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Title: Energy conversion system

Abstract

The energy conversion system includes a photo-voltaic array for receiving solar radiation and converting such radiation to electrical energy. The photo-voltaic array is mounted on a stretched membrane that is held by a frame. Tracking means for orienting the photo-voltaic array in predetermined positions that provide optimal exposure to solar radiation cooperate with the frame. An enclosure formed of a radiation transmissible material includes an inside containment space that accommodates the photo-voltaic array on the stretched membrane, the frame and the tracking means, and forms a protective shield for all such components. The enclosure is preferably formed of a flexible inflatable material and maintains its preferred form, such as a dome, under the influence of a low air pressure furnished to the dome. Under this arrangement the energy conversion system is streamlined for minimizing wind resistance, sufficiently weatherproof for providing protection against weather hazards such as hail, capable of using diffused light, lightweight for low-cost construction, and operational with a minimal power draw.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Lakewood, CO
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, MO (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
866356
Patent Number(s):
4691075
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F24 - HEATING F24S - SOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS
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:  
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
energy; conversion; photo-voltaic; array; receiving; solar; radiation; converting; electrical; mounted; stretched; membrane; held; frame; tracking; means; orienting; predetermined; positions; provide; optimal; exposure; cooperate; enclosure; formed; transmissible; material; inside; containment; space; accommodates; forms; protective; shield; components; preferably; flexible; inflatable; maintains; preferred; form; dome; influence; air; pressure; furnished; arrangement; streamlined; minimizing; wind; resistance; sufficiently; weatherproof; providing; protection; weather; hazards; hail; capable; diffused; light; lightweight; low-cost; construction; operational; minimal; power; draw; predetermined position; preferably formed; electrical energy; solar radiation; energy conversion; preferred form; predetermined positions; air pressure; providing protection; stretched membrane; minimal power; tracking means; photo-voltaic array; receiving solar; flexible inflatable; /136/

Citation Formats

Murphy, Lawrence M. Energy conversion system. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Murphy, Lawrence M. Energy conversion system. United States.
Murphy, Lawrence M. Thu . "Energy conversion system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/866356.
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abstractNote = {The energy conversion system includes a photo-voltaic array for receiving solar radiation and converting such radiation to electrical energy. The photo-voltaic array is mounted on a stretched membrane that is held by a frame. Tracking means for orienting the photo-voltaic array in predetermined positions that provide optimal exposure to solar radiation cooperate with the frame. An enclosure formed of a radiation transmissible material includes an inside containment space that accommodates the photo-voltaic array on the stretched membrane, the frame and the tracking means, and forms a protective shield for all such components. The enclosure is preferably formed of a flexible inflatable material and maintains its preferred form, such as a dome, under the influence of a low air pressure furnished to the dome. Under this arrangement the energy conversion system is streamlined for minimizing wind resistance, sufficiently weatherproof for providing protection against weather hazards such as hail, capable of using diffused light, lightweight for low-cost construction, and operational with a minimal power draw.},
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journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1987},
month = {1}
}

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