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


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Pre-assembled nesting photovoltaic module bracket for solar tracker
Solarcity Corporation
October 12, 2017 - N°20170294870

Photovoltaic module assemblies are mounted onto a solar tracker array torque tube via photovoltaic module brackets. The photovoltaic module brackets provide for stacking photovoltaic module assemblies in a nested configuration. The photovoltaic module assemblies are pre-assembled off-site, at a location different than the photovoltaic array installation site, and the nested configuration allows for efficient transportation of pre-assembled photovoltaic module assemblies ...
Photovoltaic module connector for solar tracker
Solarcity Corporation
October 12, 2017 - N°20170294869

Photovoltaic modules are mounted onto a solar tracker array torque tube via pairs or left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors or brackets. The left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors have orientation projections that couple with and extend into the interior body of the torque tube. Pairs of left-handed photovoltaic array connectors and pairs of right-handed photovoltaic array connectors of adjacent ...
Spring latch saddle connector for solar tracker
Solarcity Corporation
October 12, 2017 - N°20170294867

Photovoltaic modules are mounted onto a solar tracker array torque tube via pairs or left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors having spring latch assemblies. The left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors have orientation projections that couple with and extend into the interior body of the torque tube. The orientation projections on the spring latch assemblies of each pair of left-handed ...
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Universal lighting system
Solarcity Corporation
October 12, 2017 - N°20170292665

A universal lighting system is a lighting system powered by solar panels and a wind turbine that may attachably mount to different load bearing members such as light poles. The present invention may have a light source, at least one solar panel, a wind turbine, at least one power storage member, a control panel, and a mounting frame. The components ...
Modular strap mount for solar panels
Solarcity Corporation
October 05, 2017 - N°20170288601

A method and apparatus for mounting a solar collector panel by itself or supported within a frame, to a surface comprising: a strap assembly, a first attachment device attached to and between the panel or frame and the strap assembly; and a second attachment means for attaching the strap assembly to the surface. The strap assembly comprises a plurality of ...
Solar siding
Solarcity Corporation
October 05, 2017 - N°20170288600

A wall mounting solar panel encasing comprising a plurality of energy conversion devices embedded on the solar panel encasing that is constructed from a plurality of building materials such as wood, plastic, aluminum, vinyl, rock or concrete and provides appealing designs matching to building structures. The solar panel housed with a series of energy conversion devices that provide transformed electrical ...
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Sun tracking solar energy collection system and method of assembly
Eterbright Solar Corporation
September 28, 2017 - N°20170279405

Various systems and methods enabling low cost solar tracker systems including lower cost mounting assemblies and fasteners are described herein. Reducing the material, manufacturing costs and/or labor required for assembly of solar tracker components can present significant reductions in the cost of solar tracker systems. In an embodiment, a hollow fastener can significantly lower the cost of solar tracker ...
Solar panel array
Gama Sonic Usa, Inc.
September 28, 2017 - N°20170278985

A solar energy device includes a solar panel array including a plurality of solar panels, each of the solar panels being divided into solar sub-panels. The solar sub-panels have unequal shapes but equal areas. Wires electrically connect the solar sub-panels and connect the solar panels. The solar panels are secured on a base which is formed with cutouts to receive ...
System and methods for automatic solar panel recognition and defect detection using infrared imaging
General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.
September 28, 2017 - N°20170277966

Methods and systems are provided for detecting a defect in a solar panel. The method includes initially imaging, via an infrared camera, a group of solar panels. Then, identifying, via a computer system configured for solar panel defect detection, the individual solar panels in the group of solar panels. Finally, identifying, via evaluation of an infrared image obtained by the ...
Coupling photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technologies for desalination
Saudi Arabian Oil Company
September 28, 2017 - N°20170275182

Systems and methods for the desalination of water are disclosed. A system includes a concentrated solar power (csp) system, the csp system operable to concentrate solar energy to increase temperature and pressure of a heat transfer fluid and operable to produce steam utilizing heat from the heat transfer fluid; a photovoltaic (pv) system, the pv system operable to collect solar ...
Cooling apparatus for solar panels
Hardware Labs Performance Systems, Inc.
September 21, 2017 - N°20170272031

