Array Technologies, Inc.

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H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking 29
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1.

PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE MOUNT

      
Application Number 17816692
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-01
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.

Abstract

A photovoltaic module mounting system may include a module clamp that includes a central section that includes two first walls connected at the top of each first wall by a first connecting surface. The central section may have a first cross-sectional height corresponding to a height of each of the first walls and a first width corresponding to a distance between the two first walls. The module clamp may have ends that include two second walls connected at the top of each second wall by a second connecting surface in which each of the ends has a second cross-sectional height that is shorter than the first cross-sectional height and a second width that is wider than the first width. The central section may be connected to each of the ends such that the first connecting surface and the second connecting surface are bridged and form a bowtie shape.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking

2.

TORQUE TUBE INTERFACE WITH BIFURCATED BEARING HOUSING

      
Application Number US2023025571
Publication Number 2024/025681
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-06-16
Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Krautbauer, Kevin

Abstract

A bifurcated bearing housing (202) for use within a torque tube (108) interface may include a first component (206) defining a first portion (210a) of an aperture configured to house a first portion of a rotating bearing, a second component (208) defining a second portion (210b) of the aperture configured to house a second portion of the rotating bearing, and a connection interface (215a, b) between the first and second components (206,208), wherein, when the first and second components (206,208) are in an attached configuration, the connection interface (215a, b) lies below a centerpoint of the aperture defined by the first and second components (206.208). The bifurcated bearing housing (202) may include one or more of ridges (222a-q), gussets (230a-d), and/or hems (420a-d) to increase the structural integrity and rigidity of the bearing housing (202).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis

3.

Torque tube interface with bifurcated bearing housing

      
Application Number 18315168
Grant Number 11955926
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-05-10
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Krautbauer, Kevin

Abstract

A bifurcated bearing housing for use within a torque tube interface may include a first component defining a first portion of an aperture configured to house a first portion of a rotating bearing, a second component defining a second portion of the aperture configured to house a second portion of the rotating bearing, and a connection interface between the first and second components, wherein, when the first and second components are in an attached configuration, the connection interface lies below a centerpoint of the aperture defined by the first and second components. The bifurcated bearing housing may include one or more of ridges, gussets, and/or hems to increase the structural integrity and rigidity of the bearing housing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F16C 17/02 - Sliding-contact bearings for exclusively rotary movement for radial load only

4.

PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE STOWING DURING DIFFUSE LIGHT CONDITIONS

      
Application Number US2023024062
Publication Number 2023/235432
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-05-31
Publication Date 2023-12-07
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lee, Kyumin
  • Passow, Kendra
  • Fusaro, Daniel
  • Moseley, John
  • Shah, Sanket

Abstract

Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure address problems experienced in conventional tracking systems, including problems associated with inefficiencies created during diffuse light conditions. Embodiments disclosed herein address this problem by altering an angular orientation of PV modules during diffuse light conditions to ensure that the PV modules are in a position that more efficiently generates energy from diffuse irradiance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 50/00 - Monitoring or testing of PV systems, e.g. load balancing or fault identification

5.

LOW-PROFILE BACKRAIL MODULE CLAMP

      
Application Number US2023024202
Publication Number 2023/235521
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-06-01
Publication Date 2023-12-07
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • De Fresart, Benjamin, C.

Abstract

A method of forming a module clamp of a photovoltaic module support structure may include cutting a folding pattern into a sheet of metal. The folding pattern may include one or more width-wise slits relative to the sheet of metal, one or more length-wise slits relative to the sheet of metal, and a hole. The method may include stamping one or more first features onto the sheet of metal to form a stamped sheet and folding the stamped sheet along the one or more width-wise slits and the one or more length-wise slits to form a preliminary module clamp. The method may include stamping one or more second features onto the preliminary module clamp to form the module clamp.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 25/636 - Clamps; Clips clamping by screw-threaded elements

6.

TORQUE LIMITING MECHANISM FOR SOLAR TRACKING SYSTEMS

      
Application Number 18322869
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-24
First Publication Date 2023-11-30
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Kumar, Nikhil

Abstract

Torque limiters prevent the transmission of excessive torque between moving components of one or more gears in a tracker drive assembly. When an amount of torque between these moving components exceeds a threshold, the torque limiter may slip, thus allowing the components to move relative to each other. Embodiments disclosed herein may include a drive motor configured to rotate a drive shaft, at least one gear configured to translate rotation of the drive shaft into rotation of a PV module mounting structure, and a torque limiter interposed between an interior surface of a first component of the at least one gear and an exterior surface of a second component of the at least one gear to allow the first component to slip relative to the second component when an amount of torque between the first and second components exceeds a threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16D 7/02 - Slip couplings, e.g. slipping on overload, for absorbing shock of the friction type
  • F16M 13/02 - Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles; Means for steadying hand-held apparatus or articles for supporting on, or attaching to, an object, e.g. tree, gate, window-frame, cycle
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking

7.

TORQUE LIMITING MECHANISM FOR SOLAR TRACKING SYSTEMS

      
Application Number US2023023568
Publication Number 2023/230254
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-05-25
Publication Date 2023-11-30
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Kumar, Nikhil

Abstract

Torque limiters (650) prevent the transmission of excessive torque between moving components of one or more gears (604, 610) in a tracker drive assembly (600). When an amount of torque between these moving components exceeds a threshold, the torque limiter may slip, thus allowing the components to move relative to each other. Embodiments disclosed herein include a drive motor (110) configured to rotate a drive shaft (606), at least one gear (608, 604) configured to translate rotation of the drive shaft into rotation of a PV module mounting structure (104), and a torque limiter (650) interposed between an interior surface (612) of a first component of the at least one gear (604) and an exterior surface (614a,b) of a second component (610a, b) of the at least one gear to allow the first component to slip relative to the second component when an amount of torque between the first and second components exceeds a threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16D 1/08 - Couplings for rigidly connecting two coaxial shafts or other movable machine elements for attachment of a member on a shaft or on a shaft-end with hub and longitudinal key
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking

8.

Photovoltaic tracker driveline joint

      
Application Number 18338211
Grant Number 11942894
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-06-20
First Publication Date 2023-10-19
Grant Date 2024-03-26
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.
  • Sokol, Jonathan
  • Rowan, Jr., Robert Clark
  • Heydrich, Frank

Abstract

A driveline joint may include a driveline shaft that has a plurality of slots and a shaft coupling positioned in an interior of the driveline shaft in which the shaft coupling includes one or more openings with each of the openings corresponding to one or more respective slots of the plurality of slots included in the driveline shaft. The driveline joint may include one or more spherical bearings that are each positioned between an interior lateral surface of the driveline shaft and an exterior lateral surface of the shaft coupling and against one of the openings of the shaft coupling. The driveline joint may include one or more fasteners, wherein each of the fasteners extends through one of the slots and one of the openings of the shaft coupling.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F24S 30/40 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules for rotary movement
  • F16C 3/02 - Shafts; Axles
  • F24S 50/20 - Arrangements for controlling solar heat collectors for tracking
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

9.

Torque tube coupler

      
Application Number 18176395
Grant Number 11946506
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-02-28
First Publication Date 2023-07-06
Grant Date 2024-04-02
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Kumar, Nikhil
  • Fusaro, James
  • Bradley, Kenyon
  • Smith, Daniel

Abstract

A torque tube coupler may include an outer body that includes a first abutting surface and a second abutting surface adjacent to the first abutting surface. Set screws may be inserted into one or more channels of the first abutting surface. Tightening the set screws may force the abutting surfaces away from each other and the outer body to press against an inner surface of a torque tube. Another embodiment of the torque tube coupler may include a central ring sized based on a size of a torque tube. The torque tube coupler may also include a set of fingers that extend away from a first side of the central ring and are shaped to flex radially outward. The torque tube coupler may include a core disposed within the set of fingers that, when drawn towards the central ring, causes the fingers to flex radially outwards.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 7/18 - Connections of rods or tubes, e.g. of non-circular section, mutually, including resilient connections using screw-thread elements
  • F16B 7/02 - Connections of rods or tubes, e.g. of non-circular section, mutually, including resilient connections with conical parts
  • F16B 7/04 - Clamping or clipping connections
  • F16D 1/08 - Couplings for rigidly connecting two coaxial shafts or other movable machine elements for attachment of a member on a shaft or on a shaft-end with hub and longitudinal key
  • H02S 30/00 - Structural details of PV modules other than those related to light conversion

10.

Photovoltaic module deflection limiter

      
Application Number 18169058
Grant Number 11949371
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-02-14
First Publication Date 2023-06-15
Grant Date 2024-04-02
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Sharp, Jon

Abstract

A deflection pad may include a body. The body may include a recess to accommodate a fastener configured to attach the deflection pad to a support structure. The base of the deflection pad may include a bottom surface configured to engage a surface of the support structure. The deflection pad may be included in a system that includes a torsion beam and one or more support racks to which multiple PV modules may be attached, where the support are racks attached to the torsion beam. One or more deflection pads may be positioned between the PV modules and the support rack so as to cushion impact.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment

11.

Clamp

      
Application Number 29761813
Grant Number D0987421
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-11
First Publication Date 2023-05-30
Grant Date 2023-05-30
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Andersen, Todd
  • Nagyvary, John
  • Sharp, Jon

12.

OMNI

      
Application Number 1731306
Status Registered
Filing Date 2022-12-21
Registration Date 2022-12-21
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments

Goods & Services

Metal structures for mounting solar panels; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems; roofing of metal, incorporating photovoltaic cells. Driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and replacement parts therefor; electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; machine motors and gears for automatically positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panels of solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems. Photovoltaic systems comprised primarily of apparatus for positioning photovoltaic modules and also mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar trackers comprised of automatic solar tracking systems that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules for production of electricity that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light; solar-tracking systems comprised of automatic solar tracking sensors for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; photovoltaic systems comprised of metal mounting structures for photovoltaic modules for production of solar energy.

13.

