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Photovoltaic Modules-related patent applications - as published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


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Method for detecting arcs, and detection apparatus for arcs, in a photovoltaic system
Sma Solar Technology Ag
June 22, 2017 - N°20170179880

A method and associated device for detecting arcs in a photovoltaic system with an inverter and with a plurality of current collector circuits connected in parallel with the inverter via collector lines, wherein a plurality of strings of photovoltaic modules are connected in parallel with each current collector circuit via string lines. The method includes acquiring measured values of electrical ...
Dynamic damping system for solar trackers
Solarcity Corporation
June 22, 2017 - N°20170179872

A solar-tracking photovoltaic array is described. The photovoltaic array includes mounting hardware configured to rotate photovoltaic modules associated with the photovoltaic array about one or more axes. In some embodiments, the photovoltaic modules can be coupled to a torque tube oriented in a substantially north-south direction. An orientation motor can then periodically rotate the torque tube in a manner that ...
Method and device to measure electric parameters over delimited areas of a photovoltaic module
Brookhaven Science Associates, Llc
June 08, 2017 - N°20170163213

Embodiments of the disclosure relate generally to methods and apparatuses for testing solar cells, and more particularly, to methods and apparatuses for field testing solar cells. The apparatus for testing solar photovoltaic modifies includes a plurality of individual light diffuser wave guides, coupling lenses coupled with the plurality of individual light diffuser wave guides, led light simulator for providing light ...
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Panel equipped with a photovoltaic device
Arcelormittal
June 01, 2017 - N°20170155359

The present invention provides a panel equipped with a photovoltaic device including an even number of columns of photovoltaic modules, the columns being aligned essentially parallel to a longitudinal edge of the panel. Each column includes an electrical pole on each of extremity. The polarity of an electrical pole of one extremity being the inverse of that of the electrical ...
Panel equipped with a photovoltaic device
Arcelormittal
June 01, 2017 - N°20170155357

The present invention provides a panel equipped with a photovoltaic device including an even number of columns of photovoltaic modules, the columns being aligned essentially parallel to a longitudinal edge of the panel. Each column includes an electrical pole on each extremity. The polarity of an electrical pole of one extremity being the inverse of that of the electrical pole ...
Interlock system for mounting and joining photovoltaic modules
Solarcity Corporation
June 01, 2017 - N°20170155355

Assemblies and couplings for mounting pv modules are provided. An assembly is provided to avoid conflicts between linkages used to adjoin adjacent pv modules and leveling feet used to mount the pv modules to supporting structure. Specifically, an interlock support coupling is provided that may include a shaft with a locking portion disposed at the end that interfaces with an ...
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Electroluminescence testable photovoltaic modules having shade management solutions
Solexel, Inc.
May 11, 2017 - N°20170133983

A photovoltaic module structure comprises a photovoltaic power generator of at least one solar cell, the photovoltaic power generator having a positive and a negative output terminal. A forward biased blocking diode electrically connected in parallel with a magnetically actuated normally-open bypass switch, the forward biased blocking diode and the magnetically actuated normally-open bypass switch electrically connected in series to ...
Corner connector for photovoltaic module frame
Solarworld Americas Inc.
May 11, 2017 - N°20170133982

Corner connection members for a photovoltaic module frame include thru-passages for receiving insert components that perform and facilitate a variety of functions, such as attaching the photovoltaic module to a roof, providing a ground connection for the solar cells, to facilitate the mechanical and electrical connection of photovoltaic modules which are arranged side-by-side, to facilitate securing photovoltaic modules in a ...
Photovoltaic modules and method of manufacturing a photovoltaic module
Solarworld Industries Sachsen Gmbh
May 11, 2017 - N°20170133529

In various embodiments, a photovoltaic module may include a photovoltaic laminate that includes a transparent front sheet and a rear side cover, one or more solar cells embedded in a embedding material arranged between the transparent front sheet and the rear side cover, and at least one frame profile arranged at one edge of the photovoltaic laminate, wherein at least ...
Soiling measurement system for photovoltaic arrays
Atonometrics, Inc.
April 13, 2017 - N°20170104451