A solar panel cooling system and apparatus. The cooling system includes a shroud that is coupleable to a back side of a solar panel. The shroud encloses a space on the back side of the solar panel and includes a nozzle for spraying cooling fluid onto the back side of the solar panel. The cooling fluid spray is contained within ...
Housing electrical components in a translucent wingsail
Marine Robotics, Llc.
September 21, 2017 - N°20170267324

A substantially hollow wingsail is configured to enable electrical components to be situated within the wingsail. In particular, the wingsail may be configured to contain the solar panels used to power the other electrical components of the vessel, as well as other items that are conventionally situated on the exterior of the vessel, such as antennas, navigation lights, and so ...
Solar battery system
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
September 21, 2017 - N°20170267113

A solar battery system includes a first electronic control unit disposed in a vehicle cabin of a vehicle, the first electronic control unit including a control unit repeating a charging period and a stop period during a period of time from ignition-off to ignition-on of the vehicle, the charging period being a period of charging the electric storage device with ...
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Solar battery module and manufacturing method therefor
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
September 14, 2017 - N°20170263800

A solar battery module and manufacturing method for a solar battery module having improved output are provided. The solar battery module 1 is a transparent substrate 10, transparent resin layer 13b, solar battery cell 12, colored resin layer 13a and back sheet 11 laminated in this order. The light-receiving surface 12a of the solar battery cell 12 faces the transparent resin layer 13b side. The ...
Snow removal apparatus for solar panels
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
September 14, 2017 - N°20170260705

A snow removal apparatus or snow sweeper generally having an elongated handle secured to a scraper and further including a slide suspended between the scraper and the handle is disclosed for use in removing snow and ice from outwardly facing surfaces of solar panels. The scraper preferably includes a top plate and a bottom plate secured to one another so ...
Silicone rubber foam brush
Saudi Arabian Oil Company
September 07, 2017 - N°20170257058

A method and device for cleaning and pretreating solar panels is provided. The device comprises a brush having cleaning elements made from silicone foam rubber material. The cleaning elements can be flaps of silicone foam rubber material. A sheet of silicone foam rubber material having two free ends can be attached to a core member such that the two free ...
Power supply unit
Ips Group Inc.
September 07, 2017 - N°20170256983

A power supply unit for supplying power to a device has a rechargeable, main battery; a charging arrangement for charging the main battery; a non-rechargeable back-up battery; load terminals for connection to a load; and a control unit for controlling supply of power to the load primarily from the main battery and secondarily from the back-up battery. The device is, ...
Solar panel module
Eterbright Solar Corporation
September 07, 2017 - N°20170256662

A solar panel module including a cover, a back plate, at least two solar panels, and at least a dark insulating layer is provided. The solar panels are configured between the cover and the back plate and arranged along a direction. There is a separating gap of a width arranged between the two adjacent solar panels. In addition, the dark ...
Solar tracker and related methods, devices, and systems
Drift Marketplace, Inc.
September 07, 2017 - N°20170255172

Systems and methods that provide trackers and tracking assemblies having node managers, such as smart node managers are described herein. Aspects of the disclosure are directed to an autonomous energy distribution network including a plurality of solar tracker devices configured to receive solar energy and transform the solar energy into electrical energy, where each of the solar tracker devices is ...
Photovoltaic mounting system for solar tracker array
Solarcity Corporation
August 31, 2017 - N°20170250648

Mounting systems are disclosed for attaching photovoltaic modules to torque tubes. Such systems can include saddle brackets that maximize space along a torque tube by sharing torque tube mounting holes between adjacent brackets. The brackets can be positionally stable on the torque tube prior to complete installation to enable a single installer to assemble a complete tracker array.
Utility pole mounted solar panels and securing brackets
Solarcity Corporation
August 31, 2017 - N°20170250647

An electrical transmission system has solar electrical generation stations mounted directly to existing utility poles along a transmission line. Solar panels and securing brackets define each solar electric generation station. Each station has at least one generally east facing panel, at least one generally south facing panel, and at least one generally west facing panel. A power coupling conducts electricity ...
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