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Photovoltaic assemblies and methods for transporting

United States Patent

September 17, 2013
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A PV assembly including framework, PV laminate(s), and a stiffening device. The framework includes a perimeter frame at least 10 feet in length and at least 5 feet in width. The PV laminate(s) are assembled to the perimeter frame to define a receiving zone having a depth of not more than 8 inches. The stiffening device is associated with the framework and is configured to provide a first state and a second state. In the first state, an entirety of the stiffening device is maintained within the receiving zone. In the second state, at least a portion of the stiffening device projects from the receiving zone. The stiffening device enhances a stiffness of the PV assembly in a plane of the perimeter frame, and can include rods defining truss structures.
Almy; Charles (Berkeley, CA), Campbell; Matt (Berkeley, CA), Sandler; Reuben (Berkeley, CA), Wares; Brian (Sacramento, CA), Wayman; Elizabeth (Emeryville, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
12/ 480,231
June 8, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This disclosure 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 disclosure.