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Attaching solar collectors to a structural framework utilizing a flexible clip

United States Patent

March 25, 2014
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Methods and apparatuses described herein provide for the attachment of solar collectors to a structural framework in a solar array assembly. A flexible clip is attached to either end of each solar collector and utilized to attach the solar collector to the structural framework. The solar collectors are positioned to allow a member of the framework to engage a pair of flexible clips attached to adjacent solar collectors during assembly of the solar array. Each flexible clip may have multiple frame-engaging portions, each with a flange on one end to cause the flexible clip to deflect inward when engaged by the framework member during assembly and to guide each of the frame-engaging portions into contact with a surface of the framework member for attachment.
Kruse; John S. (Florissant, MO)
The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL)
12/ 237,651
September 25, 2008
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The invention was made with Government support under Contract Number DE-FC36-07GO17052 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.