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Rack assembly for mounting solar modules

United States Patent

September 4, 2012
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A rack assembly is provided for mounting solar modules over an underlying body. The rack assembly may include a plurality of rail structures that are arrangeable over the underlying body to form an overall perimeter for the rack assembly. One or more retention structures may be provided with the plurality of rail structures, where each retention structure is configured to support one or more solar modules at a given height above the underlying body. At least some of the plurality of rail structures are adapted to enable individual rail structures to be sealed over the underlying body so as to constrain air flow underneath the solar modules. Additionally, at least one of (i) one or more of the rail structures, or (ii) the one or more retention structures are adjustable so as to adapt the rack assembly to accommodate solar modules of varying forms or dimensions.
Plaisted; Joshua Reed (Oakland, CA), West; Brian (San Francisco, CA)
PVT Solar, Inc. (Fremont, CA)
12/ 949,551
November 18, 2010
The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of contract No. NDC-5-55022-01 and contract No. NDO-3-33457-02, both awarded by the Department of Energy.