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Title: Solar panel field array support system and apparatus and method for construction use

Abstract

A combined PV panel assembly jig and forklift transport pallet is used to assemble PV panels for transport to a field array from a protected manufacturing environment. The panels are assembled to have adhesively applied rails for transport by a robotic drone on a ground-support rack and are pre-wired. The PV panel assembly jig holds, protects, and aligns the PV panels in an upside down position, opposite to their operational position, for ease of wiring in order to decrease the manual labor required in the field. Once the pallet is transported to the load station at the end of a row of solar panel racks in the field array, a robotic loader lifts the upside down PV panels from the combined PV panel assembly jig and forklift transport pallet in an arcing overhead motion that lifts, tilts, and deposits the PV panels in an upright position at the loading station of a railed rack support as ground-mounted in a solar panel field array.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Brittmore Group, San Jose, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1651073
Patent Number(s):
10696451
Application Number:
15/475,095
Assignee:
Britcher, Eric Bramwell, San Jose, CA (United States)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01L - SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES
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
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0006378; SC0009196
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 03/30/2017
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Britcher, Eric Bramwell, Moore, Jeffrey Allen, and Samuels, John Andrew. Solar panel field array support system and apparatus and method for construction use. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Britcher, Eric Bramwell, Moore, Jeffrey Allen, & Samuels, John Andrew. Solar panel field array support system and apparatus and method for construction use. United States.
Britcher, Eric Bramwell, Moore, Jeffrey Allen, and Samuels, John Andrew. Tue . "Solar panel field array support system and apparatus and method for construction use". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1651073.
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title = {Solar panel field array support system and apparatus and method for construction use},
author = {Britcher, Eric Bramwell and Moore, Jeffrey Allen and Samuels, John Andrew},
abstractNote = {A combined PV panel assembly jig and forklift transport pallet is used to assemble PV panels for transport to a field array from a protected manufacturing environment. The panels are assembled to have adhesively applied rails for transport by a robotic drone on a ground-support rack and are pre-wired. The PV panel assembly jig holds, protects, and aligns the PV panels in an upside down position, opposite to their operational position, for ease of wiring in order to decrease the manual labor required in the field. Once the pallet is transported to the load station at the end of a row of solar panel racks in the field array, a robotic loader lifts the upside down PV panels from the combined PV panel assembly jig and forklift transport pallet in an arcing overhead motion that lifts, tilts, and deposits the PV panels in an upright position at the loading station of a railed rack support as ground-mounted in a solar panel field array.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {6}
}

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