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Title: Micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system and method of making same

Abstract

A micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system includes a housing, a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing, and a DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter. The DC connector is positioned within a recess formed in a bottom surface of the housing such that at least one electrical contact of the DC connector is accessible from outside the housing. According to alternative embodiments, the DC connector comprises a plug-and-play connector constructed for one of a rotational engagement and a translational engagement with a DC connector of a photovoltaic (PV) panel.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
General Electric Co., Schenectady, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1771544
Patent Number(s):
10812015
Application Number:
15/604,066
Assignee:
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
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
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:  
EE0005344
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 05/24/2017
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Cioffi, Philip Michael, Todorovic, Maja Harfman, Herzog, Michael Scott, Korman, Charles Steven, Doherty, Donald M., and Johnson, Neil Anthony. Micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system and method of making same. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Cioffi, Philip Michael, Todorovic, Maja Harfman, Herzog, Michael Scott, Korman, Charles Steven, Doherty, Donald M., & Johnson, Neil Anthony. Micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system and method of making same. United States.
Cioffi, Philip Michael, Todorovic, Maja Harfman, Herzog, Michael Scott, Korman, Charles Steven, Doherty, Donald M., and Johnson, Neil Anthony. Tue . "Micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system and method of making same". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1771544.
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abstractNote = {A micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system includes a housing, a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing, and a DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter. The DC connector is positioned within a recess formed in a bottom surface of the housing such that at least one electrical contact of the DC connector is accessible from outside the housing. According to alternative embodiments, the DC connector comprises a plug-and-play connector constructed for one of a rotational engagement and a translational engagement with a DC connector of a photovoltaic (PV) panel.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {10}
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