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Photovoltaic panel clamp

United States Patent

March 19, 2013
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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.
Brown; Malcolm P. (San Francisco, CA), Mittan; Margaret Birmingham (Oakland, CA), Miros; Robert H. J. (Fairfax, CA), Stancel; Robert (Los Altos Hills, CA)
SunLink Corporation (San Rafael, CA)
13/ 408,264
February 29, 2012
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.