIC UNIT - Systems and methods for facilitating setting up a photovoltaic unit are presented. The current invention describes an integral photovoltaic unit and methods to install this unit onto a roof of a building or onto another structural component.12-24-2009
20120000514RESIN COMPOSITION FOR SOLAR CELL ENCAPSULANT, SOLAR CELL ENCAPSULANT AND SOLAR CELL MODULE USING THE SAME - A resin composition for a solar cell encapsulant is provided, containing an ethylene•α-olefin copolymer and an organic peroxide or a silane coupling agent or the like, and having superior heat resistance, transparency, flexibility and adhesion property to a glass substrate, as well as good balance between rigidity and cross-linking efficiency, as well as a solar cell encapsulant, and a solar cell module using the same. The resin composition has an ethylene•α-olefin copolymer (A), having the characteristics (a1) to (a4), along with characteristics (a5) or (a6), and an organic peroxide (B) and/or a silane coupling agent (C).01-05-2012
20120000512Solar Cell And Method For Manufacturing Solar Cell - A solar cell includes: a substrate; a photoelectric conversion cell which has a first electrode layer provided with permeability, a photoelectric conversion layer, and a second electrode layer, and is arranged on the substrate; and a protection layer which covers at least the second electrode layer. The protection layer includes a silicon nitride compound.01-05-2012
20120000513ANTI-THEFT APPARATUS FOR SOLAR PANELS - Anti-theft apparatus for protecting solar electricity generating panels from theft including at least a first lockable element configured for engagement with a first solar electricity generating panel, at least a second lockable element configured for engagement with a second solar electricity generating panel, at least one locking element for securing the at least first and the at least second lockable elements together in a locking arrangement whereby the first and second solar electricity generating panels are at least locked together, and a top securing element arranged for non-removable engagement with the locking element, the top securing element being operative to resist disengagement of the first and the second solar electricity generating panels from the locking element.01-05-2012
20120234378Pivot-Fit Connection Apparatus and System for Photovoltaic Arrays - An apparatus and system for quickly and easily assembling PV modules into a PV array in a sturdy and durable manner. In some embodiments, the PV modules may have a grooved frame where the groove is angled into the frame with respect to the planar surface of the modules. Various components may engage within the angled groove to assemble the PV modules into the PV array using what may be referred to as a pivot-fit connection between the components and angled groove. Other embodiments may operate with PV modules having frames without angled grooves as by use of wraparound brackets.09-20-2012
20110100435PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - To provide a photovoltaic module having a frame arranged on the rear surface of the photovoltaic module, in which the frame has a fixed portion fixed to the photovoltaic module and an end portion standing from the fixed portion relative to the rear surface of the photovoltaic module.05-05-2011
20100275976PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH EDGE ACCESS TO PV STRINGS, INTERCONNECTION METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM - A photovoltaic module apparatus includes PV cells arranged in a planar array, the PV cells being electrically connected in at least one string having positive and negative terminals. Positive and negative conductors are connected to the positive and negative terminals respectively and front and back encapsulating sheets are disposed on the front and back sides of the array to form a sub-laminate. Each of the positive and negative conductors has a respective portion extending from the positive and negative terminals, between the front and back encapsulating sheets. Front and back protectors are disposed on the front and back encapsulating sheets to form a laminate. First and second terminating portions of the positive and negative conductors extend outwardly from the outer perimeter edge of the laminate. A frame including a frame member having a holder may be provided about at least one portion of the outer perimeter edge of the laminate.11-04-2010
20120006386Junction Cover for Photovoltaic Panel Modules - A junction cover for a photovoltaic (PV) panel module system that includes a PV panel mounting structure, a rail, a PV module with a junction box and wiring extending between the rail and the junction box. The junction cover encloses the wiring and includes a base section, a nose section and a pair of feet. The base section includes a plate with first and second side walls extending downwardly therefrom to first and second edges to define an interior with an interior surface. The nose section extends from the base section to an open end and has a top wall, two sides formed by the side walls of the base section and an open side. The feet are located on either side of the open end of the nose section and extend therefrom. The feet engage the rail to secure the junction cover in place to enclose the junction box and wiring.01-12-2012
20110155222LIGHT, RIGID, SELF-SUPPORTING SOLAR MODULE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF - The solar module according to the invention consists of a transparent adhesive layer (06-30-2011
20110155221SOLAR PANEL WITH IMPROVED WATERPROOF DESIGN - A solar panel includes a front glass, a photovoltaic film, a back glass, an encapsulant sheet and a weather-resist filler. The photovoltaic film is formed on the front glass. The back glass has a smaller or larger area than the front glass has, but the front and back glasses generally have the same shape. The encapsulant sheet is disposed between the front and back glasses for fully sealing the photovoltaic film and binding the front and back glasses together. When the front and back glasses are overlapped and bound, all bound edges of the front and back glasses define step-like areas. The weather-resist filler is filled onto the step-like areas for fully sealing the encapsulant sheet.06-30-2011
20110155220SOLAR PANEL TILE STRUCTURE AND COMBINATION THEREOF - A solar panel tile structure capable of draining water includes a solar panel and a supporting plate for supporting the solar panel. At least one draining slot is formed on the supporting plate and disposed around the solar plate for draining the water surrounding the solar panel.06-30-2011
20120012165PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR SOLAR BATTERY MODULE, SOLAR BATTERY MODULE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SOLAR BATTERY MODULE - Disclosed are a protective sheet for a solar battery module including a base material sheet and a heat-fusible sheet made of a heat-fusible resin having a melting point measured by differential scanning calorimetry (a DSC method) of 80° C. or higher and lower than 130° C., laminated on one surface of the base material sheet, and including an air-flow path on a surface of the heat-fusible sheet; and a solar battery module using the same.01-19-2012
20120152329SOLAR CELL MODULE - An object of the present invention is to reduce adverse affect of moisture passing through the opening, for improved reliability and product yield of solar cell module. A solar cell module includes: a front-surface protection member; a rear-surface protection member; a plurality of solar cells 11 electrically connected by wiring members; a bonding member for encapsulating the solar cells between the front-surface protection member and the rear-surface protection member; and power output wires for taking an output from the solar cells. The rear-surface protection member has an opening at a location facing a surface of one solar cell, and the power output wires are routed out of the rear-surface protection member through the opening.06-21-2012
20120006388BACK PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - A back protective sheet for a solar cell module in which a fluorine resin layer is formed on at least one side of a base sheet, wherein an inorganic pigment (A) having a large mean particle diameter and an inorganic pigment (B) having a small mean particle diameter are contained in the fluorine resin layer, the diameter ratio (DB/DA) of the mean particle diameter (DB) of the inorganic pigment (B) to the mean particle diameter (DA) of the inorganic pigment (A) is within the range of 0.01 to 0.3, and the total amount of the inorganic pigments (A) and (B) is within the range of 50 parts by weight to 130 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of the fluorine resin.01-12-2012
20120006387MOISTURE-PROOF FILM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, BACK SHEET FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE AND SOLAR CELL MODULE USING THE SAME - Disclosed are: a moisture-proof film in which an inorganic oxide layer is formed by coating with high productivity and which has excellent moisture-proof performance compared to conventional deposition or sputtering procedures; a process for producing the moisture-proof film; a back sheet for a solar cell module and a solar cell module, which comprise the moisture-proof film. The moisture-proof film comprises a resin base and a moisture-proof layer arranged on the resin base, wherein the moisture-proof layer comprises a coating film comprising an inorganic oxide film containing inorganic oxide particles having an average particle diameter of 1 nm to 1 μm inclusive.01-12-2012
20090320907PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE AND MODULE ARRAYS - A photovoltaic (PV) module including a PV device and a frame. The PV device has a PV laminate defining a perimeter and a major plane. The frame is assembled to and encases the laminate perimeter, and includes leading, trailing, and side frame members, and an arm that forms a support face opposite the laminate. The support face is adapted for placement against a horizontal installation surface, to support and orient the laminate in a non-parallel or tilted arrangement. Upon final assembly, the laminate and the frame combine to define a unitary structure. The frame can orient the laminate at an angle in the range of 3°-7° from horizontal, and can be entirely formed of a polymeric material. Optionally, the arm incorporates integral feature(s) that facilitate interconnection with corresponding features of a second, identically formed PV module.12-31-2009
20120012163SOLAR CELL MODULE WITH LAYERS OF DESIGN FOR INTEGRATION INTO BUILDINGS - Disclosed is a solar cell module which incorporates layers of design is adapted for integration into construction as exterior walls incorporated into the steel frame of buildings, and comprises a double glass module having an external panel and an internal panel of tempered glass, with solar cells and layers of design between the external tempered glass panel and internal tempered glass panel.01-19-2012
20120012160SOLAR MODULE STRUCTURES AND ASSEMBLY METHODS FOR PYRAMIDAL THREE-DIMENSIONAL THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS - Solar module structures and methods for assembling solar module structures. The solar module structures comprise pyramidal three-dimensional thin-film solar cells arranged in solar module structures. The pyramidal three-dimensional thin-film solar cell comprises a pyramidal three-dimensional thin-film solar cell substrate with emitter junction regions and doped base regions. The three-dimensional thin-film solar cell further includes emitter metallization regions and base metallization regions. The three-dimensional thin-film solar cell substrate comprises a plurality of pyramid-shaped unit cells. The solar module structures may be used in solar glass applications, building façade applications, rooftop installation applications as well as for centralized solar electricity generation.01-19-2012
20120012162SOLAR BATTERY MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLAR BATTERY MODULE - A solar battery module (01-19-2012
20120012161METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SOLAR CELL MODULE, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE PRODUCED BY THE METHOD - According to the present invention, a method for producing a solar cell module comprises the steps of: arraying at least one solar cell on the upper surface of a base substrate; stacking a transparent upper substrate onto the base substrate to cover the solar cell; injecting a radiation-curable liquid adhesive resin composition into the space formed between the base substrate and the upper substrate such that the space is filled with the composition; and hardening the radiation-curable liquid adhesive resin composition.01-19-2012
20120055540SOLAR BATTERY MODULE - A solar battery module including a plurality of solar battery arrays in which solar battery cells having flexibility are electrically connected to one another through interconnectors includes a plurality of cover glasses each secured on each light receiving surface for each solar battery cell or to each light receiving surface for each solar battery array by using a transmissive adhesive and a plastic sheet serving as a support for the solar battery module secured to a back surface opposite to the light receiving surface of the solar battery cell or the light receiving surface of the solar battery array by using an adhesive. Difference in coefficient of thermal expansion between the plastic sheet and the cover glass is equal to or lower than 1 ppm/K.03-08-2012
20090242014Solar Module Integration System - Embodiments of the present inventions are directed to systems, devices for use with systems, and method of mounting and retaining solar panels. A solar module mounting system may include a ballast, a sole mechanically coupled to a bottom surface of the ballast, a link member embedded in the ballast, an attachment module mechanically coupled to the link member, and a deflector mechanically coupled to the link member. A method of mounting a solar panel module may include forming a link member and a ballast, attaching the ballast to the link member, bonding a sole to a lower surface of the ballast and/or the link member, attaching a solar panel module to the link member with an attachment module member, electrically grounding the mounting system, routing a wiring from the solar panel module through a wire chase, and attaching a deflector module to the link member.10-01-2009
20120012159Solar cell module and method for manufacturing the solar cell module, and mobile device with the solar cell module and method for manufacturing the mobile device - The present invention provides a solar cell module. The solar cell module includes a floodlight panel with a light transmission property; solar cells each of which has a light-receiving surface with electrode pads and a non-light-receiving surface opposite to the light-receiving surface, the solar cells being adhered to the floodlight panel so that the light-receiving surface faces the floodlight panel; and a conductive bonding film which is interposed between the floodlight panel and the solar cells and bonds the floodlight panel to the solar cells, wherein the conductive bonding film is used to electrically connect the electrode pads of the solar cells adjacent to one another.01-19-2012
20120152332SOLAR BATTERY ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME - A method for forming a solar battery assembly is provided, comprising: a) performing cold vacuuming at a temperature ranging from about 0° C. to about 50° C. and hot vacuuming at a temperature ranging from about 50° C. to about 200° C. to a glass plate, a plurality of solar cells and a back sheet that are laminated in turn and adhered together; and b) treating the laminated glass plate, plurality of solar cells and back sheet obtained in step (a) at a temperature ranging from about 100° C. to about 200° C. and a pressure ranging from about 0.5 MPa to about 1.5 MPa to obtain the solar battery assembly. A solar battery assembly is also provided.06-21-2012
20120152330SOLAR CELL MODULE - To prevent the power output wires from being misaligned during the laminating step and reduce moisture entry through the opening, for improved reliability and product yield of solar cell module. A solar cell module includes: a front-surface protection member; a rear-surface protection member; a plurality of solar cells electrically connected by wiring members; a sealing member for sealing the solar cells between the front-surface protection member and the rear-surface protection member; and power output wires for taking an output from the solar cells. The rear-surface protection member has an opening, and a sealing film is disposed to cover the opening. The sealing film has a slit for insertion of the power output wires, and the power output wires are routed out of the rear-surface protection member through the opening.06-21-2012
20120060901Profile rail, support element and solar module arrangement formed therewith, in particular for transversal mounting of solar modules - The invention relates to a profile rail in particular for supporting framed solar modules, including a rail element and two support arms, wherein at least one of the support arms protrudes from the rail element in a transversal direction (q) that is perpendicular to a longitudinal orientation of the profile rail, and wherein the support arms include support surfaces that are parallel to one another are at different elevations with respect to a lower edge of the profile rail with an elevation offset from one another in an elevation direction perpendicular to the transversal and longitudinal direction, and a support surface oriented in the transversal direction and arranged between the support arms, wherein the support surface bridges the elevation difference between the support arms at least partially.03-15-2012
20120060902SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FRAMELESS LAMINATED SOLAR PANELS - An apparatus for securing solar panels to a roof includes a photovoltaic cell and a mounting frame sized to receive the photovoltaic cell. The mounting frame is configured to be securely fastened directly to a roof of a structure and form a vapor barrier on the roof.03-15-2012
20120152331SOLAR BATTERY ASSEMBLY - A solar battery assembly, includes a light transmitting upper cover plate, a carrier, and a plurality of solar cells disposed between the light transmitting upper cover plate and the carrier. The solar cells are connected with the carrier via positive connection points and negative connection points. The plurality of solar cells are connected in series, in parallel or in combinations of both via the positive and negative connection points.06-21-2012
20120152327METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLAR MODULES - A solar cell module that has a back protective sheet and a front transparent protective sheet and edge sealant members that seal an inner portion of the solar cell module so as to define a cavity that receives a plurality of solar cells. A portion of the back protective sheet extends beyond the sealant members so as to define a mounting region that can receive mounting structures such as holes, connectors, rails or the like. By providing the mounting region, the mounting structures can be spaced from the sealant members which limits the damage to the sealant members during the mounting process and preserves the moisture sealed state of the solar cell cavity.06-21-2012
20110094569SOLAR POWER STRUCTURE AND KIT FOR MAKING THE SAME - A strong, aesthetically pleasing solar power structure comprising a hollow-beam frame, a plurality of photovoltaic panels, a sub-assembly for holding the PV panels, and a plurality of columns is provided. Also provided is a kit for making such a structure.04-28-2011
