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Micro-inverter solar panel mounting

United States Patent

February 2, 2016
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Processes, systems, devices, and articles of manufacture are provided. Each may include adapting micro-inverters initially configured for frame-mounting to mounting on a frameless solar panel. This securement may include using an adaptive clamp or several adaptive clamps secured to a micro-inverter or its components, and using compressive forces applied directly to the solar panel to secure the adaptive clamp and the components to the solar panel. The clamps can also include compressive spacers and safeties for managing the compressive forces exerted on the solar panels. Friction zones may also be used for managing slipping between the clamp and the solar panel during or after installation. Adjustments to the clamps may be carried out through various means and by changing the physical size of the clamps themselves.
Morris; John (Pflugerville, TX), Gilchrist; Phillip Charles (Austin, TX)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
13/ 751,376
January 28, 2013
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-EE0005341.001 awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE). The Government has certain rights in this invention.