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Photovoltaic system with improved AC connections and method of making same

United States Patent

9,893,678
February 13, 2018
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An alternating current (AC) harness for a photovoltaic (PV) system includes a wire assembly having a first end and a second end, the wire assembly having a plurality of lead wires, and at least one AC connection module positioned at a location along a length of the wire assembly between the first end and the second end. Further, the at least one AC connection module includes a first connection terminal electrically coupled to the plurality of lead wires of the wire assembly and constructed to electrically couple the wire assembly with an output of a first PV module of the PV system. The at least one AC connection module also includes a second connection terminal electrically coupled to the plurality of lead wires of the wire assembly and constructed to electrically couple the wire assembly with an output of a second PV module of the PV system.
Cioffi; Philip Michael (Schaghticoke, NY), Todorovic; Maja Harfman (Niskayuna, NY), Herzog; Michael Scott (Voorheesville, NY), Korman; Charles Steven (Niskayuna, NY), Doherty; Donald M. (Schenectady, NY), Johnson; Neil Anthony (Niskayuna, NY)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
14/ 055,042
October 16, 2013
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-EE0005344 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.