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Solar Panel Field Array Support System and Apparatus and Method for Construction Use

United States Patent Application

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A combined PV panel assembly jig and forklift transport pallet is used to assemble PV panels for transport to a field array from a protected manufacturing environment. The panels are assembled to have adhesively applied rails for transport by a robotic drone on a ground-support rack and are pre-wired. The PV panel assembly jig holds, protects, and aligns the PV panels in an upside down position, opposite to their operational position, for ease of wiring in order to decrease the manual labor required in the field. Once the pallet is transported to the load station at the end of a row of solar panel racks in the field array, a robotic loader lifts the upside down PV panels from the combined PV panel assembly jig and forklift transport pallet in an arcing overhead motion that lifts, tilts, and deposits the PV panels in an upright position at the loading station of a railed rack support as ground-mounted in a solar panel field array.
Britcher, Eric Bramwell (San Jose, CA), Moore, Jeffrey Allen (San Jose, CA), Samuels, John Andrew (San Francisco, CA)
Brittmore Group LLC (San Jose CA)
14/ 224,061
March 24, 2014
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made under contract awarded by US Department of Energy, Contract Number DE-EE0006378 and DE-SC0009196. The government has certain rights in the invention.