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A versatile solar deployment system may provide one or more scalable solar deployment units. A solar deployment unit may include a chassis, a panel support provided by the chassis, and one or more solar panels coupled to the panel support, wherein the solar panels are folded together in an undeployed position, and the solar panels are unfolded in a deployed position. Alternatively, a solar deployment unit may include a rolling mechanism providing a rotating shaft and a flexible panel. One end of the flexible panel is secured to the rotating shaft, the flexible panel is rolled around the rotating shaft to retract the flexible panel into an undeployed position, and the flexible panel is unrolled to deploy the flexible panel into a deployed position.
Curran, Seamus (Houston, TX), Morgan, Nathaniel (Houston, TX), Alley, Nigel (Houston, TX)
University of Houston (Houston TX)
13/ 010,406
January 20, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0002] The present invention was made in part with government support under Grant No. DE-FG36-08G088008 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights in this invention.