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Photovoltaic module and module arrays

United States Patent

August 27, 2013
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A photovoltaic (PV) module including a PV device and a frame, The PV device has a PV laminate defining a perimeter and a major plane. The frame is assembled to and encases the laminate perimeter, and includes leading, trailing, and side frame members, and an arm that forms a support face opposite the laminate. The support face is adapted for placement against a horizontal installation surface, to support and orient the laminate in a non-parallel or tilted arrangement. Upon final assembly, the laminate and the frame combine to define a unitary structure. The frame can orient the laminate at an angle in the range of from horizontal, and can be entirely formed of a polymeric material. Optionally, the arm incorporates integral feature(s) that facilitate interconnection with corresponding features of a second, identically formed PV module.
Botkin; Jonathan (El Cerrito, CA), Graves; Simon (Berkeley, CA), Lenox; Carl J. S. (Oakland, CA), Culligan; Matthew (Berkeley, CA), Danning; Matt (Oakland, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
13/ 527,444
June 19, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC36-07GO17043 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.