Spring counter-balance assemblies and solar trackers incorporating springs to balance rotation

      
Application Number 18069145
Grant Number 11799416
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-20
First Publication Date 2023-04-20
Grant Date 2023-10-24
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracker assembly is provided which includes a support column, a torque tube or torsion beam connected to the support column, a mounting mechanism attached to the torque tube or torsion beam, a drive system connected to the torque tube or torsion beam, and a spring counter-balance assembly connected to the torque tube or torsion beam. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly comprises a bearing housing and a bushing disposed within the bearing housing and configured to be slideably mounted onto the torque tube or torsion beam, and one or more compressible cords made of a flexible material. The compressible cords are located between the bushing and the bearing housing and provide damping during rotational movement of the solar tracker assembly. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly is provided including at least one top bracket and at least one bottom bracket, at least one spring, a damper, and a bracket. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly comprises a bearing housing and a bushing disposed within the bearing housing and configured to be slideably mounted onto the torque tube or torsion beam. The spring counter-balance assembly may include at least one coil spring and a rotational stop. The bushing may be made of an elastomeric material and define one or more air spaces.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F16M 11/12 - Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand allowing pivoting in more than one direction
  • F24S 25/12 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules extending in directions away from a supporting surface using posts in combination with upper profiles
  • F24S 30/452 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules for rotary movement with two rotation axes with vertical primary axis
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

14.

Mounting bracket extension

      
Application Number 18065496
Grant Number 11799417
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-13
First Publication Date 2023-04-13
Grant Date 2023-10-24
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Andersen, Todd
  • Creasy, Lucas

Abstract

An extension panel may include a mating surface shaped to interface with a back surface of a clamp that includes a mounting hole corresponding to a bolt slot in the back surface of the clamp to accommodate a single bolt passing through the extension panel and the clamp. The extension panel may also include a pair of flanges projecting outward from the mating surface and positioned to be on either side of the clamp. The extension panel may also include a flat top surface generally parallel and aligned linearly with another flat top surface of a flexible member. The extension flat top surface may be sized to be approximately a same width as the flexible member at a first end of the extension flat top surface proximate the mating surface and may flare out as the extension flat top surface extends away from the flexible member.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • F16M 11/20 - Undercarriages with or without wheels
  • F16M 13/02 - Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles; Means for steadying hand-held apparatus or articles for supporting on, or attaching to, an object, e.g. tree, gate, window-frame, cycle

15.

MULTI-PHASE BACKTRACKING OF PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

      
Application Number US2022043538
Publication Number 2023/043844
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-14
Publication Date 2023-03-23
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lee, Kyumin
  • Conrad, Kendra, Lynn

Abstract

A method may include calculating a solar position of the Sun and a projected solar zenith (PSZ) relative to a position of a photovoltaic (PV) module. The method may include determining whether an orientation of the PV module is configurable to prevent shading of an upper substring of the PV module while shading a lower substring of the PV module. Responsive to determining that such an orientation is not configurable, the method may include determining whether the orientation of the PV module is configurable to prevent shading of both the upper substring and the lower substring. Responsive to determining that such an orientation is not configurable, the method may include determining whether the PSZ is within a maximum tracker angle range. A target tracker angle may be identified based on the PSZ and the maximum tracker angle range and used as a tracker angle control setpoint.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 50/00 - Monitoring or testing of PV systems, e.g. load balancing or fault identification

16.

MULTI-PHASE BACKTRACKING OF PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

      
Application Number 17932240
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-14
First Publication Date 2023-03-16
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lee, Kyumin
  • Conrad, Kendra Lynn

Abstract

A method may include calculating a solar position of the Sun and a projected solar zenith (PSZ) relative to a position of a photovoltaic (PV) module. The method may include determining whether an orientation of the PV module is configurable to prevent shading of an upper substring of the PV module while shading a lower substring of the PV module. Responsive to determining that such an orientation is not configurable, the method may include determining whether the orientation of the PV module is configurable to prevent shading of both the upper substring and the lower substring. Responsive to determining that such an orientation is not configurable, the method may include determining whether the PSZ is within a maximum tracker angle range. A target tracker angle may be identified based on the PSZ and the maximum tracker angle range and used as a tracker angle control setpoint.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 3/10 - Control of position or direction without using feedback
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking

17.

Automated attachment of solar components

      
Application Number 17812409
Grant Number 11817819
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-07-13
First Publication Date 2023-01-19
Grant Date 2023-11-14
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Creasy, Lucas

Abstract

A method may include positioning one or more PV module mounting devices along a length of a structural component. The method may include specifying one or more parameters related to fastening the PV module mounting devices to the structural component, the one or more parameters indicating a spacing between the PV module mounting devices. The method may include fastening, by an automated attachment equipment, the PV module mounting devices to the structural component based on the specified parameters and moving the PV module mounting devices fastened to the structural component to an assembly platform.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment
  • B23P 21/00 - Machines for assembling a multiplicity of different parts to compose units, with or without preceding or subsequent working of such parts, e.g. with programme control
  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures

18.

AUTOMATED ATTACHMENT OF SOLAR COMPONENTS

      
Application Number US2022037020
Publication Number 2023/287923
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-07-13
Publication Date 2023-01-19
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Creasy, Lucas

Abstract

A method may include positioning one or more PV module mounting devices along a length of a structural component. The method may include specifying one or more parameters related to fastening the PV module mounting devices to the structural component, the one or more parameters indicating a spacing between the PV module mounting devices. The method may include fastening, by an automated attachment equipment, the PV module mounting devices to the structural component based on the specified parameters and moving the PV module mounting devices fastened to the structural component to an assembly platform.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F24S 25/65 - Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules for coupling adjacent supporting elements, e.g. for connecting profiles together
  • H02S 20/20 - Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object
  • F24S 25/00 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
  • F24S 25/60 - Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules

19.

Mounting hardware

      
Application Number 29792017
Grant Number D0974888
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-25
First Publication Date 2023-01-10
Grant Date 2023-01-10
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Schuknecht, Nathan

20.

OMNI

      
Application Number 225976900
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-12-21
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments

Goods & Services

(1) Metal structures for mounting solar panels; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems; roofing of metal, incorporating photovoltaic cells. (2) Driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and replacement parts therefor; electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; machine motors and gears for automatically positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panels of solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems. (3) Photovoltaic systems comprised primarily of apparatus for positioning photovoltaic modules and also mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar trackers comprised of automatic solar tracking systems that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules for production of electricity that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light; solar-tracking systems comprised of automatic solar tracking sensors for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; photovoltaic systems comprised of metal mounting structures for photovoltaic modules for production of solar energy.

21.

PHOTOVOLTAIC TRACKER DRIVELINE JOINT

      
Application Number US2022072026
Publication Number 2022/232845
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-29
Publication Date 2022-11-03
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin, C.
  • Sokol, Jonathan
  • Rowan, Robert, Clark, Jr.
  • Heydrich, Frank

Abstract

A driveline joint may include a driveline shaft that has a plurality of slots and a shaft coupling positioned in an interior of the driveline shaft in which the shaft coupling includes one or more openings with each of the openings corresponding to one or more respective slots of the plurality of slots included in the driveline shaft. The driveline joint may include one or more spherical bearings that are each positioned between an interior lateral surface of the driveline shaft and an exterior lateral surface of the shaft coupling and against one of the openings of the shaft coupling. The driveline joint may include one or more fasteners, wherein each of the fasteners extends through one of the slots and one of the openings of the shaft coupling.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16D 3/205 - Universal joints in which flexibility is produced by means of pivots or sliding or rolling connecting parts one coupling part entering a sleeve of the other coupling part and connected thereto by sliding or rolling members one coupling part having radially projecting pins, e.g. tripod joints the pins extending radially outwardly from the coupling part

22.

Photovoltaic tracker driveline joint

      
Application Number 17661536
Grant Number 11683006
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-29
First Publication Date 2022-11-03
Grant Date 2023-06-20
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.
  • Sokol, Jonathan
  • Rowan, Jr., Robert Clark
  • Heydrich, Frank

Abstract

A driveline joint may include a driveline shaft that has a plurality of slots and a shaft coupling positioned in an interior of the driveline shaft in which the shaft coupling includes one or more openings with each of the openings corresponding to one or more respective slots of the plurality of slots included in the driveline shaft. The driveline joint may include one or more spherical bearings that are each positioned between an interior lateral surface of the driveline shaft and an exterior lateral surface of the shaft coupling and against one of the openings of the shaft coupling. The driveline joint may include one or more fasteners, wherein each of the fasteners extends through one of the slots and one of the openings of the shaft coupling.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16C 3/02 - Shafts; Axles
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • F24S 30/40 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules for rotary movement
  • F24S 50/20 - Arrangements for controlling solar heat collectors for tracking
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

23.

Stowing of photovoltaic modules for hail mitigation

      
Application Number 17654523
Grant Number 11469707
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-03-11
First Publication Date 2022-09-15
Grant Date 2022-10-11
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shah, Sanket
  • Lee, Kyumin

Abstract

A method may include obtaining information from a weather forecasting service that relates to indicators of an incoming hail event. The method may include determining a stowing score that quantifies whether the hail event is likely to occur within a period of time based on the information from the weather forecasting service. Responsive to the stowing score exceeding a threshold value, a time at which the incoming hail event is likely to occur may be predicted based on the weather forecasting service information. The threshold value may indicate a threshold likelihood of the hail event occurring or a threshold period of time before occurrence. The method may include determining a wind direction at the predicted time at which the hail event is likely to occur and stowing photovoltaic modules based on the wind direction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01W 1/10 - Devices for predicting weather conditions
  • H02S 30/20 - Collapsible or foldable PV modules
  • G05B 17/02 - Systems involving the use of models or simulators of said systems electric
  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment
  • G05D 3/10 - Control of position or direction without using feedback

24.

LOW-PROFILE BACKRAIL MODULE CLAMP

      
Application Number 17805010
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-06-01
First Publication Date 2022-09-15
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.

Abstract

A method of forming a module clamp of a photovoltaic module support structure may include cutting a folding pattern into a sheet of metal. The folding pattern may include one or more width-wise slits relative to the sheet of metal, one or more length-wise slits relative to the sheet of metal, and a hole. The method may include stamping one or more first features onto the sheet of metal to form a stamped sheet and folding the stamped sheet along the one or more width-wise slits and the one or more length-wise slits to form a preliminary module clamp. The method may include stamping one or more second features onto the preliminary module clamp to form the module clamp.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 30/00 - Structural details of PV modules other than those related to light conversion
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • B21D 28/26 - Perforating, i.e. punching holes in sheets or flat parts
  • B25B 5/16 - Clamps - Details, e.g. jaws, jaw attachments

25.

STOWING OF PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES FOR HAIL MITIGATION

      
Application Number US2022071105
Publication Number 2022/192910
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-03-11
Publication Date 2022-09-15
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shah, Sanket
  • Lee, Kyumin

Abstract

A method may include obtaining information from a weather forecasting service that relates to indicators of an incoming hail event. The method may include determining a stowing score that quantifies whether the hail event is likely to occur within a period of time based on the information from the weather forecasting service. Responsive to the stowing score exceeding a threshold value, a time at which the incoming hail event is likely to occur may be predicted based on the weather forecasting service information. The threshold value may indicate a threshold likelihood of the hail event occurring or a threshold period of time before occurrence. The method may include determining a wind direction at the predicted time at which the hail event is likely to occur and stowing photovoltaic modules based on the wind direction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • H02S 50/10 - Testing of PV devices, e.g. of PV modules or single PV cells

26.

