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PHOTOVOLTAIC LAMINATE SEGMENTS AND SEGMENTED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

United States Patent Application

20140102505
A1
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One embodiment of the invention relates to a segmented photovoltaic (PV) module which is manufactured from laminate segments. The segmented PV module includes rectangular-shaped laminate segments formed from rectangular-shaped PV laminates and further includes non-rectangular-shaped laminate segments formed from rectangular-shaped and approximately-triangular-shaped PV laminates. The laminate segments are mechanically joined and electrically interconnected to form the segmented module. Another embodiment relates to a method of manufacturing a large-area segmented photovoltaic module from laminate segments of various shapes. Other embodiments relate to processes for providing a photovoltaic array for installation at a site. Other embodiments and features are also disclosed.
LENOX, Carl (Oakland, CA)
SUNPOWER CORPORATION (San Jose CA)
14/ 055,694
October 16, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] 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.