20110094568DIRECT MOUNTED PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE WITH IMPROVED FRONT CLIP - The present invention is premised upon a photovoltaic assembly system for securing and/or aligning at least a plurality of vertically adjacent (overlapping) photovoltaic device assemblies to one another. The securing function being accomplished by a clip member that may be a separate component or integral to one or more of the photovoltaic device assemblies.04-28-2011
20110094567SOLAR CELL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell and a solar cell module including the solar cells are disclosed. The solar cell includes a substrate of a first conductive type; an emitter layer of a second conductive type positioned at a light receiving surface of the substrate; a plurality of first electrodes that are positioned on the emitter layer and are electrically connected to the emitter layer; and at least one first current collector that is positioned on the emitter layer in a direction crossing the plurality of first electrodes, wherein a thickness of each of the plurality of first electrodes is different from a thickness of the at least one first current collector, and a difference of the thickness of the each first electrode to the thickness of the at least one current collector is equal to or less than about 0.5 times the thickness of the at least one first current collector.04-28-2011
20120152324USE OF A POLYETHYLENE-BASED FILM IN A PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - The invention relates to the use in a photovoltaic module of a film of a composition as a backsheet or as an encapsulant, this composition comprising, with respect to the total weight of the composition: from 1 to 99% of a polyethylene having an ethylene whose level by weight is greater than or equal to 80% chosen from the homopolymers of ethylene and the copolymers of ethylene and another alpha-olefin; from 99 to 1% of a polyolefin B, other than A, carrying a reactive functional group X chosen from the anhydride carboxylic acids and epoxides. The invention also relates to, the composition additionally comprises a polyolefin C, other than B, which carries a functional group Y capable of reacting with the functional group X. The invention further relates to a photovoltaic module comprising the film which is used of the composition and also a process for the manufacture of this module.06-21-2012
20120152328SOLAR CELL MODULE - An object of the present invention is to improve reliability and product yield of the solar cell module. A solar cell module includes: a front-surface protection member; a rear-surface protection member; a plurality of solar cells electrically connected by wiring members; a bonding member for encapsulating the solar cells between the front-surface protection member and the rear-surface protection member; and power output wires for taking an output from the solar cells. The rear-surface protection member has an opening at a location facing to extend two adjacent solar cells, and the power output wires are routed out of the rear-surface protection member through the opening.06-21-2012
20120152323MULTILAYER FILMS CONTAINING A FLUORINATED COPOLYMER RESIN LAYER AND A CROSS-LINKABLE IONOMERIC ENCAPSULANT LAYER - A multilayer film comprises a layer consisting essentially of a fluorinated copolymer resin and a layer consisting essentially of an ethylene copolymer ionomer blend. The ethylene copolymer ionomer blend, or the product of crosslinking the blend, can be used as an encapsulant layer for solar cells, and the multilayer film is useful as a component of photovoltaic modules. Methods for preparing the multilayer films and the photovoltaic modules are also described.06-21-2012
20120152326Discrete Attachment Point Apparatus and System for Photovoltaic Arrays - An attachment point apparatus and system for photovoltaic arrays is disclosed. One embodiment provides a rail system for receiving a PV module, including a first rail, a second rail, a substantially rectilinear double male connector adapted for coupling an end of the first rail to an end of the second rail, and a connector adapted to attach a PV module to the first rail. Another embodiment provides a PV module including a PV laminate, a frame integral with and supporting the PV laminate, and a spanner bar adapted to solely span a width of the PV module, orthogonally connect at various locations along the frame, and attach to a support structure. A further embodiment provides a coupling device for a PV module comprising a first coupling portion adapted to rotatably engage a PV module, and a second coupling portion adapted to rotatably engage a rail.06-21-2012
20120152325JUNCTION BOX ATTACHMENT TO SOLAR MODULE LAMINATE - A multi-layer photovoltaic module including an integrated junction box base plate. A portion of the top layer of the module may be removed to form an aperture, within which the base plate may be disposed. Terminal connections of a string of photovoltaic cells may be exposed within the aperture, so that a base plate having an access opening allows electrical connections with the string when placed within the aperture. The base plate may be placed within the encapsulating layer aperture prior to lamination of the module layers, so that the base plate becomes more securely integrated into the module during the lamination process.06-21-2012
20120152333PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL CLAMP - A photovoltaic panel clamp includes an upper and lower section. The interface between the assembled clamp halves and the module edge is filled by a flexible gasket material, such as EPDM rubber. The gasket preferably has small, finger like protrusions that allow for easy insertion onto the module edge while being reversed makes it more difficult to remove them from the module once installed. The clamp includes mounting posts or an integral axle to engage a bracket. The clamp also may include a locking tongue to secure the clamp to a bracket.06-21-2012
20120103396Electrical Component Connection System And Method Of Use - An electric connection system connecting adjacent BIPV glass panels and frames in a solar curtain wall. The electric connection system includes a first electrical connector, a second electrical connector, and a third electrical connector. The first electric connector is connected to an electrical component positioned in each of the adjacent BIPV glass panels, while the second electric connector is positioned in the frame and configured to mate with the first electric connector. The third electric connector electrically connects adjacent second electric connectors in adjacent frames with each other.05-03-2012
20110088756Adhesive seal material for end portion of solar cell panel, sealed structure of end portion of solar cell panel, sealing method, solar cell module, and producing method thereof - An adhesive seal material for an end portion a solar cell panel is an adhesive seal material which is bonded to an end portion of a solar cell panel. The adhesive seal material includes a rubber-based adhesive layer, and a non-adhesive layer partially covering a surface of the rubber-based adhesive layer.04-21-2011
20090133740Photovoltaic Roofing Panels, Photovoltaic Roofing Assemblies, and Roofs Using Them - The present invention relates generally to photovoltaic devices, and more particularly to photovoltaic roofing products in which photovoltaic elements are affixed to roofing substrates. In one embodiment of the invention, a photovoltaic roofing panel comprising a roofing panel substrate having a top surface; and at least six discrete photovoltaic elements affixed to the roofing panel substrate with their photovoltaically-active areas exposed at the top surface of the roofing panel. Another embodiment of the invention is a photovoltaic roofing assembly comprising: a plurality of discrete photovoltaic roofing elements, each comprising one or more photovoltaic elements affixed to a roofing substrate; and a joining member, wherein the plurality of photovoltaic roofing elements are disposed on and affixed to the joining member and are electrically interconnected.05-28-2009
20090133738Photovoltaic Roofing Elements and Roofs Using Them - The present invention relates generally to photovoltaic devices. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic roofing products in which a photovoltaic element is affixed to a roofing substrate. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a photovoltaic roofing element comprising a roofing substrate having a solar reflectivity of greater than 0.25, and one or more photovoltaic elements affixed to the roofing substrate. In another embodiment, the present invention provides a photovoltaic roofing element comprising a roofing substrate comprising a bituminous substrate, and a plurality of colored roofing granules disposed on the bituminous substrate, the roofing substrate having color within the color space of CIE Lab coordinates L* in the range of about 20 to about 20, a* in the range of about −5 to about 5, and b* in the range of −15 to about −5; and one or more photovoltaic elements affixed to the roofing substrate.05-28-2009
20120118358SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module includes: a front substrate; a rear substrate disposed to face the front substrate; a plurality of solar cells disposed between the front substrate and the rear substrate to generate electricity; and a plurality of ribbons disposed on a plurality of peripheral cells of the plurality of solar cells to collect generated current, each ribbon having a length shorter than that of but at least half of a length of the peripheral cell on which the ribbon is disposed.05-17-2012
20120118359INSULATING GLASS COMPOSITE COMPRISING DIAGONALLY ARRANGED PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS, AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF - A solar module consists of a plurality of solar cells which are arranged in an insulating glass composite in the gap between a front and rear pane, said cells being fixed therein, wherein the solar cells are arranged diagonally to the vertical axis inside an approximately vertical (upright) insulating glass module which is fixed in or on an approximately vertical building facade.05-17-2012
20120118360SOLAR CELL MODULE, SOLAR CELL PANEL, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SOLAR CELL MODULE, AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SOLAR CELL PANEL - A solar cell module, a solar cell panel, a process for producing a solar cell module and a process for producing a solar cell panel that are capable of inhibiting EVA protrusions and recesses, and capable of inhibiting penetration of moisture into the interior of the solar cell module. The solar cell module comprises a transparent substrate and a back substrate disposed across a photovoltaic layer, an inner seal portion disposed between, and surrounding the periphery of, the transparent substrate and the back substrate, a gap formed in a portion of the inner seal portion and linking a region in which an encapsulant is disposed with the outside, an encapsulant disposed inside the region surrounded by the transparent substrate, the back substrate and the inner seal portion, and an outer seal portion that covers the gap.05-17-2012
20120118356MULTI-LAYER SOLAR MODULE BACKSHEET - Thin film photovoltaic modules that include strings of thin film cells laminated between a transparent flexible barrier layer and a multi-layer backsheet configured to stabilize the module and to reduce or control thermo-mechanical stresses leading to undesirable effects such as warping and ribbon buckling, among others. In some cases, the backsheet has an effective TEC that relatively closely matches the TEC of the cells, resulting in improved module stability. Alternatively or in addition, the backsheet may include one or more relatively thick flexible layers, again resulting in improved stability. Various materials may be used with TECs that are chosen to minimize a particular thermo-mechanical stress, and/or to provide a module with a predetermined amount of curvature.05-17-2012
20120118357SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell is effectively protected from external impact and moisture. The solar cell module includes a front substrate; a rear substrate facing the front substrate; a plurality of solar cells on the front substrate between the front substrate and the rear substrate; and a protector including a periphery portion formed between a periphery of the front substrate and the plurality of solar cells and a periphery of a rear substrate.05-17-2012
20120118355FLEXIBLE SOLAR SHELL AND SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR USE WITH ROOFTOPS - A system and method for mounting flexible sheets containing solar cells adjacent the rooftop of a building. A plurality of support members are mounted to the building so that holes are not formed in the rooftop to mount the support members. Wires are then extended between the support members and the flexible sheets containing the solar cells are then mounted to the wires.05-17-2012
20120167959PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE HAVING A PLANAR CELL CONNECTOR - The invention relates to a photovoltaic module made of at least two solar cells, wherein said cells are connected at least in regions by a planar cell connector. The cell connector is made of at least one porous carrier layer and at least one conductor structure disposed on the side of the carrier layer facing away from the solar cells. The system of planar cell connectors are used in producing wafer-based photovoltaic modules, primarily of return contact cells having an arbitrary contact arrangement in the plane.07-05-2012
20120312354SOLAR MODULE AND PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAY - A solar module having a plurality of solar cells connected in the form of a string, and having externally accessible string connections, the string connections and two earth contacts being developed as plug-in contacts integrated into the solar module in mechanically fixed manner, and the earth contacts being connected via an earth line integrated into the solar module.12-13-2012
20120312356SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module of the present invention includes a solar cell panel having a laminated-glass structure in which a solar cell 12-13-2012
20120125410Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.05-24-2012
20120125408SOLAR PANEL RACKING ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM - A racking system for a solar panel includes a solar panel support rack assembly, the solar panel support rack assembly being configured to be coupled to another solar panel support rack assembly. Each solar panel support rack assembly includes a first arm having a first end and a second end, the first arm configured to be coupled to a base structure, a second arm having a first end and a second end, the first end of the second arm coupled to the first end of the first arm, the second arm being disposed at an angle from the first arm, and a third arm having a first end and a second end, the first end of the third arm coupled to the second end of the first arm and the second end of the third arm coupled to the second end of the second arm. The second arm includes a first channel member and a second channel member, the first and second channel members being disposed on opposing sides of the second arm, and a stop member at the first end.05-24-2012
20120125409FASTENING OF PANEL-TYPE ELEMENTS - A mounting system for panel-type elements, in particular facade elements, thermoelectric generator elements, thermal solar collectors, photovoltaic modules or solar modules is described, for fastening and securing the element on at least one upper and one lower transverse rail, which are arranged in parallel with and at a spacing from each other for holding an element. The mounting system includes: at least one fastening member fixedly connected to the back side of the element and having at least one anchoring member arranged substantially perpendicularly to the back side for fastening to the upper transverse rail. In the installed position of the element, the fastening member has a smaller distance, relative to a line of slope, from an upper edge of an outer contour of the element than from a lower edge of the outer contour. A panel-type element including a like mounting system, as well as a substructure for holding such an element are also described.05-24-2012
20120247541COLORED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES AND METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION - A coloured photovoltaic module and method for its production, where the module includes: a photovoltaic cell; and an appearance modifying film, encapsulant or glazing; where the appearance modifying film, encapsulant or glazing includes: a light-control film; graphic material; a phosphor; a dichroic film; nano-particles; micro-dots; metal flakes; paint; an additive material for 3-D printing, Selective Laser Augmentation (SLA) or Selective Laser Sintering (SLS); or any combination thereof.10-04-2012
20100206360SOLAR CELL PANEL AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SOLAR CELL PANEL - Provided is a solar cell panel that hardly retains any moisture between a solar cell panel body and a frame and enables automation of the process of attaching the frame to the solar cell panel body. The solar cell panel includes a solar cell panel body, a frame, and a joint. The solar cell panel body includes a substrate having a first surface on which photoelectric conversion elements are mounted. The frame has an approximately L-shaped cross-section. The joint bonds the frame and a second surface, opposite to the first surface, of the substrate.08-19-2010
20100288337SOLAR PANEL ASSEMBLY - The present invention includes a solar panel mounting system. The system comprises a first row of a plurality of generally horizontal first bases. The system also includes a second row of a plurality of generally horizontal second bases and a third row of a plurality of generally horizontal third bases. Each of the first bases, second bases and third bases have a short pair of upwardly extending legs affixed to one side of the base and a long pair of upwardly extending legs affixed to the other side. Each of the first bases, second bases and third bases are generally configured to be stacked on top of other of the first bases, second bases and third bases, such that the each of the bases abut against the other of the bases and the respective short pair of legs and the long pair legs of each of the bases fit offset from and adjacent to the respective short pair and long pair of the other of the bases.11-18-2010
20100288336Solar Cell Array - Provided is a solar cell array having excellent power generation efficiency by being capable of efficiently cooling solar cell panels with a simple structure. The solar cell array according to the present invention includes a first solar cell panel and a second solar cell panel, and an installation member configured to install the first and second solar cell panels, the installation member being disposed with a space on back surface side of the installation member when installed, and holds the first and second solar cell panels with a gap between a first edge along one side of the first solar cell panel and a second edge along one side of the second solar cell panel, the solar cell array further including a wind-blocking wall configured to extend from a portion holding the first edge of the first solar cell panel toward the back surface, and a configured to allow communication between a space on a front surface side of the first solar cell panel and a space on a back surface side of the second solar cell panel through the gap.11-18-2010
20100065107PHOTOVOLTAIC TILE - A photovoltaic tile 03-18-2010
20120132261CADMIUM STANNATE SPUTTER - A structure includes a barrier layer which can include a silicon aluminum oxide, and a transparent conductive oxide layer which can include a layer of cadmium and tin.05-31-2012