Geared drive system providing intermittent motion

      
Application Number 17650489
Grant Number 11711052
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-09
First Publication Date 2022-09-01
Grant Date 2023-07-25
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kumar, Nikhil
  • Schuknecht, Nathan

Abstract

A mounting assembly may include an arced connecting member that includes a first drive chain along a bottom surface of the arced connecting member, a second drive chain positioned adjacent to the first drive chain, and a third drive chain in a gap between the first and the second drive chains. The mounting assembly may include an intermittent-motion drive system that has a drive wheel with a nub extending from a lateral surface of the drive wheel, the nub being shaped to interface with notches included along the third drive chain. The intermittent-motion drive system may include a first and a second protrusion shaped to interface with surfaces of the first and second drive chains, respectively. Rotation of a drive axle extending through the drive wheel may affect rotation of the drive wheel, rotational movement of the nub extending from the drive wheel, and movement of the arced connecting member.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

27.

SNAP-LOCK PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE MOUNTING SYSTEM

      
Application Number US2022070827
Publication Number 2022/183204
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-24
Publication Date 2022-09-01
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • De Fresart, Benjamin, C.

Abstract

A photovoltaic (PV) module clamp may be configured to interface with a torque tube and a PV module rail fixedly coupled to a PV module. The PV module clamp may include a seating portion made of two or more lateral walls and a base surface. A clamp body of the PV module clamp may be coupled to the seating portion. The clamp body may include a shape corresponding to a cross-sectional shape of the torque tube. The PV module clamp may include a fastening feature for interlocking the PV module clamp with the PV module rail responsive to the PV module rail being seated in the seating portion of the PV module clamp.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 25/63 - Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules for fixing modules or their peripheral frames to supporting elements

28.

SNAP-LOCK PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE MOUNTING SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17652440
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-02-24
First Publication Date 2022-08-25
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.

Abstract

A photovoltaic (PV) module clamp may be configured to interface with a torque tube and a PV module rail fixedly coupled to a PV module. The PV module clamp may include a seating portion made of two or more lateral walls and a base surface. A clamp body of the PV module clamp may be coupled to the seating portion. The clamp body may include a shape corresponding to a cross-sectional shape of the torque tube. The PV module clamp may include a fastening feature for interlocking the PV module clamp with the PV module rail responsive to the PV module rail being seated in the seating portion of the PV module clamp.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • F16B 2/06 - Clamps, i.e. with gripping action effected by positive means other than the inherent resistance to deformation of the material of the fastening external, i.e. with contracting action
  • F16M 13/02 - Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles; Means for steadying hand-held apparatus or articles for supporting on, or attaching to, an object, e.g. tree, gate, window-frame, cycle

29.

GEARED DRIVE SYSTEM PROVIDING INTERMITTENT MOTION

      
Application Number US2022070593
Publication Number 2022/174235
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-09
Publication Date 2022-08-18
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kumar, Nikhil
  • Schuknecht, Nathan

Abstract

A mounting assembly may include an arced connecting member that includes a first drive chain along a bottom surface of the arced connecting member, a second drive chain positioned adjacent to the first drive chain, and a third drive chain in a gap between the first and the second drive chains. The mounting assembly may include an intermittent- motion drive system that has a drive wheel with a nub extending from a lateral surface of the drive wheel, the nub being shaped to interface with notches included along the third drive chain. The intermittent-motion drive system may include a first and a second protrusion shaped to interface with surfaces of the first and second drive chains, respectively. Rotation of a drive axle extending through the drive wheel may affect rotation of the drive wheel, rotational movement of the nub extending from the drive wheel, and movement of the arced connecting member.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01L 31/042 - PV modules or arrays of single PV cells
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking

30.

AEROELASTIC STABILIER

      
Application Number US2022070424
Publication Number 2022/165524
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-01-28
Publication Date 2022-08-04
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kumar, Nikhil
  • Anderson, Todd
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • De Fresart, Benjamin, C.

Abstract

A system may include a support column, and a torsion beam connected to the support column and connected to one or more frames circumscribing one or more respective photovoltaic (PV) modules. An angle of orientation of the one or more frames may change based on rotation of the torsion beam. The system may also include an aeroelastic stabilizer associated with an edge of at least one of the frames. The association between the aeroelastic stabilizer and the edge of the at least one of the frames may include the aeroelastic stabilizer being fixedly coupled to the rail. The association between the aeroelastic stabilizer and the edge of the at least one of the frames may include the aeroelastic stabilizer being integrally formed with the rail to which the edge of the at least one of the frames is fixedly coupled.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures

31.

Mounting hardware

      
Application Number 29734141
Grant Number D0956538
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-08
First Publication Date 2022-07-05
Grant Date 2022-07-05
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Addink, Jason
  • Chase, Andrew

32.

Mounting hardware

      
Application Number 29734139
Grant Number D0956536
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-08
First Publication Date 2022-07-05
Grant Date 2022-07-05
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Addink, Jason
  • Chase, Andrew

33.

Mounting hardware

      
Application Number 29734140
Grant Number D0956537
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-08
First Publication Date 2022-07-05
Grant Date 2022-07-05
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Schuknecht, Nathan

34.

PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE DEFLECTION LIMITER

      
Application Number US2021065106
Publication Number 2022/140682
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-12-23
Publication Date 2022-06-30
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin, C.
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Sharp, Jon

Abstract

A deflection pad may include a body including two peaks, and a recess in the body between the two peaks, the recess may be sized to accommodate a fastener such that when deployed, the fastener is below a height of the two peaks within the recess. The deflection pad may include arms projecting in a direction generally opposite the two peaks, the arms biased inward towards the recess. The deflection pad may be included in a system that includes a torsion beam and one or more support racks to which multiple PV modules may be attached, where the support are racks attached to the torsion beam. One or more deflection pads may be positioned on the support racks to be below the PV modules.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/00 - Supporting structures for PV modules
  • F24S 25/00 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules

35.

PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE DEFLECTION LIMITER

      
Document Number 03203352
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-12-23
Open to Public Date 2022-06-30
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Sharp, Jon

Abstract

A deflection pad may include a body including two peaks, and a recess in the body between the two peaks, the recess may be sized to accommodate a fastener such that when deployed, the fastener is below a height of the two peaks within the recess. The deflection pad may include arms projecting in a direction generally opposite the two peaks, the arms biased inward towards the recess. The deflection pad may be included in a system that includes a torsion beam and one or more support racks to which multiple PV modules may be attached, where the support are racks attached to the torsion beam. One or more deflection pads may be positioned on the support racks to be below the PV modules.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F24S 25/00 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
  • H02S 20/00 - Supporting structures for PV modules

36.

Photovoltaic module deflection limiter

      
Application Number 17561093
Grant Number 11581846
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-12-23
First Publication Date 2022-06-23
Grant Date 2023-02-14
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Sharp, Jon

Abstract

A deflection pad may include a body including two peaks, and a recess in the body between the two peaks, the recess may be sized to accommodate a fastener such that when deployed, the fastener is below a height of the two peaks within the recess. The deflection pad may include arms projecting in a direction generally opposite the two peaks, the arms biased inward towards the recess. The deflection pad may be included in a system that includes a torsion beam and one or more support racks to which multiple PV modules may be attached, where the support are racks attached to the torsion beam. One or more deflection pads may be positioned on the support racks to be below the PV modules.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment

37.

STOWING OF SOLAR POWER DEVICES

      
Document Number 03196073
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-10-19
Open to Public Date 2022-04-28
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Andersen, Todd
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Stoshak, James John
  • Shah, Sanket
  • Fusaro, James

Abstract

A method may include obtaining a normal set point of a solar panel and a wind velocity measurement corresponding to wind that affects the solar panel. The method may include determining an allowable range of tilt angles according to a first lookup table that describes a relationship between the wind velocity measurement and the allowable range of tilt angles. The method may include identifying whether the normal set point of the solar panel is outside of the allowable range of tilt angles, and responsive to identifying that the normal set point of the solar panel is outside of the allowable range of tilt angles, determining a temporary stow set point. The method may include rotating the solar panel to the temporary stow set point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 50/10 - Testing of PV devices, e.g. of PV modules or single PV cells

38.

STOWING OF SOLAR POWER DEVICES

      
Application Number US2021055683
Publication Number 2022/087020
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-19
Publication Date 2022-04-28
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Andersen, Todd
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Stoshak, James, John
  • Shah, Sanket
  • Fusaro, James

Abstract

A method may include obtaining a normal set point of a solar panel and a wind velocity measurement corresponding to wind that affects the solar panel. The method may include determining an allowable range of tilt angles according to a first lookup table that describes a relationship between the wind velocity measurement and the allowable range of tilt angles. The method may include identifying whether the normal set point of the solar panel is outside of the allowable range of tilt angles, and responsive to identifying that the normal set point of the solar panel is outside of the allowable range of tilt angles, determining a temporary stow set point. The method may include rotating the solar panel to the temporary stow set point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 50/10 - Testing of PV devices, e.g. of PV modules or single PV cells

39.

Stowing of solar power devices

      
Application Number 17505518
Grant Number 11437949
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-19
First Publication Date 2022-04-21
Grant Date 2022-09-06
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Andersen, Todd Darvel
  • Sharp, Jon Andrew
  • Stoshak, James John
  • Shah, Sanket
  • Fusaro, James

Abstract

A method may include obtaining a normal set point of a solar panel and a wind velocity measurement corresponding to wind that affects the solar panel. The method may include determining an allowable range of tilt angles according to a first lookup table that describes a relationship between the wind velocity measurement and the allowable range of tilt angles. The method may include identifying whether the normal set point of the solar panel is outside of the allowable range of tilt angles, and responsive to identifying that the normal set point of the solar panel is outside of the allowable range of tilt angles, determining a temporary stow set point. The method may include rotating the solar panel to the temporary stow set point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment
  • G05B 17/02 - Systems involving the use of models or simulators of said systems electric

40.

