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Title: Lightweight, self-ballasting photovoltaic roofing assembly

Abstract

A photovoltaic roofing assembly comprises a roofing membrane (102), a plurality of photovoltaic modules (104, 106, 108) disposed as a layer on top of the roofing membrane (102), and a plurality of pre-formed spacers, pedestals or supports (112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122) which are respectively disposed below the plurality of photovoltaic modules (104, 106, 108) and integral therewith, or fixed thereto. Spacers (112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122) are disposed on top of roofing membrane (102). Membrane (102) is supported on conventional roof framing, and attached thereto by conventional methods. In an alternative embodiment, the roofing assembly may have insulation block (322) below the spacers (314, 314', 315, 315'). The geometry of the preformed spacers (112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122, 314, 314', 315, 315') is such that wind tunnel testing has shown its maximum effectiveness in reducing net forces of wind uplift on the overall assembly. Such construction results in a simple, lightweight, self-ballasting, readily assembled roofing assembly which resists the forces of wind uplift using no roofing penetrations.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Berkeley, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Powerlight Corporation
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
871520
Patent Number(s):
5746839
Assignee:
PowerLight Corporation (Berkeley, CA)
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:  
FG01-95EE15638
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
lightweight; self-ballasting; photovoltaic; roofing; assembly; comprises; membrane; 102; plurality; modules; 104; 106; 108; disposed; layer; top; pre-formed; spacers; pedestals; supports; 112; 114; 116; 118; 120; 122; respectively; below; integral; therewith; fixed; thereto; supported; conventional; roof; framing; attached; methods; alternative; embodiment; insulation; block; 322; 314; 315; geometry; preformed; wind; tunnel; testing; shown; maximum; effectiveness; reducing; net; forces; uplift; overall; construction; results; simple; readily; assembled; resists; penetrations; attached thereto; photovoltaic modules; assembly comprises; photovoltaic module; conventional methods; alternative embodiment; roofing membrane; roofing assembly; integral therewith; disposed below; fixed thereto; photovoltaic roofing; /136/52/

Citation Formats

Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Lightweight, self-ballasting photovoltaic roofing assembly. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Lightweight, self-ballasting photovoltaic roofing assembly. United States.
Dinwoodie, Thomas L. Thu . "Lightweight, self-ballasting photovoltaic roofing assembly". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/871520.
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abstractNote = {A photovoltaic roofing assembly comprises a roofing membrane (102), a plurality of photovoltaic modules (104, 106, 108) disposed as a layer on top of the roofing membrane (102), and a plurality of pre-formed spacers, pedestals or supports (112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122) which are respectively disposed below the plurality of photovoltaic modules (104, 106, 108) and integral therewith, or fixed thereto. Spacers (112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122) are disposed on top of roofing membrane (102). Membrane (102) is supported on conventional roof framing, and attached thereto by conventional methods. In an alternative embodiment, the roofing assembly may have insulation block (322) below the spacers (314, 314', 315, 315'). The geometry of the preformed spacers (112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122, 314, 314', 315, 315') is such that wind tunnel testing has shown its maximum effectiveness in reducing net forces of wind uplift on the overall assembly. Such construction results in a simple, lightweight, self-ballasting, readily assembled roofing assembly which resists the forces of wind uplift using no roofing penetrations.},
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