20120160305SOLAR CELL MODULE LAMINATE BODY - A solar cell module laminated body includes a solar cell module and a supporting body, such as a metal plate, resin sheet, or tile, which supports the solar cell module. The solar cell module is bonded to the supporting body using an adhesive layer, which has a structure in which a minimum necessary adhesive area is calculated based on the ratio of a minimum adhesive strength required for the solar cell module laminated body and an adhesive strength of the solar cell module and adhesive layer, and an amount of adhesive used is kept to a minimum. According to this structure, cost is reduced in accordance with the amount of adhesive used. Consequently, it is possible to balance a reduction in the cost of the solar cell module laminated body and sufficient adhesive strength.06-28-2012
20120160304SOLAR CELL MODULES WITH POLY(VINYL BUTYRAL) ENCAPSULANT COMPRISING ALDEHYDE SCAVENGERS - A solar cell module comprises a solar cell assembly. The solar cell assembly is encapsulated by a poly(vinyl butyral) encapsulant and contains a metal component that is at least partially in contact with the poly(vinyl butyral) encapsulant. The poly(vinyl butyral) encapsulant comprises poly(vinyl butyral), about 15 to about 45 wt % of one or more plasticizers, and about 0.001 to about 10.0 wt % of one or more aldehyde scavengers, based on the total weight of the poly(vinyl butyral) encapsulant. Further provided are an assembly for preparing the solar cell module; a process for preventing or reducing the discoloration of a poly(vinyl butyral) encapsulant in contact with a metal component in the solar cell module; and the use of the solar cell module to convert solar energy to electricity.06-28-2012
20120132260Assembly, Sub-Structure and Photovoltaic System - An assembly includes a first and a second apparatus, each to accommodate at least one photovoltaic module. The first apparatus is coupled by its first end to a first end of the second apparatus so that a second end of the first apparatus located opposite the first end, and a second end of the second apparatus located opposite the first end are arranged at a distance to each other on a surface which is at a distance from the coupling of the first ends.05-31-2012
20120132262STRUCTURE INSTALLATION RACK, METHOD FOR INSTALLING THE SAME, STRUCTURE CONNECTING STRUCTURE, CONNECTION MEMBER AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING THIS STRUCTURE CONNECTING STRUCTURE, AND SOLAR CELL SYSTEM - A structure installation rack in one embodiment is formed with horizontal rails (05-31-2012
20120312358SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - A highly reliable solar cell module and method for manufacturing same are disclosed. The solar cell module is provided with first and second solar cell elements, each of which has a semiconductor substrate and an output taking out electrode; a circuit film which electrically connects together the first solar cell element and the second solar cell element; and a sealing material disposed between the circuit film and the second surface of the first and the second solar cell elements. The sealing material has a through hole, and the circuit film has: a base sheet having a protruding section which protrudes toward the second surface of the solar cell element; and a wiring conductor which electrically connects the output taking out electrode of the first solar cell element and the output taking out electrode of the second solar cell element.12-13-2012
20120312355Adaptive Installation Roof Mounted Solar Power System - A solar power system is mounted to a solar power componentry support structure suspended above a pre-existing surface by a collective of solar collector suspension base supports. Suspended solar power system row support structure members and suspended solar power system column support structure members may for a solar component position lattice to which a matrix of individual solar power components such as solar panels can be attached. Solar module quick-fasten assemblages may serve also as solar componentry emergency releases and may include loose axis retainers and firm axis fasteners such as dual component, single point operative emergency releases and fasteners. Slide-in retainers and corner slot tabs can be included as well as frame alignment notches. Fulcrum pivot fasteners and slide wedge releases can aid in installation and release.12-13-2012
20120167958PROCESSES FOR FABRICATING SOLAR CELL MODULES WITH ENCAPSULANT HAVING RESISTANCE TO DISCOLORATION - Provided herein is a process for fabricating a solar cell module that is resistant to discoloration. The solar cell module comprises a solar cell assembly and an encapsulant. The solar cell assembly in turn comprises a solar cell and a metal component. The encapsulant is in contact with the metal component. The process comprises the step of applying an additive that prevents or reduces discoloration to the encapsulant or to the metal component. Further provided is a solar cell module that is a product of the process described herein.07-05-2012
20120167956HIGH THROUGHPUT PARALLEL BACKSIDE CONTACTING AND PERIODIC TEXTURING FOR HIGH-EFFICIENCY SOLAR CELLS - Disclosed are configurations of long-range ordered features of solar cell materials, and methods for forming same. Some features include electrical access openings through a backing layer to a photovoltaic material in the solar cell. Some features include textured features disposed adjacent a surface of a solar cell material. Typically the long-range ordered features are formed by ablating the solar cell material with a laser interference pattern from at least two laser beams.07-05-2012
20120211060THIN-FILM SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A thin-film solar cell module includes a plurality of solar cells including a first solar cell that is an outermost solar cell. The first electrode of the first solar cell is electrically open, and the first electrode of the first solar cell has a width smaller than widths of the first electrodes of the plurality of solar cells other than the first solar cell. By reducing a width of the outermost solar cell (that is a dead cell), the conversion efficiency of the thin-film solar cell module may be enhanced.08-23-2012
20120211061ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL AND ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - Provided is an organic photovoltaic cell having a long lifetime. An organic photovoltaic cell 08-23-2012
20120211058Antenna for a Wireless Element Affixed to a Solar Module For Enhancing Communication Range - A solar panel includes a wireless device attached to or embedded in the solar panel where the wireless device includes a wireless transceiver circuit and a memory. In one embodiment, the solar panel includes an antenna formed on the metal frame of the solar panel where the antenna is electrically connected to the wireless device to extend a communication range of the wireless device. In another embodiment, the solar panel includes an antenna formed attached to a junction box of the solar panel. The antenna can be a slot antenna or a patch antenna.08-23-2012
20120211057PHOTOVOLTAIC BACK SHEET LAMINATES, PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES COMPRISING PHOTOVOLTAIC BACK SHEET LAMINATES, AND METHODS FOR MAKING PHOTOVOLTAIC BACK SHEET LAMINATES - Embodiments of photovoltaic back sheet laminates, photovoltaic modules containing photovoltaic back sheet laminates, and methods for making photovoltaic back sheet laminates are provided. The photovoltaic back sheet laminate comprises a first outer laminate section comprising an inner EVA layer, an outer EVA layer, and a pigmented core layer that is disposed between the inner and outer EVA layers. The pigmented core layer has a composition different than the inner and outer EVA layers. A second outer laminate section comprises a weatherable film. A mid-layer of polymer film is disposed between the first and second outer laminate sections.08-23-2012
20120167960System and Method for Supporting a Plurality of Arrays of Photovoltaic Devices Above a Ground Surface - A system of mounting a plurality of arrays of photovoltaic devices includes a plurality of columns, a first array of photovoltaic devices arranged on a first platform, and a second array of photovoltaic devices arranged on a second platform. An upper edge of the first platform and an upper edge of the second platform are horizontally spaced-apart and each are vertically spaced-apart from the ground surface. A lower edge of the first platform and a lower edge of the second platform are horizontally spaced-apart and each is vertically spaced-apart from the ground surface. The second array of photovoltaic devices is arranged on the second platform a predetermined distance from the lower edge thereof which corresponds to a level of shading caused by the sun impacting the upper edge of the first platform to provide a maintenance area to access the second array of photovoltaic devices.07-05-2012
20120312359SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module includes a protective body, a sheet facing the protective body, a filler layer provided between the protective body and the sheet, and a solar cell disposed inside the filler layer. The filler layer has a first filler layer and a second filler layer. The first filler layer is provided in contact with the sheet. The first filler layer is formed of a resin. The second filler layer is formed of a resin whose gel fraction is higher than 0% and is less than a gel fraction of the resin of the first filler layer.12-13-2012
20090050195SOLAR CELL MODULE - This solar cell module includes a platelike solar cell panel including a solar cell element, a frame body including a groove portion into which the outer periphery of the solar cell panel is fitted, a sealant so provided as to fill up a space between the outer periphery of the solar cell panel and the groove portion of the frame body and a spacer member, made of a material having a smaller coefficient of elasticity than the material for a photoreceiving side of the solar cell panel and the material for the frame body, provided on a region where the photoreceiving side or a rear side of the outer periphery of the solar cell panel and the groove portion of the frame body are opposed to each other.02-26-2009
20100269891MODULAR STRUCTURAL MEMBERS FOR ASSEMBLY OF PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAYS - An article having an elongated plastic member characterized by a length to diameter ratio of at least 10, wherein the member has an exterior and a hollow interior. An electrical conductor having connectable terminations enclosed within the hollow interior, and a plurality of plastic appendages, spaced longitudinally along the exterior.10-28-2010
20100269890Polymeric Encapsulants for Photovoltaic Modules and Methods of Manufacture - An encapsulant adapted for use in a photovoltaic module includes a random terpolymer and a random copolymer. In one embodiment, the terpolymer includes ethylene, methyl acrylate, and glycidyl methacrylate, and the copolymer is a heat resistant copolymer. The encapsulant may include a carrier resin and/or one or more additives, such as a UV absorbing material, a hindered amine light stabilizer, a phosphite antioxidant, and/or a silane.10-28-2010
20090071531Three Dimensional Photo Voltaic Modules In An Energy Reception Panel - An apparatus for receiving energy is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a support base and a plurality of cells. The support base comprises an electric terminal. The plurality of cells are mounted to the support base. Further, each of the plurality of cells is electrically connected to the electric terminal disposed on the support base. Finally, each of the plurality of cells is oriented in a non-parallel relationship with each neighboring cell.03-19-2009
20120073632WEATHERABLE POLYVINYLIDENE FLUORIDE COATED SUBSTRATES - The invention relates to architectural substrates coated with a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) dispersion coating to produce a weatherable material. One specific use is as a PVDF coating on a frontsheet or backsheet of a photovoltaic module for capturing and using solar radiation. The polyvinylidene fluoride coating is exposed to the environment and provides chemical resistance, low water vapor transmission, electrical insulation, and UV light protection.03-29-2012
20120073629SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - An improved solar cell module and a method of manufacturing the same are disclosed in the invention. The solar cell modules includes: a solar cell matrix, having a number of conductive wires, for transforming solar energy into electric energy to be outputted; a front sheet, formed on one side of the solar cell matrix, for passing solar light; a back sheet, formed on the other side of the solar cell matrix, for passing solar light; and an isolating cover, covering the solar cell matrix, for protecting the solar cell matrix from stress, humidity and heat. A number of holes are formed through the back sheet and the isolating cover, the conductive wires are soldered with insulated cables passing through the holes, and an adhesive is used to seal the hole and fix the cables.03-29-2012
20120312357STRUCTURAL OBJECT SUPPORTING STRUCTURE, STRUCTURAL OBJECT MOUNT, METHOD FOR INSTALLING STRUCTURAL OBJECT USING THE MOUNT, AND SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - A structural object supporting structure that supports a structural object of the present invention includes: a cross-piece on which an end of the structural object is placed; a guiding support portion disposed on the cross-piece; and a stopper provided on one end side of the guiding support portion, wherein the guiding support portion includes a fitting groove extending parallel to the cross-piece, and the end of the structural object is provided with a fitting portion that is inserted into the fitting groove of the guiding support portion from one open end of the fitting groove to abut the stopper by being slid in the longitudinal direction of the cross-piece.12-13-2012
20120255597Electrical Conductor Arrangement as a Component of a Photovoltaic Array - An electrical conductor arrangement, particularly as a component of a photovoltaic array. Such an arrangement is designed having a first electrically conductive element, a second electrically conductive element, and an electrically conductive rod which itself has a threading, wherein the two elements are in electrical contact with each other via said rod.10-11-2012
20120255598Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.10-11-2012
20120255596PHOTOVOLTAIC MOUNTING SYSTEM WITH GROUNDING BARS AND METHOD OF INSTALLING SAME - A photovoltaic (PV) mounting system includes at least one PV module, a pair of metallic rail sections, and a grounding bar connected to each end of the metallic rail sections for grounding the metallic rail sections. The system also includes a wiring harness for electrically connecting several PV modules, a locking cover for covering and protecting the wiring harness, a standard connector box electrically connected to one end of the wiring harness, and a home run cable electrically connected to the connector box. A method for grounding the PV mounting system is also disclosed.10-11-2012
20120186633COMPOSITE INSULATING PANEL - A photovoltaic solar collector is mounted to a profiled external sheet of an underlying composite insulating panel. The solar collector comprises a photovoltaic sheet and a protective translucent cover for the photovoltaic sheet. A first adhesive layer is provided between the photovoltaic sheet and the translucent cover. A second adhesive layer is provided between the underside of the photovoltaic sheet and the external surface of the composite panel upper or external sheet. The adhesive layers may be of the same hot melt adhesive. In the invention sheets of the photovoltaic, the adhesive, and the cover are drawn from supply reels, are cut to length, and then laid on top of the upper sheet of the insulated panel. Using a pressure laminating process the various layers are heated and pressed to adhere to and conform to the outer sheet of the insulated panel.07-26-2012
20120186631ENCAPSULATION OF SOLAR CELLS - The present invention comprises a solar cell module and a method of encapsulating the module. The solar cell module comprises a rigid or flexible superstrate and/or substrate having one or more solar cells, and an encapsulant which is a cured liquid silicone encapsulant. The encapsulant composition preferably comprises a liquid diorganopolysiloxane having at least two Si-alkenyl groups per molecule, a silicone resin containing at least two alkenyl groups; a cross-linking agent in the form of a polyorganosiloxane having at least two silicon-bonded hydrogen atoms per molecule, in an amount such that the ratio of the number of moles of silicon-bonded hydrogen to the total number of moles of silicon-bonded alkenyl groups is from 0.1:1 to 5:1; and a hydrosilylation catalyst. The continuous solar cell module encapsulation process comprises uniformly applying a predetermined volume of a liquid silicone encapsulant onto a solar cell module and curing said encapsulant.07-26-2012
20130008491PLASTICS PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE AND PROCESS FOR ITS PRODUCTION - The invention describes a composite in which solar cells can be encapsulated, being a photovoltaic module, composed of the following elements: an outer layer made of a transparent thermoplastic and/or a barrier foil, and an elastic layer into which the solar cells have been embedded and a barrier foil or a barrier sheet.01-10-2013
20120186629Photovoltaic module and method - A photovoltaic module comprises at least one string of back contact solar cells and a porous non-conductive layer behind the cells including thereon flexible conductive pathways electrically interconnecting the solar cells. There is a back sheet and an encapsulant between the back sheet and the porous non-conductive layer flowable through the porous non-conductive layer and bonding the back sheet to the solar cells.07-26-2012
20120186632Mounting Assembly for Supporting a Solar Panel, and Method of Employing Same - A mounting assembly for a solar panel includes at least two laterally spaced-apart frames placed on a support surface. Each frame is selectively reconfigurable between an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. A spacer bracket extends generally perpendicularly to a longitudinal axis of each frame. Opposing ends of the spacer bracket are attached to a portion of one of the frame. A solar panel is supported by at least a portion of each frame. The solar panel is positioned at an angle of less than 90 degrees and greater than 0 degrees with respect to the support surface.07-26-2012
20120186630Photovoltaic Roofing Elements and Photovoltaic Roofing Systems - The present invention relates generally to the photovoltaic generation of electrical energy. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic arrays for use in photovoltaically generating electrical energy. Aspects of the present invention provide a variety of photovoltaic roofing elements and systems that include, for example, interlocking geometries to provide for water handling and integration with conventional roofing materials; and wire management features that can protect wiring and associated electrical components from physical and/or environmental damage.07-26-2012
20120186628Rapid deployable and reusable solar energy generation - A method for the generation of electric power by deploying structurally protected and supported solar cell panels, such system including a substantial number of electrically and mechanically linked solar cell modules positioned upon surfaces of horizontal areas.07-26-2012