COUPLING TO CONNECT TORQUE TUBES OF A PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER GENERATING SYSTEM

      
Application Number US2021050314
Publication Number 2022/056482
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-14
Publication Date 2022-03-17
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Kumar, Nikhil
  • Fusaro, James
  • Bradley, Kenyon
  • Smith, Daniel

Abstract

A first embodiment of a torque tube coupler (1000) includes an outer body (1005) that includes a first abutting surface (1020) and a second abutting surface (1030) adjacent to the first abutting surface (1020). Set screws are inserted into channels (1012) of the first abutting surface (1020). Tightening the set screws forces the abutting surfaces (1020, 1030) away from each other such that the outer body (1005) can be pressed against the inner surfaces of coaxial torque tubes to be connected. Another embodiment of the torque tube coupler (300) includes a central ring (310) having a size based on a size of a torque tube (390, 391) to be connected. The torque tube coupler (300) also includes a set of fingers (320, 321) that extend away from a side of the central ring (310) and are shaped to flex radially outward. The torque tube coupler (300) includes a core (330, 331) disposed within the set of fingers (320, 321) that, when drawn towards the central ring (310), causes the fingers (320, 321) to flex radially outwards.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16D 1/04 - Couplings for rigidly connecting two coaxial shafts or other movable machine elements for connecting two abutting shafts or the like with hub and longitudinal key
  • F16D 1/05 - Couplings for rigidly connecting two coaxial shafts or other movable machine elements for connecting two abutting shafts or the like with hub and longitudinal key with radial clamping due to axial loading of at least one pair of conical surfaces
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis

41.

SPRING CLIP FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE MOUNTING

      
Document Number 03192521
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-14
Open to Public Date 2022-03-17
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor De Fresart, Benjamin C.

Abstract

A module mounting system may include a photovoltaic (PV) module frame including a mounting rail. The module mounting system may include a spring clip with a PV module frame interfacing element and a clip interfacing element. The spring clip may apply spring force via deformation to lock the PV module frame and a clip together. A second embodiment of the spring clip may include an upper component having one or more arms and a lower component having a central loop configured to rotate relative to each other and interface with the PV module frame or the mounting rail. A second embodiment of the module mounting system may include screwless clips including outer walls and inner walls coupled together as a continuous sheet of material. The screwless clips may couple to a respective mounting flange and a respective frame flange to lock the mounting purlin and the PV module frame together.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F24S 25/00 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
  • H02S 20/00 - Supporting structures for PV modules
  • H02S 30/00 - Structural details of PV modules other than those related to light conversion
  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures

42.

Torque tube coupler

      
Application Number 17474148
Grant Number 11592046
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-14
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
Grant Date 2023-02-28
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Kumar, Nikhil
  • Fusaro, James
  • Bradley, Kenyon
  • Smith, Daniel

Abstract

A first embodiment of a torque tube coupler may include an outer body that includes a first abutting surface and a second abutting surface adjacent to the first abutting surface. Set screws may be inserted into one or more channels of the first abutting surface. Tightening the set screws may force the abutting surfaces away from each other and the outer body to press against an inner surface of a torque tube. Another embodiment of the torque tube coupler may include a central ring sized based on a size of a torque tube. The torque tube coupler may also include a set of fingers that extend away from a first side of the central ring and are shaped to flex radially outward. The torque tube coupler may include a core disposed within the set of fingers that, when drawn towards the central ring, causes the fingers to flex radially outwards.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 7/02 - Connections of rods or tubes, e.g. of non-circular section, mutually, including resilient connections with conical parts

43.

Anchor for support structure

      
Application Number 17474163
Grant Number 11414827
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-14
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
Grant Date 2022-08-16
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.
  • Kumar, Nikhil
  • Tandon, Anubhav
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Schuknecht, Nathan

Abstract

A first embodiment of an anchor system may include a ballast, rods projecting through the ballast such that the rods extend away from the ballast and into the ground when deployed, and a mounting hardware atop the ballast. The anchor system may include an anchor deployable into the ground with a line providing tension between the ballast and the anchor when deployed into the ground. Another embodiment of the anchor may include a ground plate coupled to a spade in which the spade may be pressed into the ground when deployed. The anchor system may include an earth anchor shaped to be deployed in a first position and resist removal from the ground in a second position. and a line running from the ground plate to the earth anchor. The tension on the line may cause the earth anchor to transition from the first position to the second position.

IPC Classes  ?

44.

Spring clip for photovoltaic module mounting

      
Application Number 17474607
Grant Number 11689152
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-14
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
Grant Date 2023-06-27
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor De Fresart, Benjamin C.

Abstract

A module mounting system may include a photovoltaic (PV) module frame including a mounting rail. The module mounting system may include a spring clip with a PV module frame interfacing element and a clip interfacing element. The spring clip may apply spring force via deformation to lock the PV module frame and a clip together. A second embodiment of the spring clip may include an upper component having one or more arms and a lower component having a central loop configured to rotate relative to each other and interface with the PV module frame or the mounting rail. A second embodiment of the module mounting system may include screwless clips including outer walls and inner walls coupled together as a continuous sheet of material. The screwless clips may couple to a respective mounting flange and a respective frame flange to lock the mounting purlin and the PV module frame together.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • F16B 2/24 - Clips, i.e. with gripping action effected solely by the inherent resistance to deformation of the material of the fastening of resilient material, e.g. rubbery material of metal
  • H02S 40/34 - Electrical components comprising specially adapted electrical connection means to be structurally associated with the PV module, e.g. junction boxes
  • H01R 4/2407 - Connections using contact members penetrating or cutting insulation or cable strands the contact members having teeth, prongs, pins or needles penetrating the insulation having saw-tooth projections

45.

ANCHOR FOR SUPPORT STRUCTURE

      
Application Number US2021050318
Publication Number 2022/056485
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-14
Publication Date 2022-03-17
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • De Fresart, Benjamin C.
  • Kumar, Nikhil
  • Tandon, Anubhav
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Schuknecht, Nathan

Abstract

A first embodiment of an anchor system may include a ballast, rods projecting through the ballast such that the rods extend away from the ballast and into the ground when deployed, and a mounting hardware atop the ballast. The anchor system may include an anchor deployable into the ground with a line providing tension between the ballast and the anchor when deployed into the ground. Another embodiment of the anchor may include a ground plate coupled to a spade in which the spade may be pressed into the ground when deployed. The anchor system may include an earth anchor shaped to be deployed in a first position and resist removal from the ground in a second position, and a line running from the ground plate to the earth anchor. The tension on the line may cause the earth anchor to transition from the first position to the second position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/10 - Supporting structures directly fixed to the ground
  • E02D 27/42 - Foundations for poles, masts, or chimneys
  • F24S 25/617 - Elements driven into the ground, e.g. anchor-piles; Foundations for supporting elements; Connectors for connecting supporting structures to the ground or to flat horizontal surfaces
  • F24S 25/10 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules extending in directions away from a supporting surface
  • F24S 25/12 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules extending in directions away from a supporting surface using posts in combination with upper profiles
  • E02D 5/56 - Screw piles
  • E02D 5/80 - Ground anchors
  • E04H 12/22 - Sockets or holders for poles or posts
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking

46.

SPRING CLIP FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE MOUNTING

      
Application Number US2021050326
Publication Number 2022/056487
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-14
Publication Date 2022-03-17
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor De Fresart, Benjamin, C.

Abstract

A module mounting system may include a photovoltaic (PV) module frame including a mounting rail. The module mounting system may include a spring clip with a PV module frame interfacing element and a clip interfacing element. The spring clip may apply spring force via deformation to lock the PV module frame and a clip together. A second embodiment of the spring clip may include an upper component having one or more arms and a lower component having a central loop configured to rotate relative to each other and interface with the PV module frame or the mounting rail. A second embodiment of the module mounting system may include screwless clips including outer walls and inner walls coupled together as a continuous sheet of material. The screwless clips may couple to a respective mounting flange and a respective frame flange to lock the mounting purlin and the PV module frame together.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/00 - Supporting structures for PV modules
  • H02S 30/00 - Structural details of PV modules other than those related to light conversion
  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • F24S 25/00 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules

47.

ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES

      
Application Number 1639278
Status Registered
Filing Date 2021-03-13
Registration Date 2021-03-13
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 36 - Financial, insurance and real estate services
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Metal structures for mounting solar panels; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems; roofing of metal, incorporating photovoltaic cells. Solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and parts and accessories therefor; solar-tracking systems comprised of electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; solar-tracking systems consisting of machine motors and gears for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; solar photovoltaic power generation systems using solar trackers, namely, solar-powered electricity generators; solar trackers for solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems comprised of motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panel. Photovoltaic systems, namely, electronic control apparatus for positioning photovoltaic modules and mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems, namely, photovoltaic modules for production of solar energy and mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar tracking sensors that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; computer hardware and software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers; solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light. Providing extended warranty services for goods, namely, for solar tracking systems pursuant to service agreements. Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking systems; installation and maintenance of photovoltaic installations; construction of structures for installation of solar-tracking systems. Design of solar photovoltaic systems; drafting and development of photovoltaic systems; engineering services for solar-tracking systems; quality evaluation for others in the field of maintenance, repair and installation of photovoltaic modules, solar panels, and solar trackers; design of solar photovoltaic systems, namely, design and planning of solar-tracking systems, and installation of solar-tracking software systems.

48.

ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES

      
Application Number 1638802
Status Registered
Filing Date 2021-03-13
Registration Date 2021-03-13
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 36 - Financial, insurance and real estate services
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Metal structures for mounting solar panels; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems; roofing of metal, incorporating photovoltaic cells. Solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and parts and accessories therefor; solar-tracking systems comprised of electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; solar-tracking systems consisting of machine motors and gears for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; solar photovoltaic power generation systems using solar trackers, namely, solar-powered electricity generators; solar trackers for solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems comprised of motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panel. Photovoltaic systems, namely, electronic control apparatus for positioning photovoltaic modules and mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems, namely, photovoltaic modules for production of solar energy and mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar tracking sensors that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; computer hardware and software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers; solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light. Providing extended warranty services for goods, namely, for solar tracking systems pursuant to service agreements. Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking systems; installation and maintenance of photovoltaic installations; construction of structures for installation of solar-tracking systems. Design of solar photovoltaic systems; drafting and development of photovoltaic systems; engineering services for solar-tracking systems; quality evaluation for others in the field of maintenance, repair and installation of photovoltaic modules, solar panels, and solar trackers; design of solar photovoltaic systems, namely, design and planning of solar-tracking systems, and installation of solar-tracking software systems.

49.

Clamp

      
Application Number 29717081
Grant Number D0940547
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-13
First Publication Date 2022-01-11
Grant Date 2022-01-11
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Andersen, Todd
  • Nagyvary, John
  • Sharp, Jon

50.

