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Title: Rack assembly for mounting solar modules

Abstract

A rack assembly is provided for mounting solar modules over an underlying body. The rack assembly may include a plurality of rail structures that are arrangeable over the underlying body to form an overall perimeter for the rack assembly. One or more retention structures may be provided with the plurality of rail structures, where each retention structure is configured to support one or more solar modules at a given height above the underlying body. At least some of the plurality of rail structures are adapted to enable individual rail structures o be sealed over the underlying body so as to constrain air flow underneath the solar modules. Additionally, at least one of (i) one or more of the rail structures, or (ii) the one or more retention structures are adjustable so as to adapt the rack assembly to accommodate solar modules of varying forms or dimensions.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Oakland, CA
  2. San Francisco, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
PVT Solar, Inc. (Berkeley, CA)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1009425
Patent Number(s):
7856769
Application Number:
11/332,000
Assignee:
PVT Solar, Inc. (Berkeley, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F24 - HEATING F24S - SOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Plaisted, Joshua Reed, and West, Brian. Rack assembly for mounting solar modules. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Plaisted, Joshua Reed, & West, Brian. Rack assembly for mounting solar modules. United States.
Plaisted, Joshua Reed, and West, Brian. Tue . "Rack assembly for mounting solar modules". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1009425.
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abstractNote = {A rack assembly is provided for mounting solar modules over an underlying body. The rack assembly may include a plurality of rail structures that are arrangeable over the underlying body to form an overall perimeter for the rack assembly. One or more retention structures may be provided with the plurality of rail structures, where each retention structure is configured to support one or more solar modules at a given height above the underlying body. At least some of the plurality of rail structures are adapted to enable individual rail structures o be sealed over the underlying body so as to constrain air flow underneath the solar modules. Additionally, at least one of (i) one or more of the rail structures, or (ii) the one or more retention structures are adjustable so as to adapt the rack assembly to accommodate solar modules of varying forms or dimensions.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2010},
month = {12}
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