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Title: Fluidic actuator system and method

Abstract

A pneumatically actuated solar panel array system that includes a plurality of separate actuator assemblies that each have a top plate and bottom plate and a first and second bellows that each extend between and are coupled to the top and bottom plates at a respective top head and bottom head, the first and second bellows being configured to be separately pneumatically inflated, where the pneumatic inflation expands the bellows along a length. The pneumatically actuated solar panel array system can also include a plurality of solar panels coupled to the actuator assemblies with the solar panels being configured to be actuated based on inflation of one or more bellows associated with the plurality of actuator assembles.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sunfolding, Inc., San Francisco, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1531373
Patent Number(s):
10135388
Application Number:
15/012,715
Assignee:
Sunfolding, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F15 - FLUID-PRESSURE ACTUATORS F15B - SYSTEMS ACTING BY MEANS OF FLUIDS IN GENERAL
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:  
AR0000330
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2016-02-01
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Madrone, Leila Marcia, Betts, Kyle Douglas, Lynn, Peter Sturt, Basel, Louis Hong, Ridley, Brent, Griffith, Saul Thomas, McBride, James Dylan, Lamb, Jeffrey, Suan, Eric Preston Lien, Lin, Erica, Erickson, Joshua, and Romanin, Vincent Domenic. Fluidic actuator system and method. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Madrone, Leila Marcia, Betts, Kyle Douglas, Lynn, Peter Sturt, Basel, Louis Hong, Ridley, Brent, Griffith, Saul Thomas, McBride, James Dylan, Lamb, Jeffrey, Suan, Eric Preston Lien, Lin, Erica, Erickson, Joshua, & Romanin, Vincent Domenic. Fluidic actuator system and method. United States.
Madrone, Leila Marcia, Betts, Kyle Douglas, Lynn, Peter Sturt, Basel, Louis Hong, Ridley, Brent, Griffith, Saul Thomas, McBride, James Dylan, Lamb, Jeffrey, Suan, Eric Preston Lien, Lin, Erica, Erickson, Joshua, and Romanin, Vincent Domenic. Tue . "Fluidic actuator system and method". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1531373.
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abstractNote = {A pneumatically actuated solar panel array system that includes a plurality of separate actuator assemblies that each have a top plate and bottom plate and a first and second bellows that each extend between and are coupled to the top and bottom plates at a respective top head and bottom head, the first and second bellows being configured to be separately pneumatically inflated, where the pneumatic inflation expands the bellows along a length. The pneumatically actuated solar panel array system can also include a plurality of solar panels coupled to the actuator assemblies with the solar panels being configured to be actuated based on inflation of one or more bellows associated with the plurality of actuator assembles.},
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