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Title: Attaching solar collectors to a structural framework utilizing a flexible clip

Abstract

Methods and apparatuses described herein provide for the attachment of solar collectors to a structural framework in a solar array assembly. A flexible clip is attached to either end of each solar collector and utilized to attach the solar collector to the structural framework. The solar collectors are positioned to allow a member of the framework to engage a pair of flexible clips attached to adjacent solar collectors during assembly of the solar array. Each flexible clip may have multiple frame-engaging portions, each with a flange on one end to cause the flexible clip to deflect inward when engaged by the framework member during assembly and to guide each of the frame-engaging portions into contact with a surface of the framework member for attachment.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1128690
Patent Number(s):
8677701
Application Number:
12/237,651
Assignee:
The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F24 - HEATING F24S - SOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS
H - ELECTRICITY H02 - GENERATION H02S - GENERATION OF ELECTRIC POWER BY CONVERSION OF INFRA-RED RADIATION, VISIBLE LIGHT OR ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT, e.g. USING PHOTOVOLTAIC [PV] MODULES
DOE Contract Number:  
FC36-07GO17052
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2008 Sep 25
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Kruse, John S. Attaching solar collectors to a structural framework utilizing a flexible clip. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Kruse, John S. Attaching solar collectors to a structural framework utilizing a flexible clip. United States.
Kruse, John S. Tue . "Attaching solar collectors to a structural framework utilizing a flexible clip". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1128690.
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