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US7406800: Mounting system for a solar panel

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Barry Cinnamon · Emanuel Edward Levy ·
Assignee(s) Andalay Solar, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) DLA Piper US LLP ·
Primary Examiner Richard E. Chilcot, Jr. ·
Assistant Examiner Anthony N Bartosik ·
Application Number US10849069
Filing date 05/18/2004
Issue date 08/05/2008
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 03/05/2026
Patent term adjustment 656
U.S. Classifications 521/733  · 136/244  · 525/861  ·
International Classifications E04B200  · E04D1318  · H01L31042  ·
Kind CodeB2
12 Claims, 8 Drawings


Abstract

An integrated module frame and racking system for a solar panel is disclosed. The solar panel comprises a plurality of solar modules and a plurality of splices for coupling the plurality of solar modules together. The plurality of splices provide a way to make the connected modules mechanically rigid both during transport to the roof and after mounting for the lifetime of the system, provide wiring connections between modules, provide an electrical grounding path for the modules, provide a way to add modules to the panel, and provide a way to remove or change a defective module. Connector sockets are provided on the sides of the modules to simplify the electrical assembly of modules when the modules are connected together with splices.

Independent Claims | See all claims (12)

  1. 1. A solar panel comprising: a plurality of solar modules wherein each solar module has a frame; and a plurality of splices for coupling the frames of the plurality of solar modules together by inserting each end of each splice into two adjacent solar module frames; wherein the plurality of splices provides rigidity to the frames of the plurality of solar modules coupled together, wherein each of the splices comprises: a body for coupling two solar modules together; a coupling mechanism on the body for causing a press-fit coupling of two solar modules; and a secure mechanism for securing the body to at least one of the two solar modules.

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