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Photovoltaic system with improved DC connections and method of making same

United States Patent

June 20, 2017
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A micro-inverter assembly includes a housing having an opening formed in a bottom surface thereof, and a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing at a position adjacent to the opening. The micro-inverter assembly further includes a micro-inverter DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter and positioned within the opening of the housing, the micro-inverter DC connector having a plurality of exposed electrical contacts.
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/ 055,024
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.