20090020152Solar power generating device - A solar power generating device includes a first conductive body, a second conductive body and an insulating body sequentially disposed on the first conductive body, and a solar energy converting unit. The first conductive body has a conducting post upward projected from a hollow sleeve portion of the insulating body and a through opening of the second conductive body, so that a conducting section at a top of the conducting post is exposed at the insulating sleeve portion. The solar energy converting unit is mounted on the conducting section of the first conductive body and in electric contact with the second conductive body. With these arrangements, the solar power generating device may be mounted on a circuit board without the need of distinguishing the polarities of electrodes, and can therefore be easily mounted to and dismounted from the circuit board and be conveniently replaced when necessary.01-22-2009
20120260977RAPID MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR SOLAR MODULES - Methods and devices are provided for rapid solar module installation. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic module is provided comprising of a plurality of photovoltaic cells positioned between a transparent module layer and a backside module layer. The module may be a frameless module. The module may have brackets that slidably engage a mounting structure.10-18-2012
20120260974PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES FOR USE IN VEHICLE ROOFS, AND/OR METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME - Certain example embodiments relate to techniques for creating improved photovoltaic (PV) modules. In certain example embodiments and first and second glass substrate are provided. A PV array is provided between the first and second glass substrates. The first and second substrates are laminated together with the PV array between the glass substrates. In certain example embodiments the PV module is dimensioned to be similar to an existing roof system (e.g., a sunroof) in a vehicle. In certain example embodiments, holes are provided in a PV module sandwiched between two substrates, the holes being shaped and arranged within the PV module so as to allow light transmission into the vehicle at desired level while still being substantially filled by the laminate or adhesive material used to secure the PV module to the two surrounding substrates.10-18-2012
20120260973BUSING SUB-ASSEMBLY FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - Embodiments of the invention generally relate to a busing sub-assembly and methods of forming photovoltaic modules having busing sub-assemblies. The busing sub-assembly generally includes a carrier backsheet and a plurality of conductive ribbons coupled to the carrier backsheet. An electrically insulating cover is disposed over the conductive ribbons and the carrier backsheet. The ends of each conductive ribbon remain exposed for making an electrical connection to the conductive foil or a junction box. Methods of forming photovoltaic modules generally include positioning a flexible backsheet having an opening therethrough and a conductive foil thereon on a support. A busing sub-assembly is disposed on the flexible backsheet over the opening and in electrical contact with the conductive foil. The busing sub-assembly includes the components necessary to bus electrical current from a plurality of solar cells to a junction box, and can be applied to a photovoltaic module in a singe process step.10-18-2012
20120260971III-V SOLAR CELL PACKAGE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME - A method of fabricating a III-V solar cell package includes providing a solar cell having a first side and an opposite second side, forming a first insulating layer on the first side of the solar cell, forming a second insulating layer on the second side of the solar cell, forming a light-transmitting layer on the first insulating layer, forming a protection layer on the second insulating layer, and laminating the light-transmitting layer and the protection layer so as to attach the first insulating layer to the light-transmitting layer and the solar cell and to attach the second insulating layer to the protection layer and the solar cell, thereby forming a flexible solar cell package since the insulating layers, the light-transmitting layer and the protection layer are all flexible.10-18-2012
20120260972Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.10-18-2012
20120227793SEALING THE EDGES OF PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A method for sealing the edges of photovoltaic modules, including the steps of i) providing a photovoltaic module by applying at least one photovoltaic laminate to a carrier; ii) treating the photovoltaic module produced in step i) along the edge region of the photovoltaic laminate by means of a plasma pretreatment or by flame application by means of a gas flame, such that both the edge region of the photovoltaic laminate and, at least partially, the carrier is detected by the plasma pretreatment or the flame application; and iii) applying a sealing mass at least partially to the pretreated location, wherein the sealing mass is a silicone composition or a composition based on silane-terminated poly(meth)acrylates.09-13-2012
20080302409SOLAR ROOFING TILE HAVING AN ELECTRICALLY EXPOSED CONNECTOR - A photovoltaic roofing tile for installing on a roof surface and converting solar energy into electrical energy includes a tile base that has a first side surface, a second side surface and a top edge. A rigid contact support extends outwardly from the top edge of the tile base and is generally parallel with the first side surface of the tile base. A plurality of electrically interconnected photovoltaic cells are arranged on the first side surface of the tile base and forming of a photovoltaic circuit that has first and second terminal ends. A contact tab extends from the top edge of the tile base and along the contact support to form a male connector. The contact tab includes the first and second terminal ends, the first and second terminal ends being at least partially exposed on an outer surface of the male connector.12-11-2008
20080302407SOLAR CELL MODULE RETAINING STRUCTURE, FRAME FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE, AND HOLDING MEMBER FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE - To provide the solar cell module retaining structure, the frame for the solar cell module, and the holding member for the solar cell module, which reduces the number of members relating to the solar cell module retaining structure, standardizes the installation process thereof, and reduces the cost of manufacturing and installing. The solar cell module retaining structure is to fix the solar cell module which comprises the solar cell panel body with the modular glass (12-11-2008
20100326498EXTERNAL ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS FOR SOLAR MODULES - Provided are low profile, water-resistant and touch safe safe electrical connectors for solar modules. According to various embodiments, the electrical connectors include a low-profile conductive stud, a low-profile sheath that surrounds the stud, and a socket to mate with the stud. According to various embodiments, the sheath and socket mate via keyed inter-engageable features. Also according to certain embodiments, the socket is fastened to the stud and/or sheath via snap fastening.12-30-2010
20110120533SOLAR MODULE, SOLAR MODULE SUPPORT, AND PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER GENERATION SYSTEM - A solar module according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a solar cell panel 05-26-2011
20110120532SOLAR MODULE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME - A solar module system having a flexible solar film formed from a layer of photovoltaic film that is adhered to a magnetic member with pressure sensitive adhesive. A junction box is electrically connected to a magnetic member and electrical system of a vehicle such that electricity is transferred from the flexible solar film to the electrical system of the vehicle.05-26-2011
20110120531METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF WAFER BASED SOLAR PANELS - This invention relates to a method for producing solar cells, and photovoltaic panels thereof. The method for producing solar panels comprises employing a number of semiconductor wafers and/or semiconductor sheets of films prefabricated to prepare them for back side metallization, which are placed and attached adjacent to each other and with their front side facing downwards onto the back side of the front glass, before subsequent processing that includes depositing at least one metal layer covering the entire front glass including the back side of the attached wafers/sheets of films. The metallic layer is then patterned/divided into electrically isolated contacts for each solar cell and into interconnections between adjacent solar cells.05-26-2011
20110120530BACK SURFACE CONTACT TYPE SOLAR CELL, BACK SURFACE CONTACT TYPE SOLAR CELL WITH WIRING BOARD, SOLAR CELL STRING, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - A back surface contact type solar cell having a first conductivity type region and second conductivity type region formed alternately at one surface of a semiconductor substrate, includes an electrode for first conductivity type arranged on the first conductivity type region, and an electrode for second conductivity type arranged on the second conductivity type region. The back surface contact type solar cell includes a first non-connection region between electrodes for second conductivity type adjacent in an aligning direction of the first conductivity type region and the second conductivity type region, impeding electrical connection with the electrode for first conductivity type, and a second non-connection region between electrodes for first conductivity type adjacent in the aligning direction, impeding electrical connection with the electrode for second conductivity type . A back surface contact type solar cell with a wiring board, a solar cell string, and a solar cell module are also provided.05-26-2011
20110120529SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module (05-26-2011
20120260975PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - The present invention relates to a photovoltaic module comprising as an encapsulant a composition comprising at least one polyacrylate- or polymethacrylate-type block copolymer with the general formula B-(A)n, n being a natural integer no lower than one, preferably 1 to 8, the block A being selected from among methacrylates having a Tg higher than 0° C., the block B being a polyacrylate or a polymethacrylate having a Tg lower than 0° C., the block B being at least 50 wt % of the total weight of the block copolymer.10-18-2012
20120260976SOLAR BATTERY MODULE - A solar battery module comprises a solar battery panel that includes a transparent substrate and is constituted by laying out solar battery cells, a reinforcement frame placed on a back surface of the solar battery panel, and a buffer material arranged between the solar battery panel and the reinforcement frame. A second main surface of the buffer material opposing to the reinforcement frame is a flat surface and a notch is provided at a central part of a side of each of ends in a longitudinal direction of the reinforcement frame on a first main surface side, which opposes to the solar battery panel.10-18-2012
20120325294PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH REMOVABLE WIND DEFLECTOR - A photovoltaic (PV) module assembly including a PV module, a deflector, and a clip. The PV module includes a PV device and a frame. A PV laminate is assembled to the frame, and the frame includes a support arm forming a seat. The deflector defines a front face and a rear face, with the clip extending from either the trailing frame member or the rear face of the deflector. In a mounted state, the deflector is nested within the seat and is releasably mounted to the trailing frame member via the clip. In some embodiments, the support arm forms a second seat, with the PV module assembly providing a second mounted state in which the deflector is in a differing orientation/slope, nested within the second seat and releasably mounted to the trailing frame member via the clip.12-27-2012
20120325293SOLAR MODULE HAVING IMPROVED CORROSION PROPERTIES - Solar modules are provided that include a front pane, an inter layer into which solar cells are embedded, and at least one back side foil, which increases the life span of the solar modules. The at least one back side foil is provided with holes having a density of at most 0.2 cm12-27-2012
20120325292SOLAR CELL MODULE, BACK SHEET STRUCTURE THEREOF AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A solar cell module, a back sheet structure thereof and a manufacturing method thereof are provided. The back sheet structure includes a bottom adhesive layer, an insulating layer, a moisture barrier layer and a weather-resistant layer. The bottom adhesive layer is formed by materials including a polyurethane material and a silane material. The silane material amounts to 0.5-1.5% of the weight of the bottom adhesive layer. The insulating layer is disposed on the bottom adhesive layer. The moisture barrier layer is disposed on the insulating layer. The weather-resistant layer is disposed on the moisture barrier layer.12-27-2012
20120266946Discrete Attachment Point Apparatus and System for Photovoltaic Arrays - An attachment point apparatus and system for photovoltaic arrays is disclosed. One embodiment provides a rail system for receiving a PV module, including a first rail, a second rail, a substantially rectilinear double male connector adapted for coupling an end of the first rail to an end of the second rail, and a connector adapted to attach a PV module to the first rail. Another embodiment provides a PV module including a PV laminate, a frame integral with and supporting the PV laminate, and a spanner bar adapted to solely span a width of the PV module, orthogonally connect at various locations along the frame, and attach to a support structure. A further embodiment provides a coupling device for a PV module comprising a first coupling portion adapted to rotatably engage a PV module, and a second coupling portion adapted to rotatably engage a rail.10-25-2012
20110214714THIN-FILM SOLAR CELL INTERCONNECTION - A thin-film solar cell module, and a method of interconnecting two or more thin-film solar cells on a foreign supporting substrate. The method comprises the step of wire-bonding an air-side electrode of one thin-film solar cell to a substrate-side electrode of an adjacent solar cell, such that said thin-film solar cells are connected in series.09-08-2011
20110209747POLYESTER FILM, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, POLYESTER FILM FOR SEALING BACK FACE OF SOLAR CELL, PROTECTIVE FILM FOR BACK FACE OF SOLAR CELL, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - A biaxially oriented polyester film having: an equilibrium moisture content of from 0.1% by mass to 0.25% by mass; a difference between moisture contents measured at 10 cm intervals of from 0.01% by mass to 0.06% by mass; a degree of crystallinity of from 30% to 40%; a concentration of terminal carboxyl groups of from 5 equivalents/ton to 25 equivalents/ton; and a thickness of from 100 μm to 350 μm.09-01-2011
20110209745PHOTOVOLTAIC FRAMED MODULE ARRAY MOUNT UTILIZING ASYMMETRIC RAIL - A photovoltaic framed module array apparatus for mounting a first framed photovoltaic (PV) module and a second framed PV module is provided. The photovoltaic framed module array apparatus comprises a first rail. The first rail includes an insert slot for accommodating an insert edge of the first framed PV module, and a capture slot for accommodating a capture edge of the second framed PV module. The capture slot is positioned substantively parallel to the insert slot.09-01-2011
20110226313HIGH TEMPERATURE ACRYLIC SHEET - The invention relates to an acrylic sheet having a high Tg, and especially for the use of the high Tg acrylic sheet as a front sheet of a photovoltaic module. The high Tg acrylic polymer is a copolymer of polymethylmethacrylate and one or more higher Tg monomers.09-22-2011
20110226312VEHICLE SURFACE COMPONENT HAVING A SOLAR CELL ARRANGEMENT - The invention relates to a vehicle surface component, which can be attached to a vehicle in an exterior arrangement and has a solar cell arrangement, which is connected on its inner side to a carrying layer and is provided toward the outer side of the vehicle with an outer layer. A particularly light and stable vehicle surface component is obtained according to the invention by the carrying layer being produced in the manner of a composite lightweight construction.09-22-2011
20120273027INSULATING ROOFING/SIDING - A roofing/siding material may be formed of a foam material, typically a poly foam, that may formed to look like roofing or siding, but may have increased insulation and sound-proofing properties, and may be lighter in weight, as compared to conventional materials. The roofing/siding material may be formed in sheets or planks that may interlock to cover a larger surface area. The roofing/siding material may include solar photovoltaic cells formed directly on the roofing/siding material. The roofing/siding material may save on energy costs, may be light weight (resulting in ease of installation and lower shipping costs), may be long lasting, and may be shaped and/or colored into cosmetically pleasing shapes and designs. The roofing/siding material may be formed to look like, for example, tile, wood, slate, roofing and siding exterior materials.11-01-2012
20120273028SOLAR DEVICE - A solar device for being configured on a platform is provided. The solar device includes a solar module, a splicing member, and a bracket. The solar module has a first connection hole. The splicing member has a body, a first latching pin, and a second latching pin. The first and second latching pins extend from the body and face against each other. The bracket is fixed to the platform and has a second connection hole. The first latching pin passes through and is locked to the first connection hole correspondingly, and the second latching pin passes through and is locked to the second connection hole correspondingly, such that the splicing member is connected between the solar module and the bracket.11-01-2012
20120125407SOLAR MODULE - A solar module is disclosed, which includes a solar cell panel, a back plate disposed on the solar cell panel and having a hole, a junction box disposed on the back plate, plural metallic wires passing through the hole for connecting the solar cell panel and the junction box, and a moisture absorbent disposed between the junction box and the solar cell panel to absorb the moisture around the hole.05-24-2012
20120318332System And Method For A Networked Solar Panel Railroad Infrastructure - A Solar Panel design that can be inserted between railroad tracks of existing and future infrastructure. The design may include rubber mounting brackets (or a similar design for vibration reduction) to mount and/or attach the solar panels to the existing and/or planned railroad ties that run perpendicular to the railroad track. The solar panels may contain conduits for fiber optic line, copper line, coaxial line and other transmission lines. Power may be transferred panel to panel through the physical connection between the panels or by use of a cable or similar that will connect the panels, thus creating a nested infrastructure and smart power grid. The solar panels can be made in different lengths, widths, dimensions, and shapes, including as a curved panel in order to trace along current and/or planned railroad lines. The top of the solar panels may be made of a durable glass/plastic substrate or similar material.12-20-2012
