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Automated solar collector installation design

United States Patent

August 26, 2014
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Embodiments may include systems and methods to create and edit a representation of a worksite, to create various data objects, to classify such objects as various types of pre-defined "features" with attendant properties and layout constraints. As part of or in addition to classification, an embodiment may include systems and methods to create, associate, and edit intrinsic and extrinsic properties to these objects. A design engine may apply of design rules to the features described above to generate one or more solar collectors installation design alternatives, including generation of on-screen and/or paper representations of the physical layout or arrangement of the one or more design alternatives.
Wayne; Gary (Berkeley, CA), Frumkin; Alexander (San Rafael, CA), Zaydman; Michael (San Rafael, CA), Lehman; Scott (Martinez, CA), Brenner; Jules (Novato, CA)
Sunpower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
12/ 708,498
February 18, 2010
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The invention described herein was made with governmental support under contract number DE-FC36-07GO17043 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government may have certain rights in the invention.