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Supported PV module assembly

United States Patent

October 15, 2013
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A supported PV assembly may include a PV module comprising a PV panel and PV module supports including module supports having a support surface supporting the module, a module registration member engaging the PV module to properly position the PV module on the module support, and a mounting element. In some embodiments the PV module registration members engage only the external surfaces of the PV modules at the corners. In some embodiments the assembly includes a wind deflector with ballast secured to a least one of the PV module supports and the wind deflector. An array of the assemblies can be secured to one another at their corners to prevent horizontal separation of the adjacent corners while permitting the PV modules to flex relative to one another so to permit the array of PV modules to follow a contour of the support surface.
Mascolo; Gianluigi (Danville, CA), Taggart; David F. (San Carlos, CA), Botkin; Jonathan D. (El Cerrito, CA), Edgett; Christopher S. (Oakland, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
11/ 616,575
December 27, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING STATE AND FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10337 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention. This invention was made with State of California support under the California Energy Commission Agreement Number 500-00-034. The Energy Commission has certain rights to this invention.