20120080078PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING - Photovoltaic (PV) crystalline silicon modules and methods of manufacturing wherein the modules contain a non-glass front sheet, upper and lower encapsulate layers, a PV cell layer, an insulating sheet, and a structural back plane comprising an aluminum composite. The front sheet can be comprised of ETFE, the encapsulate layers comprise EVA, and the back plane preferably comprises APA. This particular configuration results in a lightweight PV module that still retains a high power density, and can be readily installed onto rooftops without traditional heavy racking. The PV module may be adhered to the roof using a double sided pressure sensitive adhesive or heat welded.04-05-2012
20120080077PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE SUPPORT WITH INTERFACE STRIPS - Apparatus and techniques for mounting frameless photovoltaic modules reduce module stress induced by the mounting configuration. Interface strips and strip/rail spacing configured to relieve module stress by reducing or eliminating module sag are used.04-05-2012
20120080076PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE SUPPORT WITH CABLE CLAMPS - Apparatus and techniques for mounting frameless photovoltaic modules reduce module stress induced by the mounting configuration. Cable clamps and cable spacing configured to relieve module stress by reducing or eliminating module sag are used.04-05-2012
20120080075PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE SUPPORT CLAMP ASSEMBLY - Apparatus and techniques for mounting frameless photovoltaic modules reduce module stress induced by the mounting configuration. Mounting clamps and rail/clamp spacing configured to relieve module stress by reducing or eliminating module sag are used.04-05-2012
20120080074PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE SUPPORT WITH ELASTOMER - Apparatus and techniques for mounting frameless photovoltaic modules reduce module stress induced by the mounting configuration. Mounting clamps and rail/clamp spacing and spacers configured to relieve module stress by reducing or eliminating module sag are used.04-05-2012
20110265860METHODS AND APPARATUSES TO SUPPORT PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - Methods and apparatuses to support photovoltaic (“PV”) modules are described. A saddle bracket has a mounting surface to support one or more PV modules over a tube, a gusset coupled to the mounting surface, and a mounting feature coupled to the gusset to couple to the tube. A grounding washer has a first portion to couple to a support; and a second portion coupled to the first portion to provide a ground path to a PV module. A PV system has a saddle bracket; a PV module over the saddle bracket; and a grounding washer coupled to the saddle bracket and the PV module. Saddle brackets can be coupled to a torque tube at predetermined locations. PV modules can be coupled to the saddle brackets.11-03-2011
20100229923Stretchable photovoltaic devices and carriers - A stretchable photovoltaic device, a stretchable photovoltaic module and a carrier for facilitating formation of a stretchable photovoltaic device and/or module are provided. The stretchable photovoltaic device includes a stretchable part, at least one photovoltaic cell and a surface over which that at least one photovoltaic cell is disposed. The stretchable part has a given length that is operable to change in response to a force being applied to the device. The given length may, for example, elongate when the force causes the device to elongate. Alternative and/or additionally, the given length may compress when the force causes the device to compress.09-16-2010
20100229922Sealed Monolithic Photo-Electrochemical System and a Method for Manufacturing a Sealed Monolithic Photo Electrochemical System - A sealed monolithic photo-electrochemical system (09-16-2010
20120279560SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module is disclosed. The solar cell module includes a solar cell panel, first and second holding members, a reinforcing member. The panel includes a light-receiving surface, a non-light receiving surface, a first side part and a second side part. The first and second holding members hold the first and second side parts respectively. The reinforcing member is laid across the first and second holding member on a non-light receiving surface side. The adhesive is disposed between the non-light receiving surface and the reinforcing member. The reinforcing member includes a supporting part that is disposed with a gap with the non-light receiving surface and that supports the non-light receiving surface via the adhesive. The supporting part includes a first main surface, a second main surface and a through hole. At least one part of the adhesive is located within the through hole.11-08-2012
20120279557FLOATING SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR A SOLAR PANEL ARRAY - A modular floating support structure for a solar panel array, each array module including floatation elements, a framework comprising E-W frame members connected to and aligning the floatation elements as well as N-S frame members providing a base on which panel supports are installed, and coupling hardware for connecting array modules to adjoining modules in both the E-W direction and N-S direction. A wireway/walkway may be disposed between and connect two large array fields. A mooring and anchoring system secures the array to shore, distributes loads along large portions of the array, and prevents loads from being concentrated in small regions of the array, thereby preventing damage from environmental forces typically encountered in outdoor marine environments.11-08-2012
20120279559SOLAR MODULES HAVING A POLYCARBONATE BLEND FILM AS THE REAR FACE FILM - The present invention relates to solar modules comprising polycarbonate blend films as rear face films for protection against weathering and mechanical damage.11-08-2012
20120279558Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.11-08-2012
20100218810SOLAR BATTERY MODULE DEVICE - A solar battery module device includes a solar cell module formed by arranging a plurality of solar battery cells; a rack-shaped frame having a substantially rectangular shape supporting an outer-edge portion of the solar cell module by surrounding a whole periphery of the outer-edge portion; and a reinforcing frame that is bridged over between two opposite sides of the rack-shaped frame by forming a predetermined gap between the reinforcing frame and a back surface of the solar cell module, and supports the solar cell module by being brought into contact with the back surface of the solar cell module when the solar cell module is bent. The reinforcing frame is engaged with engagement notches formed on the back surface of the rack-shaped frame.09-02-2010
20120298189TERMINAL BOX FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - There is provided a terminal box for solar cell module, capable of ensuring waterproofing capability and insulating capability without requiring separate members such as packings. The terminal box includes: a box main body to be attached to a solar cell module; a plurality of connection terminals arranged inside the box main body for connection to a plurality of end ribbons from solar cells in the solar cell module; external-connection cables each having an end which is connected to a corresponding one of the connection terminals, and another end which is pulled out of the box main body; and cable through-holes for routing the external-connection cables into the box main body. The box main body has resin pockets for a filler resin, at regions where the cables are inserted.11-29-2012
20120298187PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE - A photoelectric conversion module includes a first photoelectric cell, a second photoelectric cell, the second photoelectric cell being adjacent to the first photoelectric cell, a first electrode, the first electrode corresponding to the first photoelectric cell, a second electrode, and a connecting member disposed between the first photoelectric cell and the second photoelectric cell, the connecting member electrically connecting the first electrode and the second electrode to each other, the connecting member including a first conductive bump, a second conductive bump, and a conductive connector part contacting the first and second conductive bumps.11-29-2012
20120285516INTELLIGENT & SELF-CLEANING SOLAR PANELS - The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for levitating and conveying sand, dust or melting snow deposits off the surface of objects, in particular solar panels, mirrors, glass objects and the like.11-15-2012
20120090667POWER FLOAT - A modular floating impermeable rectangular module, with a connective clustering and solar collector carrying capability. The modular configuration is applied to a water surface, in a synergetic combination for the solar generation of power and the prevention of evaporation and/or airborne water and particulate contamination of the water body. Each module is adapted to support a solar collection panel for converting solar energy into electrical energy in which each flotation module is formed from two half shells which connect together to form a module, the outer surfaces of at least one shell being adapted to support a solar collector and each module is adapted on two opposed edge sections for connection in line to form a chain of modules and each solar collector in said chain being connected in electrical series and each chain of modules being connectable laterally to form arrays of modules and each chain of solar collectors being electrically connected in parallel.04-19-2012
20120090666SUPPORTS AND SYSTEM FOR SOLAR PANEL - A plurality of solar modules are connected to one another to form a solar panel. Each solar module has a frame. A support attached to the frame and a guide attaches to the guide to maintain the guide above the solar panel. A plurality of supports enable guides to traverse the solar panel in any desired configuration. Wires attached to the guides can therefore be placed anywhere about the solar panel in order to carry electricity generated by the solar panel, The supports include linear supports and right angle supports that support two guides that are perpendicular to one another.04-19-2012
20120285515STRUCTURE INSTALLATION MOUNT, SUPPORT DEVICE FOR STRUCTURE INSTALLATION, AND SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - The structure installation mount of the present invention is including cross-pieces 11-15-2012
20120285513Shielding of Interior Diode Assemblies from Compression Forces in Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules - A method and apparatus for protecting a diode assembly of a photovoltaic module from compressive and tensile forces by providing at least one interior shielding element are provided. According to various embodiments, a photovoltaic module including a first encasing layer, a second encasing layer, at least one photovoltaic cell disposed between the first and second encasing layers, at least one shielded diode assembly disposed on the at least one photovoltaic cell and electrically connected to the at least one photovoltaic cell, and a pottant disposed between the at least one photovoltaic cell and the second encasing layer is provided. A localized shielding element may be used to shield the diode assembly.11-15-2012
20120285514PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE - A photoelectric conversion module is disclosed. In one embodiment, the photoelectric conversion module includes i) a plurality of photoelectric cells spaced apart from each other, wherein a perimeter is defined to surround the photoelectric cells, and wherein the perimeter does not pass through the spaces between neighboring photoelectric cells, ii) an electrolyte provided in the photoelectric cells and iii) a plurality of sealing frits surrounding the photoelectric cells, respectively, wherein each of the sealing frits is continuously formed.11-15-2012
20090288700INTEGRATED DEVICE - The present invention relates to an integrated device (11-26-2009
20130008490INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC ROOFTOP MODULES - Photovoltaic modules including a solar panel integrated with a supporting frame, and which are configured to be installed on a building rooftop. Modules according to the present teachings may be at least partially pre-assembled, with a solar panel oriented at a predetermined angle relative to the rooftop mounting surface of the supporting frame.01-10-2013
20130008489SOLAR GENERATOR APPARATUS WITH CABLE-CONTROLLED TRACKING - A solar generator apparatus includes a solar generator module, a middle column, first and second winding devices and first and second cables. The generator module has first to fourth corner portions. The middle column has a first end mounted on a fixed structure, and a second end pivotally connected to a middle portion of a bottom of the generator module, and rotatably supports the generator module. The first and second winding devices are attached to the middle column. The first cable has a first end connected to the first corner portion and a second end connected to the third corner portion, and is wound around the first winding device. The second cable has a first end connected to the second corner portion, and a second end connected to the fourth corner portion, and is wound around the second winding device. An angle of the generator module is adjusted by rotating one or both of the first and second winding devices.01-10-2013
20100132769SOLAR CANOPY SUPPORT SYSTEM - The solar canopy support system has at least two beam support columns. Each beam support column has a first end connected to a ground surface and extends substantially vertically along a longitudinal axis from the first end to a second end. There is also a zee channel support beam connected at the second end of each beam support column. The zee channel support beam includes a longitudinal axis within about 0 degrees to about 30 degrees of perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of each beam support column. There are also two or more zee channels. Each zee channel has a first end connected to an upper portion of one zee channel support beam and has a second end connected to an upper portion of another zee channel support beam. Each zee channel includes a longitudinal axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of each zee channel support beam; at least one solar power array connected on an upper portion of at least two zee channels.06-03-2010
20100132768Solar Cell Module - A solar cell module is structured by laminating a plurality of layers including a cell arrangement layer, on which a plurality of solar battery cells are arranged. To improve the designing property and productivity, in a blank region, which is a region other than where the solar battery cells of the cell arrangement layer are arranged, a thin plate having a color tone same as that of the solar battery cells is arranged. The thin plate is arranged on the cell arrangement layer at a step same as a step in which the solar battery cells are arranged on the cell arrangement layer.06-03-2010
20130014809SOLAR CELL MODULE SUPPORT STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR INSTALLING THE SUPPORT STRUCTURE, AND SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM USING THE SUPPORT STRUCTUREAANM Sagayama; KenichiAACI Osaka-shiAACO JPAAGP Sagayama; Kenichi Osaka-shi JPAANM Ohkoshi; YasushiAACI Osaka-shiAACO JPAAGP Ohkoshi; Yasushi Osaka-shi JPAANM Oshikawa; TetsuyaAACI Osaka-shiAACO JPAAGP Oshikawa; Tetsuya Osaka-shi JP - The present invention is directed to a solar cell module support structure for supporting a plurality of solar cell modules (01-17-2013
20130014808PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THE SAME - A photovoltaic module assembly can comprise a photovoltaic cell; a transparent first layer comprising a plastic material, wherein the first layer has a first layer first surface and a first layer second surface; a second layer, wherein the second layer has a second layer first surface and a second layer second surface, wherein the photovoltaic cell is between the first layer second surface and the second layer first surface; and a cured layer between the first layer second surface and the second layer first surface, wherein the cured layer is a liquid having a viscosity of less than or equal to 1,500 centipoise before curing.01-17-2013
20130014807Solar PanelAANM Childs; Montgomery W.AACI Shanty BayAACO CAAAGP Childs; Montgomery W. Shanty Bay CAAANM DeBurger; WilliamAACI WhitefishAACO CAAAGP DeBurger; William Whitefish CA - There is disclosed a photovoltaic solar panel capable of clearing accumulated ice. The panel includes a plurality of photovoltaic cells arranged in a plane with an overlaying glass sheet. The glass sheet has a first side towards the photovoltaic cells and a second side having a flat planar surface. The panel further includes an electrical heating web on the first side of the glass sheet between the sheet and the photovoltaic cells. The electrical heating web is configured to heat the first glass sheet sufficiently to melt the ice where it contacts the flat planar surface to cause the snow and ice to slide off the photovoltaic solar panel when the photovoltaic solar panel is at an angle from the horizontal. The electrical heating web is thermally separated from the photovoltaic cells by a transparent layer of low thermal conductivity.01-17-2013
20110139225SHAPED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module including a frontsheet, a front encapsulant layer, a formable photoactive cell layer, a support layer, and a backside mounting surface. The formable photoactive cell layer includes a flexible substrate and at least a first photoactive cell including a photoactive surface. An orientation of the photoactive surface is different than an orientation of the backside mounting surface.06-16-2011
20130019925Installation System for Photovoltaic Modules - A solar panel array is formed of a plurality of solar panels juxtaposed with one another along an array axis, and has a support element having first and second support terminations disposed substantially orthogonal to the array axis, with an unobstructed spatial region intermediate of the first and second support terminations. A vehicle transports the solar panels and has wheels arranged on opposing sides thereof. First and second track structures extend along the array axis and are coupled to respective ones of the first and second support terminations. The track structures each have an elongated portion for engaging and supporting respective ones of the vehicle wheels, whereby the vehicle travels along the tracks while carrying a solar panel, and at least a portion of the vehicle is disposed within the unobstructed spatial region. One of the tracks accommodates the wiring for the solar panel array.01-24-2013
20120240986FLUOROPOLYMER COATED FILMS USEFUL FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A fluoropolymer coated film comprising polymeric substrate film and fluoropolymer coating on the polymeric substrate film. The fluoropolymer coating comprises fluoropolymer selected from homopolymers and copolymers of vinyl fluoride and homopolymers and copolymers of vinylidene fluoride polymer blended with compatible adhesive polymer comprising functional groups selected from carboxylic acid, sulfonic acid, aziridine, amine, isocyanate, melamine, epoxy, hydroxy, anhydride and mixtures thereof. The polymeric substrate film comprises functional groups on its surface that interact with the compatible adhesive polymer to promote bonding of the fluoropolymer coating to the substrate film.09-27-2012
20120240985SOLAR CELL STRING AND SOLAR CELL MODULE USING SAME - Multiple solar cells includes a photoelectric conversion body configured to generate carriers upon receiving light and an electrode formed on a principle surface of the photoelectric conversion body and configured to collect the carriers. A wiring member electrically connects the multiple solar cells to each other. A resin adhesive is disposed between the wiring member and the principle surface of each of the solar cells. The wiring member includes a low-resistance body, a conductor including tin or a tin-containing alloy material formed on a periphery of the low-resistance body, and a metal thin film including silver or a silver alloy covering a surface of the conductor.09-27-2012