Mounting bracket extension

      
Application Number 15931301
Grant Number 11527988
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-13
First Publication Date 2021-11-18
Grant Date 2022-12-13
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Andersen, Todd
  • Creasy, Lucas

Abstract

An extension panel may include a mating surface shaped to interface with a back surface of a clamp that includes a mounting hole corresponding to a bolt slot in the back surface of the clamp to accommodate a single bolt passing through the extension panel and the clamp. The extension panel may also include a pair of flanges projecting outward from the mating surface and positioned to be on either side of the clamp. The extension panel may also include a flat top surface generally parallel and aligned linearly with another flat top surface of a flexible member. The extension flat top surface may be sized to be approximately a same width as the flexible member at a first end of the extension flat top surface proximate the mating surface and may flare out as the extension flat top surface extends away from the flexible member.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 30/10 - Frame structures
  • F16M 11/20 - Undercarriages with or without wheels
  • F16M 13/02 - Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles; Means for steadying hand-held apparatus or articles for supporting on, or attaching to, an object, e.g. tree, gate, window-frame, cycle

51.

MOUNTING BRACKET

      
Document Number 03178184
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-05-08
Open to Public Date 2021-11-11
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Addink, Jason
  • Chase, Andrew

Abstract

A mounting bracket assembly comprising may include an upper region with flat portions on either end that interface with a photovoltaic (PV) module and a lower portion in between the flat portions, and a central portion at least partially surrounding a hole shaped to accommodate a torsion beam. The mounting bracket assembly may also include side portions extending from the ends of the upper region to below the hole shaped to accommodate the torsion beam, and a first outer lining along a periphery of the mounting bracket assembly. The mounting bracket assembly may also include a second outer lining along the hole shaped to accommodate the torsion beam, and multiple ribs extending between the first outer lining and the second outer lining.

IPC Classes  ?

  • E04D 13/18 - Roof covering aspects of energy collecting devices, e.g. including solar panels
  • H02S 20/00 - Supporting structures for PV modules
  • H02S 20/22 - Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object specially adapted for buildings
  • F16M 13/02 - Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles; Means for steadying hand-held apparatus or articles for supporting on, or attaching to, an object, e.g. tree, gate, window-frame, cycle
  • H01L 31/042 - PV modules or arrays of single PV cells

52.

MOUNTING BRACKET

      
Application Number 17315285
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-05-08
First Publication Date 2021-11-11
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Addink, Jason
  • Chase, Andrew

Abstract

A mounting bracket assembly comprising may include an upper region with flat portions on either end that interface with a photovoltaic (PV) module and a lower portion in between the flat portions, and a central portion at least partially surrounding a hole shaped to accommodate a torsion beam. The mounting bracket assembly may also include side portions extending from the ends of the upper region to below the hole shaped to accommodate the torsion beam, and a first outer lining along a periphery of the mounting bracket assembly. The mounting bracket assembly may also include a second outer lining along the hole shaped to accommodate the torsion beam, and multiple ribs extending between the first outer lining and the second outer lining.

IPC Classes  ?

53.

MOUNTING BRACKET

      
Application Number US2021031449
Publication Number 2021/226563
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-05-08
Publication Date 2021-11-11
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Addink, Jason
  • Chase, Andrew

Abstract

A mounting bracket assembly comprising may include an upper region with flat portions on either end that interface with a photovoltaic (PV) module and a lower portion in between the flat portions, and a central portion at least partially surrounding a hole shaped to accommodate a torsion beam. The mounting bracket assembly may also include side portions extending from the ends of the upper region to below the hole shaped to accommodate the torsion beam, and a first outer lining along a periphery of the mounting bracket assembly. The mounting bracket assembly may also include a second outer lining along the hole shaped to accommodate the torsion beam, and multiple ribs extending between the first outer lining and the second outer lining.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/00 - Supporting structures for PV modules
  • E04D 13/18 - Roof covering aspects of energy collecting devices, e.g. including solar panels
  • F16M 13/02 - Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles; Means for steadying hand-held apparatus or articles for supporting on, or attaching to, an object, e.g. tree, gate, window-frame, cycle
  • F24J 2/52 - Arrangement of mountings or supports
  • H01L 31/042 - PV modules or arrays of single PV cells
  • H02S 20/22 - Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object specially adapted for buildings

54.

SMARTRACK

      
Serial Number 90875641
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-08-10
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments

Goods & Services

Downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; Computer hardware and downloadable software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; downloadable computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers

55.

MODIFIED CLAMP

      
Application Number US2020064715
Publication Number 2021/119559
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-12
Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Anderson, Todd
  • Nagyvary, John
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Cisneros, Alex
  • Tuniki, Bhanu
  • Corio, Ronald
  • Lee, Kyumin

Abstract

A mounting system may include a frame associated with a power-generating device, the frame including an opening. The mounting system may include a bracket mounting assembly. The bracket mounting assembly may include a top member having a first surface, a clamp, and a single bolt passing through both the top member and the clamp such that the clamp moves along an interface between the first and a second surfaces as the single bolt is tightened. The clamp may include the second surface corresponding to the first surface, an arm projecting away from the top member, and a flange at least proximate a top of the arm. The flange may include an ear at the top of the arm and a tab on a bottom side of the ear projecting back towards the top member, the tab positioned to interface with the opening on the frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/20 - Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object
  • E04D 13/18 - Roof covering aspects of energy collecting devices, e.g. including solar panels
  • F24J 2/54 - specially adapted for rotary movement
  • F24S 20/70 - Waterborne solar heat collector modules
  • F24S 25/00 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
  • F24S 25/12 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules extending in directions away from a supporting surface using posts in combination with upper profiles

56.

MODIFIED CLAMP

      
Document Number 03161538
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-12-12
Open to Public Date 2021-06-17
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Anderson, Todd
  • Nagyvary, John
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Cisneros, Alex
  • Tuniki, Bhanu
  • Corio, Ronald
  • Lee, Kyumin

Abstract

A mounting system may include a frame associated with a power-generating device, the frame including an opening. The mounting system may include a bracket mounting assembly. The bracket mounting assembly may include a top member having a first surface, a clamp, and a single bolt passing through both the top member and the clamp such that the clamp moves along an interface between the first and a second surfaces as the single bolt is tightened. The clamp may include the second surface corresponding to the first surface, an arm projecting away from the top member, and a flange at least proximate a top of the arm. The flange may include an ear at the top of the arm and a tab on a bottom side of the ear projecting back towards the top member, the tab positioned to interface with the opening on the frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/20 - Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object
  • F24S 20/70 - Waterborne solar heat collector modules
  • F24S 25/12 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules extending in directions away from a supporting surface using posts in combination with upper profiles
  • E04D 13/18 - Roof covering aspects of energy collecting devices, e.g. including solar panels

57.

MODIFIED CLAMP

      
Application Number 17119701
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuknecht, Nathan
  • Andersen, Todd
  • Nagyvary, John
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Cisneros, Alex
  • Tuniki, Bhanu Prasad
  • Corio, Ronald
  • Lee, Kyumin

Abstract

A mounting system may include a frame associated with a power-generating device, the frame including an opening. The mounting system may include a bracket mounting assembly. The bracket mounting assembly may include a top member having a first surface, a clamp, and a single bolt passing through both the top member and the clamp such that the clamp moves along an interface between the first and a second surfaces as the single bolt is tightened. The clamp may include the second surface corresponding to the first surface, an arm projecting away from the top member, and a flange at least proximate a top of the arm. The flange may include an ear at the top of the arm and a tab on a bottom side of the ear projecting back towards the top member, the tab positioned to interface with the opening on the frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F24S 25/634 - Clamps; Clips
  • F16B 2/06 - Clamps, i.e. with gripping action effected by positive means other than the inherent resistance to deformation of the material of the fastening external, i.e. with contracting action

58.

Clip-on mounting rails, mounting brackets, and methods of mounting solar modules

      
Application Number 17170820
Grant Number 11563402
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-02-08
First Publication Date 2021-05-27
Grant Date 2023-01-24
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A snap-on mounting bracket assembly suitable for connecting a mounting rail to a torque tube is provided. The mounting bracket assembly includes an upper clamp piece and a lower clamp piece. The upper clamp piece has a first member defining a tube insertion aperture and an open bottom space and includes an upper partial fastener. The lower clamp piece has a second member with a lower partial fastener configured to mate with the upper partial fastener such that the lower clamp piece is attachable to the upper clamp piece. In exemplary embodiments, the lower clamp piece further comprises two opposing support members configured to attach to the mounting rail. Solar tracker assemblies incorporating snap-on open mounting brackets are provided. Methods of mounting framed or unframed solar modules are also described. A mounting rail is attached to an upper clamp piece of a mounting assembly. Then the upper clamp piece is snapped onto a torque tube. A lower clamp piece of the mounting assembly is then attached to the upper clamp piece by mating a lower partial fastener of the lower clamp piece with an upper partial fastener of the upper clamp piece. When the upper and lower clamp pieces are attached, the open bottom space is closed and the mounting rail is secured to the torque tube.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F16M 11/10 - Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand allowing pivoting around a horizontal axis
  • F16M 11/18 - Heads with mechanism for moving the apparatus relatively to the stand
  • F24S 25/60 - Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules

59.

Solar tracking during persistent cloudy conditions

      
Application Number 17061350
Grant Number 11500397
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-10-01
First Publication Date 2021-04-08
Grant Date 2022-11-15
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Tomasson, Lars

Abstract

A method may include obtaining current data from a sensor related to performance of a solar power generating device, and comparing the current data from the sensor to previously stored data to detect a decrease in expected power generation. The method may also include determining whether the decrease in expected power generation is designated a persistently occurring decrease, and, based on the designation of the decrease as being persistent, changing an orientation of the solar power generating device to a stowed orientation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 3/10 - Control of position or direction without using feedback
  • G01S 3/786 - Systems for determining direction or deviation from predetermined direction using adjustment of orientation of directivity characteristics of a detector or detector system to give a desired condition of signal derived from that detector or detector system the desired condition being maintained automatically
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking

60.

SOLAR TRACKING DURING PERSISTENT CLOUDY CONDITIONS

      
Application Number US2020054097
Publication Number 2021/067829
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-10-02
Publication Date 2021-04-08
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Tomasson, Lars

Abstract

A method may include obtaining current data from a sensor related to performance of a solar power generating device, and comparing the current data from the sensor to previously stored data to detect a decrease in expected power generation. The method may also include determining whether the decrease in expected power generation is designated a persistently occurring decrease, and, based on the designation of the decrease as being persistent, changing an orientation of the solar power generating device to a stowed orientation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 25/00 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
  • F24S 30/422 - Vertical axis
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 40/00 - Safety or protection arrangements of solar heat collectors; Preventing malfunction of solar heat collectors
  • F24S 50/00 - Arrangements for controlling solar heat collectors

61.

