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Automated solar collector installation design including ability to define heterogeneous design preferences

United States Patent

January 8, 2013
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Embodiments may include systems and methods to create and edit a representation of a worksite, to create various data objects, to classify such objects as various types of pre-defined "features" with attendant properties and layout constraints. As part of or in addition to classification, an embodiment may include systems and methods to create, associate, and edit intrinsic and extrinsic properties to these objects. A design engine may apply of design rules to the features described above to generate one or more solar collectors installation design alternatives, including generation of on-screen and/or paper representations of the physical layout or arrangement of the one or more design alternatives. Embodiments may also include definition of one or more design apertures, each of which may correspond to boundaries in which solar collector layouts should comply with distinct sets of user-defined design preferences. Distinct apertures may provide heterogeneous regions of collector layout according to the user-defined design preferences.
Wayne; Gary (Berkeley, CA), Frumkin; Alexander (San Rafael, CA), Zaydman; Michael (San Rafael, CA), Lehman; Scott (Martinez, CA), Brenner; Jules (Novato, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
12/ 708,501
February 18, 2010
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The invention described herein was made with governmental support under contract number DE-FC36-07GO17043 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government may have certain rights in the invention.