20120240982PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE WITH INCREASED ACTIVE AREA - A photovoltaic module according to the present invention comprises a transparent and flexible light-facing front layer, a non-light facing rear encapsulating layer, a plurality of interconnected photovoltaic cells disposed between the front layer and the back layer, a sealing compound, and wherein the transparent flexible front layer extends around and folds behind the back layer to form a seal behind the photovoltaic module, further wherein the seal comprises a sealing compound.09-27-2012
20120240981WEATHERABLE LAYER FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - The invention relates to a photovoltaic (PV) module including a weatherable layer, wherein the weatherable layer comprises thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV). The weatherable layer endows the PV module with excellent temperature resistance, weatherability, and chemical resistance.09-27-2012
20090084432Injection-molded housing of plastic for taking up electrical and/or electronic built-in components or installed devices - A molded housing that is injection-molded of plastic with outer-lying dimensionally stable walls for taking up electrical and/or electronic built-in components or installed devices, and the injection-molded housing provides a wall-integrated power generation in that the outer-lying stable walls serve, at least in partial regions, as a dimensionally stable support wall for flexible, thin-film solar cells.04-02-2009
20080236654WINDOW CONSTRUCTION COMBININB NiMH TECHNOLOGY AND SOLAR POWER - A building has a plurality of rooms, each including an exterior window construction incorporating thin-film photovoltaic system for converting solar energy into electrical energy. A controller in each room is operably connected to the photovoltaic system and to the building's power grid and to any electricity-using devices in the rooms. The controller is programmed to provide a self-sustaining modular system where, when the building power grid loses power, each room becomes an independently self-powered system and has battery recharging capability. The window construction includes a mullion, a thin-film photovoltaic system incorporating a glass pane supported by the mullion that permits visibility through the glass pane, and a Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) battery positioned in the mullion and operably connected to the photovoltaic film for recharging from electricity generated by solar power on the photovoltaic film.10-02-2008
20080223433Solar Module with a Stiffening Layer - A solar module includes a plurality of interconnected photovoltaic cells, an encapsulant layer encapsulating the photovoltaic cells, the encapsulant layer having a first side, a protective layer coupled to the first side of the encapsulant layer, and a stiffening layer coupled to the protective layer, the stiffening layer having an open support structure that provides stiffness to the solar module.09-18-2008
20080223432FIXING FRAME FOR A SOLAR ENERGY MODULE - A fixing frame for a solar energy module includes a frame body having inserting grooves for a supporting board and a locking chute for a solar panel, wherein the locking chute contains locking flanges. An I-shaped supporting board is installed into the inserting grooves of the frame body so that it can efficiently resist external forces. During assembly, the solar panel is inserted into the locking chute of the frame body and its top edge and bottom edge are secured by the locking flanges of the chute to ensure stability and high force resistance.09-18-2008
20130167910PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD - The present invention provides an improved photovoltaic cell assembly (07-04-2013
20130167908PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE AND FRAME THEREOF - A photovoltaic module and the frame thereof are provided. The frame includes a holding part and an extending part. The holding part is used to hold a photovoltaic panel. The extending part connects to the holding part and includes at least one first wind tunnel structure having an inlet and an outlet, in which the cross-sectional area of the inlet is greater than the cross-sectional area of the outlet.07-04-2013
20130174891PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAY SYSTEM, PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE THEREOF, AND FRAME ELEMENT OF PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE THEREOF - The disclosure provides a photovoltaic array system, a photovoltaic device of the photovoltaic array system, and a frame element of the photovoltaic device of the photovoltaic array system. The frame element includes a groove, a receiving hole and a metal wire. The groove extends along a longitudinal axial direction of the frame element for holding one lateral side of a photovoltaic panel. The receiving hole extends along the longitudinal axial direction for receiving the metal wire therein, and is parallel to the longitudinal axial direction.07-11-2013
20130167909SOLAR CELL ENCAPSULANT, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE USING THE SAME - A solar cell encapsulant used the resin component containing an ethylene.α-olefin copolymer and a copolymer of ethylene-a functional group-containing monomer, having good productivity, superior transparency, and also superior modulus of elasticity in tension, heat resistance, adhesive property and steam transmittance resistance, and the solar cell module using the same.07-04-2013
20130167911ENCAPSULATING MATERIAL FOR SOLAR CELL AND SOLAR CELL MODULE - Disclosed is an encapsulating material for solar cell containing an ethylene/α-olefin copolymer satisfying the following requirements (a1) to (a4): (a1) the content ratio of structural units derived from ethylene is from 80 to 90 mol % and the content ratio of structural units derived from α-olefin having 3 to 20 carbon atoms is from 10 to 20 mol %; (a2) MFR is from 10 to 50 g/10 minutes as measured under the conditions of a temperature of 190 degrees centigrade and a load of 2.16 kg in accordance with ASTM D1238; (a3) the density is from 0.865 to 0.884 g/cm07-04-2013
20090133739Photovoltaic Roofing Elements and Roofs Using Them - The present invention relates generally to photovoltaic devices, and more particularly to photovoltaic roofing products in which a photovoltaic element is joined to a roofing substrate. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a photovoltaic roofing element comprising a roofing substrate; one or more photovoltaic cells disposed on the roofing substrate; and a colored or patterned layer disposed on the roofing substrate and visible in the area surrounding the photovoltaic cells; and an encapsulant layer disposed over the photovoltaic cells and the patterned colored layer.05-28-2009
20120247540SOLAR PANEL SUPPORTS - A system for supporting a plurality of solar panels includes elongated support members each having a first portion, a coextensive second portion, and a longitudinally extending mid portion between the first and second portions. The first and second portions each have a base for contacting a surface and an edge receiving area configured to receive an edge of a solar panel at a height above the base, with the heights placing one edge higher than the other. When installed, support members are disposed generally parallel to each other and spaced apart on a surface, with the edge receiving portions facing each other. The upper edge of a solar panel is received in the edge receiving area of the first portion of one of the support members and a lower edge of the solar panel is received in the edge receiving area of the second portion of the other support members.10-04-2012
20130133725SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module includes a front-surface protection member; a back-surface protection film, a plurality of solar cells provided between the front-surface protection member and the back-surface protection film and electrically connected to one another by wiring members, a sealant sealing the plurality of solar cells between the front-surface protection member and the back-surface protection film, and a connecting wire electrically connected to the wiring member. The wiring member is connected to the connecting wire in such a way that a bent portion of the wiring member is disposed to be opposed to the back-surface protection film.05-30-2013
20130167912CABLE INSTALLATION FOR PIVOTING A SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES OR COMPARABLE DEVICES - A cable installation having a support structure, for example a rod or a support frame will be proposed, the latter or the former, being able to be hinged to abuses structure about a first axis, respectively, wherein at each end of the support structure a deviating roller is rotatably provided, which is provided for a cable which at one end is fixed to an area of the support structure while the other end of the cable is fixed to a second area of the base structure which is spaced apart from the first area.07-04-2013
20130112248WIND TUNNEL OPTIMIZED SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM - The invention is a new stabilized racking system for solar cell panels on a surface through a novel use of ballast weights and a wind optimized design. The system is further optimized to fit a range of sizes and thicknesses of modules through a combination of self adjusting end clamps, adjustable tilt legs, and unique wind screen design. The system can include an array of individual solar panel systems that are reinforced in both lateral directions to reduce the amount of ballast weight required.05-09-2013
20130092216Solar Cell Module Junction Box - Systems, methods, and devices provide a solar cell module which may ensure a tight connection between a junction box and an external function module. The various embodiments provide a solar cell module having a junction box which may independently support an external function module and may firmly fix the external function module onto a base plate of the solar cell module. The various embodiments simplify the connecting structures between the external function box, the junction box, and the base plate of the solar cell module. The various embodiments provide a solar cell junction box which may enable a solar cell system to track the maximum power point of the solar cell modules in the solar cell system. In an embodiment, a junction box may include a printed circuit board (“PCB”).04-18-2013
20130092217WEATHERABLE BACKSHEET FOR SOLAR CELL MODULE - Provided is a weatherable backsheet for solar cell modules which comprises a cured coating film and a water-impermeable sheet, the cured coating film having improved secondary adhesion to the water-impermeable sheet. The backsheet is produced using a coating composition having a prolonged usable life, and film blocking phenomenon during the production can be avoided. The weatherable backsheet for solar cell modules comprises a water-impermeable sheet and a cured coating film layer formed on at least one surface thereof, the coating film layer comprising a cross-linked product of a coating composition which comprises a hydroxylated fluoropolymer and silicon oxide particles having an average primary-particle diameter of 0.1 to 30 μm.04-18-2013
20130092215PANEL MOUNTING SYSTEM - A module system including a frame, rack or mounting apparatus for mounting modules or panels, such as solar panels, is disclosed. The rack can maintain the modules in a module plane. The rack can be adjusted to alter the module plane. The frame can be constructed of purlins slid through a rotatable support beam.04-18-2013
20130112247FRAME FOR SOLAR PANELS - A frame member is disclosed for a mounting a solar panel in a solar module. Embodiments of the frame member include an elongated outer sleeve having a channel configured for receiving an elongated inner reinforcing member disposed therein. The reinforcing member may be slidably inserted into the channel in some embodiments and is operable to structurally strengthen the outer sleeve. The reinforcing member may be made of a material having a greater tensile strength than the outer sleeve. A method for assembling the frame is also provided.05-09-2013
20130112246RIB ELEMENTS FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND METHODS OF THEIR MANUFACTURE - Thin film photovoltaic devices including a transparent substrate; a thin film stack comprising a transparent conductive oxide layer, a photovoltaic heterojunction, and back contact layer; and, an encapsulation material arranged such that the thin film stack is positioned between the transparent substrate and the encapsulation material are generally provided. The encapsulation material defines a rib element and can be generally positioned such that the rib element extends away from the thin film stack.05-09-2013
20130112245PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED COMPONENTS THAT ARE USED ON BUILDINGS AND/OR ASSOCIATED METHODS - Certain example embodiments relate to building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) or building adapted photovoltaic (BAPV) systems and components thereof. In certain example embodiments a component includes an asymmetric glass substrate that includes at least first, second, and third surfaces. The third surface can be laminated to a photovoltaic sub-assembly. The first surface can structured to be angled away from a vertical plane of a building at an angle of between 5 and 40 degrees. The first surface may be longer than the second surface.05-09-2013
20130118559BUSSES FOR BIFACIAL PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS - PV module composed of individual PV cells oriented and electrically connected according to a methodology that is viable for at least i) bifacial cells with substantially equal solar-energy conversion efficiency achievable on each side of each cell, and ii) PV modules with low operating current. Embodiments of the invention facilitate the use of different busing technologies to reduce cost and complexity of the resulting PV module while increasing the electrical energy harvested by the PV module.05-16-2013
20110265861FASTENING STRUCTURE FOR A LARGE SOLAR MODULE, AND SOLAR MODULE - Structure for fixing a large solar module (11-03-2011
20130118557Enhanced Function Photovoltaic Modules - A photovoltaic module comprising a first substrate, a backing sheet, a solar cell or a plurality of solar cells, each solar cell positioned between the substrate and the backing sheet, at least one thin electrically conducting board positioned between the substrate and the backing sheet and preferably where the module has at least one electronic device, preferably positioned on the electrically conducting board, that provides the module with a desired function or capability.05-16-2013
20130133723Solar Panel with Integrated Mounting Clip/Shipping Support - An integral mounting and shipping support device. The device includes a mounting structure and a shipping support structure. The shipping support structure is configured to grip an object to be shipped. The device also includes a first stacking structure and a second stacking structure. The first stacking structure of a first mounting and shipping support device is configured to couple with the second stacking structure of a second mounting and shipping support device.05-30-2013
20130133721OFFSET BUILDING INTEGRABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC STRUCTURES AND ASSEMBLIES HAVING MULTI-CONDUCTOR RETURN LINES - Provided are novel building integrable photovoltaic (BIPV) structures having multiple photovoltaic portions offset with respect to each other along their lengths. An offset direction can correspond to the length of a row of installed BIPV structures. In some embodiments, a BIPV structure may include three offset photovoltaic portions and three corresponding flap portions for extending under photovoltaic portions of adjacent structures and sealing interfaces between installed structures. The novel BIPV structures can facilitate installation, while providing the flexibility to avoid obstacles. Provided also are novel BIM/assemblies having multi-conductor return lines extending through the assemblies. A BIPV assembly having a multi-conductor return line may include a return line for the assembly itself, and one or more return lines for other assemblies.05-30-2013
20130139869CLIP FASTENER FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - A photovoltaic system includes a photovoltaic module including a plurality of photovoltaic cells, and a frame surrounding the photovoltaic cells. The frame includes a lower flange. A module rail includes a module-support portion supporting the lower flange of the photovoltaic module. A clip fastener defines a press-fit channel in which the lower flange of the photovoltaic module and the module-support portion of the module rail are press fit to secure the module to the module-support portion of the module rail.06-06-2013
20130139870PIER CONNECTION SYTEM FOR PIER CAPS OF PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - A racking assembly for a photovoltaic system includes an elongate pier having a length extending from a lower end to an upper end of the pier. A pier cap is securable to the pier. The pier cap includes an elongate support beam and at least one pier cap hanger secured to the support beam. The at least one pier cap hanger is configured to engage the upper end of the pier to hang the pier cap in a selected position on the pier.06-06-2013
20130139871SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLAR CELL MODULE - The solar cell module comprises: a string including solar cell elements, each including a first main surface being rectangular in shape and an electrode extending along a longitudinal direction on the first main surface, and an interconnection connecting the solar cell elements adjacent to each other along the longitudinal direction; a light-transmitting member located to cover the string; and a sealing material located between the string and the light-transmitting member. Each of solar cell elements includes a silicon substrate with the first and second main surface, and a first and second side surfaces each connecting the first and second main surface, the second side surface being located on the back side of the first side surface. The first and second side surfaces are arranged along the longitudinal direction, where silicon is exposed on the first side surface and the second side surface is covered with an insulating layer.06-06-2013
20110048507Photovoltaic Roofing Elements - The present invention relates generally to the photovoltaic generation of electrical energy. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic roofing products for use in photovoltaically generating electrical energy. One aspect of the invention is a photovoltaic roofing element including a roofing substrate; a photovoltaic element disposed on the roofing substrate; an electrical connector operatively connected to the photovoltaic element, the electrical connector having a top side, a down-roof side and an electrical terminus; and a shield disposed adjacent the electrical terminus of the electrical connector on its down-roof side, its top side, or both.03-03-2011
20130146130CROSS-LINKABLE EDGE SEALANT FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A framed solar cell module comprises: (a) a platelike solar cell module that comprises a solar cell element formed of one or a plurality of electrically interconnected solar cells; (b) a frame body that has a groove portion into which the outer periphery of the solar cell module is fitted; and (c) a sealant material that is so provided as to fill up a space between the outer periphery of the solar cell module and the groove portion of the frame body, and wherein the sealant material is formed of a cross-linkable blend composition of an ionomer and an ethylene copolymer.06-13-2013
