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Photovoltaic module with removable wind deflector

United States Patent

8,234,824
August 7, 2012
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A photovoltaic (PV) module assembly including a PV module, a deflector, and a clip. The PV module includes a PV device and a frame. A PV laminate is assembled to the frame, and the frame includes a support arm forming a seat. The deflector defines a front face and a rear face, with the clip extending from either the trailing frame member or the rear face of the deflector. In a mounted state, the deflector is nested within the seat and is releasably mounted to the trailing frame member via the clip. In some embodiments, the support arm forms a second seat, with the PV module assembly providing a second mounted state in which the deflector is in a differing orientation/slope, nested within the second seat and releasably mounted to the trailing frame member via the clip.
Botkin; Jonathan (El Cerrito, CA), Graves; Simon (Berkeley, CA), Danning; Matt (Oakland, CA), Culligan; Matthew (Berkeley, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
12/ 492,729
June 26, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC36-07GO17043 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.