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Title: Adjustable collection members for solar energy systems

Abstract

A solar energy collecting assembly is disclosed consisting of a rectangular supporting frame with a plurality of vane structures mounted in parallel relationship therein. Each vane structure consists of a generally Z-shaped bar member of extruded aluminum with an integral conduit at the corner between the lower flange and the web of the bar member. The conduit has extended end portions pivotally engaged through the front and rear supporting frame elements and these end portions are clampingly communicatively connected to respective inlet and outlet liquid manifolds located outwardly adjacent the front and rear frame elements. Each vane structure has a top flange provided with a blackened surface acting as a radiation absorber which generates heat, this heat being conducted to the associated conduit via the adjacent web portion of the bar member. The lower flange has an array of photovoltaic cells mounted thereon which can receive solar radiation either directly or via a plane mirror surface provided on the adjacent web portion of the vane structure. The coupling means connecting the conduit end portions to the manifolds includes coupling sleeves with surrounding clamps having tightening screws. The screws ar employed for locking the vane structures in pivotally adjusted positions relativemore » to the supporting frame, so that the vane structures can be set for optimum orientation. Each vane structure includes a block of heat-insulating material surrounding its conduit and covering the bottom surfaces of its web and flanges, to minimize heat loss.« less

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5421802
Patent Number(s):
US 4410757
Assignee:
Monegon, Ltd.
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: Filed date 22 Mar 1982; Other Information: PAT-APPL-360790
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR COLLECTORS; DESIGN; COUPLINGS; MIRRORS; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; POSITIONING; SOLAR ABSORBERS; VANES; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; EQUIPMENT; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; 141000* - Solar Collectors & Concentrators

Citation Formats

Stamminger, R, and Cullis, H M. Adjustable collection members for solar energy systems. United States: N. p., 1983. Web.
Stamminger, R, & Cullis, H M. Adjustable collection members for solar energy systems. United States.
Stamminger, R, and Cullis, H M. 1983. "Adjustable collection members for solar energy systems". United States.
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abstractNote = {A solar energy collecting assembly is disclosed consisting of a rectangular supporting frame with a plurality of vane structures mounted in parallel relationship therein. Each vane structure consists of a generally Z-shaped bar member of extruded aluminum with an integral conduit at the corner between the lower flange and the web of the bar member. The conduit has extended end portions pivotally engaged through the front and rear supporting frame elements and these end portions are clampingly communicatively connected to respective inlet and outlet liquid manifolds located outwardly adjacent the front and rear frame elements. Each vane structure has a top flange provided with a blackened surface acting as a radiation absorber which generates heat, this heat being conducted to the associated conduit via the adjacent web portion of the bar member. The lower flange has an array of photovoltaic cells mounted thereon which can receive solar radiation either directly or via a plane mirror surface provided on the adjacent web portion of the vane structure. The coupling means connecting the conduit end portions to the manifolds includes coupling sleeves with surrounding clamps having tightening screws. The screws ar employed for locking the vane structures in pivotally adjusted positions relative to the supporting frame, so that the vane structures can be set for optimum orientation. Each vane structure includes a block of heat-insulating material surrounding its conduit and covering the bottom surfaces of its web and flanges, to minimize heat loss.},
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