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Title: Ballasted photovoltaic module and module arrays

Abstract

A photovoltaic (PV) module assembly including a PV module and a ballast tray. The PV module includes a PV device and a frame. A PV laminate is assembled to the frame, and the frame includes an arm. The ballast tray is adapted for containing ballast and is removably associated with the PV module in a ballasting state where the tray is vertically under the PV laminate and vertically over the arm to impede overt displacement of the PV module. The PV module assembly can be installed to a flat commercial rooftop, with the PV module and the ballast tray both resting upon the rooftop. In some embodiments, the ballasting state includes corresponding surfaces of the arm and the tray being spaced from one another under normal (low or no wind) conditions, such that the frame is not continuously subjected to a weight of the tray.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. El Cerrito, CA
  2. Berkeley, CA
  3. Oakland, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sunpower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1032641
Patent Number(s):
8065844
Application Number:
12/492,640
Assignee:
Sunpower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
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
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02B - CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO BUILDINGS, e.g. HOUSING, HOUSE APPLIANCES OR RELATED END-USER APPLICATIONS
DOE Contract Number:  
FC36-07GO17043
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Botkin, Jonathan, Graves, Simon, and Danning, Matt. Ballasted photovoltaic module and module arrays. United States: N. p., 2011. Web.
Botkin, Jonathan, Graves, Simon, & Danning, Matt. Ballasted photovoltaic module and module arrays. United States.
Botkin, Jonathan, Graves, Simon, and Danning, Matt. Tue . "Ballasted photovoltaic module and module arrays". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1032641.
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author = {Botkin, Jonathan and Graves, Simon and Danning, Matt},
abstractNote = {A photovoltaic (PV) module assembly including a PV module and a ballast tray. The PV module includes a PV device and a frame. A PV laminate is assembled to the frame, and the frame includes an arm. The ballast tray is adapted for containing ballast and is removably associated with the PV module in a ballasting state where the tray is vertically under the PV laminate and vertically over the arm to impede overt displacement of the PV module. The PV module assembly can be installed to a flat commercial rooftop, with the PV module and the ballast tray both resting upon the rooftop. In some embodiments, the ballasting state includes corresponding surfaces of the arm and the tray being spaced from one another under normal (low or no wind) conditions, such that the frame is not continuously subjected to a weight of the tray.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {11}
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