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Photovoltaic panel clamp

United States Patent

June 5, 2012
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A photovoltaic panel clamp includes an upper and lower section. The interface between the assembled clamp halves and the module edge is filled by a flexible gasket material, such as EPDM rubber. The gasket preferably has small, finger like protrusions that allow for easy insertion onto the module edge while being reversed makes it more difficult to remove them from the module once installed. The clamp includes mounting posts or an integral axle to engage a bracket. The clamp also may include a locking tongue to secure the clamp to a bracket.
Mittan; Margaret Birmingham (Oakland, CA), Miros; Robert H. J. (Fairfax, CA), Brown; Malcolm P. (San Francisco, CA), Stancel; Robert (Loss Altos Hills, CA)
SunLink Corporation (San Rafael, CA)
12/ 587,919
October 15, 2009
This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Contract No. DE-FC36-07GO17047 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.