SOLAR TRACKING SYSTEM

      
Document Number 03153338
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-10-02
Open to Public Date 2021-04-08
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lee, Kyumin
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Tomasson, Lars
  • Gur, Sourav

Abstract

A method may include orienting a set of solar power units in a first position in which rows of solar power units are shaded by adjacent rows of solar power units; and monitoring energy generated by the set of solar power units over a window of time, that includes from when the set of solar power units are oriented in the first position until a sun angle corresponds to none of the rows being shaded by the adjacent rows. The method may include identifying a knee in energy generation during the first window of time, where the knee indicates a transition from higher to lower rates of change of energy generation at a given solar angle. The method may include plotting a trajectory of future orientation positions over time of the set of solar power units that include an orientation and time corresponding to the given solar angle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 30/422 - Vertical axis
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 50/20 - Arrangements for controlling solar heat collectors for tracking

62.

Solar tracking system

      
Application Number 17061341
Grant Number 11360492
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-10-01
First Publication Date 2021-04-08
Grant Date 2022-06-14
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lee, Kyumin
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Tomasson, Lars
  • Gur, Sourav

Abstract

A method may include orienting a set of solar power units in a first position in which rows of solar power units are shaded by adjacent rows of solar power units; and monitoring energy generated by the set of solar power units over a window of time, that includes from when the set of solar power units are oriented in the first position until a sun angle corresponds to none of the rows being shaded by the adjacent rows. The method may include identifying a knee in energy generation during the first window of time, where the knee indicates a transition from higher to lower rates of change of energy generation at a given solar angle. The method may include plotting a trajectory of future orientation positions over time of the set of solar power units that include an orientation and time corresponding to the given solar angle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 3/10 - Control of position or direction without using feedback
  • G01S 3/78 - Direction-finders for determining the direction from which infrasonic, sonic, ultrasonic, or electromagnetic waves, or particle emission, not having a directional significance, are being received using electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • G01S 3/786 - Systems for determining direction or deviation from predetermined direction using adjustment of orientation of directivity characteristics of a detector or detector system to give a desired condition of signal derived from that detector or detector system the desired condition being maintained automatically

63.

SOLAR TRACKING SYSTEM

      
Application Number US2020054096
Publication Number 2021/067828
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-10-02
Publication Date 2021-04-08
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lee, Kyumin
  • Creasy, Lucas
  • Sharp, Jon
  • Tomasson, Lars
  • Gur, Sourav

Abstract

A method may include orienting a set of solar power units in a first position in which rows of solar power units are shaded by adjacent rows of solar power units; and monitoring energy generated by the set of solar power units over a window of time, that includes from when the set of solar power units are oriented in the first position until a sun angle corresponds to none of the rows being shaded by the adjacent rows. The method may include identifying a knee in energy generation during the first window of time, where the knee indicates a transition from higher to lower rates of change of energy generation at a given solar angle. The method may include plotting a trajectory of future orientation positions over time of the set of solar power units that include an orientation and time corresponding to the given solar angle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 30/422 - Vertical axis
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 50/00 - Arrangements for controlling solar heat collectors
  • F24S 50/20 - Arrangements for controlling solar heat collectors for tracking
  • G05D 3/12 - Control of position or direction using feedback

64.

ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES

      
Application Number 215969400
Status Registered
Filing Date 2021-03-13
Registration Date 2023-09-06
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 36 - Financial, insurance and real estate services
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

(1) Metal structures for mounting solar panels; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems; roofing of metal, incorporating photovoltaic cells. (2) Solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and parts and accessories therefor; solar-tracking systems comprised of electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; solar-tracking systems consisting of machine motors and gears for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; solar photovoltaic power generation systems using solar trackers, namely, solar-powered electricity generators; solar trackers for solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems comprised of motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panel. (3) Photovoltaic systems, namely, electronic control apparatus for positioning photovoltaic modules and mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems, namely, photovoltaic modules for production of solar energy and mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar tracking sensors that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; computer hardware and software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers; solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light. (1) Providing extended warranty services for goods, namely, for solar tracking systems pursuant to service agreements. (2) Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking systems; installation and maintenance of photovoltaic installations; construction of structures for installation of solar-tracking systems. (3) Design of solar photovoltaic systems; drafting and development of photovoltaic systems; engineering services for solar-tracking systems; quality evaluation for others in the field of maintenance, repair and installation of photovoltaic modules, solar panels, and solar trackers; design of solar photovoltaic systems, namely, design and planning of solar-tracking systems, and installation of solar-tracking software systems.

65.

ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES

      
Application Number 216096100
Status Registered
Filing Date 2021-03-13
Registration Date 2023-08-30
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 36 - Financial, insurance and real estate services
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

(1) Metal structures for mounting solar panels; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells; metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems; roofing of metal, incorporating photovoltaic cells. (2) Solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and parts and accessories therefor; solar-tracking systems comprised of electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; solar-tracking systems consisting of machine motors and gears for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; solar photovoltaic power generation systems using solar trackers, namely, solar-powered electricity generators; solar trackers for solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems comprised of motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panel. (3) Photovoltaic systems, namely, electronic control apparatus for positioning photovoltaic modules and mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems, namely, photovoltaic modules for production of solar energy and mounting structures specially adapted for photovoltaic modules; photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar tracking sensors that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; computer hardware and software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers; solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light. (1) Providing extended warranty services for goods, namely, for solar tracking systems pursuant to service agreements. (2) Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking systems; installation and maintenance of photovoltaic installations; construction of structures for installation of solar-tracking systems. (3) Design of solar photovoltaic systems; drafting and development of photovoltaic systems; engineering services for solar-tracking systems; quality evaluation for others in the field of maintenance, repair and installation of photovoltaic modules, solar panels, and solar trackers; design of solar photovoltaic systems, namely, design and planning of solar-tracking systems, and installation of solar-tracking software systems.

66.

Spring counter-balance assemblies and solar trackers incorporating spring counter-balance assemblies

      
Application Number 17014848
Grant Number 11533017
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-09-08
First Publication Date 2020-12-24
Grant Date 2022-12-20
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracker assembly is provided which includes a support column, a torque tube or torsion beam connected to the support column, a mounting mechanism attached to the torque tube or torsion beam, a drive system connected to the torque tube or torsion beam, and a spring counter-balance assembly connected to the torque tube or torsion beam. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly comprises a bearing housing and a bushing disposed within the bearing housing and configured to be slideably mounted onto the torque tube or torsion beam, and one or more compressible cords made of a flexible material. The compressible cords are located between the bushing and the bearing housing and provide damping during rotational movement of the solar tracker assembly. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly is provided including at least one top bracket and at least one bottom bracket, at least one spring, a damper, and a bracket. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly comprises a bearing housing and a bushing disposed within the bearing housing and configured to be slideably mounted onto the torque tube or torsion beam. The spring counter-balance assembly may include at least one coil spring and a rotational stop. The bushing may be made of an elastomeric material and define one or more air spaces.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F16M 11/12 - Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand allowing pivoting in more than one direction
  • F24S 25/12 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules extending in directions away from a supporting surface using posts in combination with upper profiles
  • F24S 30/452 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules for rotary movement with two rotation axes with vertical primary axis
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

67.

Torsion limiter devices, systems and methods and solar trackers incorporating torsion limiters

      
Application Number 17014850
Grant Number 11454693
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-09-08
First Publication Date 2020-12-24
Grant Date 2022-09-27
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracker assembly comprises a support column, a torsion beam connected to the support column, a mounting mechanism attached to the torsion beam, a drive system connected to the torsion beam, and a torsion limiter connected to an output of the drive system. When an external force causes a level of torsion on the drive system to exceed a pre-set limit the torsion limiter facilitates rotational movement of the solar tracker assembly in the direction of the torsion, thereby allowing the external force to rotate about a pivot axis extending through the torsion beam. Exemplary embodiments also include methods of aligning a plurality of rows of solar trackers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 3/78 - Direction-finders for determining the direction from which infrasonic, sonic, ultrasonic, or electromagnetic waves, or particle emission, not having a directional significance, are being received using electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 40/00 - Safety or protection arrangements of solar heat collectors; Preventing malfunction of solar heat collectors
  • G01S 3/786 - Systems for determining direction or deviation from predetermined direction using adjustment of orientation of directivity characteristics of a detector or detector system to give a desired condition of signal derived from that detector or detector system the desired condition being maintained automatically
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

68.

ARRAY

      
Serial Number 90181989
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-09-15
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 35 - Advertising and business services
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems Solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and replacement parts therefor; Solar-tracking systems comprised of electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; Solar-tracking systems consisting of machine motors and gears for automatically positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; Solar trackers for solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems comprised of motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panels Photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar trackers comprised of automatic solar tracking systems that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; Downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; Computer hardware and downloadable software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; downloadable computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers; Solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules for production of electricity that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light; Solar-tracking systems comprised of automatic solar tracking sensors for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun Providing warranty services, namely, arranging for repair of solar tracking systems pursuant to service agreements Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking systems consisting of solar-tracking hardware; Installation and maintenance of photovoltaic installations including solar trackers; Construction of solar-tracking systems, namely, construction of solar power energy plants Design of solar photovoltaic systems including solar trackers; Drafting and development of photovoltaic systems including solar trackers; Engineering services in the field of solar-tracking systems; Quality evaluation for others in the field of maintenance, repair and installation of photovoltaic modules, solar panels, and solar trackers; Design of solar photovoltaic systems, namely, design and planning of solar-tracking systems; Installation of solar-tracking software systems; Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking software systems

69.

ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES

      
Serial Number 90181962
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-09-15
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 35 - Advertising and business services
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems Solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and replacement parts therefor; Solar-tracking systems comprised of electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; Solar-tracking systems consisting of machine motors and gears for automatically positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; Solar trackers for solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems comprised of motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panels Photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar trackers comprised of automatic solar tracking systems that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; Downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; Computer hardware and downloadable software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; downloadable computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers; Solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules for production of electricity that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light; Solar-tracking systems comprised of automatic solar tracking sensors for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun Providing warranty services, namely, arranging for repair of solar tracking systems pursuant to service agreements Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking systems consisting of solar-tracking hardware; Installation and maintenance of photovoltaic installations including solar trackers; Construction of solar-tracking systems, namely, construction of solar power energy plants Design of solar photovoltaic systems including solar trackers; Drafting and development of photovoltaic systems including solar trackers; Engineering services in the field of solar-tracking systems; Quality evaluation for others in the field of maintenance, repair and installation of photovoltaic modules, solar panels, and solar trackers; Design of solar photovoltaic systems, namely, design and planning of solar-tracking systems; Installation of solar-tracking software systems; Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking software systems

70.

ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES

      
Serial Number 90181999
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-09-15
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 35 - Advertising and business services
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems Solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and replacement parts therefor; Solar-tracking systems comprised of electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; Solar-tracking systems consisting of machine motors and gears for automatically positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; Solar trackers for solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems comprised of motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panels Photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar trackers comprised of automatic solar tracking systems that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; Downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; Computer hardware and downloadable software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; downloadable computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers; Solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules for production of electricity that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light; Solar-tracking systems comprised of automatic solar tracking sensors for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun Providing warranty services, namely, arranging for repair of solar tracking systems pursuant to service agreements Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking systems consisting of solar-tracking hardware; Installation and maintenance of photovoltaic installations including solar trackers; Construction of solar-tracking systems, namely, construction of solar power energy plants Design of solar photovoltaic systems including solar trackers; Drafting and development of photovoltaic systems including solar trackers; Engineering services in the field of solar-tracking systems; Quality evaluation for others in the field of maintenance, repair and installation of photovoltaic modules, solar panels, and solar trackers; Design of solar photovoltaic systems, namely, design and planning of solar-tracking systems; Installation of solar-tracking software systems; Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking software systems

71.

ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES

      
Serial Number 90181974
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-09-15
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 06 - Common metals and ores; objects made of metal
  • 07 - Machines and machine tools
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 35 - Advertising and business services
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Metal structures for supporting solar panels, photovoltaic modules, and photovoltaic cells, namely, solar tracking systems Solar trackers, namely, driving motors, other than for land vehicles, for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun, and replacement parts therefor; Solar-tracking systems comprised of electric motors for machines for positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; Solar-tracking systems consisting of machine motors and gears for automatically positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun; Solar trackers for solar photovoltaic electric power generation systems comprised of motors, gears, and drives for orienting solar panels Photovoltaic systems in the nature of solar trackers comprised of automatic solar tracking systems that track the sun to maximize collection of solar energy; Downloadable computer software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; Computer hardware and downloadable software for controlling movement and positioning of solar trackers; downloadable computer software and programs for controlling, regulating and monitoring of photovoltaic modules and solar trackers; Solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules for production of electricity that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light; Solar-tracking systems comprised of automatic solar tracking sensors for automatically tracking the sun and positioning of photovoltaic modules relative to the sun Providing warranty services, namely, arranging for repair of solar tracking systems pursuant to service agreements Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking systems consisting of solar-tracking hardware; Installation and maintenance of photovoltaic installations including solar trackers; Construction of solar-tracking systems, namely, construction of solar power energy plants Design of solar photovoltaic systems including solar trackers; Drafting and development of photovoltaic systems including solar trackers; Engineering services in the field of solar-tracking systems; Quality evaluation for others in the field of maintenance, repair and installation of photovoltaic modules, solar panels, and solar trackers; Design of solar photovoltaic systems, namely, design and planning of solar-tracking systems; Installation of solar-tracking software systems; Installation, maintenance, and repair of solar-tracking software systems

72.

Clip-on mounting rails, mounting brackets, and methods of mounting solar modules

      
Application Number 16741597
Grant Number 10917039
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-01-13
First Publication Date 2020-05-21
Grant Date 2021-02-09
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A snap-on mounting bracket assembly suitable for connecting a mounting rail to a torque tube is provided. The mounting bracket assembly includes an upper clamp piece and a lower clamp piece. The upper clamp piece has a first member defining a tube insertion aperture and an open bottom space and includes an upper partial fastener. The lower clamp piece has a second member with a lower partial fastener configured to mate with the upper partial fastener such that the lower clamp piece is attachable to the upper clamp piece. In exemplary embodiments, the lower clamp piece further comprises two opposing support members configured to attach to the mounting rail. Solar tracker assemblies incorporating snap-on open mounting brackets are provided. Methods of mounting framed or unframed solar modules are also described. A mounting rail is attached to an upper clamp piece of a mounting assembly. Then the upper clamp piece is snapped onto a torque tube. A lower clamp piece of the mounting assembly is then attached to the upper clamp piece by mating a lower partial fastener of the lower clamp piece with an upper partial fastener of the upper clamp piece. When the upper and lower clamp pieces are attached, the open bottom space is closed and the mounting rail is secured to the torque tube.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F16M 11/10 - Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand allowing pivoting around a horizontal axis
  • F16M 11/18 - Heads with mechanism for moving the apparatus relatively to the stand
  • F24S 25/60 - Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules

73.

Torque limiter devices, systems and methods and solar trackers incorporating torque limiters

      
Application Number 16055663
Grant Number 10809345
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-08-06
First Publication Date 2018-12-06
Grant Date 2020-10-20
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracker assembly comprises a support column, a torsion beam connected to the support column, a mounting mechanism attached to the torsion beam, a drive system connected to the torsion beam, and a torsion limiter connected to an output of the drive system. When an external force causes a level of torsion on the drive system to exceed a pre-set limit the torsion limiter facilitates rotational movement of the solar tracker assembly in the direction of the torsion, thereby allowing the external force to rotate about a pivot axis extending through the torsion beam. Exemplary embodiments also include methods of aligning a plurality of rows of solar trackers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 3/78 - Direction-finders for determining the direction from which infrasonic, sonic, ultrasonic, or electromagnetic waves, or particle emission, not having a directional significance, are being received using electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
  • F24S 30/42 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules for rotary movement with only one rotation axis
  • G01S 3/786 - Systems for determining direction or deviation from predetermined direction using adjustment of orientation of directivity characteristics of a detector or detector system to give a desired condition of signal derived from that detector or detector system the desired condition being maintained automatically
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 40/00 - Safety or protection arrangements of solar heat collectors; Preventing malfunction of solar heat collectors
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

74.

SPRING COUNTER-BALANCE ASSEMBLIES AND SOLAR TRACKERS INCORPORATING SPRING COUNTER-BALANCE ASSEMBLIES

      
Application Number US2018020386
Publication Number 2018/160796
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-03-01
Publication Date 2018-09-07
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald, P.

Abstract

A solar tracker assembly is provided which includes a support column, a torque tube or torsion beam connected to the support column, a mounting mechanism attached to the torque tube or torsion beam, a drive system connected to the torque tube or torsion beam, and a spring counter¬ balance assembly connected to the torque tube or torsion beam. An exemplary spring counter¬ balance assembly comprises a bearing housing and a bushing disposed within the bearing housing and configured to be slideably mounted onto the torque tube or torsion beam, and one or more compressible cords made of a flexible material. The compressible cords are located between the bushing and the bearing housing and provide damping during rotational movement of the solar tracker assembly. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly is provided including at least one top bracket and at least one bottom bracket, at least one spring, a damper, and a bracket. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly comprises a bearing housing and a bushing disposed within the bearing housing and configured to be slideably mounted onto the torque tube or torsion beam. The spring counter-balance assembly may include at least one coil spring and a rotational stop. The bushing may be made of an elastomeric material and define one or more air spaces.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 3/78 - Direction-finders for determining the direction from which infrasonic, sonic, ultrasonic, or electromagnetic waves, or particle emission, not having a directional significance, are being received using electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
  • F24J 2/54 - specially adapted for rotary movement
  • F24J 2/38 - employing tracking means (F24J 2/02, F24J 2/06 take precedence;rotary supports or mountings therefor F24J 2/54;supporting structures of photovoltaic modules for generation of electric power specially adapted for solar tracking systems H02S 20/32)
  • F24J 2/46 - Component parts, details or accessories of solar heat collectors
  • F24J 2/52 - Arrangement of mountings or supports
  • H01L 31/05 - Electrical interconnection means between PV cells inside the PV module, e.g. series connection of PV cells
  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment

75.

Spring counter-balance assemblies and solar trackers incorporating spring counter-balance assemblies

      
Application Number 15909142
Grant Number 10771007
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-03-01
First Publication Date 2018-09-06
Grant Date 2020-09-08
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracker assembly is provided which includes a support column, a torque tube or torsion beam connected to the support column, a mounting mechanism attached to the torque tube or torsion beam, a drive system connected to the torque tube or torsion beam, and a spring counter-balance assembly connected to the torque tube or torsion beam. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly comprises a bearing housing and a bushing disposed within the bearing housing and configured to be slideably mounted onto the torque tube or torsion beam, and one or more compressible cords made of a flexible material. The compressible cords are located between the bushing and the bearing housing and provide damping during rotational movement of the solar tracker assembly. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly is provided including at least one top bracket and at least one bottom bracket, at least one spring, a damper, and a bracket. An exemplary spring counter-balance assembly comprises a bearing housing and a bushing disposed within the bearing housing and configured to be slideably mounted onto the torque tube or torsion beam. The spring counter-balance assembly may include at least one coil spring and a rotational stop. The bushing may be made of an elastomeric material and define one or more air spaces.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F16M 11/12 - Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand allowing pivoting in more than one direction
  • F24S 25/12 - Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules extending in directions away from a supporting surface using posts in combination with upper profiles
  • F24S 30/452 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules for rotary movement with two rotation axes with vertical primary axis
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

76.

CLIP-ON MOUNTING RAILS, MOUNTING BRACKETS, AND METHODS OF MOUNTING SOLAR MODULES

      
Application Number US2017036710
Publication Number 2017/218326
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-06-09
Publication Date 2017-12-21
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald, P.

Abstract

A snap-on mounting bracket assembly suitable for connecting a mounting rail to a torque tube is provided. The mounting bracket assembly includes an upper clamp piece and a lower clamp piece. The upper clamp piece has a first member defining a tube insertion aperture and an open bottom space and includes an upper partial fastener. The lower clamp piece has a second member with a lower partial fastener configured to mate with the upper partial fastener such that the lower clamp piece is attachable to the upper clamp piece. In exemplary embodiments, the lower clamp piece further comprises two opposing support members configured to attach to the mounting rail. Solar tracker assemblies incorporating snap-on open mounting brackets are provided. Methods of mounting framed or unframed solar modules are also described. A mounting rail is attached to an upper clamp piece of a mounting assembly. Then the upper clamp piece is snapped onto a torque tube. A lower clamp piece of the mounting assembly is then attached to the upper clamp piece by mating a lower partial fastener of the lower clamp piece with an upper partial fastener of the upper clamp piece. When the upper and lower clamp pieces are attached, the open bottom space is closed and the mounting rail is secured to the torque tube.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F24J 2/52 - Arrangement of mountings or supports
  • F24J 2/54 - specially adapted for rotary movement
  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment

77.