A system for measuring the power or energy loss in a photovoltaic array due to soiling, which is the accumulation of dust, dirt, and/or other contaminants on the surfaces of photovoltaic modules, comprising: a pair of photovoltaic reference devices placed within or near the photovoltaic array and co-planar to the modules comprising the array, wherein one reference device is ...
Sloped roof solar panel mounting system
Ecolibrium Solar, Inc.
April 13, 2017 - N°20170104442

A mounting system for supporting a plurality of photovoltaic modules on a sloped support surface, such as a sloped roof, is disclosed herein. The mounting system may include one or more support surface attachment devices, each support surface attachment device configured to attach one or more photovoltaic modules to a support surface; and one or more module coupling devices, each ...
Solar power conversion system and method
General Electric Company
April 13, 2017 - N°20170104334

A solar power conversion system includes a photovoltaic array having photovoltaic modules for generating direct current (dc) power. A power converter is provided in the system for converting the dc power to alternating current (ac) power. A transformer is coupled between the power converter and a power grid for transmitting the ac power to the power grid. The transformer is ...
Solar power conversion system and method
General Electric Company
April 13, 2017 - N°20170104333

A solar power conversion system includes a photovoltaic array having photovoltaic modules for generating direct current (dc) power. A power converter in the system converts the dc power to alternating current (ac) power. The ac power is transmitted to the power grid via a transformer coupled between the power converter and the power grid. The transformer is connected to the ...
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Power inverter docking system for photovoltaic modules
Sunpower Corporation
March 30, 2017 - N°20170093333

An electronics module docking system includes docking member removably coupled to a photovoltaic module. The docking system includes a first connector port electrically coupled to one or more photovoltaic cells of the photovoltaic module. The photovoltaic module is selectively coupleable to the docking member. The docking system includes a housing to enclose an electronics module. The housing may include second ...
System and method for contactless energy transfer to a moving platform
The Boeing Company
March 02, 2017 - N°20170063100

A contactless energy transfer system has a first stationary platform and a second movable platform. The first platform has at least one light source coupled to a power source. The second separate platform has at least one photovoltaic module mounted thereon. The at least one photovoltaic module is coupled to an energy storage system mounted on the second platform such ...
Photovoltaic mounting rail connector with drop-down connection to first photovoltaic module and slide-in connection to ...
Solarcity Corporation
March 02, 2017 - N°20170063007

A connector for attaching first and second photovoltaic modules to a mounting rail, with a lower body portion that rotates to lock into a mounting rail groove and an upper body portion with a hook that is lowered towards the lower body portion to grasp onto the first photovoltaic module and a key that receives the second photovoltaic module slidably-connected ...
Rail systems and methods for installation and operation of photovoltaic arrays
Alion Energy, Inc.
February 23, 2017 - N°20170054407

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 ...
Rail systems and methods for installation and operation of photovoltaic arrays
Alion Energy, Inc.
February 16, 2017 - N°20170047885

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 ...
Thermoplastic wire network support for photovoltaic cells
Beijing Apollo Ding Rong Solar Technology Co., Ltd.
February 16, 2017 - N°20170047464

Provided are novel methods of fabricating photovoltaic modules using thermoplastic materials to support wire networks to surfaces of photovoltaic cells. A thermoplastic material goes through a molten state during module fabrication to distribute the material near the wire-cell surface interface. In certain embodiments, a thermoplastic material is provided as a melt and coated over a cell surface, with a wire ...
Vehicles and methods for magnetically managing legs of rail-based photovoltaic modules during installation
Alion Energy, Inc.
February 16, 2017 - N°20170043700

An exemplary method for installing at an installation site a photovoltaic module including a panel and support legs includes disposing the photovoltaic module over a support surface such that the support legs are in a stowed position; lifting the photovoltaic module from a support surface while engaging a magnetic field with the support legs so as to maintain the support ...
Photovoltiac nanogrid systems
Grid+ Advisors, Llc
February 09, 2017 - N°20170040933

A photovoltaic nanogrid system is disclosed. One or more pre-wired frames each having a top, sun-facing side may be configured to receive one or more photovoltaic (pv) modules mounted thereon. The one or more pre-wired frames may include electrically and structurally connected support beams connectable to the one or more photovoltaic modules. A wire management system embedded within the one ...
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