20130146125INTEGRATED JUMPERS FOR BUILDING INTEGRABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - Provided are novel building integrable photovoltaic (BIPV) modules having integrated jumpers for interconnecting similar modules in adjacent rows. An integrated jumper is provided on a back side of the photovoltaic portion of the module and includes at least two interconnected jumper contact points. The module also has two connectors provided on the front side of its flap portion. Each connector has at least one connector contact point connected to one or more photovoltaic cells of the module. When a module is positioned over flap portions of two other modules previously installed in an adjacent row, the two jumper contact points on the back side of this new module make electrical connections to the two connector contact points on the front side of the installed modules. In turn, these connections interconnect the photovoltaic cells of the two modules without any need for additional connectors or operations.06-13-2013
20130146126Snow/ice dam bracket for solar panels - A non-intrusive solar panel bracket for the prevention of the sudden displacement of large amounts of snow and ice from solar panels mounted on a pitched roof, the brackets selectively snap fit over the lower horizontal frame member of a solar panel, a portion of the bracket extending upwardly above the level of the solar panel preventing the downward displacement of snow and ice, yet at a height so as not to interfere with the solar panels generation of electricity.06-13-2013
20130146127FLOATATION DEVICE FOR SOLAR PANELS - There is provided a floatation device for supporting at least one photovoltaic solar panel above a body of water. Preferably, the floatation device includes a base that is able to float on or in the body of water, and at least one support to position the at least one photovoltaic solar panel at an angle to the base. At least one coupling member is used to couple the floatation device to an adjacent floatation device. In various embodiments an array of floatation devices holding solar panels can be constructed that can be rotated on the body of water to relatively easily track the motion of the sun across the sky during the day. The pitch angle of solar panels can be fixed or varied. Optionally, the base includes at least one opening.06-13-2013
20130146128SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module includes solar cell strings including a plurality of solar cells, and conductive patterns for electrically coupling respective ones of the plurality of solar cells to each other, a first sealing film and a front substrate on the solar cell strings, and a second sealing film and a back substrate under the solar cell strings, wherein each of the plurality of solar cells includes bus bars on a back surface of a respective one of the solar cells, a plurality of finger lines protruding from the bus bars in a direction substantially perpendicular to the bus bars, and an insulating layer for covering the plurality of finger lines, wherein the conductive patterns are arranged in parallel along a length direction of the bus bars, overlap with the bus bars, and have a width greater than the a width of the bus bars.06-13-2013
20130146129CROSS-LINKABLE EDGE SEALANT FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES - A framed solar cell module comprises: (a) a platelike solar cell module that comprises a solar cell element formed of one or a plurality of electrically interconnected solar cells; (b) a frame body that has a groove portion into which the outer periphery of the solar cell module is fitted; and (c) a sealant material that is so provided as to fill up a space between the outer periphery of the solar cell module and the groove portion of the frame body, and wherein the sealant material is formed of a cross-linkable blend composition of two ethylene copolymers.06-13-2013
20110220182Solar Panel Tracking and Performance Monitoring Through Wireless Communication - In one embodiment, a wireless device is embedded in a solar panel for providing remote tracking and/or performance monitoring of the solar panel. The wireless device may be a wireless tracking device including a memory for storing the identification or identity information of the solar panel or of the individual solar cells forming the panel. The wireless device may be a wireless tracking and monitoring device to provide both tracking and performance monitoring functions. In another embodiment, the wireless device is affixed to the exposed side of the back sheet of the solar panel but within the junction box interface so that the wireless device is enclosed in the junction box housing. In other embodiments, some of the elements of the wireless device may be embedded in the solar panel while other elements are affixed to the exposed back sheet inside the junction box housing.09-15-2011
20110220180ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS FOR SOLAR MODULES - A solar module is disclosed that has one or more integrated electrical connectors. In addition, a solar module electrical connector holder is disclosed that has resilient wing portions and axial portions that mate with a first connector window in a frame of a solar module and allow the position of an electrical connector to be moved one of vertically, horizontally and angularly with respect to the frame. In addition, a solar module frame is disclosed that has a first connector window in one of the side frame members that is capable of accepting an electrical connection so that the electrical connection is integrated into the frame of the solar module.09-15-2011
20100288338SOLAR CELL MODULE - A solar cell module (11-18-2010
20100307568METAL BARRIER-DOPED METAL CONTACT LAYER - A photovoltaic device can include an intrinsic metal layer adjacent to a semiconductor absorber layer; and a doped metal contact layer adjacent to the intrinsic metal layer, where the doped metal contact layer includes a metal base material and a dopant.12-09-2010
20120273032SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS - A system for securing photovoltaic panel modules to a support structure includes a first elongate member securable to the support structure. The first elongate member includes a plurality of first mounting sites positionally fixed thereon. A second elongate member is securable to the support structure. The second elongate member includes a plurality of second mounting sites positionally fixed thereon. The second elongate member is spaced from the first elongate member and aligned therewith in a generally parallel orientation. The position of the first and second elongate members is adjustable to align the first and second fixed mounting sites in a predetermined configuration. When the first and second elongate members are aligned in the predetermined configuration, the plurality of first mounting sites and second mounting sites are brought into alignment with each other to permit mounting of a plurality of panel modules to the first and second elongate members.11-01-2012
20120273031SOLAR CELL MODULE RACK, SOLAR CELL MODULE FIXING MEMBER, AND PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER GENERATION SYSTEM WITH SOLAR CELL MODULE RACK - A solar cell module rack for mounting a solar cell module (11-01-2012
20120273030SOLAR POWER GENERATING APPARATUS - Provided is a photovoltaic apparatus. The photovoltaic apparatus includes first and second transparent substrates; a number of solar cells interposed between the first and second transparent substrates, and orthogonal to or inclined to first transparent substrates; and a number of connecting members connecting each of the solar cells to each other. The photovoltaic apparatus allows the solar cells to be slantly arranged to the transparent substrate, thereby to improve power generation efficiency and to increase an area of a transmission region.11-01-2012
20120273029SOLAR ARRAY - A self-supporting solar array includes a plurality of solar modules and a substructure that supports the solar modules and connects them to each other. The substructure defines a plurality of module positions at each of which a solar module is arranged. Module positions configured as S-module positions are provided in the substructure, and they each have a wind deflector that covers up a passage opening leading to the bottom of the solar module arranged in each S-module position. Aside from the S-module positions, the substructure also has module positions configured as F-module positions in which at least part of the passage opening is free, whereas it is covered by the wind deflector in the case of an S-module position.11-01-2012
20110232728Photovoltaic Module - A photovoltaic module has a reinforcement beam for strength reinforcement. The photovoltaic module includes a solar panel having one or more solar cells, a frame surrounding an edge of the solar panel, and a reinforcement beam connecting two separate sides of the frame at the rear of the solar panel, which is opposite to a light receiving surface of the solar panel upon which solar light is incident, the reinforcement beam having a hollow space defined therein.09-29-2011
20110232727FLOATING PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - A floating photovoltaic system includes a floating structure with a series of floating blocks which form a basically flat floating grid with a float height, a strengthening structure-with a series of strengthening beams movably connected to at least two floating blocks, a supporting structure with one or more supporting frames movably connected to the strengthening beams, one or more photovoltaic panels fixed on the supporting frames, in which the strengthening structure is parallel to the table of the floating structure and is arranged within the float height.09-29-2011
20110232726BARRIER LAMINATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE LAMINATE, GAS BARRIER FILM AND DEVICE - A method of manufacturing an organic/inorganic laminate including forming a first organic layer by laminating and hardening a composition containing (A) a polymerizable acidic compound, oligomer or polymer, (B) a polymerizable compound, and (C) a silane coupling agent on a first inorganic layer, and forming a second organic layer by laminating and hardening a composition containing (D) a polymerizable compound and (E) a (meth)acrylate having an aromatic group on the first organic layer or on one or more organic layers disposed on the first organic layer.09-29-2011
20110232725PACKAGE STRUCTURE OF CONCENTRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL - A package structure of a concentrated photovoltaic cell is provided, wherein a bottom contact of a photovoltaic chip is electrically connected to a metal substrate. The metal substrate not only becomes an external electrode, but also conducts the heat generated by the photovoltaic chip away, providing the function of heat dissipation.09-29-2011
20130153008PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module comprising, in this order, a front sheet, a front encapsulant layer having a total area (B) consisting of one or more in-plane elements, one or more photoactive cells, a back encapsulant layer having an area (A), and a back sheet, wherein the front encapsulant layer having the total area (B) covers the area defined by the one or more photovoltaic cells and wherein the total area (B) of the front encapsulant layer is smaller than the area (A) of the back encapsulant layer, and wherein the contours of the one or more in-plane elements of the front encapsulant layer and the contour of the back encapsulant layer do not intersect.06-20-2013
20130153004JUNCTION BOX WITH A SUPPORT MEMBER FOR THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND THEIR METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - Photovoltaic devices are generally provided that can include, in one particular embodiment, a transparent substrate; a plurality of thin film layers defining a plurality of photovoltaic cells connected in series to each other on the transparent substrate; a first lead connected to one of the photovoltaic cells; and, an encapsulation substrate on the plurality of thin film layers. The encapsulation substrate can generally define a back surface and a connection aperture through which the first lead extends. A junction box can be positioned over the connection aperture and connected to the first lead. The junction box generally comprises a support member extending through the connection aperture to mechanically support the transparent substrate in an area opposite to the connection aperture. Methods and kits are also generally provided.06-20-2013
20130153005REINFORCEMENT ELEMENT FOR THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND THEIR METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - Photovoltaic devices are provided that can include a transparent substrate defining a front surface; a plurality of thin film layers on an inner surface of the transparent substrate that is opposite of the front surface; a first lead connected to one of the photovoltaic cells defined by the plurality of thin film layers; an encapsulation substrate defining a connection aperture through which the first lead extends upon lamination of the encapsulation substrate and the transparent substrate together; and, a reinforcement element positioned on the front surface of the transparent substrate opposite from the connection aperture defined in the encapsulation substrate. Methods and kits are also provided for strengthening a photovoltaic device.06-20-2013
20130153006SELF-ERECTING PORTABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A photovoltaic power system includes a flexible panel (06-20-2013
20130153002SUPPORT INSERT FOR THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND THEIR METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - Photovoltaic devices that include a transparent substrate; a plurality of thin film layers defining a plurality of photovoltaic cells connected in series to each other on the transparent substrate; a first lead connected to one of the photovoltaic cells; and an encapsulation substrate on the plurality of thin film layers are provided. The encapsulation substrate defines a connection aperture through which the first lead extends. A support insert, which defines a plug portion and a flange, can be positioned within the connection aperture such that the flange extends over the back surface of the encapsulation substrate. The support insert can be configured to mechanically support the transparent substrate in an area opposite to the connection aperture while still enabling the first lead to extend through the connection aperture while the support insert is in place within the connection aperture.06-20-2013
20130153003ADHESIVE PLUG FOR THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND THEIR METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - Photovoltaic devices are provided that include: a transparent substrate; a plurality of thin film layers on the glass substrate; and, a first lead connected to one of the photovoltaic cells. An encapsulation substrate can be positioned on the plurality of thin film layers, and defines a connection aperture through which the first lead extends. The connection aperture generally has a perimeter defined by an aperture wall of the encapsulation substrate. An adhesive plug can be positioned within the connection aperture to mechanically support the transparent substrate in the area of the connection aperture. A back plate or back washer can also be bonded to the adhesive plug and/or back surface of the encapsulation substrate to help dissipate energy in and/or provide support to the encapsulation substrate. Methods are also provided for mechanically supporting a transparent substrate in an area opposite to a connection aperture defined in an encapsulation substrate.06-20-2013
20130153007TORQUE TUBE WITH OUTRIGGER - Systems and methods may be provided for supporting a solar module. A torque tube may be provided with one or more longitudinal outrigger extensions which may extend beyond an end of the torque tube. In some embodiments, the torque tube does not extend all the way to the edge of the solar module.06-20-2013
20130153009PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module includes an encapsulated photovoltaic element and an infrared-transmissive decorative overlay simulating conventional roofing.06-20-2013
20130153001SUPPORT INSERT FOR THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND THEIR METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - Photovoltaic devices are provided that include: a transparent substrate; a plurality of thin film layers on the glass substrate; and, a first lead connected to one of the photovoltaic cells. An encapsulation substrate is positioned on the plurality of thin film layers, and defines a connection aperture through which the first lead extends. The connection aperture has a perimeter defined by an aperture wall of the encapsulation substrate. A support insert is positioned within the connection aperture to mechanically support the transparent substrate in the area of the connection aperture. The support insert is configured such that the first lead is able to extend through the connection aperture while the support insert in place within the connection aperture. A kit is also provided that includes an encapsulation substrate defining a connection aperture; and, a support insert configured to be coupled within the connection aperture of the encapsulation substrate.06-20-2013
20130180575Structures for Solar Roofing - A roofing element includes a solar cell array positioned in an opening in a top surface of a roofing material. The solar cell array has a plurality of low series resistance, solar cells, where the low series resistance is based on a metallization-wrap-through solar cell architecture. Each solar cell has a cell aspect ratio, and the solar cells are electrically connected in an electrical string configuration by a low resistance cell-to-cell bonding method. The opening of the roofing material has an aperture area, and the amount of aperture area covered by the solar cell array defines an aperture fill. The cell aspect ratio and the electrical string configuration are tailored to achieve a specified total current and total voltage for the solar cell array while optimizing the aperture fill.07-18-2013
20130180573Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.07-18-2013
20130180574Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.07-18-2013
20130180572Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.07-18-2013
20130125957PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE - A photoelectric conversion device including a first substrate; a first electrode on the first substrate and including a grid pattern; a second substrate facing the first substrate; a second electrode on the second substrate; a semiconductor layer on the first substrate at an opening region of the grid pattern; and a conductive thin film on the first substrate between the grid pattern and the semiconductor layer.05-23-2013
20110290306SOLAR ARRAY CONFIGURATIONS - Provided is a photovoltaic (PV) array that is capable of being mounted as a unit onto a support structure. Also provided is a solar panel laminate that can be plugged into an electrical connector of the adjacent laminate by pressing the electrical connectors together or installing them in close proximity to one another. Additionally, a PV array is provided that comprises an array framework comprising a plurality of crossmembers that are prefabricated to match with the frame of the solar panel laminates. Also provided is support structures for PV arrays, including support structures that comprise a ballast. Further provided is a PV electrical generating power plant, and a system and method for optimizing power output from a PV array.12-01-2011
