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Title: Pressure equalizing photovoltaic assembly and method

Abstract

Each PV assembly of an array of PV assemblies comprises a base, a PV module and a support assembly securing the PV module to a position overlying the upper surface of the base. Vents are formed through the base. A pressure equalization path extends from the outer surface of the PV module, past the peripheral edge of the PV module, to and through at least one of the vents, and to the lower surface of the base to help reduce wind uplift forces on the PV assembly. The PV assemblies may be interengaged, such as by interengaging the bases of adjacent PV assemblies. The base may include a main portion and a cover and the bases of adjacent PV assemblies may be interengaged by securing the covers of adjacent bases together.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Piedmont, CA
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
921797
Patent Number(s):
6,570,084
Application Number:
09/902,493
Assignee:
PowerLight Corporation (Berkeley, CA)
DOE Contract Number:  
ZAX-8-17647-12
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Pressure equalizing photovoltaic assembly and method. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Pressure equalizing photovoltaic assembly and method. United States.
Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Tue . "Pressure equalizing photovoltaic assembly and method". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/921797.
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title = {Pressure equalizing photovoltaic assembly and method},
author = {Dinwoodie, Thomas L},
abstractNote = {Each PV assembly of an array of PV assemblies comprises a base, a PV module and a support assembly securing the PV module to a position overlying the upper surface of the base. Vents are formed through the base. A pressure equalization path extends from the outer surface of the PV module, past the peripheral edge of the PV module, to and through at least one of the vents, and to the lower surface of the base to help reduce wind uplift forces on the PV assembly. The PV assemblies may be interengaged, such as by interengaging the bases of adjacent PV assemblies. The base may include a main portion and a cover and the bases of adjacent PV assemblies may be interengaged by securing the covers of adjacent bases together.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2003},
month = {5}
}

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