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


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Pile cap with integrated bearing housing
Solarcity Corporation
August 10, 2017 - N°20170229998

This disclosure relates to the design of pile cap assemblies configured to rotatably couple the torque tube of a photovoltaic solar tracker to multiple support piles that elevate the torque tube above the ground. The pile cap assemblies define low friction bearings that allow the torque tube to rotate smoothly within the low friction bearings. The pile cap assemblies also ...
Solar panel mounting system with adjustment features
Precision Tech Welding & Machine Inc.
August 10, 2017 - N°20170229997

A mounting system for solar panels that is adjustable to allow for ease of installation. An adjustable leg or strut includes a telescoping portion that is connected to a base by a compound ball joint. At an upper end, an angularly adjustable bracket allows for connection to a rail for supporting the solar panel. In a typical installation, two series ...
Refractory solar selective coatings
Uchicago Argonne, Llc
August 10, 2017 - N°20170229593

Selective receiver coatings provide high performance for concentrated solar power applications. The coating provides high solar absorptivity (90% or greater) with low ir emissivity (0. 1 or less) while maintaining stability at temperatures greater than 700° c. The coating comprises a composite of a mesoporous photonic matrix with a conformal optical coating.
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System and method for controlling the power ratio of a solar concentrator array
The Boeing Company
August 03, 2017 - N°20170222597

A system and method for generating electrical power from a solar power supply using at least one concentrator array having a plurality of photovoltaic cells and corresponding reflector groups to direct light to the photovoltaic. A concentration ratio indicative of a portion of the electrical power capacity to generate to power a spacecraft is determined. The concentration ratio is communicated ...
Electricity generator having linearly deployed solar panels
The Boeing Company
August 03, 2017 - N°20170222475

A mobile electricity generator comprising a movable solar panel assembly that may be stored in the base and deployed to a use position is provided. The solar panel assembly includes a plurality of solar panels that slide relative to one another between deployed and collapsed positions. The solar panels may be actuated to track a solar energy source. The mobile ...
Luminescent solar concentrators comprising semiconductor nanocrystals
Universita Degli Studi Di Milano-bicocca
August 03, 2017 - N°20170218264

Disclosed herein are embodiments of a composition comprising a polymer or sol-gel matrix and one or more nanocrystals. The composition is useful for making various products, including a luminescent solar concentrator. The nanocrystals are dispersed in the polymer or sol-gel matrix to reduce or substantially prevent nanocrystal-to-nanocrystal energy transfer and a subsequent reduction in the emission efficiency of the composition. ...
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Tractor trailer refrigeration unit
Enow, Inc.
August 03, 2017 - N°20170217280

A reefer truck power unit employs a plurality of power sources including: a propulsion vehicle source driven mechanically by a diesel engine of the vehicle, and having an enhanced alternator configured for generation in excess of needs of a charging/starting system of the vehicle, in which the enhanced alternator has a pulley ratio increasing idle speed generation, and a ...
Optical device
Pioneer Corporation
July 27, 2017 - N°20170213993

The optical device (100) is, for example, a light emitting device or a photoelectric conversion device (for example, a solar battery), and includes a substrate (110), a conductive section (124), a first electrode (120), a functional layer (130), and a second electrode (140). The conductive section (124) is formed on a first surface (112) of the substrate (110). The first electrode (120) covers the first surface (112) of the substrate (110) and ...
Blackbody thermal receiver for solar concentrators
Focal Line Solar Llc
July 27, 2017 - N°20170211848

To overcome shortcomings of the conventional thermal receiver, embodiments of the technology disclosed herein are directed towards an improved thermal receiver. More particularly, the various embodiments of the technology disclosed herein relate to thermal receivers without a vacuum insulation, otherwise known as an approximation of a blackbody. Various embodiments of the technology disclosed herein enable greater absorption of sunlight collected ...
Stand-alone energy supply facility equipped with vehicle hydrogen fuel supply unit and electric vehicle charger ...
Tokushu Giken Kinzoku Co., Ltd.
July 20, 2017 - N°20170207745

A self-contained energy supply facility can supply an automotive hydrogen fuel that has been produced by utilizing solar energy, and can also supply electrical energy for an electric vehicle that has been produced by utilizing solar energy. The self-contained energy supply facility is characterized in that a concentrator panel for solar energy that includes a solar tracker is installed on ...
Linear fresnel solar power system that can be transported in a goods container
Solatom Csp S.l.
July 20, 2017 - N°20170205118

