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Direct mounted photovoltaic device with improved adhesion and method thereof

United States Patent

December 23, 2014
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The present invention is premised upon a photovoltaic device suitable for directly mounting on a structure. The device includes an active portion including a photovoltaic cell assembly having a top surface portion that allows transmission of light energy to a photoactive portion of the photovoltaic device for conversion into electrical energy and a bottom surface having a bottom bonding zone; and an inactive portion immediately adjacent to and connected to the active portion, the inactive portion having a region for receiving a fastener to connect the device to the structure and having on a top surface, a top bonding zone; wherein one of the top and bottom bonding zones comprises a first bonding element and the other comprises a second bonding element, the second bonding element designed to interact with the first bonding element on a vertically overlapped adjacent photovoltaic device to bond the device to such adjacent device or to the structure.
Boven; Michelle L. (Midland, MI), Keenihan; James R. (Midland, MI), Lickly; Stan (Midland, MI), Brown, Jr.; Claude (Saginaw, MI), Cleereman; Robert J. (Midland, MI), Plum; Timothy C. (Midland, MI)
Dow Global Technologies LLC (Midland, MI)
12/ 908,055
October 20, 2010
This invention was made with U.S. Government support under contract DE-FC36-07G017054 awarded by the Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.