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Title: Pressure-equalizing PV 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 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:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
PowerLight Corporation, Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1175098
Patent Number(s):
6809253
Application Number:
10/384,513
Assignee:
PowerLight Corporation (Berkeley, CA)
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
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Pressure-equalizing PV assembly and method. United States: N. p., 2004. Web.
Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Pressure-equalizing PV assembly and method. United States.
Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Tue . "Pressure-equalizing PV assembly and method". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1175098.
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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 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.},
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