Clip-on mounting rails, mounting brackets, and methods of mounting solar modules

      
Application Number 15618408
Grant Number 10536109
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-06-09
First Publication Date 2017-12-14
Grant Date 2020-01-14
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A snap-on mounting bracket assembly suitable for connecting a mounting rail to a torque tube is provided. The mounting bracket assembly includes an upper clamp piece and a lower clamp piece. The upper clamp piece has a first member defining a tube insertion aperture and an open bottom space and includes an upper partial fastener. The lower clamp piece has a second member with a lower partial fastener configured to mate with the upper partial fastener such that the lower clamp piece is attachable to the upper clamp piece. In exemplary embodiments, the lower clamp piece further comprises two opposing support members configured to attach to the mounting rail. Solar tracker assemblies incorporating snap-on open mounting brackets are provided. Methods of mounting framed or unframed solar modules are also described. A mounting rail is attached to an upper clamp piece of a mounting assembly. Then the upper clamp piece is snapped onto a torque tube. A lower clamp piece of the mounting assembly is then attached to the upper clamp piece by mating a lower partial fastener of the lower clamp piece with an upper partial fastener of the upper clamp piece. When the upper and lower clamp pieces are attached, the open bottom space is closed and the mounting rail is secured to the torque tube.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02S 20/32 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment specially adapted for solar tracking
  • F16M 11/10 - Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand allowing pivoting around a horizontal axis
  • F16M 11/18 - Heads with mechanism for moving the apparatus relatively to the stand

78.

MOUNTING BRACKET ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

      
Application Number US2017020558
Publication Number 2017/155798
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-03-03
Publication Date 2017-09-14
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Corio, Ronald, P.
  • Williamson, John, N.
  • Mclane, Kaleb, W.

Abstract

A mounting bracket assembly is provided in which a mounting bracket includes a first attachable bracket piece and a second attachable bracket piece, a first fastener, a second fastener, and a third fastener. Each attachable bracket piece has a top member and a bottom member connected to the top member at an angle. The first clamp is attached to the top member of the first attachable bracket piece by the first fastener. The second clamp is attached to the top member of the second attachable bracket piece by a second fastener. The third fastener secures the bottom member of the first attachable bracket piece to the bottom member of the second attachable bracket piece. The mounting bracket defines a beam insertion aperture between the top members and the bottom members. The mounting bracket assembly may include a grounding device located adjacent the top member of the first or second attachable bracket piece.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 5/06 - Joining sheets or plates to one another or to strips or bars parallel to them by means of clamps or clips
  • H02S 20/20 - Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object

79.

Torque limiter devices, systems and methods and solar trackers incorporating torque limiters

      
Application Number 15437488
Grant Number 10042030
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-02-21
First Publication Date 2017-06-08
Grant Date 2018-08-07
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracker assembly comprises a support column, a torsion beam connected to the support column, a mounting mechanism attached to the torsion beam, a drive system connected to the torsion beam, and a torsion limiter connected to an output of the drive system. When an external force causes a level of torsion on the drive system to exceed a pre-set limit the torsion limiter facilitates rotational movement of the solar tracker assembly in the direction of the torsion, thereby allowing the external force to rotate about a pivot axis extending through the torsion beam. Exemplary embodiments also include methods of aligning a plurality of rows of solar trackers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 3/786 - Systems for determining direction or deviation from predetermined direction using adjustment of orientation of directivity characteristics of a detector or detector system to give a desired condition of signal derived from that detector or detector system the desired condition being maintained automatically
  • F24S 40/00 - Safety or protection arrangements of solar heat collectors; Preventing malfunction of solar heat collectors
  • F24S 30/425 - Horizontal axis
  • F24S 30/00 - Arrangements for moving or orienting solar heat collector modules

80.

Single axis solar tracking system

      
Application Number 13895117
Grant Number 09631840
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-05-15
First Publication Date 2016-08-11
Grant Date 2017-04-25
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracking system with a plurality of tracking assemblies moved by a single motor. A method and system that prevents overloading the motor or tripping a circuit breaker due to an obstructed or impeded tracker includes sensing movement of the tracker assemblies and entering into obstruction clearing modes. Obstruction clearing mode 1 (OCM1) is a high frequency adjustable mode that prompts movement for an adjustable period of time. If movement commences, the system returns to a normal mode. If there is no movement, the system enters into an obstruction clearing mode 2 (OCM2) with is an adjustable lower frequency series of attempts. If there is no movement, no further attempts are made. Each of these steps are monitored and controlled remotely. There are two types of secure connections for drivelines, torque tubes or affixing driveline linkages for high torque conditions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F24J 2/54 - specially adapted for rotary movement
  • F24J 2/38 - employing tracking means (F24J 2/02, F24J 2/06 take precedence;rotary supports or mountings therefor F24J 2/54;supporting structures of photovoltaic modules for generation of electric power specially adapted for solar tracking systems H02S 20/32)
  • F24J 2/46 - Component parts, details or accessories of solar heat collectors
  • F24J 2/52 - Arrangement of mountings or supports

81.

Mounting bracket assemblies and methods

      
Application Number 15063098
Grant Number 10069455
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-03-07
First Publication Date 2016-06-30
Grant Date 2018-09-04
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Corio, Ronald P.
  • Williamson, John N.
  • Mclane, Kaleb W.

Abstract

A mounting bracket assembly is provided in which a mounting bracket includes a first attachable bracket piece and a second attachable bracket piece, a first fastener, a second fastener, and a third fastener. Each attachable bracket piece has a top member and a bottom member connected to the top member at an angle. The first clamp is attached to the top member of the first attachable bracket piece by the first fastener. The second clamp is attached to the top member of the second attachable bracket piece by a second fastener. The third fastener secures the bottom member of the first attachable bracket piece to the bottom member of the second attachable bracket piece. The mounting bracket defines a beam insertion aperture between the top members and the bottom members. The mounting bracket assembly may include a first integral grounding device located adjacent the top member of the first attachable bracket piece or adjacent the top member of the second attachable bracket piece. The first integral grounding device is configured to electrically bond a frame of an electricity generating device to the mounting bracket assembly. The mounting bracket assembly may further include a second integral grounding device configured to electrically bond a torque tube to the mounting bracket assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • E04D 13/18 - Roof covering aspects of energy collecting devices, e.g. including solar panels
  • H02S 20/20 - Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object
  • H02G 3/02 - Installations of electric cables or lines or protective tubing therefor in or on buildings, equivalent structures or vehicles - Details
  • F24J 2/52 - Arrangement of mountings or supports
  • F24J 2/54 - specially adapted for rotary movement
  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment
  • H02S 20/10 - Supporting structures directly fixed to the ground

82.

Torque limiter devices, systems and methods and solar trackers incorporating torque limiters

      
Application Number 14624930
Grant Number 09581678
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-02-18
First Publication Date 2015-08-20
Grant Date 2017-02-28
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracker assembly comprises a support column, a torsion beam connected to the support column, a mounting mechanism attached to the torsion beam, a drive system connected to the torsion beam, and a torsion limiter connected to an output of the drive system. When an external force causes a level of torsion on the drive system to exceed a pre-set limit the torsion limiter facilitates rotational movement of the solar tracker assembly in the direction of the torsion, thereby allowing the external force to rotate about a pivot axis extending through the torsion beam. Exemplary embodiments also include methods of aligning a plurality of rows of solar trackers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 3/786 - Systems for determining direction or deviation from predetermined direction using adjustment of orientation of directivity characteristics of a detector or detector system to give a desired condition of signal derived from that detector or detector system the desired condition being maintained automatically
  • F24J 2/46 - Component parts, details or accessories of solar heat collectors
  • F24J 2/54 - specially adapted for rotary movement

83.

Mounting bracket assemblies and methods

      
Application Number 14044704
Grant Number 09281778
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-10-02
First Publication Date 2015-04-02
Grant Date 2016-03-08
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Corio, Ronald P.
  • Williamson, John N.
  • Mclane, Kaleb W.

Abstract

A mounting bracket assembly comprises a flexible body including at least one top member and a flexible angled bottom member connected to the top member. The flexible body defines a beam insertion aperture between the top member and the bottom member. The mounting bracket assembly further comprises at least one clamp attached to the top member. The mounting bracket assembly may further comprise a threaded rod running through the at least one top member and a clamping nut securing the threaded rod to the top member such that rotating the clamping nut compresses the top member and grounds an electricity generating device such as a photovoltaic module. The mounting bracket assembly may further comprise an integral grounding device disposed adjacent the top member to electrically ground the electricity generating device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • E04D 13/18 - Roof covering aspects of energy collecting devices, e.g. including solar panels
  • H02S 20/30 - Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment
  • F24J 2/52 - Arrangement of mountings or supports
  • H02S 20/10 - Supporting structures directly fixed to the ground
  • F24J 2/54 - specially adapted for rotary movement

84.

DURATRACK

      
Serial Number 86184845
Status Registered
Filing Date 2014-02-05
Registration Date 2014-09-23
Owner Array Technologies, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments

Goods & Services

Solar trackers in the nature of photovoltaic solar modules that track the sun in order to optimize the production of energy from the solar light

85.

Single axis solar tracking system

      
Application Number 12137764
Grant Number 08459249
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-06-12
First Publication Date 2008-12-18
Grant Date 2013-06-11
Owner ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Corio, Ronald P.

Abstract

A solar tracking system with a torque tube supporting solar panels. Columns support the system and have bearings for rotation of the torque tube. A drive is coupled to the torque tube and is driven by a gearbox, such as a worm gear assembly, for rotating the array of solar panels to follow the sun's diurnal motion. The array can rotate in an opposite direction, or backtrack, to prevent shadowing from one module row to another. Multiple gearboxes can be mechanically linked by drive shafts and driven by a single motor. The drive shafts may incorporate universal joints for uneven terrain or staggered configurations. Harmonic dampers can be affixed to the solar panels to decouple wind forces which allows the use of larger solar panels.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F24J 2/38 - employing tracking means (F24J 2/02, F24J 2/06 take precedence;rotary supports or mountings therefor F24J 2/54;supporting structures of photovoltaic modules for generation of electric power specially adapted for solar tracking systems H02S 20/32)