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Frame-Integrated Pivot Bearing For Solar Collector Assembly

United States Patent Application

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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.
WARES, Brian S. (San Francisco, CA)
12/ 577,414
October 12, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DEFC36-07GO17043 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.