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Title: Photovoltaic array mounting apparatus, systems, and methods

Abstract

An apparatus for mounting a photovoltaic (PV) module on a surface, including a support with an upper surface, a lower surface, tabs, one or more openings, and a clip comprising an arm and a notch, where the apparatus resists wind forces and seismic forces and creates a grounding electrical bond between the PV module, support, and clip. The invention further includes a method for installing PV modules on a surface that includes arranging supports in rows along an X axis and in columns along a Y axis on a surface such that in each row the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the longest side of a PV module and in each column the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the shortest side of a PV module.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Zep Solar, LLC, San Rafael, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1164707
Patent Number(s):
8,898,971
Application Number:
14/137,989
Assignee:
Zep Solar, LLC (San Rafael, CA)
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0005439
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2013 Dec 20
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

West, John Raymond, Atchley, Brian, Hudson, Tyrus Hawkes, and Johansen, Emil. Photovoltaic array mounting apparatus, systems, and methods. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
West, John Raymond, Atchley, Brian, Hudson, Tyrus Hawkes, & Johansen, Emil. Photovoltaic array mounting apparatus, systems, and methods. United States.
West, John Raymond, Atchley, Brian, Hudson, Tyrus Hawkes, and Johansen, Emil. 2014. "Photovoltaic array mounting apparatus, systems, and methods". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1164707.
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title = {Photovoltaic array mounting apparatus, systems, and methods},
author = {West, John Raymond and Atchley, Brian and Hudson, Tyrus Hawkes and Johansen, Emil},
abstractNote = {An apparatus for mounting a photovoltaic (PV) module on a surface, including a support with an upper surface, a lower surface, tabs, one or more openings, and a clip comprising an arm and a notch, where the apparatus resists wind forces and seismic forces and creates a grounding electrical bond between the PV module, support, and clip. The invention further includes a method for installing PV modules on a surface that includes arranging supports in rows along an X axis and in columns along a Y axis on a surface such that in each row the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the longest side of a PV module and in each column the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the shortest side of a PV module.},
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url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1164707}, journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2014},
month = {12}
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