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Concentrating photovoltaic solar panel

United States Patent

August 14, 2012
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The present invention relates to photovoltaic power systems, photovoltaic concentrator modules, and related methods. In particular, the present invention features concentrator modules having interior points of attachment for an articulating mechanism and/or an articulating mechanism that has a unique arrangement of chassis members so as to isolate bending, etc. from being transferred among the chassis members. The present invention also features adjustable solar panel mounting features and/or mounting features with two or more degrees of freedom. The present invention also features a mechanical fastener for secondary optics in a concentrator module.
Cashion; Steven A. (San Diego, CA), Bowser; Michael R. (Los Angeles, CA), Farrelly; Mark B. (Carlsbad, CA), Hines; Braden E. (Pasadena, CA), Holmes; Howard C. (Boulder Creek, CA), Johnson, Jr.; Richard L. (Suffolk, VA), Russell; Richard J. (La Crescenta, CA), Turk; Michael F. (Los Angeles, CA)
12/ 454,321
May 15, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The present invention was made with Government support under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC36-07G017044 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.