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MICRO-INVERTER ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

United States Patent Application

20170264239
A1
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A micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system includes a housing, a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing, and a DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter. The DC connector is positioned within a recess formed in a bottom surface of the housing such that at least one electrical contact of the DC connector is accessible from outside the housing. According to alternative embodiments, the DC connector comprises a plug-and-play connector constructed for one of a rotational engagement and a translational engagement with a DC connector of a photovoltaic (PV) panel.
Cioffi, Philip Michael (Schaghticoke, NY), Todorovic, Maja Harfman (Niskayuna, NY), Herzog, Michael Scott (Voorheesville, NY), Korman, Charles Steven (Niskayuna, NY), Doherty, Donald M. (Schenectady, NY), Johnson, Neil Anthony (Niskayuna, NY)
15/ 604,066
May 24, 2017
[0002] GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0003] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-EE0005344 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.