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Concentrating photovoltaic solar panel

United States Patent

April 15, 2014
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The present invention relates to photovoltaic power systems, photovoltaic concentrator modules, and related methods. In particular, the present invention features concentrator modules having interior points of attachment for an articulating mechanism and/or an articulating mechanism that has a unique arrangement of chassis members so as to isolate bending, etc. from being transferred among the chassis members. The present invention also features adjustable solar panel mounting features and/or mounting features with two or more degrees of freedom. The present invention also features a mechanical fastener for secondary optics in a concentrator module.
Cashion; Steven A. (San Diego, CA), Bowser; Michael R. (Los Angeles, CA), Farrelly; Mark B. (Carlsbad, CA), Hines; Braden E. (Pasadena, CA), Holmes; Howard C. (Boulder Creek, CA), Johnson, Jr.; Richard L. (Suffolk, VA), Russell; Richard J. (La Crescenta, CA), Turk; Michael F. (Los Angeles, CA)
Suncore Photovoltaics, Inc. (Irwindale, CA)
13/ 538,938
June 29, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The present invention was made with Government support under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC36-07G017044 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.