20110290305Cabled matrix for cantilevered photovoltaic solar panel arrays, apparatus and deployment systems - A cable reinforced matrix to support a solar panel array comprising array bracing beams which define a perimeter including longitudinal array bracing beams and latitudinal array bracing beams with coupling apertures at various points along the latitudinal array bracing beams; cable couplings at opposite points along the latitudinal array bracing beams; cabling traversing the latitudinal array bracing beams; solar panels atop the cabling; longitudinal I-beams; latitudinal I-beams; interpanel I-beam(s); grommets along the cabling; grommet clips; grommet clip fasteners; panel fasteners; columns at either end of the longitudinal array bracing beams; a first cantilever support post extending from the column to the distal portion of the longitudinal array bracing beam; a second cantilever support post extending from the column to the proximal portion of the longitudinal array bracing beam; a footing at the bottom of each column; and dampening/stabilizing element(s) to mitigate vibration and uplift.12-01-2011
20110303264SOLAR CELL SEALILNG MATERIAL AND SOLAR CELL MODULE PRODUCED USING THE SAME - There is provided an encapsulant material for solar cells which facilitates production of a solar cell module and is excellent in flexibility, heat resistance, transparency, etc., and a solar cell module produced using the encapsulant material. The present invention relates to an encapsulant material for solar cells which includes a resin composition (C) containing an ethylene-α-olefin random copolymer (A) capable of satisfying the following condition (a) and an ethylene-α-olefin block copolymer (B) capable of satisfying the following condition (b): (a) a heat of crystal fusion is from 0 to 70 J/g as measured in differential scanning calorimetry at a heating rate of 10° C./min; and (b) a crystal fusion peak temperature is 100° C. or higher and a heat of crystal fusion is from 5 to 70 J/g as measured in differential scanning calorimetry at a heating rate of 10° C./min.12-15-2011
20110303263USE OF A POLETHYLENE-BASED FILM IN A PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - The invention relates to the use in a photovoltaic module of a film of a composition as a backsheet or as an encapsulant, this composition comprising, with respect to the total weight of the composition: from 1 to 99% of a polyethylene having an ethylene whose level by weight is greater than or equal to 80% chosen from the homopolymers of ethylene and the copolymers of ethylene and another alpha-olefin; from 99 to 1% of a polyolefin B, other than A, carrying a reactive functional group X chosen from the anhydride carboxylic acids and epoxides. The invention further relates to a photovoltaic module comprising the film of the composition according to the invention and also a process for the manufacture of this module.12-15-2011
20110303262SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM WITH MONOCOQUE SUPPORTING STRUCTURE - A solar panel system comprises a monocoque forming an enlarged solar-facing generally-convex outer support surface when in an installed position and that supports solar cells at optimal angles for capturing solar energy. The monocoque provides a stressed-skin support reducing weight while maintaining strength, optimal support surface, and minimizing cost. A post engages and supports adjacent edges of a pair of adjacent monocoques. An electrical circuit connects the solar cells for electrical flow and power management, and preferably includes a controller for controlling power from the solar cells, including combining them in series or parallel as optimal for a given systems configuration. The illustrated monocoque includes a roll formed sheet or a number of sheets, stacked vertically together and anchored to spaced posts using connectors in a “fence-like” pattern.12-15-2011
20110308578SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A solar cell module and a method for manufacturing the same are discussed. The solar cell module includes a plurality of solar cells, a front substrate a front substrate positioned at first surfaces of the plurality of solar cells, a back substrate positioned at second surfaces of the plurality of solar cells, a front protective member positioned between the front substrate and the plurality of solar cells, the front protective member including a first silicone resin, a back protective member positioned between the back substrate and the plurality of solar cells, the back protective member including a second silicone resin, and a fiber material disposed between the front substrate and the back substrate.12-22-2011
20110308577PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Disclosed herein are a photovoltaic panel and a method of manufacturing the same. The photovoltaic panel includes a photovoltaic unit having a single substrate and a protective polymer layer wrapping around the photovoltaic unit and being sealed around the edges of a surface of the substrate. The manufacturing method includes the steps of providing a substrate, forming a photovoltaic cell on a first surface of the substrate to form a photovoltaic unit, wrapping a protective polymer layer around the photovoltaic unit with a portion of the protective polymer layer extended beyond the first surface, and thermal treating the protective polymer layer so as to shrink the to protective polymer layer and thereby sealing the portion of the protective polymer layer extended beyond the first surface of the substrate around the edges of the second surface.12-22-2011
20130186454METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - On a lamination frame is disposed a stacked member of photovoltaic cells and a concave-convex member. The photovoltaic cells are formed using a flexible substrate. When forming the stacked member, each of the plurality of photovoltaic cells is disposed on a lamination frame in the state of an intermediate member sandwiched between protective films for lamination and sealing. Among the protective films, the protective film positioned on the side of the light-receiving face of the photovoltaic cells is opposed entirely by the concave-convex member. The concave-convex member has concavities and convexities on the surface opposing the protective film. By simultaneously subjecting the intermediate member and the concave-convex member to lamination treatment, a plurality of photovoltaic cells can be simultaneously and individually sealed by the protective film.07-25-2013
20130186453MITIGATING PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE STRESS DAMAGE THROUGH CELL ISOLATION - Described herein is a photovoltaic module and method of manufacturing a photovoltaic module to isolate potentially stress-damaged portions of cells from non-stress-damaged portions thereof. The module has a plurality of columnar photovoltaic cells, and at least one isolation scribe at a first edge of an active area of the photovoltaic module and extending across a photovoltaic cell in a direction perpendicular to a length of the columnar cells, where the at least one isolation scribe is deep enough to electrically isolate portions of the photovoltaic cell on opposite sides of the at least one isolation scribe.07-25-2013
20120017971SOLAR MODULE STRUCTURES AND ASSEMBLY METHODS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS - Solar module structures 01-26-2012
20120017970Method and System of Layered Thin-Film Device With Ceramic Substrates - A method for forming solar cells includes providing a crystalline silicon substrate which can be mono-, multi-, or poly-crystalline, the substrate being defined by a first thickness, the substrate including a first surface and a second surface, the first surface on an opposite side of the second surface. The method also includes forming a separation region within the first thickness, the separation region including hydrogen species, the separating region being substantially parallel to the first surface, the separation region defining a first portion and a second portion within the thickness. Additionally, the method includes providing a mould structure defining a support region on the first surface in which a layer of ceramic material is formed, followed by mould removal. Additionally, the method includes forming electrical devices on the first portion and packaging formed solar cells, including interconnections for solar tile applications.01-26-2012
20130192665ENCAPSULATION SYSTEM FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC STACK USING FIBERGLASS - A photovoltaic system having a plurality of photovoltaic cells electrically connected to one another with each having a substrate. An adhesive layer is presented within a fiberglass matrix such that the adhesive extends beyond to contact at least the photovoltaic cell.08-01-2013
20120024353THERMOFORMABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC BACKSHEET - The invention relates to high Tg monolithic and multi-layer thermoformable film or sheet useful as a backsheet on a photovoltaic module (PV). A methacrylic-based material is preferred. The film or sheet is formed of a composition having a Tg greater than 110° C. The methacrylic composition may be a blend of a polymethyl methacrylate polymer and a miscible or semi-miscible high Tg polymer, or may be a copolymer containing primarily methyl methacrylate monomer units. The backsheet is optionally covered with a fluoropolymer or acrylic/fiuoropolymer covering on the outside (side facing the environment). The back-sheet can be clear, white, and/or pigmented. The film or sheet is especially useful in concentrating photovoltaic modules (CPV), and is also useful in thin film photovoltaic modules.02-02-2012
20120024351MULTILAYER FILMS CONTAINING A FLUORINATED COPOLYMER RESIN LAYER AND AN ENCAPSULANT LAYER - A multilayer film comprises a layer consisting essentially of a fluorinated copolymer resin film and a layer consisting essentially of a blend of two ethylene copolymers. The first ethylene copolymer comprises copolymerized units of ethylene, optionally a first olefin having the formula CH02-02-2012
20120024349INTRA-LAMINATE DISK LAYER FOR THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND THEIR METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - Photovoltaic devices including an insulating layer and an intra-laminate disk layer on a plurality of thin film layers are provided. A first conductive strip, defining a first lead, is positioned on the insulating layer and connected to a first bus bar. A second conductive strip is positioned on the insulating layer and connected to a second bus bar. An adhesive layer is over the device and defines an adhesive gap through which the first lead and the second lead extend. An encapsulating substrate is on the adhesive layer, and defines a connection aperture through which the first lead and the second lead extend. The intra-laminate disk layer is positioned under the adhesive gap defined by the adhesive layer and the connection aperture defined by the encapsulating substrate.02-02-2012
20120024348CROSS-LINKABLE IONOMERIC ENCAPSULANTS FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS - Provided herein is a blend composition useful as a cross-linkable encapsulant layer and consisting essentially of two ethylene copolymers and optionally one or more additives. The first ethylene copolymer comprises copolymerized units of ethylene, optionally a first olefin having the formula CH02-02-2012
20130199597TRANSPORTABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - A transportable photovoltaic system includes a plurality of photovoltaic devices, a composite frame to which the plurality of photovoltaic devices are affixed, and a base structure to which the composite frame is movably attached through at least one variable-angle mount structure. The orientation of the frame and the light concentrating elements relative to the base structure can be altered employing the at least one variable-angle mount structure. The frame and the plurality of photovoltaic devices can be assembled prior to shipping, and the base structure can be manufactured on site. The transportable photovoltaic system is not affixed to ground or other fixture, but can be picked up at any time during the operational lifetime. The transportable photovoltaic system can be rapidly deployed with little or no site preparation requirement other than generally level ground, and can be retracted to a lower exposure position to avoid storm and/or hazardous conditions.08-08-2013
20130199598Photovoltaic Roofing Panels, Photovoltaic Roofing Assemblies, and Roofs Using Them - The present invention relates generally to photovoltaic devices, and more particularly to photovoltaic roofing products in which photovoltaic elements are affixed to roofing substrates. In one embodiment of the invention, a photovoltaic roofing panel comprising a roofing panel substrate having a top surface; and at least six discrete photovoltaic elements affixed to the roofing panel substrate with their photovoltaically-active areas exposed at the top surface of the roofing panel. Another embodiment of the invention is a photovoltaic roofing assembly comprising: a plurality of discrete photovoltaic roofing elements, each comprising one or more photovoltaic elements affixed to a roofing substrate; and a joining member, wherein the plurality of photovoltaic roofing elements are disposed on and affixed to the joining member and are electrically interconnected.08-08-2013
20120298188Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.11-29-2012
20120298186Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array - A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.11-29-2012
20120073631ETHYLENE RESIN COMPOSITION, SEALING MATERIAL FOR SOLAR CELL, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE UTILIZING THE SEALING MATERIAL - The purpose of the present invention is to provide an ethylene resin composition which has excellent properties including adhesion properties, electrically insulating properties, transparency, moldability and process stability and can be produced without requiring any cross-linking procedure if necessary to improve productivity; and others. The ethylene resin composition contains a modified product produced by modifying an ethylene polymer (A) that meets all of the requirements a) to e) mentioned below with an ethylenically unsaturated silane compound (B). a) The density is 900 to 940 kg/m03-29-2012
20120085395SOLAR MODULE ATTACHMENT DEVICE AND MOUNTING METHOD - An attachment device for a module for collecting energy originating from solar radiation to a structure, such as a roof, a facade, or a mounting structure of a ground-mounted structure, wherein the module includes on its rear face at least one reinforcing profiled section. The attachment device includes at least one support secured to the structure. The support includes a snap-fastening mechanism with respect to the reinforcing profiled section of the module, which snap-fastening mechanism can be activated by applying a one-way thrust force pushing the module in the direction of the structure.04-12-2012
20120085394SNAP-IN MOUNTING SYSTEMS FOR LAMINATE SOLAR PANELS - Snap-in mounting systems for laminate solar panels are provided. The laminate solar panels can include laminate strips that can be snapped into mounting rails. The mounting rails may be coupled to racking rails for structural support and may include locking mechanisms for additional support and theft deterrence. An entire system may include a number of racking rails, mounting rails, and solar panels.04-12-2012
20120085393SOLAR CELL MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A solar cell module includes a circuit board, a plurality of solar cells disposed on a first surface of the circuit board, a plurality of metal terminals formed on the first surface of the circuit board, and a plurality of wires electrically connecting the plurality of solar cells and the metal terminals. The circuit board has a second surface opposite to the first surface, the rear surface comprising openings corresponding to the metal terminals, the openings exposing the metal terminals to an exterior of the solar cell module, thus forming contact terminals for the solar cell module.04-12-2012
20120085392Method of Manufacturing Photovoltaic Roofing Tiles and Photovoltaic Roofing Tiles - A method for producing a photovoltaic roofing tile includes providing an open compression tool and placing an undulated formed polymeric substrate in the open compression tool as well as placing a substantially flat photovoltaic laminate in the open compression tool proximate the substrate. Heat and pressure are applied to the photovoltaic laminate to simultaneously bond the photovoltaic laminate with the substrate and impart undulations to the photovoltaic laminate which correspond to undulations in the substrate. The heat and pressure are applied by closing the compression tool to apply heat from the compression tool to the photovoltaic laminate and to compress the photovoltaic laminate and the substrate against one another.04-12-2012
20120085391STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING A PHOTOVOLTAIC MATERIAL - A photovoltaic device is adhesively mounted to a support structure such as a roofing member or building panel by the use of a body of foamed adhesive. The foamed adhesive is resilient and accommodates differences in the thermal expansion and contraction of materials comprising the photovoltaic device and the structure upon which it is mounted and thereby prevents delamination and other stress-related damage to the photovoltaic installation. The adhesive may comprise a contact adhesive, a hot melt adhesive, or a curable adhesive. Further disclosed are methods for affixing photovoltaic systems to building structures and the like through the use of foamed adhesives.04-12-2012
20130206213PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE CONTAINING SHINGLED PHOTOVOLTAIC TILES AND FABRICATION PROCESSES THEREOF - A photovoltaic module is disclosed. The photovoltaic module comprises an array of shingled tiles disposed between a transparent front substrate and a back substrate, wherein the array of shingled tiles comprises a plurality of photovoltaic tiles in electrically contact with each other and positioned in overlapping rows. Each photovoltaic tile comprises a front metallic contact layer disposed on an epitaxial film stack disposed on a back metallic contact layer disposed on a support carrier layer. The photovoltaic module includes at least one busbar in electrical contact with the array of shingled tiles and disposed between the front and back glass substrates. The photovoltaic module also includes an encapsulation layer between the front and back glass substrates.08-15-2013
20130206214SOLAR BATTERY COVER FILM FOR AND SOLAR BATTERY MODULE MANUFACTURED USING SAME - Provided is a cover film for solar cells, with which solar cell modules are easy to produce, which comprises an encapsulant resin layer excellent in softness, transparency and heat resistance, and a weather-resistant layer excellent in weather resistance, moisture proofness, transparency and heat resistance and having high adhesiveness to the encapsulant resin layer, and is therefore excellent in handleability, and which is effective for reducing the weight of solar cell modules and for enhancing the impact resistance and the durability thereof; and also provided is a solar cell module produced by the use of the cover film for solar cells. Disclosed is production of a cover film for solar cells by laminating weather-resistant layer or a surface protective layer, and an encapsulant resin layer comprising a resin composition that contains an ethylene-a-olefin random copolymer and an ethylene-α-olefin block copolymer both having specific thermal properties.08-15-2013