Linear fresnel solar power system which is transportable in a goods container which comprises a number of rows of reflective mirrors (6), an automatic cleaning system (10), a linear receiver (18) and a support structure designed to be assembled on a commercial goods container (1). In turn, the support structure comprises two foldable lateral platforms (2) capable of adopting two fixed positions, a vertical position, ...
Orienting device, solar tracking system and method therefor
Solarswing Holding B.v.
July 20, 2017 - N°20170204658

A device for orienting slats relative to the sun includes a housing, an elongate guide which is connected to the housing and in which the slats are engageable and guidable, a drive with which the slats, which extend substantially transversely of the elongate guide, are rotatably drivable about their longitudinal axis, a controller configured to control the drive such that ...
Solar battery module
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
July 13, 2017 - N°20170201209

Provided is a solar battery module having an outer edge maintained by a frame, and comprising a group of strings formed by using a plurality of solar battery cells, connecting adjacent solar battery cells in a longitudinal direction by an inter-cell wiring material to form a plurality of strings, and arranging the plurality of strings in a transverse direction, wherein ...
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Compound kohler solar concentrator with optional spectrum splitting photovoltaic apparatus
Light Prescriptions Innovators, Llc
July 13, 2017 - N°20170200848

A high concentration photovoltaic device has a fresnel lens having a front side and a back side, which may be mounted on a cover plate, and a mirror behind the fresnel lens and facing the fresnel lens. A secondary lens is unitary with the fresnel lens and facing the mirror, and is typically on the inside of the cover plate ...
Method of making conducting ceramic glass with texture and smoothness
Solar-tectic, Llc
July 13, 2017 - N°20170198386

A method for making ceramic glass that is textured, hard, transparent and conducting, for use in various electronic devices and displays, such as leds, solar cells, the covers of solar panels, cics used in satellites, smartphones, and computer displays. The ceramic glass can also be used for window shields in automobiles, and in any other industries where anti-scratch glass is ...
Method of annealing ceramic glass by laser
Solar-tectic, Llc
July 13, 2017 - N°20170197887

A method for annealing thin-films of ceramics such as al2o3 on glass by laser such that the underlying glass substrate is unaffected by the laser heating. This is accomplished by applying a thin mgo buffer layer to the glass, depositing an amorphous ceramic layer on the textured transparent buffer layer, and annealing the ceramic layer with a heated line ...
Solar panel cleaning system capable of cleaning a plurality of solar arrays
Ecoppia Scientific Ltd.
July 06, 2017 - N°20170194898

The present invention is a cleaning system for solar panels in a solar park capable of cleaning a plurality of solar arrays without water. Some embodiments of the system include a first set of ground based rails positioned substantially in between two neighboring solar arrays and parallel to a length direction of the solar arrays, a second set of ground ...
Solar array support methods and systems
P4p Holdings, Llc
July 06, 2017 - N°20170194894

Systems and methods for disposing and supporting a solar panel array are disclosed. The embodiments comprise various combinations of cables, support columns, and pod constructions in which to support solar panels. Special installations of the system can include systems mounted over structures such as parking lots, roads, aqueducts, and other bodies of water. Simplified support systems with a minimum number ...
Solar battery system for low temperature operation
Lithium Power, Inc.
July 06, 2017 - N°20170194811

A power delivery device is disclosed, comprising at least one solar panel, a battery pack comprising at least one battery, and a heater, wherein the device is configured to measure the temperature of the battery pack and power the heater to heat the battery pack if it is too cold for optimal charging.
Power supply module and smart wearable device
Beijing Boe Display Technology Co., Ltd.
July 06, 2017 - N°20170192452

The present disclosure provides for a power supply module for supplying a power to a load. The power supply module includes a solar battery and a storage battery. The solar battery is configured to supply power to the load when the solar battery is irradiated by light to generate electrical energy. The storage battery is configured to supply power to ...
External secondary solar concentrator
Frontline Aerospace, Inc.
July 06, 2017 - N°20170191698

An external concentrator is disclosed for use in concentrating reflected solar radiation (e. G., beams or rays) onto a heat collection element (hce) located at a focal point of a parabolic mirror. The external concentrator includes at least first and second elongated ribs that are adapted to extend radially outward from the outside surface of an hce and along a ...
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