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Title: Attaching solar collectors to a structural framework utilizing a flexible clip

Methods and apparatuses described herein provide for the attachment of solar collectors to a structural framework in a solar array assembly. A flexible clip is attached to either end of each solar collector and utilized to attach the solar collector to the structural framework. The solar collectors are positioned to allow a member of the framework to engage a pair of flexible clips attached to adjacent solar collectors during assembly of the solar array. Each flexible clip may have multiple frame-engaging portions, each with a flange on one end to cause the flexible clip to deflect inward when engaged by the framework member during assembly and to guide each of the frame-engaging portions into contact with a surface of the framework member for attachment.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1128690
Report Number(s):
8,677,701
12/237,651
DOE Contract Number:
FC36-07GO17052
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL, USA
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING